Cooking with Charger: Homemade Fruit Roll-Ups
Welcome back! Remember me, Charger the Chef Dog? Boy, do I have a treat to start your week off right: homemade fruit roll-ups.
I’ve been making these since I was just a pup and not only are they a healthy snack, but they’re also irresistible (like me!).
But enough kidding around. Let’s get cookin’…
— 3 cups of ripe (or slightly over-ripe) diced fruit
— 2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice (prevents browning in light-colored fruit)
— Optional: add 3 tablespoons of honey, sugar, or agave syrup to sweeten
— Rimmed baking sheet
— Food processor
— Plastic wrap
Preheat oven to lowest temperature setting (140°F, depending on the oven).
Line baking sheet with quality plastic wrap. Leave an inch or two of overhang, because plastic wrap may shrink in oven. Tip: Low-quality plastic wrap will melt in the oven. Also avoid foil, parchment, and waxed paper, as fruit will stick to these.
Puree diced fruit in food processor until smooth. Taste and add sweetener as needed. If mixture is too thick to pour, add a little water.
Spread mixture on baking sheet evenly, so it is about 1/8″ thick. Avoid spreading to the edges.
Place baking sheet in preheated oven and bake for 6-8 hours, until the center of fruit mixture is no longer tacky. Tip: If edges get too crispy, brush them with a little water while baking to rehydrate the fruit.
Remove from oven and peel fruit mixture off of the plastic wrap while it’s still warm. Either roll it back up in the plastic, or roll up in a sheet of parchment.
Once rolled, using a pair of clean scissors, cut into individual roll-ups. They should stay rolled on their own, but if needed, use tape or a twist tie to keep them bundled. Store in airtight container or freeze.
Experiment with different types of fruit for a variety of textures and flavors. Paw-sonally, I like strawberries and raspberries best.
Another great thing about this snack is that there are no artificial preservatives. So help your family get their daily dose of fruit today with this tasty treat.
Let us know your favorite homemade fruit roll-up flavors in the comments below, and check in next Monday for another Cooking with Charger recipe!
h/t: Our Best Bites
Adult supervision required.
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