Healthy Homemade Fruit Snack Recipes
Fruit snacks are processed fruits, could be deposited, gummed, freeze dried, or air dried fruits, and taken as snacks. Fruit snacks also commonly known as fruity snacks, or fruit flavored snacks.
Fruit snacks are adored by kids, teens, and even adults. But do these chewy fruit snacks really healthy?
Fruit Snack - Are They Really Healthy?
The packaging of fruit snacks give us with the impression that they are healthy snacks option, but in fact, not all of the fruit snacks are healthy. Many packaged fruit snacks have been processed in such a way that they have lost most of their original nutrition value. They are made of high fructose corn syrup and food coloring, no much different than candy. Moreover, some packaged fruit snacks are not using real dried fruits but merely the snacks that are “fruit flavored”.
Some fruit snacks packaging claims they contain Vitamin C or even real fruit juice. You may think that it can be a good way to add vitamin C into your kids’ diet since they aren’t eat much fruits. But think about it again! They are still sticky sweet products. How much sugar are you handing over to your kids?
The Healthier Solution - Homemade Fruit Snack
There are definitely healthier snacks out there. But kids love those chewy, fruity bites. Instead of choosing the packaged fruit snacks, do you know you can make homemade, healthy fruit snack?
Yes, this homemade fruit snack recipe will gives you a healthier fruit snacks made from whole fruit. Not only that, there is no artificial food coloring and dyes, the fruit themselves make the coloring. Also, there is no syrup, no artificial sugar, and sweetened only with a little bit of honey.
How To Make Healthy Homemade Fruit Snack
Kids love helping in the kitchen too! This homemade fruit snack recipe is simple and you can always get your kids involved.
Easy Healthy Recipe #1: Simple Homemade Fruit Snack
Now your healthy homemade fruit snacks are ready. Enjoy, and don't feel guilty about serving them to your kids!
Easy Healthy Recipe #2: Homemade Vegetarian Fruit Snack
Animal derived gelatin is always a concern to vegan. But it does not means that a vegan can’t have his/her healthy homemade fruit snacks. Agar powder, which is a natural thickener made from seaweed, can often been used in place of gelatin.
Agar powder has a more powerful gelling agent compared to gelatin, so do not expect the same amount of agar powder to replace gelatin in the recipe. The amount of agar powder to be used is slightly less than gelatin powder. Also, the texture is slightly different, whereby gelatin gives a slightly more “creamy” texture while agar powder will usually result in a firmer and jiggly texture.
Unlike gelatin, agar powder needs to be heated for sometime with water or juice to get dissolved. So the preparation method for vegetarian fruit snack will be slightly different.
These are what you will need as the ingredients for a very healthy homemade vegetarian fruit snack.
Suggestions and variations
For vegetarian fruit snack, if you can't get agar powder, agar flakes can be used too. However, in order to use agar flakes in this healthy fruit snack recipe, longer simmer time is needed in order to make sure agar flakes dissolved in the juice.
If you would prefer your fruit snacks to taste sweeter, you may consider to add a little applesauce to the recipe.