Do you have some ripe fruit in your fruit bowl? Do you hate food waste? I certainly do! I am so grateful for the amazing fresh produce that we are able to easily access in our country and I hate to waste a drop of it.
The solution for making use of any old fruit, are fresh fruit roll-ups. If you haven’t tried these before, watch this video and see just how easy they are!
Recently I was gifted an amazing bag of homegrown fresh plums from a special friend of ours. Those of you that know me well, know that this is one of the best gifts I could possibly be gifted. Wholesome food is the window to my soul 😊
This weekend we were hit with a heat wave. After three days of 40˚C, the fruit in our fruit bowl started to become over ripe very quickly. So rather than throw it out, I blended it up and created some amazing fruit roll ups ready for the school week ahead.
Fruit roll ups are perfect for school lunch boxes or an emergency treat in the pantry. They don’t contain any sugar, preservatives and flavourings, and honestly they don’t need any. They are just so yummy! Using ripe fruit makes them sweet enough. They are simply irresistible.
If possible, make a large batch, as I promise you they will be devoured very quickly. They also last in an airtight container at room temperature for approximately 1 month.
If you don’t have a dehydrator, you can make them in an oven also.
I choose to use this a non-toxic baking paper for all my cooking to avoid to any chemicals leaching into the food.
My beautiful friend, Edwina, also makes her roll-ups with fresh chia seeds. They are so amazing this way too. It makes them slightly thicker and you can’t even taste the extra goodness.
Let me know your favourite fruit combinations, we would all love to hear!
- 2 1/2 cups fresh fruit
- 1 tsp lemon juice (optional- use if you are planning to store for long periods)
- 1 tbsp chia seeds (optional)
- Add fruit and lemon juice to a food processor. Blitz until smooth.
- Add chia seeds if you are using them, stir through and let it sit for a few minutes.
- Spread over baking paper on baking trays for the oven or on silicon sheets in the dehydrator.
- Place them into the oven on the lowest temperature for 4-8 hours. Or alternatively place in the dehydrator on 60 degrees for approximately 4-6 hours.
- You know they are ready when they are firm and sticky to touch. If your fruit is extra juicy they will take longer. Time will vary from batch to batch.