Thursday, July 24, 2008
Stackable fruit snacks
This is probably one of the simplest snacks ever. If you look a little closer, you can see. Instead of purchasing these Stackerz, I stacked my own fresh local fruit (apricots, cherries and blueberries).
Now, if you want something that resembles the processed product in texture, you can make your own real fruit roll-ups/fruit leather, using the recipe from the latest Raw Food Right Now e-newsletter. To subscribe, just enter your e-mail address in the top left corner of Heidi and Justin's website (www.rawfoodrightnow.blogspot.com, if you didn't catch it the first time).
Using real fruit to make raw fruit roll-ups is easy, like in this recipe. You can even get a little crazy trying out your own favorite flavor combinations. This would be a great way to get your kids involved in the process. I wonder if we can recreate blue raspberry?
As much as I enjoy pureeing and mixing fruits, I actually prefer dehydrating them just as they are. My hubby is a big apple chip fan, while I love Juliano's Swirled Bubble Gum (dehydrated strawberries, kiwis and/or mangoes swirled between your palms to check for doneness; according to Juliano, "if they hold their shape when rolled up, they're ready. Share!").
This time of year, I'm lucky if I can part with any of the fresh stuff long enough to prepare these chewy treats. But, if you find yourself with a little extra, these are excellent ways to preserve your local bounty.
By the way, is anyone else still sticking to the local challenge?