Homemade fruit roll-ups are a wonderful way to use fruit that’s just a bit too ripe to be appealing. If you have picky kids, like I do, it’s also a great way to introduce them to fruits they might otherwise not dare to try. For instance, my son won’t touch pineapple regardless of whether I serve it in slices or chunks, fresh or grilled. But put it into a roll-up and he’ll happily eat as many as I’ll let him.
Of course, both kids and parents need to use common sense with snacks like this. It’s dried fruit, after all, and even though you’re just eating one or two roll-ups you’re still putting away several pieces of fruit. Keep that in mind so little tummies don’t get too full!
Note: If you’re not using organic fruit, it’s best to go ahead and peel it. You’ll lose some of the fiber, but you won’t be eating pesticides. Your fruit leather will be more transparent, too.
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- 2 cups fresh fruit, chopped
- ¼ cup water
- 1 tbsp. fresh lemon juice
- Sugar (optional)
- Preheat oven to 180F.
- Line a jellyroll pan or cookie sheet with parchment or wax paper, and spray with cooking spray. The temperature is low enough that the wax will not melt, so no worries.
- Simmer fruit, water and lemon juice together in a medium sauce pan, stirring occasionally, until fruit is tender.
- Blend mixture in food processor or blender until smooth. Taste and add sugar if necessary. (Note: flavor will be sweeter after cooking, so do not add too much.)
- Pour the fruit puree into the prepared baking sheet and spread with spatula into an even layer.
- Bake at 180F for 8 to 10 hours (or overnight) or until firm. If the edges begin to look hard before the center is done, simply brush them with water and continue cooking.
- Remove from oven when firm and immediately lift the parchment or wax paper from the baking sheet to cool on racks.
- Cut with scissors or a pizza cutter into strips and wrap these with wax or parchment paper.
- Store in an air-tight container kept in a cool, dark location for up to 1 week, or freeze for up to 6 months.
It’s really up to your imagine to decide what flavors of homemade fruit roll-ups to make. I’ve made apple, watermelon, kiwi, pineapple, raspberry, blackberry, and strawberry, along with just about every combination possible from these. Oh, and if you have a dehydrator it’s even easier to make homemade fruit roll-ups in even larger batches. Just use the solid plastic rack liner, or line your racks with wax paper, and load your dehydrator up with all the homemade fruit roll-ups you want!
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