strawberry basil fruit rolls

If you’ve been here a while, you know I love basil. If you are new (hello!), I love basil so much I named our dachshund Basil. Fresh basil is my favorite thing to have in a vase in the kitchen, growing in my garden, as a lingering scent on my hands.

Yep, even though it’s already winter out there, in my kitchen I’m still acting like it’s summer. Strawberries and fresh basil. Always a perfect pairing in my opinion, and this is one I have been wanting to do for a while.

Bird’s eye shot of my Vita Mix. See, told you she’s an Old Lady Vita. Look at that old school handle. I bought this in college and I keep saying I should stop bragging that I’ve used it with no problems for … um … many years. Don’t want to jinx her.

Don’t think I will.

Anyway, between the few minutes of chopping the berries and chiffonading the larger basil leaves and the ten seconds of blending, this “recipe” comes together quick. Well. Then there’s a couple hours of dehydrating.

I really wanted to tip this tray on it’s side and drink it. So good. Glad I waited though, because the fruit rolls are even better!

strawberry basil fruit rolls

gluten free, vegan, no added sugar

2 quarts fresh strawberries
1 large bunch (1 cup) fresh basil leavesΒ 

Blend in high powered blender until smooth. Pour onto solid sheet for dehydrator, spread to a 1/2 inch thickness (thinner might rip or crack). Dehydrate at 130 for 3-4 hours. Alternately, you can pour into plastic wrap on a baking sheet, place in oven on 120 with door open for… several more hours.

These taste amazing! They have the fruity sweet flavor of the strawberries, and the basil is strong in the best way possible.

Are you a basil fan? How about a Basil fan?Β Β  πŸ˜€

Do you like fruit rolls? Favorite flavor?



    • spabettie says

      yep. glad I was able to stop myself, though, because these turned out AWESOME. and there WAS some leftover in the blender… πŸ˜‰

  1. says

    Fruit leather was one of my favorite snacks as a kid, I haven’t had it in ages! I love the combo of flavors you used, mmmm….basil. :) I really need to get a dehydrator – there are too many recipes I am missing out on without one. I actually just sent my parents an email to see if they still have one (so I can “borrow” it).

    • spabettie says

      seriously – I love the basil flavor. I kept tasting the blender concoction and adding more, I wanted to taste it! :) I have been wanting a dehydrator for so long, and I am loving that I finally got one! I hope your parents still have one you can borrow! :)

  2. says

    Awesome idea. I’ll bet they’re delicious. I would have to go with the oven method. I’ve found dehydrators to be a tough cleanup. But maybe that’s just me.

  3. says

    I need to start growing fresh herbs in my kitchen, it would be so simple! I do love basil. It has such a unique flavor. I especially love that you named your dog Basil! It is so fitting for him.

  4. says

    I love basil AND BASIL. :)
    I am so in love with making stuff in my food dehydrator and will have to make this! The last fruit rolls I made were pumpkin pie, which were okay. But, as I’ve said before, watermelon is the best. I tried cantaloupe once and it did NOT work.

  5. says

    I can do this! I can do this! I had a crappy strawberry roll up yesterday from a local Whole Foods store, how did you know I was disappointed?

    This is awesome:)

  6. says

    This post reminds me of the Ronco Food Dehydrator infomercials that I would watch with my sister – he makes homemade fruit roll ups and we wanted to buy the machine just to make them (well, and banana chips too)

  7. says

    I loved strawberry fruit rollups as a kid – though far less clean and healthy of course. These, as everything you make, sound and look incredible. Love the simplicity in the ingredients but I have no doubt the flavors are anything but.

  8. says

    I, too, love basil in a criminal way. My last outdoor plant finally succumbed to winterβ€”so it’s time to get an indoor one and pretend like summer never ended.

  9. says

    You amaze me yet again – this is the COOLEST recipe I’ve ever seen. I used to LOVE fruit roll ups as a kid! This version is WAY BETTER, my mouth is watering, seriously!

  10. says

    oh wow these look fabulous! You certainly are loving that dehydrator! I want one so badly your posts might just convince me to splurge πŸ˜‰

    By the way I love that story about naming your dog! I always wondered how your pronounced your pup’s name, but now that I know you named him after the herb, well I know! hehe

    • spabettie says

      I really am loving this dehydrator – it’s like a new toy! I have another fun one coming up soon… πŸ˜€

  11. Jeremy says

    thank you bettie, we just made this yesterday. only a TAD skeptical that no sweetner was necessary, until I tasted from the blender – perfectly sweet as is!!

    • spabettie says

      thank you! the flavor is AAAAMMMMMAAAAAA ZING ! πŸ˜‰ and thank you – I wasn’t really jazzed about the photos, but everyone else is liking them! πŸ˜€

    • spabettie says

      hi Josie! :) I have wanted a dehydrator for SO long, and partly because I envisioned making these without all the junk that’s normally in them. they are seriously SO easy! (and actually I don’t know why I’ve waited – since making these I have had many people tell me they can be made in the oven!) πŸ˜€

      anyway, wow – can you tell I’m excited by all this? πŸ˜€

  12. Val says

    we made these yesterday in my new dehydrator, so good and very easy to boot! I am exploring raw so I like that these are, no cook no sugar and doesn’t need it! thank you betty

  13. Holly W says

    This recipe is originally from I think it is a food bloggers responisbility to fact check and not copy anothers work.

    • spabettie says

      hello Holly.

      thanks for your insight. I have never heard of or read the website you are accusing me of copying from.

      I thought of this on my own, and I have to say it does not surprise me that a two ingredient “recipe” has already been done. There are very few original ideas out there these days, and you might consider this before accusing someone publicly (especially someone you are communicating with for the first time).

      I have never copied another’s work, if I have the slightest inspiration from someone else, I always site it. It absolutely is a food bloggers responsibility to site inspiration or adaptation, when there is one. I belong to two groups of professionals who hold these ideals as incredibly important, so I am confident in telling you this “recipe” had no inspiration other than dried fruit products that have been around for years.


    • spabettie says

      I just found the recipe you are accusing me of copying – it does not use a dehydrator, it uses several more ingredients and cooks them beforehand, there is nothing similar about the method and my method.

      strawberry and basil is not a new pairing. if I was inspired by it, I would have cited it. once again, I had not been on that website or visited that recipe prior to this recipe.

      thank you, though, “Holly247” and “Ginna254” for the two comments now referencing the other recipe – coincidentally from the same IP address.

  14. says

    I found these last night, went shopping last night, filled my dehydrator last night, woke up to amazing candy this morning, you are my hero this morning, my kids want to run away to you this morning. these are amazing!!

    • spabettie says

      haa, thank you Crystal – so happy you all liked them so well, and what a great thing to wake up to! Cheers!

    • spabettie says

      hi Daniel, if you have a dehydrator these should work in it, whatever temperature it will go up to. it may take longer to set up, but these are not meant to be crispy, just set, so I don’t think it should be a problem with the one you already have. enjoy!

  15. Katrina says

    these sound so good – I love that you get this result without cooking AND sugar! natural and easy, thank you!

    Katrina Cisson

    • spabettie says

      you are so welcome, Katrina! the natural sweetness of the strawberry really is enough here. I have also made these with raspberries – very good!


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