I have never met a child who didn’t smile when offered fruit roll ups. Sweet and chewy, slightly sticky, they have always been a very popular snack choice with children of all ages.
When my daughter was very young, we found out that she was allergic to most artificial food dyes. As I searched for safe and kid friendly choices for her, I was stunned at the amount of food that is marketed for and towards children that are filled with artificial food dyes. The great majority of commercially produced food was simply not an option for her.
That discovery was the very beginning of our journey with food sensitivities and allergies and our education on safe alternatives.
For children with food dye or corn allergies, commercially produced fruit roll ups are not usually an option. But, fortunately, homemade fruit roll ups are easy to make and delicious.
This recipe is a wonderful opportunity to get your kids involved in the kitchen. Depending on their age and skills, they can help with the different steps of cooking the fruit, spreading it out on the baking sheet, or simply rolling the completed strips up, once they have been cut.
Have fun with your flavors and try different fruit combinations. Our favorites are mango/guava and blueberry/cherry. And of course, you can never go wrong with strawberry.