Fruit Rice Paper Rolls
These fresh fruit rice paper rolls make an easy & nutritious snack. The kids will love this fun way to eat fresh fruit!
Sometimes it is hard to make fresh fruit appetizing to kids AND adults. By simply rolling fruit in rice paper and making a quick dip, a healthy, delicious snack can be made in minutes.
What is Rice Paper?
A staple at Vietnamese restaurants, rice paper is traditionally used to make summer rolls. They are made from rice, water, salt and often tapioca. Tapioca is a starchy product made from the tuber cassava (similar to a potato). It is very thin and translucent so you can see whatever is inside.
How to Use Rice Paper
Make sure to watch our video for a tutorial, there is definitely a learning curve! Rice paper comes in thin dry sheets, which take a little getting used to. First, heat up water. Next, find a plate or baking dish larger than the rice paper and pour hot water into it
Submerge each rice paper individually into the warm water for a few seconds. Remove the rice paper and place it on a flat work surface. Make sure it is pliable, so it does not rip when you begin to roll it up.
Roll It Like a Burrito!
Take your prepared fruit and optional herbs and place in the center of the rice paper. After you roll 2-3, you will get a sense for how much can fit into one rice paper. Bring the lower edge up and cover the fruit, sealing the bottom. Fold in the two sides. Lastly, roll it snugly together using your fingers to keep the filling in the center.
Fresh is Best
My fruit rolls are best eaten right away, but they can be stored in the fridge wrapped in saran wrap or in a sandwich-sized plastic bag for a few hours.
Rice Paper Nutrition
Each rice paper is only about 50 calories and is mostly carbohydrates. Unlike a flour tortilla which is starchy and calorically dense, rice paper is simply a vehicle for fruits and vegetables!
My favorite fruit to use is kiwi and also blueberries, but any fruit or combination of fruits can be rolled in rice paper! I find harder fruits like apples and pears tend to rip the rice paper, so be careful with those!
Sweet and Sour Dip
Kids love dipping! This simple dressing can be made in seconds, combine the honey and lime and whisk together. The combination of sweet and sour really compliments the starchy rice paper and fruits. Alternatives are maple syrup and agave for sweetener and lemon juice for the sour.
Other Rice Paper Ideas
You can roll up so many things in rice paper! Try vegetables like spinach, red peppers and tomatoes. Animal proteins such as ground pork, beef and shrimp can turn the rice paper rolls into a meal!
- 4 kiwi
- 1/2 cup blueberries
- 8 rice paper wrappers
- Fresh mint leaves
- 2 tablespoons honey
- Juice of 1 lime
- Optional: other fruit you like!
- Peel kiwi and slice into rounds
- Prepare the rice paper wrappers by submerging them one at a time in hot water for 2-3 minutes until they are soft and malleable. Immediately transfer the soft rice paper to a large plate and start to roll your spring rolls.
- Place kiwi slices down middle of wrapper slightly overlapping followed by a couple of mint leaves. Repeat for each spring roll, making one at a time.
- Make the dressing by mixing the honey and lime juice together in a bowl and serve with the spring rolls.
- Optional: dip into yogurt