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April 23, 2013

Homemade Strawberry Fruit Roll Ups

I don't know any kid who doesn't love fruit roll ups. If it's up to my kids, they would eat an entire box of it in a single setting. Besides the fact that they are pricey (when you go through as much of it as we do), some of them also contain a lot of sugar and artificial dyes. This past weekend, my best friend and I went grocery shopping together, we came across an amazing deal on strawberries so I ended up buying 3 cases (24 lbs. total). I kid you not, it was $1 for each case of fresh strawberries (8 lbs. per case).  I ended up dehydrating a case of it, but I was left with 2 cases that needed to be consume. That's when I decided to make some fruit rolls ups with them.

For each sheet of fruit roll ups, you will need

* 3 cups of strawberries
* 1 tablespoon of pure honey. 

I pureed the strawberries with organic pure honey until I got a smooth consistency. Then I poured it out onto the a sheet for my dehydrator.
10 hours later this is what it looks like. If you do not have a dehydrator, you can use your oven for this step. Take a cookie sheet and line it with parchment paper. Make sure you coat the parchment paper well with oil. I used 100% organic coconut oil. Then pour your puree onto the parchment paper, making sure that it is evenly distributed on the sheet. Dry your puree in the oven at between 135 to 150 degrees for about 8 to 10 hours. If you use a higher temperature, you will risk burning the edges of the fruit roll up. Remove fruit roll up from the oven when it's no longer wet or sticky.  
While it is still warm, using kitchen scissors to cut the fruit rolls ups into strips, then roll them up! I use baker's twine to tie them for easy transport in my diaper bag, DH and DD's lunch boxes. Total cost per cookie sheet size of fruit roll up (taken into account that I got an amazing deal on the strawberries): About $0.15.

A photo of my little man enjoying this healthy and Paleo friendly treat. I love that only natural ingredients are used.
You will want to make several sheets at the same time (depending the space in your oven or dehydrator) -- especially since the fruit roll ups do take a long time to dehydrate. Store the fruit roll ups in an air tight container.

I keep our's in a glass jar on the kitchen counter because they don't last more than 2 days. But when I make a huge batch of it, I store extras in a freezer ziplock bag inside my freezer.

I highly recommend buying seasonal fruit at your local farmer's market or supermarket. This will help lower the cost of your ingredients and when fruits are in season, they are sweeter so no sugar is required for this recipe. 

Happy Paleo snacking !


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