Five healthy, super delicious and also quick to prepare strawberry desserts, that will hold the elegance and a fancy when served. I personally have loved all of these healthy desserts mentioned below and have been relishing on these for a week above now.
Before we move on, I must share with you that last Sunday I participated in a marathon – my very first – Pinkathon. I am on a different high right now, a milestone is been completed and I promise to move ahead. For me, the challenge is not to stop now but to increase the stamina and participate more.
Trust me with the baking blog being a part of me now, it has not only doubled the amount of happiness in my life but has also added few digits to the weighing scale screen. Nothing is reached to the worrisome situation here but I still have to keep a watch on it. I think I will have to increase my quantity and quality of my workout regime. Marathon was the first step and having successfully completed that, it leaves me with a great achievers feeling.
But by no means, I am stopping to bake yumlicious recipes at 2blissofbaking. Good food is a good life, a happy life. I rather run a little then stop to eat good food.
For today we celebrating strawberries, lots of strawberries. Yes, I am sharing five interesting healthy desserts with you. These not only look fancy but are super yum too. Do consider these as a real satisfaction to sweet cravings, which will not leave you or me with a guilt.
I would like to share some interesting facts, some do’s and some don’ts with you before we start the recipes.
1 . Eat strawberries! It is good for your muscles, brain and heart.
Strawberries contain more vitamin C than an orange and they help in reducing inflammations and are great for eyes.
This is something to note down here- It helps in reducing weight too, especially your abdomen fat.
A quick simple idea – sprinkle crushed black pepper over sliced strawberries and have them. It keeps your teeth white.
2 . When you buy fresh strawberries, prefer smaller ones because, smaller the berry, the greater the intensity of flavour. large berries tend to have more water and a slightly diluted flavour.
Choose brightly coloured, firm, shiny, plump berries that still have fresh-looking green caps attached.
Not to mention but avoid soft, dull looking, or shrivelled berries.
Since strawberries do not ripe further after being picked, avoid berries that are partly white or otherwise unripe.
It may seem obvious to say, but strawberries should smell like strawberries. Take a whiff before you buy.
3 . Do not wash or hull strawberries until you’re ready to use them.
Hulling a strawberry means removing the inedible green caps from the fruit.
To do this, place the tip of your knife at the base of the cap, insert gently to remove only the soft white part at the base of the stem and slowly turn the strawberry round. Once you come full circle the top will pop right off without sacrificing too much flesh.
4 . Always Store (preferably in a single layer on a paper towel) in a moisture-proof container in the refrigerator. They can easily stay in the fridge for 3to 4 days.
Freezing your own strawberries is easy. I have been freezing these berries for a very long time now. Hull them, lay them in a single layer on a baking sheet, freeze them until they’re solid (overnight usually does it), transfer them to a resealable plastic storage bag, and keep them frozen and use whenever you want to.
Frozen strawberries will keep up to six months (even a year in a stand-alone freezer with reliable temperature control)
5 . Strawberries at room temperature are sweeter than cold strawberries. Researchers say 53% of seven to nine-year-olds claim strawberries are their favourite fruit.
6 . The average berry has 200 seeds and they are all on the outside of the fruit. It’s the only fruit that wears the seeds on the outside.
7 . Strawberries are often eaten directly (not cooked). They are also added to fruit salads, custards, ice creams and various other recipes. They are also extensively used in processed food items, like jams, jellies, squashes, syrups, confections, baked goods, chocolates etc.
Other than the recipes mentioned below, here are couple of ideas
A dollop of well beaten heavy cream over strawberries, and you will have a fruit cream ready to serve.
Drizzle chopped and smashed strawberries with a good-quality balsamic vinegar and serve as a side sauce.
Dip strawberries in cream cheese and serve on an Oreo cookie. This is all-time favourite kids treat.
Combine with other berries, melons, and tropical fruits in a simple fruit salad.
Add strawberries to a simple tossed green salad (think of them as sweeter tomatoes!)
Diced strawberries and feta cheese provide the perfect balance of sweet, savoury and tangy for quick and colourful brunch or lunch!
Chocolate dipped strawberries on a skewer is a perfect treat.
Dehydrated strawberries or strawberry lather is another amazingly Yummy idea.
Not to forget all those cakes and scones or strawberry tarts are great too.
Let’s get to our special five recipes which are healthy and quick to prepare:
500 gm frozen strawberries
1/4th cup brown sugar
1/4th cup of water
1 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
Pinch of salt
In a medium saucepan, combine water and sugar. Over medium heat, bring mixture to a boil and simmer, stirring frequently, until sugar is completely dissolved. Remove from heat and allow to cool almost completely.
