Fruit Rollups/Fruit Leather
Use any of your favorite fruit for this great snack. Remember that the fruit sugars are condensed so just a little has lots of sugar sweetness and should be taken into consideration when eating these treats.
- 1 pound strawberries cleaned, stems removed and sliced
- 3/4 cup sugar
- 2 tbsp lemon juice
Wash fruit and cut away any bruises or spoiled parts. In a food processor or blender, process together strawberries, sugar and lemon juice until smooth. Strain to remove any seeds.
Pour into saucepan and bring to boil over medium heat, stirring constantly; bring to a gentle boil, constantly stirring, until reduced to 1-1/4 cups, about 25 minutes. Be careful not to get any splatters on your body, especially your face. When this mixture boils, it can splatter quickly and give you a terrible burn. Make sure if a child is helping to prepare this recipe, they must be tall enough to look into the pan and not be too close.
Dehydrator Method- Place a sheet of parchment (cut to fit tray). Pour puree onto the paper about 1/4 inch then spread evenly. Dry at 130 F until the fruit feels like leather and is pliable about overnight.
Oven Method: Meanwhile, grease 15- x 10-inch (38 x 25 cm) rimmed baking sheet and line with parchment paper. Spread strawberry mixture evenly over the paper right to edges, without leaving any bare spots.
Bake in 200°F (100°C) oven.
Bake until dry yet still tacky when tested with the back of a spoon (not fingers), about 2-3/4 hours. Let cool on pan on rack.
Starting at long edge, roll up with paper. The paper is not necessary but makes it easier to handle and store.
Using scissors, cut into 1-inch (2.5 cm) wide strips. (Make-ahead: Store in airtight container for up to 2 weeks.)
Fruit combination ideas:
Yellow: 1 fresh mango, 1 dried apricots, Juice of 1 orange
Purple: Frozen raspberries, frozen blackberries and 1 banana, 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 make Fruit Rollups using frozen fruit. *You can also add spices such as cinnamon, cardamom, vanilla pods or mint leaves.
You can cut out the finished fruit leather with cookie cutters different fun shapes of roll ups. Use the scraps in your cereal, bowl of oatmeal or in your yogurt.
Fruit rollups are a delicious snack. Keep in mind, however, that this recipe is made with reduced fruit sugar. A little sugar goes a long way, so do not eat too many - even though they are delicious - at one time.