When I was 7, fruit rollups were where it was at. Corn syrup, four different food colourings, hydrogenated cottonseed oil – are they really even worthy of the adjective ‘fruit’?
I think ‘sugary, unhealthy, processed’ rollups would be much more accurate. What if I told you that these homemade, natural fruit rollups, which are completely sugar-free and only have a single ingredient, are so much more delicious and so, so much better for you? I thought so.
Even my 7-year-old self would have loved these, and that’s saying something since said self practically lived off sandwiches, Nesquik, and yoghurt-coated raisins.
I vacillate when it comes to my favourite fruits, but I think it might have to be peaches. Or watermelon.. or apricots.. or berries! Or crisp green apples. But for today, it’s peaches. Their sweet, tender, brightly-coloured insides make for a chewy, nourishing snack which tastes delicious, too! It literally takes a few cups of whatever your favourite fruit, a blender, a baking tray, and a low oven.
Fruit rollups are still cool when you’re 14, right?! You know they totally are.
homemade fruit rollups
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 6-8 hours
Ingredients (24 rollups)
- 3 cups of your favourite fruit or a blend of fruit
- herbs or spices, optional
1. Preheat your oven to 90 degrees C (160 degrees F).
2. Blend your fruit in a blender until it achieves a puree-like texture.
3. Spread the fruit puree out on a silicone baking mat or plastic wrap, leaving an edge of about 1 inch on each side. The mixture will stick to parchment paper or foil, and because the oven is so low, plastic is perfectly safe.
4. Bake for 4-6 hours, depending on your oven. The fruit rollups will be ready when the puree has thickened up and your finger doesn’t leave an indent anymore!
5. Leave to cool for 15 minutes, then carefully transfer to a large piece of baking paper. Cut the edges to fit the the rollup, then carefully cut in to thin strips. Roll up each strip, tie with some string, and enjoy!