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Oven Dried Strawberries {Vegan, Paleo}

Oven Dried Strawberries {Vegan, Paleo}

Oven dried strawberries are a delicious way to enjoy the intense flavor of freshly-picked strawberries year round.  I like to add them to trail mix and my boys love finding them in their school lunches and snacks.

Can I dry strawberries in an oven?

Yes!!!  Even if you do not have a food dehydrator, it is still possible to create dried fruit in your oven.  A low temperature and some patience is all it takes to create this delicious snack.  (And your kitchen will smell amazing.)

store baked strawberries in an air tight container for up to 6 months

Simple steps to make oven dried strawberries:

Oven dried strawberries are a simple to make, healthy snack.  With just a few easy steps (and some time) you can have a crave-able naturally sweet snack your whole family will love.

uniformly slice strawberries to make dried strawberries in the oven

When making dried strawberries in the oven, it is important to slice your strawberries as uniformly as possible.  This ensures the strawberries will finish drying at roughly the same time.  I have found that 1/8 inch thick strawberry slices are thick enough to flip without tearing and yet not so thick that they require additional time to finish drying.

sliced strawberries ready to dehydrate
Slice strawberries into 1/8 inch thickness

After about two hours in the oven, the strawberries should be almost dry to the touch.  This is when you want to flip them over so they can finish drying.

Flip strawberries over so and bake for another hour or so until fully dehydrated

During the last hour or so of drying, keep your eye on the strawberries.  The small ends of the strawberries will finish drying first, and you can always remove them from the oven while the larger strawberries finish drying out.

For intensely sweet dried strawberries, use just-picked in-season berries

Your dried strawberries will only be as sweet as the fresh strawberries used to make them.  Though strawberries are available year round in grocery stores, you will have the best results if you make dried strawberries with just-picked berries that are fresh from a local farm.

Oven Dried Strawberries Recipe

store oven dried strawberries in an airtight container

Oven Dried Strawberries

Yield: 3 servings
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 3 hours
Total Time: 3 hours 15 minutes

Oven Dried Strawberries are a healthy and delicious snack. These dried strawberries can be enjoyed by all because they are vegan, dairy-free, paleo, gluten-free, and contain no-added-sugar!

Ingredients

  • 1 lb Strawberries, * (washed and dried)
  • Parchment Paper

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 200 degrees F / 90 degrees C.  Line a baking sheet with parchment paper (or a silicone baking mat)
  2. Slice strawberries into uniform slices, approximately 1/8 inch thick.  Note: if you slice the strawberries thicker, it will take longer for them to dry
  3. Arrange strawberries on parchment paper, leaving space between each slice
  4. Bake at 200 degrees F / 90 degrees C for approximately 2 hours, until the tops of the strawberries are dry
  5. Peel the strawberry slices from the parchment paper and flip over.  Continue to bake for another 30 minutes to an hour until fully dehydrated
  6. Remove the dried strawberries from the oven and allow to cool completely. Store in an airtight container at room temperature. The dried strawberries can be stored for several months at room temperature without spoiling

Notes

Recipe makes 3/4 cup of dried strawberries. Cooking times and temperatures have been developed using an electric oven. Using a gas oven may have an affect on the length of time needed to dry strawberries.

**Note: Do NOT use foil or wax paper in place of parchment paper or silicone baking mat. Strawberries will stick and you will not be able to flip them over.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 3 Serving Size: 1/4 cup
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 48Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 0mgCarbohydrates: 11.5gFiber: 2.1gSugar: 8.4gProtein: 1g

*Strawberries consistently top the EWG’s “Dirty Dozen” list.  I always purchase either pesticide-free berries from a local farm or organic strawberries.  Read more on pesticides and produce.

Tips and tricks for making dried strawberries in the oven

  • A mushroom slicer can be used instead of a knife to slice the fresh strawberries, however the strawberry slices will be a little thicker than if you cut them by hand, which may increase your baking time.  Please note that you want a veggie slicer with blades and not wires.  Strawberries will cause the wires to bend, which creates unevenly sliced berries.
  • Multiple baking sheets of strawberries can be baked at the same time.  However, this will increase the amount of time needed for the strawberries to dry completely.
  • Strawberries can be dried in a convection oven or using the convection setting of an oven.  Depending on your oven, this may speed up the strawberry drying time.  Be sure to check on the strawberries often after two hours to prevent burning!

