How To Make Fruit Roll Ups
Growing up, whenever we visited my Grandmommy, she always had fruit roll ups for all the grandchildren.
You know those super sweet roll ups that have little to no actual fruit in them?
We adored them.
Once I grew up a little bit, and started learning more about health and nutrition, I ditched the packaged “fruit” roll ups at Grandmommy’s house, and switched over to having real fruit leather for an occasional snack.
There are some great all-fruit brands on the market, but being the independent person that I am, I had to find a way to make them myself.
I found that they are incredibly easy to make in my dehydrator (and incidentally much more economical as well)!
Puree 4 cups of applesauce with 1 cup of whatever fresh or frozen fruit you want to flavor your roll ups with.
Applesauce makes a great fruit roll up on it’s own, but it has a very mild flavor, so it can be easily influenced by just a small amount of a more expensive fruit.
Some of our favorites are:
Play around, and mix and match the different flavors to find which ones you like best!
This one is has strawberries mixed in with the applesauce.
Spread the pureed fruit on the non-stick sheets on the dehydrator trays. Spread it more thinly in the middle so that it will dry evenly without creating crispy edges.
This recipe usually fills up 5 trays of my dehydrator.
Dehydrate on 135-145 degrees for several hours, or until the moisture is gone from the roll ups, but they are still pliable and soft.
Peel the fruit leather off the non-stick sheets and cut into 3 strips.
Roll up the strips, and store in a glass jar.
You may need to hide these from your family, and dole them out at snack time, or they may mysteriously disappear in a couple of days. Ahem. This may have happened to the last batch I made…
These fruit roll ups are delicious and healthy, but I think my favorite feature is that they are stored at room temperature, so they can be easily thrown into my purse or a kid’s backpack without needing to be insulated!
- 4 cups of unsweetened applesauce
- ½ cup of fruit for additional flavor (optional)
- Puree the fruit and applesauce together in a food processor or blender.
- Spread the puree on 5 non-stick dehydrator sheets.
- Dehydrate several hours until completely dry and bendable.
Happy fruit roll up making!
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