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Apples and Bananas Fruit Roll Ups

Homemade Fruit Roll Ups In The Dehydrator

I think my family is really starting to get me!  No, I don’t mean that they want me to bring over some hens or plant a garden patch in their yards.  But when I ask for homesteady things for Christmas, they’re totally on board!  This year was chalk full of homesteading items, and one of which was a food dehydrator from my brother Michael and his girlfriend Coty!  Thanks loves!

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So of course I had to try it out right away, but what am I supposed to dehydrate in January??  The trees are bare and the garden is all canned or frozen.

I also love “tricking” my little daycare kiddos into thinking that they’re eating the same thing that came from the store.  So, fruit leather is now “fruit roll ups”.  And how did I do it with no apples?  I used my Home Canned Cinnamon Applesauce, and bananas.  That’s it.  Two ingredients and no sugar!

I do use sweetener in my applesauce, but not what you would think.  Take a look at the recipe to find out how.  Technically, there are a total of 4 ingredients in my “fruit roll ups”, but for this process you only need the two.  If you don’t have home canned applesauce, you will need cinnamon applesauce, or add cinnamon to plain.

It took me a couple tries to figure out, but I’ve got it down now and am here to help!

The Process


I used 3 cups of the applesauce and one banana, and was able to get 10, 2 inch by 5 inch strips.  To make the strips I simply cut parchment paper to that size.

Start off by pureeing your applesauce and banana together.

I added about 2 heaping tablespoons of the fruit puree to each strip of paper.







Next, spread the puree out on the strips with the back of a spoon.

*The trouble I had the first time around was spreading it too thin.

It actually needs to be about 1/4 of an inch thick, and a little bit thicker around the edges.

Put the lid on the dehydrator and turn it on. (Mine doesn’t have the fancy temp settings so you might have to figure what works best for you if yours does.)

I rotate the trays from bottom to top every hour for 4-5 hours.

When they’re all done, roll them up and secure with a bread bag tie and store them in a ziplock bag!


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Do you have a dehydrator? What is your favorite thing to dehydrate? Tell us in the comments!

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    Parchment paper! I was wondering what you would use to roll it up. Great idea and I bet these are delicous. Thanks for sharing on the Waste Less Wednesday Blog Hop!

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