Fruit and Veggie Roll-Ups

[A great chewy snack to deliver a serving of veggies and half serving of fruit on-the-go, Fruit and Veggie Roll-Ups are vegan, sugar-free, gluten-free, grain-free, dairy-free, egg free, soy-free,  nut-free, yeast-free, and low glycemic. Suitable for Stage 2 and beyond on an anti-candida diet.]

Sugar-free, vegan, candida diet fruit and veggie roll-ups recipe

If you’ve ever read a post on a news service or gossip site (who, me?) and been appalled at some of the negative comments that appear, you’ve probably also contemplated how certain people are abetted in their vitriol by the fact that the internet is more or less anonymous.

Readers (and writers) in today’s virtual world can assume aliases, pretend to be one gender or the other, or keep their location secret if they choose. In fact, as long as you have a computer and an internet connection, you can interact freely online and no one can detect your location. (Well, unless you actually tell them. Or unless your kid’s friend posts it on Facebook. Or unless they’re a creepy hacker-troll-stalker who digs up the details of your IP address and discovers that information on their own).

Even though I don’t conceal where I’m from, turns out that people are often surprised to learn that I reside near Toronto, in Canada. Not only do I live here, but I’m even a proud Canadian. Despite our many problems (socialized healthcare, anyone? Excessive politeness? Highest raccoon-to-human ratio in the Western world? WINTER IN ONTARIO?), I love my country and really do think it’s one of the best places to live on the planet (except for, well . . . WINTER IN ONTARIO).

One of the few drawbacks of living north of the 49th parallel is that we tend to lag a bit behind on new products that appear to our American cousins south of the border. For years, I’ve bemoaned the fact that I’ll spy a great gluten-free flour, say, or a stevia-sweetened chocolate, or even an eco-friendly toothpaste in a publication or on a commercial (because, duh, we have American TV stations), but then can’t find it anywhere in stores for at least an additional year or two.

The reason behind this delay is our bilingual labeling laws in Canada: you see, even though there’s really only one province that speaks French as a first language, the entire country is required to provide French/English labeling (c’est malheureusement vrai).  Which means that, if you’re an American company seeking business in Canada, you must print up a completely different set of labels for all your products sold here. Extra labels = extra expense = we Anglophone Canadians often lose out.

Vegan, glutenfree, sugarfree fruit and veggie rollups recipes

The last time the HH and I took one of our junkets to New York City, I discovered a brand of fruit-and-veggie strips that I just adored. They were kind of like conventional fruit leathers but with veggies sneaked into the mix, all without compromising flavor. I returned home having basically cleared the store shelves, a good chunk of my airline weight allotment taken up by apple, beet, sweet potato, and spinach. And I vowed that, one day, I’d reproduce the same chewy, fruity, hidden-veggie snack here at home.

With back-to-school in the air, these fruit and veggie roll-ups are perfect take-alongs for packed lunches, whether you’re the student, parent, or teacher (or, in our case, canine–even Chaser loved these healthful bites!).

Feel free to mix and match your own favorite flavors as long as the ratio of vegetable to fruit remains about the same. The only requirement for this recipe is that you use a dehyrdator. Unlike my kale chips, these roll-ups do require a dehydrator unless you use sweet potato or beet as your veggies. Heating in an oven will partially cook the kale, which transforms its mild and neutral flavor to something more robust and slightly bitter (not optimal in a fruity snack).

Rejoice, fellow Canadians! Now we have our own veggie-rich roll-up with a predominantly sweet, fruity flavor tinged with a hint of lime. In fact, you might just love these so much that you’ll forget all about the packaged strips even before they make it across the border.

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  1. I don’t get American tv but blogging is my way of knowing what I am missing out on and I am even missing out on these because I don’t have a dehydrator – oh well maybe in another decade or so they roll ups will reach our shore (probably bobbing along in a bottle along with a note telling us what happened in the latest American cult tv show before we even get a chance to watch it!!!!)

    • Ha ha!! That is hilarious, Johanna! I actually tried to do these without the dehydrator (like my kale chips), but alas the flavor was too kale-y. With the dehydrator, all you taste is the fruit (sort of like a green smoothie concept). Now I want to go put a note in a bottle and throw it into Lake Ontario!! 😀

  2. Okay, I seriously need to get a dehydrator 😀 these are awesome! Like little strips of a green smoothie I can put in my purse 🙂 Love it

  3. Thanks, Ricki for this recipe!
    These really do sound like a dehydrated green smoothie, and I’m excited to try them!
    I’m not following as strict of a sugar free diet these days.
    Do you have any idea on how much honey or coconut sugar would work in this recipe?

    • Thanks, Debra! For me, when made with 2 pears and no apple, I didn’t need any added sweetener. But if you want to replace the stevia, I’d say one tablespoon (15 ml) honey or 1-2 tablespoons (15-30 ml) coconut sugar would do the trick. 🙂

  4. These look great! I’ve had fruit roll-ups on my to-do list for ages now and I love the idea of adding veggies – nom nom!

  5. Hi Ricki. Could I use wax paper or parchment paper in the dehydrator? I don’t have the teflex. Thanks Susan

    • Hi Susan,

      I’ve never used either in my dehydrator, but my guess is that parchment should be fine (after all, it can survive a 350F oven). 😉 I wouldn’t use waxed paper, in case the wax coating melts into the food. Let me know how it works out!

  6. Love this recipe and I do have an ancient dehydrator that still works fine so I will give this a go. I will save my fruit flavored tea bags (out right now). I drink mostly green tea now. Pinned and can’t wait to try, so thanks!

    • Thanks so much, Deb! Glad you like it. I loved it with apple-cinnamon flavored tea. . .wish I could have added more (but you don’t want to add too much liquid, or it takes forever to dehydrate!). 🙂

  7. You know, I’ve never made my own fruit roll ups! Can you believe it! I simply must give it a try. It’s so easy. And I love how you added kale. You’re awesome. 🙂

    Thanks for sharing, Ricki.

    Be Well,


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