How To Make Home Made Fruit Roll-Ups
Enjoy General Mills Fruit Roll-Ups? Now You Can Make Your Own!
As a kid I loved strawberry fruit roll-ups. They are a classic kid favorite but they aren't the mostly healthy snack. If you've ever read the ingredients to the store bought ones you see a bunch of unpronounceable ingredients and preservatives. With this recipe you can make your own fruit roll-ups at home and have a healthy snack for your kids or yourself. Adults love roll-ups too!
Here's How You Do it!
It's simple and easy! All you need is a little time.
To make fruit roll-ups you are basically pureeing your fruit and sweetening it then dehydrating it in the oven. The process of dehydrating your fruit takes time. You don't want to cook the fruit which is why your oven temperature will be very low. I set mine at 170 degrees which is the lowest it will go. You want to take all the moisture out of your fruit which results in a chewy texture. It can take 6 to 8 hours but it is well worth the wait.
3 cups of the fruit of your choice (I chose strawberry)
sugar to taste (I use 2 tablespoons but you can use less or more)
Squirt of lemon juice (optional)
Plastic Wrap (microwave safe brand)
Cookie sheet with raised sides
Knife or scissors for cutting fruit strips
How You Make Them:
1. Before starting, heat your oven to 170
2. Take your fruit, wash it, and measure out at least 3 cups worth. You can use any fruit and can even combine fruits.
3. Next, you need to puree your fruit. I put mine in a food processor but you can use a blender.
4. Make sure your fruit puree is smooth and free of chunks. It needs to be liquid. Strawberry puree starts to bubble a bit when it is ready.
5. This step is optional. For strawberry roll-ups I like to strain out the seeds but not everyone likes to do this. My husband likes the seeds but I think straining them out makes them taste more like the store brand ones. It is up to you. Experiment with both ways and see what you like.
6. Add in your sugar and mix until dissolved. I like 2 tablespoons but how much depends on your tastes. Sometimes fruit might be tart and may need more sugar and sometimes may need less. Just taste your mixture as you add sugar and you will find what is best for you. Two tablespoons is usually the right amount.
7. Add a squirt of lemon juice, around 1/4 of a teaspoon, and mix. This can be optional though. I've found the lemon juice reduces the tartness of some fruits but not everyone has it handy or wants to buy a big bottle when they may not use it. It also depends on taste.
8. Next you will prepare your pan. You need to use a cookie sheet or pan with raised sides. My pan is a 13X18 inche cooki sheet which is perfect for 3 cups of strawberries.
9. Take plastic wrap that specifically says microwave safe on the box and line the pan with it. If you use a cheaper brand that isn't microwave safe it will melt. A microwave safe brand can be used in the oven and can withstand 170 degree heat. Leave an inch around the edges so the liquid will not spill over the plastic.
10. Pour your fruit puree into the pan and smooth it out until it is evenly layered on the pan and covers all corners.
11. Pop your pan into the oven. The way to make a roll-up is to dehydrate your puree mixture until it is chewy and devoid of moisture. Your mixture will dehydrate in the oven anywhere from 6 to 8 hours. I always make several different batches at the same time and put as many pans as my oven will allow because of the cook time. You can freeze your roll-ups or refrigerate them to make them last longer. I sometimes put them in before I go to bed and check them first thing when I wake up in the morning or you can pop them in whenever is convenient to you.
12. Check them periodically after 6 hours. I usually touch them with a finger but you can use a spoon or knife. Your roll-ups will have no moisture. The fruit should not be wet or come off on your finger. Sometimes the edges cook faster than the middle so if they get too dry just pat them with a little water to rehydrate.
13. Once they are done take them out of the oven and cut into strips. I use scissors but a knife works fine. You can roll each strip up in wax paper if you want them to look like store bought ones or just wrap them in plastic wrap.
14. Enjoy the fruits of your labor (no pun intended)
A Healthy Snack
This really is a simple treat to make and it is hard to mess it up. It’s also very healthy. General Mills Fruit Roll-Ups have so many ingredients that are unpronounceable that it worries me to put it in my body. With home made ones I know what is in my food and I’m avoiding all those unhealthy ingredients and preservatives. I hope you enjoy and if you have any questions or comments then just let me know. I'm here to offer any help or advice. Happy cooking!