January 11, 2015
My kids went absolutely bonkers over these Homemade Fruit Rollups! They are a sweet little treat for the kids made from just fruit, making them great in school lunch boxes.
I decided to make these delicious rockmelon, mixed berry and banana Homemade Fruit Rollups because I had quite a lot of leftover rockmelon that I needed to use up quickly. I grew my first batch of rockmelon plants this summer and they fruited really well so we’ve eaten lots of it and frozen some to make sorbet with at a later date. I wanted to do something a little different with the last of my juicy rockmelon and thought what could be better than mixing it up with some other delicious fruits and making these rollups or fruit leathers (as they are often called).
I used my dehydrator in this recipe to preserve the fruit. Cooking the fruit at a really low temperature of 41 degrees Celsius allows the moisture to evaporate from the fruit whilst still retaining the living enzymes contained in the food. It’s a pretty cool process. Once you’ve dehydrated the Homemade Fruit Rollup mixture for the day, you end up with a leathery fruit strap that can be cut into individual pieces and stored in the pantry for a few weeks. If they last that long!
If you don’t have a dehydrator but have an oven that has a really low setting then you can still make this recipe. The length of time required to dehydrate the rollups will depend on how low your oven can go. My convection microwave oven has a 40 degrees Celsius setting and my conventional oven starts at 50 degrees Celsius. Both of these are good options. This recipe normally takes 10 to 12 hours to make in my dehydrator, so you would just have to monitor the rollups whilst they were cooking, probably checking after 8 or 9 hours to see whether they are done. You want to achieve a leathery consistency that isn’t sticky to the touch.
Whatever method you use, I’m sure you will be stoked with the result. I love the fact that I can make Homemade Fruit Rollups for my boys, because I certainly wouldn’t buy any commercial variety for them. These are made using all organic ingredients, some of which I grew at home, and they are free from preservatives, additives and added sugar. The great thing about dehydrating fruit is that it enhances its natural sweetness, so I find I don’t have to add any extra honey, maple syrup or stevia to these rollups.
You can also use whatever fruit you have lying around that you want to use up. Just make sure that the fruit isn’t overripe or bruised – you only want to dehydrate ripe fruit. I chose to use rockmelon, mixed berries and banana in this batch but you could use whatever you want! My next batch will probably be plum and peach rollups, as I have lots of stone fruit in our kitchen at the moment and I’m not sure it will all get eaten before it over-ripens. Just use your imagination and I recommend adding at least one really sweet fruit – like banana or mango.
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