I have 3 boys… which means not even 5 minutes after breakfast, they are pre-programed to start asking “Mommy, can we have a snack?” I swear you could feed them an entire cow and they’d be planning their next meal before the last bite is swallowed! Gosh how I love boys! =)
Needless to say, I gotta keep snacks on hand all of the time… especially snacks that are portable when we’re on the go!
Most Fruit Roll-Ups sold in stores are loaded with Corn Syrup or Sugar, Artificial Flavors, Artificial Food Coloring, and absolutely no fresh fruit whatsoever! Even the more natural Fruit Leather is expensive and made with ‘dead’ fruit (meaning it’s probably been boiled before dehydration), so the nutrients are all but gone… not to mention they’re expensive!
Although the variations are endless, here’s my base recipe for Raw & Natural Fruit Roll-ups… Feel free to create your own flavor masterpiece!
If you’re looking for an even easier & less expensive option, try my Quick & Easy Natural Fruit Roll Up Recipe using just applesauce – although you miss out on the full nutritional benefits, it’s a healthier & cheap alternative to the other stuff!
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The special tools featured in this recipe are:
- VitaMix Blender / Kitchen Tool
- Excalibur Dehydrator – Model #3926T
- Cuisipro Apple Corer – I think I got mine at Kmart… but this is a much better one from Amazon.com that will automatically release the core – instead of having to push it out (and cut yourself like I’ve done a few times).
If you don’t already have a VitaMix or Excalibur Dehydrator, I strongly encourage you to check out what these machines are capable of! For more information about VitaMix you can go directly to the VitaMix website. For free shipping, be sure to use: Coupon Code: 06-004166
Raw & Natural Fruit Roll Up Recipe
This recipe makes approximately 8 Large Circles (or 8 full dehydrator tray sized), but feel free to scale it in half if you don’t need so much. I cut each large circle in half or quarters before giving them to the kids… its just easier to make large ones instead of multiple small sizes for dehydration & storage.
All ingredients I used were Organic.
- 6 Pears (core removed)
- 4 Apples (core removed) – you can also use Applesauce
- 1 lime – Peeled (or the juice from one lime) – This will help preserve the color and the fruit.Optional Ingredients / Variation Ideas:
- Handful of Spinach (washed)
- Handful of Grapes
- Carrots (washed & peeled)
- Strawberries (washed & de-stemmed)
- 1/2 Banana (peeled – but, don’t over do the banana or the fruit roll-ups won’t dehydrate well and can end up sticky)
- Liquid or Powdered Stevia Extract for Additional Sweetness (use sparingly)Items I don’t recommend putting in your Fruit Roll-Ups (especially in great quantity) – They can cause them to be too sticky or not dry correctly for storage:
- Citrus Fruits (other than Lemon or Lime for preservation)
- Broccoli or very Fibrous Veggies
- In your VitaMix, combine fruits & veggies until pureed completely. Be sure to use Lime or Lemon to preserve the color and fruit during the dehydrating process. Citrus also adds naturally adds pectin to help bind the fruit.
- Pour fruit mixture onto dehydrator trays lined with ParaFlexx Non-Stick Reusable Liners, parchment paper, or plastic wrap.
- Dehydrate at 115 degrees for 8-12 hours until entire Fruit Roll Up is dry, but not over dry or hard.
- Serve immediately or store rolled in wax paper, parchment, or plastic wrap in sealed glass container, or ziplock bag… For long term storage, use a food sealer or store in Fridge.
- If stored in container, Use within 7-10 days. Or if refrigerated, use within one month.
If you don’t already have a Excalibur Dehydrator, I encourage you to check out what this awesome Dehydrator is capable of! It’s made in the USA, has an outstanding warranty, and is the most popular Dehydrator because of it’s large, efficient design and low cost to run.
Servings: I cut them in half or quarters so 9-36 servings depending on how hungry you are. ;)
Yield: 9 Excalibur Dehydrator Trays
Prep Time: 10 Minutes
Ready In: Approx. 6-10 Hours
Feel free to send me any questions or comments you may have!