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Homemade Fruit Roll-Ups

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My kids love, love, love fruit snacks, fruit roll-ups……anything fruity and sweet.  They would sit down and eat 5 packs of fruit snacks no problem!  I just don’t feel good about them eating that as a snack.  I do feel good about them eating fruit in another form though!  My 5 year old has texture issues, especially with fruit and so sometimes eating a piece of fruit is difficult for her.  But she will eat any fruit blended.  

Making your own fruit roll-ups is as simple as blending fruit!  There are a few simple tricks that if you follow, your fruit roll-ups will turn out thick, peelable, and delicious!  

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The first step is to blend your fruit.  To make one pan, you will need about 5 cups of fruit.  It can be any kind of fruit!  We have tried it with lots of different kinds, and they all turn out delicious.  Blend until very smooth.  

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This step is only necessary if your kids have texture issues, and your fruit has small seeds (strawberries, raspberries, etc)  Pour your mixture into a fine mesh strainer, and stir until it has all moved through.  

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This next step is the most important!  Pour your fruit mixture onto a baking sheet.  Using a silpat, or silicone mat will give you the best success.  You can also try using wax paper, freezer paper, or parchment paper, but none of these will give you the same quality as using a silicone mat.  

The key is spreading it very thick and even.  The edges always get done the fastest, and can become thin and brittle, and so spread the mixture thick on the edges.  The more even you can get your mixture, the better it will turn out.  I leave mine at least 1/4 inch thick in all spots. 

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Once it is smooth and thick all over, you pop it in your preheated oven at 200 degrees F.   It will bake for 4-6 hours depending on how thick you spread it, and how hot your oven cooks.  

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Once it has dried and isn’t thick and sticky in the middle, it is done!  You can then peel it, and cut it into strips!  

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We rolled ours up in freezer paper and secured a cute ribbon around it.  This is a great treat to send in your kids lunches, let them eat after school, or even at activities and sports! 


Products Used

Silicone Mat Fine Mesh Strainer
Stainless Steel Fine Mesh Strainer Colander Sieve with Handle for Kitchen Food Rice Vegetable,set of 3

 

 

 

Homemade Fruit Roll-Ups

  • 5 cups fruits (any kind)
  • Silicone mat
  • Baking Sheet
  • Fine mesh strainer (optional)

 

  1. Blend fruit together until very smooth.
  2. Pour into a fine mesh strainer if you would like to remove seeds.
  3. Line a baking sheet with a silicone mat.  Preheat oven to 200 degrees F.
  4. Pour mixture onto mat, and spread very even with a spatula.  Leave mixture at least 1/4 inch thick, especially watching the edges.  
  5. Once mixture is smooth and even, place in the oven and bake for 4-6 hours until the mixture has dried completely.
  6. Cut with scissors into strips and roll in wax or freezer paper, or plastic wrap.  
  7. Store for up to 1 month.  

 


27 Comments

sarah Rodriguez

Is there a way to do these without the silicone mat? I don’t have one of those….?

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Kristyd

I love that you posted this on today, my Birthday! Fruit roll ups are a childhood love, but no way will I give them to my 8 yr old now. I keep saying I am going to make some like this, and now you have hit me with theinspiration to do so as a late Bday treat for myself as well. Thanks!

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Kristyd

I love that you posted this on today, my Birthday! Fruit roll ups are a childhood love, but no way will I give them to my 8 yr old now. I keep saying I am going to make some like this, and now you have hit me with theinspiration to do so as a late Bday treat for myself as well. Thanks!

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I’ve been making these out of damson plum purée as we have so many at this time of the year. I have been using cling film quite successfully – it’s fine on a low oven heat! Must try your mixed fruit version too though – lovely colour!

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Cheryl

Cooked for 9 hours, totally gross. Didn’t work at all. Wasted 8 peaches too. Very disappointed.

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carla

what happened? I’m wanting to try today, so any tips or what u think happened, thanls!

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Cheryl

Okay, so it was 7 hours not 9. It felt like longer…. Well I used parchment paper. I’m sure the silicone mat works better. Half of it dried through and stuck to the paper, the other half remained puree with a skin on top.

It didn’t look shiny and lovely like the picture, it looked like a brown, gooey mess. In fairness, the bits I did get to try were delicious. My son wasn’t interested after seeing what it looked like after waiting 7 hours for it. He wanted to make brownies but I couldn’t use the oven.

I wish I could keep trying but the expense and time doesn’t seem worth it. Much fruit is needed plus hours of the oven being on for very little reward.

Maybe the lady who uses parchment (above) can offer some tips? Otherwise please come back and let me know how it went. Good luck.

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carla

what do you mean? putting saran wrap down, then putting the puree then putting it in the oven? I didn’t know you could put saran wrap in the oven!

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Christine

I have done it with parchment and it never turned out as well. Yesterday I used my silicone mat and I would never do it without it! You can,but it is so much trickier to get the edges and not overcook it. I highly suggest the silicone mat

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I wouldn’t recommend that as it would still have chunks, and a lot more liquid. Blending is the best method. You can also try a food processor.

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Are you talking about the mixture? I’m sure you could, but when it thaws it would have more liquid and may need to be re-blended.

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Sarah –

You can try using parchment paper or cling wrap, but like other people have said it doesn’t turn out as well, and is a lot more mess. Silicone mats can be used for lots of different things in the kitchen and are definitely worth it! The amazon link at the bottom of this post is the best price i have seen them :)

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Kristen

My kids love them! I used parchment paper with NO problem whatsoever. After blending the fruit in the food processor, I did simmer it for a bit over the stove to further reduce liquid and cut down on oven baking time. I think ours was in the oven for 2-3 hours instead. Maybe that’s why the parchment paper worked for me? I have no idea. :) But they were delicious and had no hard or brittle edges either!

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Bryana

Will this work with frozen fruit that is thawed out?? I have a ton of frozen blueberries that I’m dying to try this with! Lol

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Yes you can definitely use frozen fruit. If the mixture seems thin, you can add it to a sauce pan and cook it down until it is a thicker consistency.

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Natalie Monson

Jill – currently our blog posts are not in a format that can be added to the recipe box for the meal plan. Any recipe that can be added to the recipe box will have a ‘Add to recipe box’ icon. Thanks for being a member!

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