Ever since I was little, I’ve always loved snacking on stuff like Fruit Roll-Up’s but recently I realized that they were filled with so many random and also harmful things for you.
Take a look at the ingredient list in General Mills Fruit Roll-Ups: pears from concentrate, corn syrup, dried corn syrup, sugar, partially hydrogenated cottonseed oil, citric acid, sodium citrate, acetylated monoglycerides, fruit pectin, dextrose, maltic acid, ascorbic acid, natural flavor and the following food coloring: blue 1, red 40 and yellows 5 and 6.
I mean wouldn’t it just be better to make some of your own? If you’re curious on how to make some then read on:
This recipe is pretty flexible. You have the freedom to pick one fruit or a mix of multiple fruits. You can use fresh, frozen and/or dried fruit. I suggest making a few different trays of fruit at the same time because these won’t last long in your house and though they are VERY simple to make, they do take a long time to set.
- Warm the fruit in a pot on the stove and mix it into a puree. If there are seeds in the puree you can pour it into a sieve to get the seeds out.
- Spread the puree on a oil-sprayed silpat baking mat or parchment paper (BE SURE to spray! If you don’t it will stick!). [If you’re letting it sit outside you can use plastic wrap]
- 1 1/2 cup of fruit puree is enough for 1 baking sheet, and put in the oven on 140°F (or as low as your oven can go. my stove’s lowest temperature is 170). Leave the oven door open a little bit to let the moisture out.
- They’re done when the puree isn’t sticky anymore. (You normally need between 5-8 hours depending on the oven and your fruit choices.) [If you live in a warm climate, you can just leave the pan in the sun for the day].
- Use a sharp knife or pizza cutter to cut them and roll them with wax or parchment paper when they are still warm. Enjoy this healthy alternative.
Some combos you can use:
Yellow: 1 fresh mango, 200 g dried apricots, 1 orange (the juice) (these come out the best!)
Purple: Frozen raspberries, frozen blackberries and 1 banana (these were very seedy, you could replace the raspberries with blueberries)
Green: Kiwi, mango and mint leaves
Blue: Blueberries and grape juice
Red: Strawberries and banana
You can also add spices such as cinnamon, cardamom, vanilla pods or mint leaves.
Credit to this lovely lady for coming up with the recipes above.