It's winter now in the Northeast, which means, among other things, local fresh fruit is scarce. My kids like strawberries but I have feeling that if I put a GoPro on a case of strawberries now and saw how many trucks and planes and states it had to travel to arrive on my kitchen counter, I would lose my appetite. So, cut to the homemade fruit roll up.
I am not going to pretend I came even remotely close to making this up. What you should really do is google "fruit roll up recipe" because there are so many. But the basics are all the same. So few ingredients, pathetically easy and legit delicious. I got the idea from my son's teacher and my friend, Bonnie. Shoutout to Bonnie!
You can use a variety of fruits. I use organic frozen. You can use a dehydrator if you're fancy. I use my oven at the lowest temp setting, again, as per recommended by my google search. Awesome snack for the sweet tooth (read: me)
1 or 2 bags of frozen fruit
Sweetener of your choice. I chose honey but any sugar, stevia etc. will do. Go natural.
Set oven to the lowest temperature. My oven's lowest is 170 degrees. Throw frozen fruit into blender. Add sweetener to taste. For 1 bag of fruit, I used 2 tablespoons of honey. Add approximately 2 tablespoons lemon juice to keep the brightness of the fruit intact. Blend all the ingredients in a food processor and blend until it’s as smooth as you think fruit roll ups to be.
Line a baking pan with sides with parchment paper Pour the fruit liquid-ish mixture onto the pan. It should still be slightly thick but thinly spread. Use back of a spoon to spread the mixture out thinly so that it is about 1/8-1/4 inch thick on pan. Put pan in oven and almost forget about it. Let it dry out in the oven for 4-6 hours.
You know it is done when no part (the center) is not gooey/tacky. The edges will likely get more dry than the middle but you can moisten them with water when it's done. Once cooled, you can be crafty and cut it into strips or attach paper to make it into cute snacks, As you can tell by my photos, I don't have time and am going for the au natural ugly but tasty version. Plus they are eaten so quickly, they don't need to be pretty. I would think they could stay fresh a decent amount of time, but they don't last more than a day around here.
Total sucker punch to the winter fruitless blues. Then do some yoga or dance.