How long can you store dried strawberries?

I have successfully stored them in an air-tight container in my pantry for more than 6 months.  However, this was ages ago before I had children.  We are now lucky if our spring / summer stock pile of dried strawberries last us past the first month of school in the fall.

Strawberries must be completely dry in order to have a long shelf life.  If there is any doubt, you can always freeze dried strawberries to extend their shelf life.

store oven dried strawberries in an airtight container

Homemade dried strawberries are delicious snacks!

We like to eat these dried strawberries on their own, sprinkled on top of homemade granola, and include them in a favorite healthy snack mix.

Other delicious oven dried fruit snack recipes

Want to try other delicious oven dried fruit snacks?  In addition to these delicious and crisp oven dried strawberries, my family loves homemade blueberry fruit leather, which transforms blueberries into a portable, mess-free snack.  Oven dried peach chips made with sweet summer peaches are another of our favorite all-fruit snacks.

Homemade easy to make oven baked peach chips
easy to make homemade blueberry fruit leather
easy to make oven dried strawberries are a healthy school snack

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This recipe was originally published in April, 2017.  The recipe has since been updated with enhanced recipe instructions, refreshed photos, and a video.

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Dan

Monday 9th of November 2020

Your recipe or lack of instructions made this not work. It cooked onto the wax paper. I couldn’t flip any of it. Tossed in the trash

Meredith

Wednesday 11th of November 2020

Hi Dan - I am sorry the recipe did not work for you. The recipe and included video indicate the need to use parchment paper. Unfortunately baking on wax paper (and also foil) will cause the strawberry slices to stick.

Lisa

Thursday 14th of May 2020

I found a recipe where the strawberries are not sliced. I googled other recipes and found yours and, after reading the comments, decided to put them in whole. I'll let you know how they turned out. :)

Meredith

Thursday 14th of May 2020

Hi Lisa - I hope your dried strawberries turn out well and look forward to reading how they turn out!

Amy Lambert

Monday 4th of May 2020

My strawberries completely burned in a little over an hour on 200 degrees. Horrible burning smell like the previous reviewer! And strawberries but at 1/8 inch burned to a crisp. I may try again at 100 degrees but this was too hot!

Meredith

Monday 4th of May 2020

Amy - I am sorry to read that these oven dried strawberries didn't work for you!

I have a couple questions to try and troubleshoot the problem...

1) is your oven temperature measured in F or C? The strawberries should be baked at 200 F or 90 C. If you think your oven was too hot at 200 F, you can try lowering it to 170 F or even 140 F. However, these tend to be the lowest settings ovens can reliably be set at and will significantly increase the drying time.

2) is your oven gas or electric? The recipe temperature and times have been developed (and repeatedly tested) using an electric oven. Using a gas oven may affect the time and how well the strawberries dry as the gas will cycle "on" and "off" which may temporarily increase the temperature in the oven above 200 degrees F.

Heather

Saturday 18th of January 2020

Can i start out with frozen sliced strawberries? Do i need to alter temperature or time? Thank you!

Meredith

Saturday 18th of January 2020

Hi Heather,

I wouldn't advise using frozen strawberries to make these dried strawberries. Freezing causes the structure of the strawberries to break down - so it will be virtually impossible to slice them uniformly. Also, the strawberries will likely loose substantially more juice while they are baking. For frozen berries, it is best to make fruit leather. If you would like to try that, here is a link to my blueberry fruit roll-up recipe... https://feedthemwisely.com/oven-dried-blueberry-fruit-leather

Dizzy5

Monday 11th of November 2019

Do you think the strawbs would dry/behave properly if laid on a wire rack insert (on top of a half-sheet pan) or would they dry too fast with their bottoms exposed, AND, would the fruit stick, nasty-style, on the wire rack?

Meredith

Tuesday 12th of November 2019

This is a good question. I will start off by saying that I haven't tried drying strawberries on a wire rack. Baking the strawberries on the rack would most definitely reduce the cooking time. However, I do think the strawberries would stick terribly. I have tried trying strawberries on just a metal sheet pan or aluminum foil and they would tear when I was trying to flip them over. You definitely need a non-stick surface like parchment paper or a silicon baking sheet.

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