• Make Your Own Foot-long Fruit Snacks

    decorating idea-fruitrolls1.jpg Create your own foot-long fruit roll snacks with this dirt cheap recipe that uses only 2 ingredients!
    This recipe can be prepared in a food dehydrator or the oven. We use the Nesco dehydrator on the fruit setting.

    You'll Need:
    1 (46oz) Jar of Unsweetened Applesauce
    2 (3oz) Boxes any flavor Gelatin (your Choice)- this will work with sugar-free as well
    Parchment Paper

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    This has got to be the easiest homemade fruit-roll snack ever created! Dump half the jar of applesauce into a bowl, add 1 package of any flavor gelatin that you'd like, we used Raspberry in our first batch.



    Whisk the mixture together until the gelatin is fully incorporated.

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    Pour the mixture onto parchment paper that has been placed on a large baking sheet or on food dehydrator trays.

    We cut ours out to fit the trays of our food dehydrator, some dehydrators actually come with "Fruit-roll" trays, but I've found that lining the tray with parchment paper cuts the drying time in Half (literally) as opposed to using the specialized tray, plus it makes it easier to cut the snacks into long strips when they're done.

    Use the back of a spoon to spread the fruit mix evenly on the tray.

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    Repeat the process with the other half of the jar of applesauce and the other package of gelatin. If you're using a food dehydrator- you'll have about 2 3/4 of full trays. If you're using a cookie sheet, you'll have 1 huge tray.


    Place in the food dehydrator (ours took exactly 4 hours), but just follow the directions for your particular unit. If drying in the oven, place in the oven on the lowest heat setting available (usually 200F), for 3-6 hours or until the fruit is no longer tacky to the touch.

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    Cool, cut into long strips, roll and place in a covered jar- if they last that long! Ours NEVER do!


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    Budget101 Breakdown:
    1 Jar Unsweetened Applesauce (Store brand) $2.18
    2 pkg Gelatin .20 each (purchased on sale) .40
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    Total Cost $2.58

    This can be made even cheaper by watching for sales on gelatin and applesauce.

    Note! If you are opposed to using gelatin for whatever reason, you can use plain fruit to make homemade fruit leathers.
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    Comments 29 Comments
    1. lala72's Avatar
      lala72 -
      My two boys would love this snack and I think if letting them choose the flavor would make it even more enjoyable. Thank you.
    1. jrodgers's Avatar
      jrodgers -
      I'm on break right now at school - Can't wait to get home to try this. Thanks, Jane
    1. GandKsmom's Avatar
      GandKsmom -
      How long can these be stored?
    1. Vampixen's Avatar
      Vampixen -
      This looks yummy and easy to make..My two boys would love this..Thanks
    1. Liss's Avatar
      Liss -
      Quote Originally Posted by GandKsmom View Post
      How long can these be stored?
      a couple weeks, easily.
    1. jrodgers's Avatar
      jrodgers -
      I have lemon and strawberry drying in the oven now - on cookie sheets. I'll let you know how it turns out - Jane
    1. FreebieQueen's Avatar
      FreebieQueen -
      How did it turn out, I've never tried lemon!
    1. jrodgers's Avatar
      jrodgers -
      Quote Originally Posted by FreebieQueen View Post
      How did it turn out, I've never tried lemon!
      The lemon tasted great - like lemon meringue, but the mixture was not smooth in spite of whisking. I wonder if heating the apple sauce in the micro wave prior to mixing in the gelatin would result in a smoother product? Also the fruit acid seeped through the parchment and oxidized the metal baking sheet. The oven is obviously not the best way to do this. I'll have to try it on my drying screens or acrylic trays with some adjustments for the oven or use a dryer.
    1. Liss's Avatar
      Liss -
      Hmmmm.... I wondered if the lemon/apple mix would be too acidic, I've really got to try that one! It's not overly "smooth" anyway, it has kind of a grainy texture to it like most fruit leathers. It's not exactly the same texture as a store fruit Roll up because it's not made with syrups, it's made with real fruit.
    1. Ivonna's Avatar
      Ivonna -
      This is great. Thanks for sharing.I will also have my kids help with making this.I love when me and the kids can spend time together making memories.
    1. AngelXpress's Avatar
      AngelXpress -
      Absolutely the greatest! Thank you
    1. jrodgers's Avatar
      jrodgers -
      I'm going to try it again with more attention to uniform thickness - I may have spread it out too thin, and I might be able to add a pinch of soda to counteract the excess acidity from the lemon. I
      ll let you know how it turns out
    1. jared's Avatar
      jared -
      I made these and my kids love them. They are just about gone.
    1. sunshinedragon's Avatar
      sunshinedragon -
      Wow, this is amazing! I'll have to try it soon.
    1. frvetere's Avatar
      frvetere -
      Perfect for the kids lunches at school-thanks for posting!
    1. MommaDez's Avatar
      MommaDez -
      This sounds great, but any suggestions for not using the chemical laden gelatin? We are pretty much an organic food family... I avoid all those chemicals, but REALLY want to make these!
    1. FreebieQueen's Avatar
      FreebieQueen -
      Quote Originally Posted by MommaDez View Post
      This sounds great, but any suggestions for not using the chemical laden gelatin? We are pretty much an organic food family... I avoid all those chemicals, but REALLY want to make these!
      Yes, you can follow this recipe instead:

      Budget101.com - - Drying Fruit Leathers | Make Your Own Fruit Roll Ups
    1. Jmack's Avatar
      Jmack -
      You can use most any fruit for roll ups. My grandchildren love plain strawberry, no sugar added. strawberry with banana is my favorite. Also unsweetened applesauce added to other fruit is delicious.
      Toss it in the food processor and pulse until smooth. Spread onto dehydrator tray lined with parchment paper.
      Dry until no longer sticky to touch, about 4-6 hours. Be sure to make the outer edges thicker than the middle. This will store for several months in a mason jar or when vacuum sealed.
    1. FreebieQueen's Avatar
      FreebieQueen -
      Quote Originally Posted by Jmack View Post
      You can use most any fruit for roll ups. My grandchildren love plain strawberry, no sugar added. strawberry with banana is my favorite. Also unsweetened applesauce added to other fruit is delicious.
      I agree, strawberry leathers/fruit rolls are the best!! We also make Real Fruit Leathers using pureed fresh fruit, those recipes are here:

      Real Fruit Leathers
      Budget101.com - - Drying Fruit Leathers | Make Your Own Fruit Roll Ups

      Cinnamon Apple Fruit Leather:

      Budget101.com - - Cinnamon Apple Fruit Roll Snack | Homemade Fruit Leathers

      Orange Julius Fruit Roll

      Budget101.com - - Orange Julius Roll-Ups | Homemade Fruit Roll Ups

      Raspberry-Rhubarb Fruit Leather

      Snack: Raspberry-Rhubarb Leather
    1. cde61's Avatar
      cde61 -
      I will have to use the oven. Do you find this works as well?


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