Homemade Fruit Bites That Are Quick, Easy, and Reliable
There are many healthy snack ideas. Stuffed peppers, spiced nuts, and fruit platters are good examples for fueling and energizing us.
However, they can be expensive when you don’t have time to prepare them. The price you pay at the grocery store for simply cutting up the fruit, putting it in a plastic box, and pouring some fruit sauce on it isn’t always practical. Let’s change this for the better.
Quick, healthy snacks are plentiful if you make them when you have time. The healthy snack recipes in this article will inspire you when you’re thinking about what to feed yourself and your family for the next few weeks or months.
These fruit snacks are essentially a healthy version of Jello. As you can imagine, we also recommend the use of homemade gelatin, which can be made with bone broth and chicken feet, among other sources. Store-bought powdered gelatin works well too.
6 glasses of fruit juice
3 cups of fruit puree
1 ½ cups gelatin powder
¾ cup sugar, honey, or maple syrup
Combine the fruit juice and sweetener of your choice in a saucepan. Bring to a simmer before adding fruit puree (using any type of fruit, depending on nutrition, flavor, and dietary restrictions).
Using a whisk, slowly add the gelatin powder. You will notice that it becomes more difficult to work with unless you take your time, allowing the ingredients to mix naturally and continuously.
Finally, for the mixture in portions of a non-stick container or simply in a large bowl, as you would with the classic gelatin. Once cooled, place in the fridge until your fruit gummies start to take shape.
healthy fruit snacks
Conventional fruit snacks like fruit roll-ups are often not as healthy or cost-effective as we’d like. Whether we like it or not, our children love them for their taste and comfort. They are essentially a fruit leather that is made from a variety of pureed and dehydrated fruits.
The beauty of fruit leather is that you don’t really need a specific recipe. If you have some pears, apples, oranges, strawberries, bananas, or pretty much any kind of fruit, you’re good to go. Specifically, we recommend the following ingredients.
10 cups of raw fruit
1 ¼ cup sugar, honey, or maple syrup (optional)
1/3 cup lemon juice
The purpose of the lemon juice in this fruit leather recipe is not for flavor. Citrus can prevent the fruit from browning during the drying process, which occurs over low heat.
This snack idea is much easier if you have a fruit dryer. Many recipes call for the use of parchment paper and heat settings that are too low for most ovens. Avoid clutter and wasted electricity by using specially designed fruit roll sheets instead.
How to make fruit leather in a fruit dryer
Start by mixing a fruit puree. In our example, we use 10 cups of raw fruit so we can make a large batch to last the entire month. Blend in a fruit processor, add honey, maple syrup, fruit juice and/or water to sweeten and blend results.
Set your jerky dehydrator to 135 degrees. Pour lemon-treated fruit puree ¼” thick onto nonstick dehydrator trays and dry until sticky fruit texture is gone.
Fruit leather is often a misapplied term. It doesn’t have to be hard to chew, and the easiest way to keep it soft is to remove it from the dehydrator as soon as you can peel it off the tray without resistance.
Finally, we recommend planning a storage option. It usually won’t last much longer than a few weeks in the pantry, unless it’s packaged in a vacuum-sealed container. However, it will easily last at least a month in the refrigerator, inside zip lock bags.
ON fruit skin dehydrator It’s a great way to make quick and healthy snacks!