If it really is true that “you are what you eat,” then from the ages of 6 to 13, I was a walking, talking fruit snack. I was a Gushers crusher. A String Thing enthusiast. A Fruit by the Foot fanatic. (Shout-out to my fellow children of the 90s.)
The truth is, my enduring passion for all things fruity and chewy is a well-documented love story. But now that I’m
old wise enough to understand the mile-long ingredient lists that accompany such snacks, I’ve resorted to getting my fruit snack fix the DIY way with a recipe for Healthy Homemade Mango Fruit Roll-Ups.
Sound challenging? Tune in to my video above to see just how easy it is to go from fresh fruit to fruit roll-ups.
These bright yellow beauties are 100% fruit, which means there’s no added sugar and no ingredients I can’t pronounce without phonetically sounding them out. There’s also no dehydrator required. So essentially, if you’ve got mangoes and an oven, you’ve got healthy homemade fruit roll-ups, which are the ultimate back-to-school snack for fruit leather lovers of all ages.
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- 4 cups diced ripe mango (from about 3 large mangoes)
- Preheat the oven to 175ºF and line two rimmed baking sheets with Silpats or parchment paper.
- Puree the mango in a food processor or blender until smooth.
- Divide the purée evenly between the two prepared pans, and using an off-set spatula, spread the purée as flat and as evenly as possible until it's about 1/8-inch thick.
- Bake the purée for 3 to 4 hours. (See Kelly's Notes.) The fruit roll-ups are done when the purée is dry to the touch and pliable. If the bottom side of the roll-ups is still wet after some time, flip the roll-ups over and continue baking them until they are fully dried.
- Remove the roll-ups from the oven. Place a piece of wax paper on top of the roll-ups and then peel off the wax paper and the roll-ups together. Cut the sheet into long strips and then roll up the strips.
- The total baking time will vary depending on the exact thickness of your fruit roll-ups and the differing temperatures of ovens.
- The fruit roll-ups will last for up to 1 week when stored in an air-tight container.
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Recipe by Kelly Senyei of Just a Taste.