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Low-Carb Fruit Roll-Ups: Easy, Healthy Strawberry Snack

Low-Carb Fruit Roll-Ups: Easy, Healthy Strawberry Snack

Whisk away to a world where indulgence and health go hand in hand with these Keto Fruit Roll-Ups. Crafted with ripe strawberries and a tangy twist of lemon, these snacks are a delightful nod to your childhood favorites, sans the sugar rush. Perfect for on-the-go snacking or a playful dessert, these roll-ups are as fun to make as they are to eat. Each bite is a burst of berry goodness, delivering a guilt-free treat that’s both nutrient-packed and keto-compliant. Join the roll-up revolution and turn snack time into a healthy habit.

Course: Dessert, SnacksCuisine: AmericanDifficulty: Easy
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Servings

10

servings
Prep time

10

minutes
Cooking time

3

hours 
Calories

9

kcal
Serving size

1

roll-up
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Ingredients

  • 2 cups fresh strawberries – preferably organic, hulled and washed

  • juice of 1/2 a lemon – freshly squeezed for the best flavor

  • Optional Add-Ins
  • 1/4 cup keto-friendly sweetener, like erythritol or stevia to maintain the low-carb integrity of the recipe

  • protein powder, to add a protein boost, which can appeal to those using keto for fitness gains

  • chia seeds, for a fiber boost and a slight textural contrast

  • vanilla extract, to enhance the flavor with a sweet, aromatic touch

  • cinnamon, adds warmth and spice, complementing the sweetness of the strawberries

  • other fruits, such as blueberries or raspberries for a mixed berry version

  • nuts and seeds, finely chopped for a crunchy texture; consider almonds or pumpkin seeds for an extra nutrient kick

  • ginger, grated or powdered to give a zesty punch that balances the fruit’s sweetness

  • citrus zests, orange or lime zest can add a refreshing twist to your roll-ups

  • keto-friendly honey or maple syrup, a drizzle of these natural sweeteners can enhance the flavor profile

  • rum or bourbon, a teaspoon for an adult version, adding a rich depth to the fruit puree

Equipment

Directions

  • Preheat your oven to 170°F (77°C) and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. If your oven doesn’t reach as low as 170°F, an oven-style air fryer with a dehydrate setting can be used as an alternative.
  • Place the cleaned and hulled strawberries into a blender, add the juice of half a lemon, and if you’re using it, a keto-friendly sweetener.Fresh strawberries inside a blender with a bright yellow lemon squeezed over them, preparing to blend into a smooth puree for fruit roll-ups.
  • Blend the ingredients together until you have a smooth puree with no remaining chunks of fruit.
  • (Optional Step – Boiling): Transfer the puree into a saucepan and bring it to a boil over medium heat, allowing it to boil for 10 minutes; this helps to concentrate the flavors and will reduce the baking time. If you choose to skip boiling, the baking time will increase to 6-7 hours instead of 3-4 hours.
  • After boiling (or skipping), pour the strawberry puree onto the prepared baking sheet, and use a spatula to spread it out evenly to about 1/8 inch thickness.A tray covered with parchment paper featuring a bright red, evenly spread strawberry puree ready for baking into fruit roll-ups.
  • Bake the spread puree in the preheated oven for 3-4 hours (or 6-7 hours if skipping the boiling step), or until it is dry to the touch and no longer sticky. Monitor the oven to ensure it doesn’t over-dry or burn.
  • Once the fruit leather is done baking, remove the tray from the oven and let it cool completely on the parchment paper.
  • When the fruit leather has cooled, gently peel it off the parchment paper. If it’s sticking, placing another piece of parchment on top and flipping it over may help to peel it off more easily.
  • Cut the fruit leather into strips with a sharp knife or scissors, then roll them up from one end to form the roll-ups.Fingers carefully rolling a strip of homemade strawberry fruit leather into a roll-up on a white cutting board, ready to be enjoyed.
  • Store the finished fruit roll-ups in an airtight container. They can be kept at room temperature for several days or stored in the refrigerator for longer periods.A close-up of a hand holding a finished strawberry fruit roll-up, showing a rich red color with a textured surface indicating a chewy treat.

Notes

  • Serving Suggestions
    Pair with Yogurt: Serve these fruit roll-ups alongside a bowl of Greek yogurt for a protein-rich breakfast or a satisfying snack.
    Include in a Bento Box: Add a rolled-up piece as a sweet treat in a bento box, perfect for kids’ lunches or a balanced snack on-the-go.
    With Nut Butter: Spread a thin layer of almond or peanut butter on the fruit roll-up before rolling it up for an added boost of protein and a creamy texture.
    Cheese Pairing: Combine with a slice of mild cheese like mozzarella or cream cheese for a delightful contrast in flavors, ideal for an appetizer or snack platter.
    As a Dessert Topping: Chop the roll-ups into small pieces and sprinkle over ice cream or mix into a parfait for added texture and fruity sweetness.
  • Notes
    Oven Temperatures: Note that oven temperatures can vary. If your oven does not have a setting as low as 170°F, you may need to keep the door slightly ajar or use an oven thermometer to check for accuracy.
    Storage: These fruit roll-ups can be stored in an airtight container at room temperature for up to a week. For longer storage, refrigerate for up to a month.
    Texture Variations: The final texture of the fruit roll-ups can vary depending on the thickness of the spread and the actual oven temperature. Thicker spreads may take longer to dry.
  • Tips
    Texture Adjustment: For crisper roll-ups, extend the drying time in the oven by 30-60 minutes. Watch closely to prevent them from becoming too brittle.
    Flavor Variations: Experiment with different fruits like raspberries, blueberries, or mango for variety. Adjust the amount of lemon juice and sweetener based on the natural sweetness of the fruit used.
    Parchment Paper: Ensure that the parchment paper is non-stick and covers the entire baking sheet. This prevents the fruit puree from sticking and ensures easy removal after baking.
    Blending Tips: If your blender struggles with the texture, add a small amount of water to help it along. Just be sure to spread the puree thinly enough so it dries properly in the oven.
    Alternative Drying Option: If your oven doesn’t reach as low as 170°F, consider using an oven-style air fryer with a dehydrate setting to achieve the right temperature for drying the roll-ups.
  • Variations/Modifications
    Different Fruits: While strawberries are the base for this recipe, you can use almost any fruit to make these roll-ups. Consider using pureed apples, peaches, or mixed berries for different flavors.
    Add-ins: Introduce texture and flavor by adding small pieces of nuts, seeds, or even small chunks of other fruits to the puree before baking.
    Spice It Up: Add spices like cinnamon, nutmeg, or ginger to the fruit puree for a warm, spicy kick that complements the sweetness of the fruit.
    Citrus Twist: Replace lemon juice with lime or orange juice for a different citrus note that pairs well with fruits like mango or raspberry.
    Sweetener Options: If you prefer not using artificial sweeteners, consider natural options like honey or maple syrup, although this will change the carbohydrate content and may not be suitable for a strict keto diet.
    Adult Version: Infuse the fruit puree with a teaspoon of rum or bourbon for a grown-up version of the fruit roll-ups.
  • Prep Ahead
    Puree Preparation: The fruit puree can be made in advance and stored in the refrigerator for up to two days before spreading and baking. This allows you to prepare the puree when you have time and bake it later.
    Freeze for Later: After baking and cutting the roll-ups, they can be rolled and frozen. Wrap each roll-up individually in wax paper and store in airtight bags. They can be thawed at room temperature or in the refrigerator overnight.

Nutrition Facts

  • Calories: 9kcal
  • Carbohydrates: 1.6g
  • Protein: 0.2g
  • Fat: 0.1g
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