Let’s face it, most kids like fruit roll ups. My boys do! But it wasn’t until recently that I started paying more attention to what’s on the ingredient list and limiting what I bring into my home. Needless to say, fruit roll ups have been banned. Red dye #40 is in all or most fruit snack packs. I didn’t want my boys consuming it since it has been linked to health issues if consumed frequently. So, I began to search for a recipe to make my own fruit snacks. I ended up on the Food Network website and found a couple of recipes that are great. Here is one (I’ll post another in a separate post):
1 pound strawberries, hulled and quartered
1 tablespoon agave
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice (from 1/2 small lemon)
Place an oven rack in the center of the oven. Preheat the oven to 170 degrees F or the lowest setting on the oven. Line a rimmed heavy baking sheet with a silicone baking mat.
Place the strawberries, agave and lemon juice in a blender. Blend until smooth. Pour the puree onto the prepared baking sheet. Spread the puree evenly leaving a 1-inch border around the edge of the baking sheet using a spatula.
Bake until the center of the puree has set and is not sticky when touched, 6 to 7 hours.
Cut into 1-inch-wide strips using scissors and roll up between strips of parchment paper.
Alternatively, the baked puree can be cut into shapes using decorative-edged scissors or cookie cutters.
Recipe courtesy of Giada De Laurentiis
This recipe courtesy of: http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/giada-de-laurentiis/fruit-rolls.html?oc=linkback