Sometimes healthy-looking snacks are really just sneaky and well-marketed candy.
When making your own fruit roll-ups, you’re able to know exactly what ingredients are in them, and you can help avoid all the added sugar, artificial colours and flavours.
When it comes to clean, healthy roll ups, they should include:
• Real, whole fruit as the main ingredient
• No added sugar (fruit is sweet enough!)
• No fillers (starches or complex carbohydrates)
• No artificial ingredients (colours/flavours)
Why not try these homemade fruit roll ups? They’re a fun, natural way to enjoy a better version of the much-loved childhood snack. And the children can help you make them!
• 2 cups mango
• 1 ripe banana
What fruit you choose is optional. You can also use strawberry, blackberry, kiwi fruit etc. whatever fruit your family love!
1. Blend the mango and banana until smooth
2. Cover trays with plastic wrap
3. Spread the fruit puree over the plastic wrap in even strips of a similar thickness
4. Allow a couple of centimetres between each strip so they don’t join together. The mixture will spread whilst dehydrating so allow some space for this.
5. If you are using a fruit dryer set it to 65 degrees for one hour and then reduce the temperature to 43 degrees and continue drying for about 16 hours. Try and rotate the trays as well when drying.
An alternative is to use your microwave on the defrost setting for 30-45 minutes.
6. If no indentation is visible or if the mixture is no longer tacky to the touch, the fruit leather is dry and ready to eat or store.