flat fruit: my take on rolled up fruit

Who doesn’t love the chewy goodness of any type of fruit-flavored snack? But, who loves loading their littles (or themselves) up with dyes and more sugar than is already in fruit?? These have been a big hit in my house. And, they are truly made from real fruit! I also like to sneak vegetables into them. Shhh! Don’t tell the kids….but actually, I tell mine because I want them to know they are eating healthy. So, who cares if you want some flat fruit for breakfast? You or the fam probably wouldn’t be consuming vegetables for breakfast or a snack anyway….especially if you’re on the run.

I originally started experimenting with this recipe because my daughter HATES honey and I figured she would love it in these…and i was right! For the batches seen here, I used local elderberry honey and it gave them a nice little zing. You could also use brown sugar or agave or whatever your choice of sweetener is, you would just have to play around with the recipe a bit.

FLAT FRUIT


prep time: 10 minutes   cook time: 3-4 hours
yields 4-6 servings

INGREDIENTS
2 1/2 cups fruit/veggies
2-3 tablespoons honey
1/2 cup water (or preferred liquid)

you will also need parchment paper


INSTRUCTIONS

1. Place all ingredients into food processor/blender.
2. Blend until liquefied.
3. Preheat oven to 200°.
4. Line baking sheet with parchment paper.
5. Pour the mixture in the corners of the parchment paper on the baking sheet.
6. Spread as evenly as possible.
7. Bake until it looks leathery and dried out and is solid to the touch (about 3 to 4 hours).
8. After it cools, use scissors to cut it however you prefer (long strips, sheets, wider straps, shapes, anything!).
9. Store in a sealed container in the refrigerator.

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the start of something new

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I love cooking, do it daily, and do it well. My goal is to provide you with interesting dishes that are feasible to make. You can never have too many cooking ideas or recipes. Food is everything. It’s how we nourish our bodies and fuel our lives. It’s our comfort. The center of every family get together, every special occasion, every event, almost every part of every day. If you’re going out of your house, buying or bringing some sort of foodstuff will most certainly be included in the happenings.

As a mother of two littles, I don’t want to be pumping them full of dyes and processed foods. I have meticulously started reading labels and have noticed that dyes and ridiculously unnecessary things are in almost everything we buy off of the shelf…or you end up paying through the nose for so-called healthy options. I just want to make eats that have fresh ingredients and you feel good about putting in your body. I am always on a journey to discover new things and I myself have battled with weight my entire life. I am learning to stop focusing on and stressing out about the scale and to just love myself and the things I put in my body.

I am hoping to offer a variety of recipes to excite you and make you want to get in the kitchen. Feel so free to take out any ingredients you don’t like and substitute it with something you prefer. Experiment, buy produce you’ve never eaten, and love what you dish out. Everything is a learning experience, and though I’m not new to cooking, I am to the world of blogging. I promise I’ll figure out how to develop my site more, just hang with me in the meantime and hopefully you will enjoy the ride and bring something delicious to your table.