I have always loved fruit roll-ups. I remember being in elementary school and always being jealous of the kids that had Fruit By The Foot and Gushers packed in their lunch. I had Fruit Jammers as a snack (not nearly as good or exciting) and occasionally I got to buy a Fruit String Thing from the cafeteria — all you 90’s kids, pleeeease tell me you remember Fruit String Things! Best Snack Ever. Now that I buy my own food I understand why my parents weren’t buying us packs of Gushers that we’d devour in a day. Plus my aging woman body also doesn’t seem to handle all the sweets as well anymore. Ha! One of my friend’s moms in elementary school used to make homemade fruit leather that I remember loving and have wanted to try to make some of my own for years and I finally tried it out! The baking part is pretty time consuming but the whole process is super simple and totally worth it for a jar full of healthy snacks.Homemade Fruit Roll Ups
2 1/2 cups of fresh fruit (I tried Strawberry, Mango, and a Mixed Berry – Raspberry, Blackberry, Blueberry)
1 tbsp honey
-Combine fruit and honey in a food processor and blend until smooth.
-Line a pan with parchment paper and pour in mixture.
-Spread a thin, even layer.
-Bake at the lowest temperature that your oven has (usually 150 – 200) for 3-6 hours. Shouldn’t indent or stick to your finger when you touch the center.
-Cut into strips, roll up, and tie.
-Store in an airtight container.
*If you don’t like seeds, you may want to take the time to strain the berry mixtures before baking.
*If you make it too thick, it will take a loooong time to cook.
*If you don’t want to leave your stove on overnight, you can cook for a couple of hours and then turn the oven off with the door closed and leave them in there for the rest of the night.
Next time you have a bunch of fruit in your house that is about to go bad – just blend them up and make some of these!