Homemade Fruit Roll Ups

For some strange reason, I kind of like fruit roll ups. I didn’t eat them a lot as a kid, and I don’t eat them a whole lot now, but every once in a while, I like to take a fruit roll up, shape it into a ball and shove it in my mouth. Sorry if I just grossed you out. When I saw these homemade fruit roll ups on food gawker, I immediately wanted to give them a try. I slightly adapted the recipe from Hungry Foodies Pharmacy. Not only are these way more healthy and tasty than store bought fruit roll ups, they will make your kitchen smell amazing!

Mango-Strawberry Fruit Roll-Ups

2 cups strawberries, diced

1 large mango, diced

2 tablespoons water

Agave Nectar

1 Teaspoon Sugar in the Raw

Preheat oven to 150 degrees F one hour before dehydrating the fruit roll-ups.

If your oven does not allow you to bake at 150 degrees F, you can use your warm setting.

In a sauce pan over medium heat, add water and diced fruit. Cook until the fruit breaks down so that it is soft and mushy. Allow the fruit mixture to thicken (the syrup should coat the back of the spoon and shouldn’t be runny or thin), almost like the consistency of a chunky applesauce. Adjust sweetness with agave nectar and raw sugar.  I used about 1 tablespoons of agave nectar and a half of a tablespoon of raw sugar.

Carefully pour the fruit mixture into a food processor or blender, and puree the liquid until it is smooth in consistency.

Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and lightly grease with non-flavored oil, such as corn or vegetable oil. Pour fruit mixture onto baking sheet and spread evenly across the baking sheet, about 1/4-inch thick. Spreading the fruit evenly is extremely important, in order to insure that dehydration is even.

Place baking sheet into oven and dehydrate for about 6 to 8 hours. The amount of dehydrating time varies depending on the thickness and the amount of sugar in the fruit mixture, so check every two hours until done. You don’t want crispy fruit roll-ups. When the fruit is dry and no longer sticky to touch, remove baking sheet from oven, and allow to cool at room temperature. If you find that the edges are a little crispy, just rehydrate by dabbing the edges with a wet paper towel.

When cool to handle, carefully peel the sheet of dehydrated fruit and lay it on a cutting board, and cut with a knife or pizza slicer into strips. Cut wax paper or parchment paper just a little larger than the strips, and roll the strips of fruit into fruit roll-ups. Store in the pantry in an airtight container for up to two weeks.

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