making homemade fruit rolls + vitamins

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ashley solberg


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I remember loving fruit rolls as a child-you know the round ones that were oh so good?  It seemed like we wandered the aisles of the grocery store for what seems like hours until we arrived in the produce section where there was a stand with twenty different flavors my little self couldn’t decide upon. My mom always let me snack on one and let me hand the wrapper over to the cashier at check out-shhhh, don’t tell! 

Now that my kids are a tad older, I thought I’d introduce fruit rolls as a special treat sort of snack, but holy yowza, there’s a lot of sugar and a whole lot of unpronouncables! I came up with a super easy, make your own recipe that their six little hands enjoyed helping with. And the best part? I even snuck in Kidz Sprinkles Multi-Vitamins by Dr. Rach for extra vitamins, minerals, probiotics, enzymes, fiber and omega-3. Yep, that felt really good and I may have given myself an itty bitty pat on the back. 

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the stats:

Makes 10-12 rolls
Prep time: 10 minutes
Cook time: 4-5 hours

ingredients:

1 cup raspberries
1 pint strawberries
1/2 a lemon, juiced
1/8 cup honey
1 teaspoon Kidz Sprinkles Multi-Vitamin

supplies:

blender
walled cookie sheet
parchment paper
​bakers twine or yarn
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the how to:

I gathered all my ingredients to have ready to go, because you know if I had to walk away from the counter, their hands will be all up in everything! I let them dump the berries in the bowl and blended. I used the hand mixer this go around to let them help more, but you can use a regular counter blender as well. 
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In goes the honey and Kidz Sprinkles Multi-Vitamin. Why I am in love with this? Because for day to day food, you add 2-3 shakes of the vitamins and you eliminate the dreaded, “I don’t want the grape one” or “I want the kitty shaped one.” True story.  Picking my battles y’all. 
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You’ll want to spread the mixture on top of parchment paper that is lining a walled cookie sheet. Now it’s time to dehydrate. I preheated my oven to the lowest temperature it would go to, which was 170F. It will most likely take around 4 hours for the fruit to dry up, but could take around 5 depending on your oven.

About every 30 minutes, I check on it and if the edges looked like they were crisping up too much, I used a little spray bottle to moisten. You could also use a BBQ brush to lightly sprinkle early on, then brush later as hardening occurs. Once it looked nice and dry, I used a fork to test towards the middle and once it was a clean poke without residue, I removed from the oven and let cool.

I trimmed the edges with a sharp knife to make straight, then cut unto rows about an inch in width. I pre-cut some more of the paper to roll up with the fruit and tied with a string. The kids extra loved helping with this part before they HAD to have a bite or two, or a whole roll each!

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tell me…

What is the most creative way you’ve disguised healthy goodies in your child’s food?
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  • Diedre
    January 9, 2017 at 6:11 PM

    Honestly, I usually stay away from DIY stuff, but this looks super easy!! I think my kids would enjoy helping me make it too. Thanks for inspiring me to try something new.

  • Krista Nile
    January 9, 2017 at 6:29 PM

    I LOVE this idea!! I’m definitely going to try it soon.

  • Maya @JustMeOMaya.com
    January 9, 2017 at 6:33 PM

    This is a super creative way to give vitamins! I can understand the frustration with vitamin time! We had to explain to my daughter that she couldnt have her little brothers baby liquid vitamins… MELTDOWN! But she eventually got it!
    Maya

  • Trista Peterson
    January 9, 2017 at 8:13 PM

    These look so good! and so, so cute!
    xo Trista | http://www.shopaholicandababy.com

  • Justine Y @ Little Dove
    January 9, 2017 at 9:00 PM

    I’m lucky my ids love vitamins so I don’t have to disguise them, BUT I still want to make these! My kids would love them! And so fun that you let them help you!

  • Yvie
    January 10, 2017 at 4:55 PM

    Will try and hope they like.. they have been the hardest to get anything healthy in them.. lol
    thankful we have not issues with vitamins but I agree there is so much of ingredients that are toxic that it has stopped me from getting anything gummy… even the yummy gushers that I so love.. 🙂

  • sarah
    January 11, 2017 at 8:38 AM

    I need to try this! love that you got your kids involved too!!

  • Kim
    January 11, 2017 at 5:49 PM

    Yum! I always wondered how to make these – my kids will love them!

  • Leah | Five for the Road
    January 11, 2017 at 6:00 PM

    Very cool way to incorporate vitamins. We have the same struggles with picking the vitamin. Kidz Sprinkles is an easy idea and there are so many options to incorporate it into your kids day.

  • rachel
    January 11, 2017 at 7:36 PM

    This is so awesome! I haven’t ever heard of these but now I totally need to make these for my little man, asap!

  • Beth Newman
    January 12, 2017 at 4:30 AM

    These look PERFECT for my picky eater! Thanks for sharing.

  • Nicole Banuelos
    January 12, 2017 at 11:18 AM

    WOW these look so yummy!!

  • Emily
    January 13, 2017 at 11:25 PM

    I want to try and make these, I think my kids would love them!