I’m not exactly the home-grown anti-processed organic type, but it’s been really difficult to get Julia to try new foods. She will typically snub anything put in front of her unless it’s junk. She’s got an amazing junk food radar! I found this great recipe here. Although these fruit strips do have a bit of sugar in them, they also have real fruit as well and are definitely an improvement over the store-bought rollups when it comes to artificial ingredients and preservatives. Again – NOT something I worry about on a day-to-day basis, but it’s still nice when food doesn’t have them.
- 8oz of your choice of berries (I’ve used raspberries, blueberries, and strawberries to create 3 different flavored strips)
- 3 tbsp sugar
- 1 tbsp lemon juice
- Parchment paper
Wash your berries, cutting off the tops and/or stems as needed. Blend until no chunks are left.
Cook the blended berries (raspberries are pictured here), along with the sugar and lemon juice on medium heat for 10-15 minutes or until the mixture has thickened.
Blueberry mixture – this one didn’t thicken very well for a while, but turned almost black very quickly when it was done.
Spread the thickened mixture out into a rectangular shape on the parchment paper. Bake at 170 degrees for 3 hours.
This is what it looks like once it’s been fully dehydrated.
I’ve seen some people use a pizza roller to cut them, but I wasn’t successful at that method, so I prefer to use shears. Cut the baked fruit into strips as desired.
I can get about eight 2-inch wide strips from one batch. (Although the blueberry strips only yielded about 4-5 strips).
Start at one end of the strip and roll tightly.
Jay & the girls LOVE these! Emily loves the strawberry best, and Jay prefers the blueberry. I think next time I’m going to mix the berries in the blender to create mixed berry strips. Gotta live it up, you know?