I remember loving fruit rolls as a child-you know the round ones that were oh so good? It seemed like we wandered the aisles of the grocery store for what seems like hours until we arrived in the produce section where there was a stand with twenty different flavors my little self couldn't decide upon. My mom always let me snack on one and let me hand the wrapper over to the cashier at check out-shhhh, don't tell!
Now that my kids are a tad older, I thought I'd introduce fruit rolls as a special treat sort of snack, but holy yowza, there's a lot of sugar and a whole lot of unpronouncables! I came up with a super easy, make your own recipe that their six little hands enjoyed helping with. And the best part? I even snuck in Kidz Sprinkles Multi-Vitamins by Dr. Rach for extra vitamins, minerals, probiotics, enzymes, fiber and omega-3. Yep, that felt really good and I may have given myself an itty bitty pat on the back.
Makes 10-12 rolls
Prep time: 10 minutes
Cook time: 4-5 hours
1 cup raspberries
1 pint strawberries
1/2 a lemon, juiced
1/8 cup honey
1 teaspoon Kidz Sprinkles Multi-Vitamin
walled cookie sheet
bakers twine or yarn
the how to:
I gathered all my ingredients to have ready to go, because you know if I had to walk away from the counter, their hands will be all up in everything! I let them dump the berries in the bowl and blended. I used the hand mixer this go around to let them help more, but you can use a regular counter blender as well.
In goes the honey and Kidz Sprinkles Multi-Vitamin. Why I am in love with this? Because for day to day food, you add 2-3 shakes of the vitamins and you eliminate the dreaded, "I don't want the grape one" or "I want the kitty shaped one." True story. Picking my battles y'all.
You'll want to spread the mixture on top of parchment paper that is lining a walled cookie sheet. Now it's time to dehydrate. I preheated my oven to the lowest temperature it would go to, which was 170F. It will most likely take around 4 hours for the fruit to dry up, but could take around 5 depending on your oven.
About every 30 minutes, I check on it and if the edges looked like they were crisping up too much, I used a little spray bottle to moisten. You could also use a BBQ brush to lightly sprinkle early on, then brush later as hardening occurs. Once it looked nice and dry, I used a fork to test towards the middle and once it was a clean poke without residue, I removed from the oven and let cool.
I trimmed the edges with a sharp knife to make straight, then cut unto rows about an inch in width. I pre-cut some more of the paper to roll up with the fruit and tied with a string. The kids extra loved helping with this part before they HAD to have a bite or two, or a whole roll each!
What is the most creative way you've disguised healthy goodies in your child's food?
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