Fruit Roll-Ups/Fruit by the Foot/Gushers, etc. were, hands down, one of the highlights of my youth. I remember how easily I could unmask and tear through an entire new box of anything in that family. They were fun to stretch over my face while I ate, fun to eat over my finger or to just simply devour (all that body & eating part sounds pretty disgusting now). Yum!
However, I had to work hard to get THESE kinds of fruit roll-ups growing up as my Mom generally always made us buy the healthier version. You know, the roll-ups like THIS and the fruit leather like THIS. Though I liked them, I always secretly hoped to get the less nutritional kind into the cart without her noticing.
Well, no more. Health is the name of the game (most of the time, basically on weekdays for me) and I'm always looking for the more healthy alternative to most things. So these completely homemade, natural fruit roll-ups are right up my alley. Let us begin:
First, grab any kind of fruit you want and prep it for eating (something in the berry family seems to work best). For this post, I did blackberries, raspberries, blueberries & strawberries.
Next, take your clean fruit and put it in your food processor and then graciously drizzle with natural honey.
Is there anything more beautiful than fruit? My oh my!
Next, run the food processor until your fruit is a liquidy purée. When that is done, take a baking sheet and spread saran wrap across the entire thing.
Then pour said purée gently over the baking sheet until it fills the entire pan.
Make sure that you spread the liquid around evenly throughout the pan (otherwise, it will bake unevenly). Smooth it out until everything is covered.
When the pan is ready, put it in a 170 degree oven for about 7-9 hours.
Yes, you read that right: Hours. If you try to cook it fast, the saran wrap will melt in a heavier heat. For these snacks, slow and steady wins the race. ***Also, I don't trust bargain saran wrap in the oven. I'd pay more for quality.***
Begin checking on it every 30 min after the 7 hours. When the sheet is ready, the entire thing will evenly and easily peel away from the saran wrap.
When this happens, transfer the entire sheet onto a piece of parchment paper.
It will look like a huge version of fruit leather.
Roll it tight to create your 'by the foot' setting.
Now's the fun part: Take kitchen scissors and slice those babies up.
You'll be left with your very own fruit roll-ups made as healthy as they could be and perfect for packing into to-go lunches. Or just snacks at home.
I highly recommend you give these a shot!