Homeade Fruit Roll Ups

Since I had the dehydrator out and humming, I wanted to try making homeade fruit rollups. My kids area always asking for a “sugary snack” and they love those chemical laden gummy like snacks that don’t taste anything like fruit at all. I remembered when I was a kid, my moms friend always packed homeade fruit rollups in her children’s lunches so I gave it a go. Fruit rollups take a lot of fruit so using a “base” fruit like apple helps create volume. You can then add lesser amounts of more expensiveIMG_5899 fruits for color / flavor. I happen to have 2 small containers of raspberries that were slightly mushy but not rotten. Perfect for rollups!

Into a saucepan, on medium-low heat, I put the raspberries. As they were heating up I peeled, cored, and sliced up whatever apples I had in the house and added them. Once the mixture was warm and a little liquidy (the raspberries were quite juicy when heated) I used a hand blender directly in the sauce pan to pulverize the mixture. Knowing my kids, I added a little agave syrup but of course this is completely optional.

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Once the mixture had thickened slightly, I poured it onto a silicone cooking sheet that I found at my local Michaels. Using a spatula I spread the mixture evenly to about a 1/4 inch thickness all over the sheet. Into the dehydrator it went until morning. When I check them the next day, they needed a little extra time, so I gave them another few hours. Around mid morning they were ready. You will know they are ready when they lift from the mat easily butIMG_5902 still have enough plasticity to be rolled without breaking or cracking.

With my kids, presentation is everything. The more I can make things look like store bought the better chance I have that they will eat them. I couldn’t find my kitchen scissons so I cleaned a pair of pinking shears and cut the sheet into strips that were then rolled up. The extra remnants were cut into square “chips”.

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The rollups turned out great and the kids loved them. I think I ate all the “chips” myslef before anyone else got a chance. Next up…mango rollups!

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