I was a fruit snack fanatic as a child.
Every variety prompted a specialized approach as to how it was best enjoyed. Gushers required a small bite of the tiny capsules before sucking out the sticky juice. Fruit by the Foot served as a decent whip before inching your way to the end of the chewy rope. And cut-outs in classic Fruit Roll-Ups made for edible glasses when adhering the sticky sheet to one’s face. What parent wouldn’t love that level of creativity?
And while I’m past the days of racing down the supermarket snack aisle to find my favorite box, I’m definitely not past the get-stuck-in-your-molars chewy texture and the sweet fruit taste. Homemade Fruit Roll-Ups fill that craving, sans all the corn syrup. It takes just two ingredients—strawberries and sugar—for this DIY version. Reduce the amount of sugar based on how sweet your berries are, and don’t forget to get the kids (or kid-like adults) involved by using cookie cutters to stamp out their favorite shapes.
- 4 1/2 cups strawberries, halved
- 3/4 cup sugar
- Combine strawberries and sugar in a blender and purée until smooth.
- Strain the mixture through a fine-mesh sieve into a large saucepan.
- Bring the purée to a boil, then reduce it to a simmer and cook over medium-low heat, stirring occasionally for 45 minutes to 1 hour. Stir it more frequently at the end until the mixture has reduced to 1 to 1¼ cups. It should be thick enough to fold over itself.
- Preheat the oven to 200°F and line a large baking sheet with nonstick liner, such as a Silpat.
- Pour the hot purée onto the liner and use an off-set spatula to spread it thinly (as evenly as possible) into a 15"x10" rectangle.
- Dry the purée in the oven until it feels slightly tacky but does not stick to your fingers, roughly 2 to 3 hours.
- Transfer the roll-ups (still on the Silpat) onto a cooling rack to completely dry, at least 3 hours (and up to 24).
- Place a piece of parchment paper on top of the fruit roll-ups and then peel off the paper and the roll-ups together. Roll them up in the parchment, or cut with cookie cutters into desired shapes.
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Recipe adapted from Gourmet.
Could stevia be used in this recipe? Trying to cut down on sugar for my health and the grandchildren as well.
Hi Judy! I’ve never tried that substitution so I can’t say with certainty what the results would be. However, I do have a mango version without any added sugar that you may be interested in: https://www.justataste.com/healthy-homemade-mango-fruit-roll-ups-recipe/
Do you know what a good alternative would be if you don’t have a Silpat?
Parchment paper should work!
Love this recipe. Thanks so much for sharing it!
So glad you enjoyed the recipe, Beth!
Hi, is the sugar necessary for your he texture and drying or used solely for sweetness? Would I be able to cut back on the amount of sugar or use none at all if strawberries are sweet enough? Thanks!
Definitely! You can cut back. Here’s my mango version without any added sugar: https://www.justataste.com/healthy-homemade-mango-fruit-roll-ups-recipe/
Can you do banana
Definitely, Debbie! You may just need to alter the baking time since bananas have a different moisture content than strawberries.
I am currently making these and I am in the drying stage (on drying rack). I used lightly greased parchment paper because I don’t own a Silpat. As it sits now, it doesn’t appear that the fruit will separate from the parchment paper. Will it “loosen up” as it cools and drys?
It appears that many people have made these for their children but I made them for my husband. :) He will be heartbroken if they don’t turn out!
Hi Kim! Apologies I’m just now responding. I have never tried used lightly greased parchment paper with this recipe, so I’m not 100 percent positive, but I don’t think the oil would react well with the mixture.
Thanks for the answer, Kelly! I think I’ll have to wait till spring then.. sigh.. :-)
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