Strawberry-Raspberry-Basil Homemade Fruit Rolls

rasberrystrawberry
rasberrystrawberry

I was the kid that grew up in the NO junk food house. The extent of our junk food was fig newtons, ginger snaps and popcorn. Terrible I know. I didn’t realize what I was missing out on until college or possibly late into high school.

I like to blame my current obsession for candy (gummy candy to be exact) on my no sugar upbringing -- thanks Mom. I’m not big on cupcakes, pies and cookies…I’d rather act like I'm 12 and eat candy. I think I'm catching up on all of the years I missed out on junk food.

As an adult I still try to eat pretty healthy, but of course I have my occasional binges. I’ve banned myself from buying Fruit Roll Ups, or any of those gummy snacks that everyone else grew up on ...  I'll eat the entire box in one day. Pretty ridiculous…I'm aware.

The smartest thing I stumbled upon was HOMEMADE FRUIT ROLL UPS. Yes, that's right! Four ingredients and done. They are absolutely delicious. If you have the patience to let them "cook" for 7 hours, put this on your list. I plan on making a large batch and keeping them for quick snacks and candy cravings.  Try it out! Depending on what's in season, switch up the flavors and try new combinations.

strawberries
strawberries
raspberries
raspberries
basil
basil
Simmer
Simmer

{Simmer time}

prep
prep

{Blended fruit on the Silpat (Click the link to find a silpat)}

prep
prep
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IMG_3082

{Dehydrated fruit mixture}

Materials
Materials
fruit rolls
fruit rolls

{Roll it up! Secure with your twine}

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IMG_3095
fruit rolls
fruit rolls
air tight container
air tight container

{Store in an airtight container}

center of table
center of table

Ingredients:

2 - 3 cups Strawberries / 1 - 2 cups Raspberries / 3 Tbs Chopped Basil / 1/4 cup Organic Cane Sugar

Materials Needed:

Silpat / Parchment Paper / Food Scissors  / Twine or String

Directions: 

Preheat oven to the lowest temperature on your oven. Mine was at 175 degrees. In a blender or food processor, mix strawberries, raspberries and sugar together. To remove seeds, strain fruit mix. Add the fruit mixture to a pot and bring to a boil. As soon as the bubbles form, turn heat down and simmer for 10 minutes. Stir.  Add the basil and let simmer for another 10 minutes. Pour contents onto the silpat. Let the fruit dehydrate in the oven for 7 - 8 hrs (until the mixture is no longer sticky to touch). 

Peel mixture off of your silpat. Cut the dried fruit and parchment paper into to strips (size depends on you). Lay the fruit strip onto of the cut parchment paper.  Roll your fruit strip and secure with your twine.

Store in an airtight container to keep them soft.

These are addicting. Careful.