DIY Homemade Fruit Strips

I love fruit gummy snacks. They were my favorite dessert in my lunchbox when I was a kid, and I still pack them in my lunch on days when I go to work as a substitute. In an effort to start cutting out processed foods, I have been looking for recipes of my favorite go-to snacks (fruit snacks, yogurt, popcorn, and granola bars). This past weekend I tried out a recipe for home made fruit strips (similar to fruit roll-ups.)

The ingredients are simple:

  • 2 cups berries (fresh or if frozen, then thawed)

  • 2 Tbsp honey

Berries are one of the fruits that I will only by organic, since the conventional grown berries are heavily sprayed. This time of year the fresh organic berries are VERY expensive, and hard to to find. So I buy frozen organic berries, you can get a lot for your money!

Mix the berries and honey in the blender until pureed. I should have done a few more seconds because I had three random whole berries when I poured the mixture out.

Line a baking pan with parchment paper, and pour the mixture onto the pan. Make sure to evenly spread the berry mixture to fill the pan.

Place the pan in the oven and cook on 200 degrees F for 3 to 4 hours. Check often, you want the mixture to feel dry and no longer sticky.

Cool the pan on a wire rack, the longer you allow it to cool the better.

Cut into strips. I found it easier to to just peel off the pan and tear into pieces as my fruit strips didn't easily cut with a pizza cutter.

The end results look more like beef jerky then fruit roll-ups, but they tasted delicious. I would suggest not using strawberries because the seeds got stuck in my teeth. I will be definitely be making these again!

Kara  – (November 7, 2011 at 6:45 PM)  

I love this, Kyla will love this. Thanks for posting!! What berries would you recommend?

Victoria Osborn  – (November 8, 2011 at 6:15 AM)  

I will probably just use blueberries next time. Possibly raspberries too.

Annie Montz  – (November 10, 2011 at 4:54 AM)  

hmmm... very interesting... I may have to try this as well!

Anonymous –   – (December 30, 2011 at 8:47 PM)  

I have made several types of fruit leather this past fall. Two favorites were when peaches and apples were in season. For peach, I threw fresh, unskinned (but pitted) peach in blender with splash of water. Pureed til smooth then baked as you described in your post. For apples, I essentially made apple sauce (again kept skins on for added nutrition) dumped on baking pan and baked on low. What a wonderful treat during these winter months! I store mine rolled in Quart jars.

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