I have a hodge-podge of fruit in my fridge this week, so.... I decided to make some fruit roll-ups.
I am making 6 different kinds. Here are the ingredients for each one.
I blended each set of ingredients in my blender.
1 apple, 2 cups fresh strawberries, 1/4 chia seeds, 1 kiwi, 2 tbsp Splenda* (I used Splenda to help cut the acidity of the kiwis)
1 cup fresh cranberries, 1 1/2 apples, 1 kiwi, 2 bananas, 2 tbsp chia seeds
2 kiwis, 1 apple, 1 cup fresh strawberries, 1 tbsp chia seeds, 1 cup fresh cranberries, 2 tbsp Splenda*
1/2 cup fresh cranberries, 2 kiwis, 2 cups fresh strawberries, 2 bananas, 2 tbsp chia seeds
2 apples, 1 tsp cinnamon, 1 tbsp splenda*
5 ripe bananas, 1/2 cup almonds, 2 1/2 tbsp cocoa powder, 4 tbsp splenda*, 3 tbsp milled flax seed
They are all on different trays. Temp at 135 degrees. Will check after 4 hours to see if I can flip them so they get fully dehydrated on both sides.
See you in about 4 hours :)
Update: After 5 hours, they were still a little wet on the tops, so I left them in for a couple more hours. That seemed to do the trick. I flipped them all and left in for an hour or so longer (the Chocolate Banana Nut one took quite a bit longer - about 9 hours in total - but totally worth it!)
Dehydrating times may vary depending on your dehydrator, your climate and the moisture levels of your fruits. Make sure to check on them during the process to make sure not to over dry - which will make them brittle. Have fun and Happy Dehydrating!
---------- A NOTE ABOUT SPLENDA ----------
I know most people are not a fan of Splenda and you can definitely make these without the use of Splenda, just substitute with your sweetener of choice or just leave the sweetners out completely. I personally use Splenda because I can not eat Sugar - and most of these roll ups I can only eat a little at a time because of the high concentrate of fruit sugars. I am still in the process of trying other sugar alternatives but since I live in a rural area I have to order them over the Internet since they only sell Splenda at our Lil market.
Tonight we decided that we wanted to see what happens to marshmallows if you put them in the dehydrator. So we took out a fresh bag of mini-marshmallows and divided them onto two trays. Put the dehydrator temp on high and then checked the progress every 10 minutes. The only changes that were visible were that they puffed up slightly and the outsides were kind of crispy - middle stayed gooey. So after 30 minutes we decided to leave them in for 30 more minutes longer to see if they would crisp up even more. Well they did, and the funny thing was that they stayed puffed up. When we went to pour them back into the measuring cup, we couldn't fit them all.
Many people claim that leaving the bag open on the marshmallows will dehydrate them, but I have to disagree, I think it just makes them stale. Dehydrating actually makes them brittle. And I think that's pretty cool!