My kids love fruit rollups, but I am not always excited about letting them eat the packaged snacks. I’m just a little cautious about how much sugar is in the chewy snacks. But now that we own the Nesco Food Dehydrator, I knew I needed to try to make some homemade apple rollups. The process was super simple and the results not bad for my first attempt!
I’ve already tried homemade venison jerky and that was a great success! Now it’s time for fruit rollups!
Homemade Apple Rollups with the Dehydrator
Making homemade apple rollups was super easy. The directions say you can use any type of fruit. I had 4 apples that were starting to get a little soft. I didn’t want them to go bad so this was a perfect time to experiment.
I peeled and cored them then cut them into small chunks. Supposedly you can just cut around the bruised spots or any places that may be starting to turn.
I blended them quickly to make them a smooth paste. Tip: I added 1/4 cup of water to give it a more liquid consistency. The Deydrator comes with a solid tray that is made for fruit rollups. I just poured the apple sauce mixture on the plastic and plugged in the machine. I think that it would have been better to spray the plastic with a Vegetable Oil Spray before drying the fruit.
The apple sauce mixture turned to an ugly brown, but the taste was good. It was a little bit chewy but I was completely able to pull some of the pieces off and actually roll up several of the pieces.
Obviously, these fruit rollups have some serious image issues before they will take the place of the store bought variety. I am curious about trying some of the fruit mix recipes that are in the Deyhdrator recipe book. I wonder if I add a teaspoon of lemon juice if the color would be clearer.
The Bottom Line:
How did they taste? They were good! Not sweet because I didn’t add any sweetener. They were very natural and healthy tasting.
You can purchase the Nesco Snackmaster Pro Food Dehydrator FD-75A that we have on Amazon or from any of your local stores. Right now it’s on sale for $55.99 on Amazon!
Anybody ever made homemade fruit rollups? Got any tips for my next attempt! I’d love to hear!