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So you’re telling me that the fruit roll-ups I had as a kid can be healthy? When you make your own at home, they can be! In this recipe, Tracey shows us how to turn fresh raspberries into homemade, all-natural fruit leather. Kate, Recipe Hunter

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THE RECIPE

Homemade Raspberry Fruit Leather

All natural fruit roll-ups made at home

Have you actually ever looked at the ingredient list on one of those fruit snacks we used to love as kids? They’re filled with so much unrecognizable junk to scare anyone away! Ingeniously, Tracey came up with this recipe for making your own fruit “leather” at home using fresh, all-natural ingredients where you can control everything that goes in. All it takes is fresh fruit, a squeeze of lemon juice to help brighten the flavor, and a few spoons of sugar (you can leave this out or cut back if the fruit is sweet enough). After pureéing and straining these, the fruit syrup is baked at a very low temperature  (ideally 170F if your oven can go that low)  in the oven for several hours until dehydrated and chewy. Let it cool, cut it into strips, and roll it in parchment paper for homemade fruit “roll-ups” that are fresher, healthier, and tastier than anything you can by at the store. Pop these into your kids’ lunch boxes or keep them around the house for an after school snack. While this recipes is using raspberries, you can use whatever sweet, fresh fruit you have available (or mix them up for your own unique flavor combinations).

THE CHEF

Tracey Wilhelmsen

Food Blogger, Photographer, Attorney

Tracey Wilhelmsen from Tracey's Culinary Adventures

I believe good food doesn’t have to be complicated or time-consuming. That said, I find joy in the process so I love spending an entire day in the kitchen tackling more adventurous recipes when time permits.

The best food is creative and handmade without being fussy or difficult. This is exactly the style of cooking that Tracey embraces as she shares her culinary feats with us on her blog, Tracey’s Culinary Adventures. Her recipes are, for the most part, easy enough for a delicious weeknight meal. Nestled in between, though, are a few more “adventurous” dishes that are perfect for those long, weekend days when you really feel like hand-crafting something from scratch. From sweet to savory, you’ll find her take on comforting classics as well as unique creations that use the best of the season.

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