Homemade Strawberry Fruit Rolls Ups!

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Admit it, growing up fruit roll ups were one of your favorite childhood snacks. However, store bought fruit roll ups are loaded with sugar and chemicals and probably don’t have a single actual fruit in them. Here is a healthy homemade and all natural alternative to these sugary treats that your little one will go crazy for!

Homemade Strawberry Fruit Roll-Ups

Ingredients 

1-pound strawberries, stems and leaves cut off

1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice (about half a lemon)

¾ cup granulated sugar (Optional) This is just to sweeten your fruit,  if you think it is naturally sweet enough, you don’t have to add anything.  I always add a little somethin’ somethin’ to mine.  You can use granulated sugar, honey, or even splenda or agave syrup. 

Instructions

  1. Cut the strawberries in halves or quarters, depending on their size. Mash them roughly with a potato masher in a large bowl to yield about 2 cups of mashed berries.
  2. Stir in the sugar and lemon juice and let it sit at room temperature for 30 minutes to break down the berries. Stir once or twice while they sit to dissolve sugar.
  3. Pour the strawberries and their natural syrup into a blender and blend until a smooth puree forms, about 1 minute.
  4. Pour the puree into a high-sided pan (the wider the better to help the liquid evenly evaporate) and bring to a low boil over medium heat.
  5. Cook the strawberries for 20-25 minutes, stirring often. The liquid will foam and then become clear as the bubbles slow and the puree thickens. When it done cooking the puree will be consistent, thick, and almost opaque.
  6. While boiling preheat the oven to 175˚F
  7. Lines 2 rimmed baking sheets with parchment paper and divide the cooked strawberries between the baking sheets. Use a spatula to spread the mixture evenly into as think and wide a rectangle as possible.
  8. Heat in oven for 5 to 6 hours, or until the fruit feels slightly tacky but no longer sticky. The timing depends on your oven’s strength as well as the humidity level, the more humid the longer it will take to cook.
  9. Transfer the parchment paper on to wire racks, or just the kitchen counter, and cool completely.
  10. Use clean kitchen scissors to cut the fruit roll ups into square or strips. Store them at room temperature in airtight containers for up to a week. 
  11. Enjoy these healthy treats with your family!

 

This recipe is for strawberry fruit roll ups, but feel free to substitute the strawberries for your favorite fruit or berry, or for an even easier recipe just use apple sauce and start at step 7!

Source: http://www.ourbestbites.com/2011/09/how-to-make-homemade-fruit-roll-ups/

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