This time of the year can be extra challenging, especially for kids to avoid all the sweets and candy everywhere. I found that when the first sweet craving is satisfied it is so much easier to stay away from the rest. When I give my kids fruit or home made sweets like these fruit rolls the healthy raw candy, bars or cakes they forget about asking for other sweets. They are tasty and look like candy. They are quick and easy to make in any fruit or fruit combinations you prefer. They are dehydrated or can be made in a regular oven on a low setting with the door open. This of course uses a lot more energy than a dehydrator!
Ingredients for 1 tray,
- 1 banana
- 1 apple
- 1 Tbsp. lemon juice
- 2 Tbsp. honey, agave, maple syrup or an other liquid sweetener of choice, optional, when using sweet, ripe fruit is the use of added sweeteners not always needed
- pinch of salt
These are the common ingredients for store bought fruit leather……..sugar, glucose/fructose syryp, dextrose, corn syrup wheat flour, acidifier, E100, E131, E171, artificial colorings, semi hydrogenated fats……..
The fruit leather can be cut in strips, when rolled in parchement paper it can be transported and kept without sticking to each other. If you would like to keep it longer is it better to roll it in plastic foil and store it in an airtight container.
These fruit rolls contain only fruit and condiments like vanilla, ginger, mint, cinnamon, lemon, lime, orange, etc.
These are made with blueberries and banana, beautiful color!
Apples and applesauce keep the fruit leather soft and pliable, so a little apple can always be added.
It is great to experiment with tastes, colors and structure! The little ones, and big ones, can enjoy these from time to time without guilt.
Have a great weekend,