Real Food Road Trip Snacks: Fruit Roll-Ups

by Merissa on August 3, 2012

in Featured, Recipes

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Everyone loves a good fruit snack or fruit roll up right? Unfortunately those "fruit" roll ups from the store actually have very little fruit in them unless you count corn syrup as a fruit.

Lucky for us they are super easy to make! I've heard that you can make them in the oven if your oven temp can go very low, otherwise just pull out your dehydrator. (Any one will do!)

First start by finding some fruit. Fresh or frozen will do. I used strawberries. Add the strawberries to a stockpot and add in sweetener. You can use honey, turbinado, sugar, or succanat. I added about 1/4 c. sweetener per pound of fruit. Maybe even a little less.

Cook the fruit on the stove and mash it will you go. Cook until all the fruit is like a chunky sauce.

Then pour into the blender and pulse until smooth. At this stage I always added a banana into mine to make strawberry banana rolls. Be careful, the fruit is hot!

Some dehydrators come with fruit leather sheets. You can use these or just lay down parchment paper in your machine. I used unbleached parchment paper from If You Care. Spread the fruit in a layer on the sheet. The thickness only matters for the time cooked, the thing you want to be careful of is spreading the fruit all at the same thickness so it cooks evenly. I ended up spreading mine at about 1/4 inch thick so it wouldn't get brittle. (I had to cook it overnight)

Turn your dehydrator to 125F and dry the fruit for at least 6 to 8 hours depending on thickness.

The roll ups are done when they are no longer sticky but still remain pliable. Roll them up to store. The nice thing about these is that you don't need to refrigerate so they make a great road trip snack!

In case you were wondering I have a L'Equip FilterPro Food Dehydrator and I just love it! It's awesome for those of us with allergies because it actually has an air purifier in it so it filters all the air it draws in to dry your food. Plus it's super quiet, sometimes I forget it's running!

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1 Ruth King Dennison August 3, 2012 at 10:24 am

Thank you so much! Pinning to Pinterest so I can make it later. Love this!


2 Barbara G Dowdy August 3, 2012 at 10:27 am

Wish I wouldve known about this many many years ago…wouldve saved sooo much money!! lol


3 Stacy Goben Robinson August 3, 2012 at 10:42 am

I make fruit leathers in my dehydrator. I recently made a pumpkin apple with spices and a banana PB. They are stored for winter snacking.


4 dee tibbitts August 3, 2012 at 8:40 pm

I was just wondering if you could use you oven to dry the fruit? I don’t have a dehydrator and would love to try to make leather.


5 Merissa August 3, 2012 at 8:55 pm

You can as long as your oven goes to a very low temp. I usually dry my fruit at 145 degrees.


6 Lyza August 7, 2012 at 10:13 pm

Found your link on Frugally Sustainable. I tried making these last year, I would definitely recommend using parchment paper otherwise the fruit will drip through the mat. Your post has inspired me to make them again for our road trip next week. I don’t think I used any sweetener when I made them though, do you think it’s necessary?


7 Merissa August 8, 2012 at 9:55 am

It’s really up to you, and the fruit you choose. We made the first batch without sweetener and they were super sour!


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