Fix Me A Snack

A blog created by a mom who got sick of feeding her kids crackers and ice cream

All we have here is dehydrated applesauce, blackberry puree, and peach puree. And I’m hoping that it will make the my second grader’s classmates green with envy.

Darianne commented on my Homemade Strawberry Fruit Rolls Ups post that her kid is less than happy with the lack of stamped images on her homemade fruit roll ups. It got me thinking.  And I have rapidly ripening fresh local produce coming out of my ears right now. With Darianne’s kid in mind, we made a fruit roll up that kicks it up a notch. Who can say no to polka dots? Or better yet, fruit leather they’ve decorated themselves?

1 1/2 cups unsweetened applesauce
Fresh blackberry sauce
Fresh peach sauce

Spread applesauce out onto a lightly greased lined dehydrator tray to 1/4-inch thickness. I find a large offset spatula works well, but if you don’t have one spread the applesauce out evenly as best you can with the back of a spoon. “Decorate” the applesauce with the blackberry and peach sauces using separate plastic squeeze bottles.

Place the prepared tray in the dehydrator and set the machine to 135 degrees Farhient. Run the dehydrator for 4 hours or more until the fruit leather is no longer tacky and completely dry. The amount of time necessary depends on the thickness and amount of sugar in the fruit.

Remove the fruit leather from the tray and cut into approximately 2-inch wide strips. Store rolled up in wax paper in an airtight container. Should keep for weeks, if not months.

Yield: 1 12-inch square sheet (4 or 5 rolls)
Prep-time: 10 minutes
Dehydrating-time: 4 hours or more

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  1. Michelle
    12:27 pm on August 17th, 2010

    This is my first time to your blog and I have to tell you, these are ADORABLE! BEAUTIFUL!!! So very very clever and artsy! No kiddos in our home :( but I can see making these for my hubby’s lunch with little messages on them… thank you for the inspiration to break out the dehydrator!!!

  2. Oh my god I love this! And I have all the ingredients! I am doing this! I LOVE YOUR SITE! I have the granola bar recipe up on my web browser for a week for when I get around to doing those too!


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  4. LOVE these!! Fantastic. I posted a link today on my site.

  5. I tried to make fruit roll-ups a couple of weeks ago and it was a disaster. I had a great idea to make swirls of blueberries and peaches. Unfortunately I burned them and I wasted some delicious fruit. Great idea to use applesauce and I love the polka dots.

  6. Andi
    10:32 am on August 18th, 2010

    Can you make this without a dehydrator? Would you know the time and temperature to make them in the oven? Would just very low heat in the oven have the same results? Thanks for this wonderful idea!

  7. So beautiful… My son will love these. We’ll be making them together this weekend, just in time for the start of school next week. Brilliant idea! (BTW, I have that Cookie Loves Milk T-shirt — one of my favorites!)

  8. Rebecca M.
    4:43 pm on August 18th, 2010

    Andi, I used to make home made fruit roll-ups in the oven before I bought my dehydrator. Just cover a cookie sheet with plastic wrap before spreading the fruit puree. Then turn your oven to the lowest setting (about 150 degrees F, but no more than 200 degrees F) and use a hot pad to prop the oven open slightly. If you don’t prop the oven open a little, you end up cooking the fruit rather than drying it. Another option is to put the cookie sheet in the sun and cover with cheese cloth (to keep bugs and other stuff out). I’ve never tried the sun method because I’m a bit of a germ-o-phobe, but friends swear by it.

    By the way, I LOVE this patterned fruit roll-up idea! I’m going to be trying this very soon.

  9. Great idea! I wish I had a dehydrator to make these :)

  10. This is my first time here an di have to say i am very intrigued by this. I have never seen this before being made at home. I am so gettin gone of these. Who thought dried fruit could look this delicious! WOW. I am the queen of polka dots. Literally. My house is all polka inspired. Love this post!

  11. After a vacation to Colorado this summer and a friend giving us some homemade fruit roll ups, I was on a quest to figure out how to do it myself at home with out a dehydrator (you can, just do an online search for the instructions). But I love this idea of the fun patterns and dots…my kids will go crazy for these I’m sure! And they’ll hopefully feel fine even though their friends will be bringing in the “other” stuff!

    One more thing to add to the “I gotta try this” list. Great idea, Cindy!

  12. I am so totally making these!!!

    Thanks for the inspiration! I’m adding you to my blogroll!

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  14. Katie
    4:13 pm on August 27th, 2010

    I love this! It looks so good and I can’t wait to try it with the kids. Have you tried stamping them with cookie cutters, not going all the way through, to give the kids that extra bit of fun?

  15. I’ve tried cutting them with cookie cutters and with this kind of fruit leather (low sugar) it doesn’t work (for me anyway). But I haven’t attempted any stamping. If you try it, let me know how it goes.

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  17. Karen
    3:43 pm on September 2nd, 2010

    Thanks for the oven method Rebecca M. One question – how long do you keep them in the low temp oven?

  18. really exciting to see your shout-out from David!! I saw it on my fb feed and let out a cheer. The rollups are really beautiful! Congrats!!!!!!!

  19. he is on facebook…if you search david lebovitz you can join his public page…it was on his feed today with a photo and link to your blog! I would put the url but some blogs have spam blockers that don’t allow links….

  20. This is just the best idea. Bravo.

  21. Coogan
    10:52 am on September 3rd, 2010

    I try to limit the number of appliances I have in the kitchen, so I don’t think I’d ever buy a food dehydrator. That said, this looks flippin’ awesome, so maybe I can convince some other mom on the block to get one.

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  28. These look amazing. I love them. My daughter will LOVE the polka dots!.
    I am having a link party featuring healthy snacks, and would love it if you would link up.

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  31. That looks absolutely amazing!

  32. I AM TOTALLY DOING THIS! THank you for the inspiring post.

  33. lynn
    12:31 pm on August 24th, 2011

    Adorable, and SO creative. What a fun project.

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  37. Dana
    10:30 am on March 7th, 2012

    This is fabulous! Thanks for sharing.

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    Hey, I have a tip for you about spreading viscous substances evenaly. Spin them. I pour the batter, apple sauce, what ever into my pan, tray what ever and spin it on a flat surface. This spreads it evenly and easily, just don’t spin too hard, start slow and work up you’ll find your notch.

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