Banana & strawberry fruit straps
- 2 large very ripe bananas
- 2 punnets strawberries, hulled
- 200g seedless red grapes
- 1 cup water
- 75g caster sugar
- 1 lemon, juiced
These take some time to prepare, but are very high in energy. They are similar to a fruit roll up. School A to Z nutrition expert
- Preheat oven to 110oC. Combine the bananas and strawberries in a blender and pulse until coarsely pureed.
- Roughly chop the grapes and place in a saucepan with the banana mixture, water and sugar.
- Cook over a medium heat for 25 minutes, until well softened, then press through a fine sieve.
- Stir in the lemon juice.
- Line an 18cm x 28cm slice pan with cling film, then pour in the fruit mixture.
- Bake for 11-12 hours (or overnight) until dried and flexible. Alternatively, use a bench-top dehydrator for easier results.
For the lunch box
Cut into strips and store in an airtight container or a resealable plastic bag.
For busy mums and dads
You'll find that one recipe makes six good size serves, enough for a couple of kids to each have one three days a week. To save some money, buy in-season fruit in bulk at best prices and make several trays at a time. The straps will store airtight for up to one month, ready to go for lunches.
‘Fast' Ed Halmagyi is one of Australia's best-loved TV chefs and food authors. For the last seven years he has shared his unique take on achievable, time-conscious cookery with millions of viewers and readers through his television, newspaper, radio and publishing endeavours. Ed's motto is simple, "when you do less, the ingredients can do more!"
Ed is a busy chef – with appearances on television including ‘Fast Ed's Fast Food' on Better Homes and Gardens, as well as regular appearances on Sunrise and The Morning Show, Channel 7's popular daybreak programs. Ed's recipes can also be found in Cumberland newspapers, his own cook books Nove Cucina and Dinner in 10, and many magazine titles. Ed can also be heard on radio throughout Australia as the host of Better Homes and Gardens Radio, in Sydney as a regular guest on ABC local radio 702, and on the Gold Coast as the ABC's weekly chef presenting the ‘5 O'clock Panic'.
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Prep. time: 15 minutes
Cooking time: 12 hours
- Egg free
- Gluten free
- Dairy free
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