In a food processor, pulse frozen strawberries until broken down, but still somewhat chunky. Turn power on strawberries and add cooled syrup and remaining ingredients. Continue to process until very smooth.
Pour sorbet mixture into a freezer safe container. Place in freezer. To serve, scoop into bowls and enjoy!
A spoon full of Vodka can be added to the same recipe. It will help to keep the mixture from freezing solid and gives a better texture, but it’s totally optional.
Most of the sorbet recipes will call for fresh strawberries to be blended in the food processor then use an ice cream churner to turn it into a sorbet. Using frozen strawberries is a quick idea and it prevents the hard ice crystal formation.
Please use a food processor, not a mixer grinder, because you will need to pulse the frozen strawberries.
You can increase or decrease the quantity of sugar used in this recipe according to the sweetness of strawberries.
Strawberry Yogurt Truffle
Strawberry Yogurt Truffle
1 cup of hung yoghurt
2 teaspoons of honey (or sugar)
10 to 12 fresh strawberries washed hulled and roughly chopped
Nuts – chopped and toasted (of your choice)
Whisk the hung yoghurt along with honey. Make sure there are no lumps left.
In a serving glass as shown in the image, add some chopped and toasted nuts on the bottom. Add a layer of prepared yoghurt and then a layer of chopped strawberries. Repeat the layers and save chilled.
You can use maple syrup, instead of honey or sugar as a sweetener. You may choose to simply skip the sugar from this recipe depending on the sweetness of strawberries.
Feel free to add more seasonal berries to the truffle.
You can also add some cream cheese to the yoghurt and beat them well together. This addition will take the flavours to the other level and will add a lot of taste along with few calories.
2 tablespoons of balsamic vinegar
2 tablespoons of honey
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper
2 cups of strawberries, diced
1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh basil
2 tablespoons of fresh coriander chopped
Chopped Jalapenos (according to the taste -1 or 2 tablespoons)
1/4 cup finely chopped onion
zest of 1 lemon (about 1 teaspoon)
In a large bowl, whisk together vinegar, honey, salt and pepper until combined well.
Add the rest of the ingredients and stir together until incorporated.
Refrigerate covered until ready to serve.
Serve with pita chips, corn chips, or as a dessert topping.
Chopped strawberries, balsamic vinegar, honey, fresh basil and lemon zest mingle all together to create a perfect Strawberry Salsa.
When chopping fresh coriander there’s no need to separate the leaves from the tender stems—chop everything! The stems offer a lot of flavour and texture.
As with most salsas, this one gets even better if you let the ingredients chill and get to know each other for an hour or two.
Make a beautiful gift in a mason jar, tied up nicely with a nice ribbon, along with a bag of pita chips.
1 and 1/2 pounds strawberries, hulled and quartered
1 tablespoon lemon juice
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
3 tablespoons light brown sugar
14th cup almond meal
1/3 cup rolled oats
3 tablespoons sliced almonds, coarsely chopped
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
A pinch of salt
3 tablespoons cold unsalted butter, cut into pieces
Place a rack in centre of the oven and preheat to 375*F. Grease and flour a baking dish. You can use one single 8-inch baking dish or use small ones for single serves. Toss strawberries with lemon juice, flour and 1 Tbsp. of brown sugar. Toss well so you coat every strawberry. Pour the strawberries into the prepared dish and set aside.
In a medium bowl, stir together almond meal, oats, chopped almonds, cinnamon, salt and remaining 2 Tbsp. brown sugar. Rub in butter with your fingers until mixture is crumbly. Press into small lumps and sprinkle over strawberries. Bake until top is golden brown and fruit is bubbling about 30 minutes.
This yummy fresh Strawberry Cobbler is pure comfort food. It’s quick and easy to put together and the warm, cooked strawberries with the fabulous topping are absolutely divine.
If you are using salted butter, you can skip the addition of salt mentioned above in the ingredient list.
Quick strawberry jello cups
Quick strawberry jello cups
1 package Strawberry Jello-o
1 cup sliced fresh strawberries
1 cup thawed Cool Whip whipped topping (optional)
Prepare Jello-o according to package directions.
Add fruit to the Jello-o and spoon into 4 to 5 dessert glasses. Chill glasses until jello is set (overnight is best)
You can also fold whipped topping into half of the prepared jello-o. Refrigerate until ready to use.
Spoon topping mixture into glasses of set jello. Top with a dollop of Cool Whip, and garnish with fresh strawberries. Keep chilled until ready to serve Chill.
Strawberry Flavoured Water
Here is an interesting strawberry water you can serve to fancy the kids, who mostly run away from drinking water. My younger one is one of those kids, who forgets to drink water whole day long.This flavoured water works well with her.