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Do you have apricot trees or access to them? We planted a few more in our orchard this year. I absolutely love them, but they are definitely not given proper attention in this area (in my opinion, that is).
So what are you doing with all those apricots you’re getting? You could try one of my favorite treats of all time: apricot coconut roll-ups.
These are a healthy treat all year long–it’s pretty hard just to eat one 🙂 .
Here’s what you’ll need:
- Shredded Coconut
Yes, that’s it.
Carefully remove the pits from your apricots, and place the flesh in your Vitamix (or other strong blender), and blend until pureed. It doesn’t need to be super thin. In fact, I always prefer to see some chunks of flesh here and there.
Make sure your dehydrator is set up to hold a fluid, and pour your pureed apricot on. Use the flat side of a spatula to make sure the texture is even and in the shape you want. Now carefully sprinkle your shaved coconut on the top. Carefully push the coconut into the apricot.
Turn your dehydrator onto the fruit/vegetable setting (mine is 135 degrees F). Check on your fruit in a couple of hours. When you can’t reach in and pull the coconut out anymore, then it’s done.
Let your roll-ups cool before removing. Once cool, carefully pull an edge toward the center to avoid ripping it. Place on a piece of wax paper and roll it up tightly. With string of your choice, tie your rolls. I cut these with a clean, sharp pair of kitchen scissors.
If you don’t want to eat these right away, I suggest sealing them in a jar with a seal-saver type system. I didn’t seal mine because we plan to eat them after dinner tonight.
Tips for making roll-ups:
- For the sweetest apricots, puree when they are quite ripe (but not yet mushy).
- If your apricots tend to be tart, or you just like things sweeter, put 1 Tablespoon of honey per 4 apricots in your blender.
- We buy dried coconut in the bulk section of the store, as it’s cheaper than the sweetened seasonal stuff.
- If you aren’t used to making fruit leathers or roll-ups, try this technique: if you think your roll-ups are done, turn your dehydrator off. Once it’s cooler, touch the top of your fruit. If you can still squish it, it’s not done. If it’s sticky/tacky in the thinnest spot, it’s done.
- The thinner your fruit, the less time it will take to prepare. Try to get each sheet a uniform thickness.
- I haven’t tried sweetened coconut, but if I did, I definitely would not try it with honey in the base the first time.
- I cut my roll-ups to 3 1/2 inches if I want to store them.
- I know some people store their dried fruit in sealed plastic bags, but I prefer to put them in sealed glass bottles to keep their shape and appearance.
What fruit combinations are your favorite?