Healthy Fruit Snacks

by Merissa on April 15, 2013

in Featured, Recipes

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If you are the mommy of a little one, you know what I'm talking about here. You feel like your little one gets tired of having the same old snacks over and over so you end up resorting to store bought snacks more and more, even though they are expensive and you know they aren't really very good for your little guy.

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I know I have a tendency to do that sometimes. As much as I like making my little guy healthy, homemade snacks, I get tired of making the same thing over and over and having to buy special things to make snacks.

I'll admit that I was at the grocery store the other day looking for a fruit snack for my little guy that he could have with all his allergies. I couldn't find anything. (We do have some fruit leather, both homemade fruit leather and store bought fruit leather, but he tends to make a HUGE mess of that.)

I know I could always make my own with gelatin and juice but little guy eats quite a bit of homemade "jello" already. I was looking for a real fruit treat.

So I "created" this recipe, that isn't really a recipe at all. For this recipe I used homemade applesauce but you should be able to use most kinds of pureed fruit as long as they aren't too watery.

Healthy Fruit Snacks

What You Need:

How to Make:

  1. Start by cutting your waxed paper to fit in your dehydrator. If you dehydrator has trays you can skip doing this step.
  2. Scoop the applesauce into the plastic baggie.
  3. Cut off one small corner of one side of the bottom of the plastic bag, squeeze the applesauce into large dots onto the waxed paper.
  4. Dehydrate the dots for about 8 hours, depending on your dehydrator. You want the pieces to be slightly soft still but not sticky.

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Once they are finished, store the pieces in the fridge and serve as fruit snacks!

Have you ever made healthy fruit snacks?

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1 Tiffany C. April 15, 2013 at 9:19 pm

I have tried fruit leather before, results were discouraging. But I think this fruit snack idea is doable! I look forward to trying it! Thanks for the idea!

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2 Merissa April 15, 2013 at 9:21 pm

I’m not a huge fan of fruit leather either…somehow I can never get it perfectly even so it dries correctly!

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3 Charly April 16, 2013 at 7:04 am

Would all natural, organic baby food (is that a “fruit purée”?). I am trying it now with the dehydrator… Just wondering if you would know for sure. Thank you for this recipe!

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4 Merissa April 16, 2013 at 12:24 pm

Yes, actually that might work great!

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5 Charly May 15, 2013 at 10:36 am

Thank you – it works pretty well, and my son said they were best fruit snacks ever! I’m trying your tummies next!

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