I think that fruit roll-ups are one of those snacks that every single child loves to have. They’re just so fun. Rolled up fruit that’s sweet and sticky and a real treat to have in your lunch kit. We all had them growing up, and you were always pretty happy to see that fruit roll-up package in your lunch. Or at least I know I was, but I’m pretty sure I’m not alone on this one!
Now I’m sending my own kids to school, and I do send the fruit leathers that are all fruit in their lunch kits, but a straight piece of fruit leather, while still tasty, just doesn’t have the fun factor of a fruit roll-up. You know? But I can’t bring myself to buy and send the real fruit roll-ups, filled with sugar and who knows how many chemicals. It would still be a treat, definitely, but certainly wouldn’t give them anything in the way of nutrition. Not that I don’t send them treats now and then, but I really prefer fruit in their lunches to actually BE fruit. Just makes me happier.
If you feel the same way, you need to try these homemade apple cinnamon pear fruit roll-ups. They’re not as sweet and sticky as the real thing, but you could definitely add some sugar if you’d like them sweeter. And I think that if you don’t spread the puree too thin they would be on the stickier side too. We liked them like this. In fact, I barely managed to get a picture in before the kids gobbled them all up. This has been the number one request for their snack in their lunch since I made them. It’s a win-win, they get a fun fruit roll-up, and I’m happy because it is a fruit roll-up!