Fruit Roll Ups are fruit based snacks in which fruits are pureed, dried, cut and rolled into pieces. They are also known as Fruit Leather. In this post we will be making mango & kiwi fruit roll ups using fresh fruit puree.
The drying part is generally done by baking on low temperature in oven or dehydrator but in post we will be doing this under direct sun light.
It is a no bake fruit roll up recipe. I have shown the method for two fruits – Kiwi and Mango (I just love mangoes). You can use other fruit like strawberries, raspberries or peaches. No artificial colours and preservatives are added here. The recipe is vegan and gluten free.
It is sultry hot these days in almost every state of India. The temperatures are soaring up to 45 degrees Celsius in Hyderabad (India) where I am currently living. People are sharing some really funny and unbelievable videos across Internet where they are making omelette or frying papad on the heavy stones in afternoon kept directly under sunlight without using fire or anything (Can you believe that :-/ ).
I also wondered why not make good use of summers, especially this blazing scorching sun. After all, someone has rightly said “When life gives you lemons, make lemonade” :D. My version would be:”When life gives you summers, make Fruit Roll Ups !!”
I tried making Fruit roll ups by keeping the pureed fruits directly under sun and you can see yourself how I got these delicious rolls just in two days.
I really liked the idea of making fruit roll ups especially as healthy snack. It is a kids friendly recipe as it does not contain any added colours and preservatives. It is fuss free way of making them eat fruits. It can be given in kids tiffin or even adults can carry it in their snack boxes. You can also use these recipe if any of the fruits you bought are too sour and cannot be eaten directly.
I am using sugar here as my kiwis were really sour. If the fruits are sweet enough you can lessen the amount of sugar.
Hope you would like this yummy Fruit Roll Ups recipe.
Kiwi Fruit Roll Ups
List Of Ingredients: (Makes 5-6 Rolls)
- Fruit Pulp (Mango or Kiwi) – 3/4 cup
- Sugar – 1/4 cup
- Lemon Juice – 1 tsp
The fruit pulp and sugar are taken roughly in ratio 4:1 which means four parts of fruit and one part of sugar. If the fruit is already sour, you can skip lemon juice.
Steps to Prepare:
Wash and peel the fruit. Chop it into small pieces.
Blend the fruit in a food processor or blender to make its thick uniform puree.
In a non stick pan add fruit puree and sugar. Cook it on low flame for 5-7 minutes.
Keep stirring the puree. We have to heat it till it reaches sticky consistency. The main purpose here is to evaporate excess water.
Line the tray or cake tin using parchment paper. Brush it with some oil.
You can also skip parchment paper altogether and grease the tin directly using oil/butter.
Transfer the puree mixture in the greased tin/tray. Spread it into even layer using spatula. I tried both the ways-lining the tin using parchment paper and secondly oiling the tray directly.
Personally I felt parchment paper is not required. You can directly transfer the fruit puree after greasing the tray.
Keep it in sunlight for 1-2 days. The outside temperature was touching 44 degree Celsius in afternoon when I kept this tray outside, so you can easily guess how hot it should be outside for cooking these roll ups under sun.
Check the surface of fruit roll up with your fingers. When it is not sticking to your finger and there is no liquid part left, you know they are ready to cut.
Make straight cuts into these dried fruit sheets using sharp knife. Start rolling them gently.
Enjoy these yummy sweet & sour Fruit Roll Ups 🙂
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