Whole-Grain Strawberry Waffles with Strawberry Sauce

Whole-Grain Strawberry Waffles with Strawberry Sauce

Everyone’s heard the saying “Breakfast is the most important meal of the day,” but that doesn’t mean it can’t also be flavorful and fun, too. Need proof? Check out Jenna Braddock’s Whole-Grain Strawberry Waffles with Strawberry Sauce.

Using frozen strawberries for the sauce gives this recipe a unique spin. In fact, frozen strawberries are just as tasty and versatile as fresh strawberries, and boast just as many health benefits.

Whole-Grain Strawberry Waffles with Strawberry Sauce
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Recipe type: Breakfast
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Serves: 4-6
 
Ingredients
Whole-Grain Strawberry Waffles with Strawberry Sauce
  • 1 cup whole-wheat pastry flour
  • ¾ cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons cocoa powder
  • ¼ cup ground flax seed
  • ¼ cup cornstarch
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ¼ cup + 2 tablespoons oil of choice
  • 1 ½ cups milk
  • ½ cup Greek yogurt, plain or vanilla
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla
  • 1 cup frozen strawberries, chopped
  • 2 cups part-skim ricotta
Strawberry Sauce
  • 3 cups frozen strawberries, slightly softened
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
Instructions
  1. Preheat waffle iron. Preheat oven to 200 degrees F.
  2. In a mixing bowl, whisk together flours, cocoa, flax seed, cornstarch and baking powder to combine.
  3. In a separate mixing bowl, whisk together oil, milk, yogurt, eggs, sugar and vanilla.
  4. Pour wet ingredients into dry ingredients, and whisk together until smooth and no lumps are present. Fold in chopped strawberries.
  5. Spray inside of waffle iron with cooking spray. Ladle batter on waffle iron, being careful not to pour too much. About ½ cup of batter per waffle square is a good starting place.
  6. Once waffle is done cooking, remove with tongs and put straight onto bare, preheated oven racks to keep warm until serving.
  7. While the waffles are cooking, prepare strawberry sauce. Put 3 cups of slightly softened strawberries, cornstarch and sugar in blender or food processor. Pulse until strawberries are mealy and no large pieces remain.
  8. Pour contents into a saucepan, and heat over medium-low heat until a gentle boil occurs (about 5–8 minutes). Reduce to lowest setting until ready to serve.
  9. To serve, top waffles with ½ cup ricotta per person, then pour strawberry sauce on top.

 


Strawberry Buckwheat Porridge

Vanilla-Spiced Buckwheat Porridge with Strawberries and Pumpkin Seeds

Healthy and comforting? Check! Try this delicious Vanilla-Spiced Buckwheat Porridge from registered dietitian Katie Cavuto!

The strawberries give this porridge a punch of natural sweetness and a splash of color, while providing a multitude of health benefits. Did you know that just one serving of eight strawberries a day benefits your whole body?

Vanilla-Spiced Buckwheat Porridge with Strawberries and Pumpkin Seeds
Serves: 4
 
Ingredients
  • 1 cup raw buckwheat groats (different than kasha, which is roasted)
  • 1½ cups water
  • 1 ½ cups unsweetened vanilla almond milk, divided
  • ½ tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 cinnamon stick or ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp orange zest, divided
  • ¼ tsp cardamom
  • 2 tbsp real maple syrup
  • 2 tbsp ground flax seeds (optional)
  • 2 cups quartered strawberries
  • 2 tbsp freshly squeezed orange juice
  • ¼ cup pumpkin seeds
Instructions
  1. Rinse the buckwheat using a fine-mesh strainer.
  2. Add the rinsed buckwheat to a medium-sized saucepan along with the water, ¾ cup of almond milk, vanilla extract and the cinnamon stick.
  3. Bring the mixture to a boil, then decrease the heat to simmer. Cover and cook for 12 minutes.
  4. At the 12-minute mark, turn off the heat and stir in the orange zest, cardamom and maple syrup. Cover the buckwheat to steam in the pot for an additional 5 minutes.
  5. While the buckwheat continues to cook, combine the strawberries with the remaining orange zest and orange juice.
  6. Uncover the buckwheat, and stir in the remaining ¾ cup of almond milk and the ground flax. Remove the cinnamon stick.
  7. Divide the porridge into 4 bowls, and top each with ½ cup of strawberries and 1 tablespoon of pumpkin seeds.

 


Soufflé Omelet & Strawberry

This Soufflé Omelet with Balsamic Strawberries is a great breakfast! Garnished with mint and powdered sugar, this dish tastes as good as it looks!

 

Soufflé Omelet With Balsamic Strawberries
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Serves: 2
 
Ingredients
  • 1½ cups (about 8 ounces) fresh California strawberries, stemmed and quartered
  • 1 tbls chopped fresh mint
  • 1 tbls aged balsamic vinegar
  • 2 tsp granulated sugar, divided
  • 2 large eggs, separated
  • ¼ tsp vanilla
  • 2 tsp butter
  • Confectioners’ sugar, as needed
Instructions
  1. In bowl, combine strawberries, mint, vinegar and 1½ teaspoons of the granulated sugar; set aside.
  2. In small bowl, whisk egg yolks with vanilla and remaining ½ teaspoon granulated sugar for 1 minute or until slightly thickened.
  3. In bowl of electric mixer, beat egg whites until they form soft peaks.
  4. With rubber spatula, fold yolks into whites until no streaks remain.
  5. In 10-inch nonstick skillet over medium heat, melt butter. (To make 2 individual omelets, use 6-inch nonstick skillet.)
  6. When butter is sizzling, add egg mixture, spreading it into an even layer with spatula.
  7. Cover pan; reduce heat to low. Cook omelet 3 to 4 minutes or until golden brown on bottom and barely set on top.
  8. Spoon strawberries down center of omelet; with spatula, fold omelet in half over filling. Slide omelet onto plate; dust with confectioners’ sugar.

 


Strawberry Quick Bread

Strawberry Quick Bread

This California Strawberry Quick Bread  is delicious warm out of the oven for breakfast or toasted the next day for a snack.

California Strawberry Quickbread

California Strawberry Quick Bread
 
Ingredients
  • ½ cup vegetable oil, plus more for greasing
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 tbls cider vinegar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • ¾ cup granulated sugar
  • ¼ tsp ground nutmeg
  • ¼ tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp sea salt
  • ¾ cup whole wheat flour
  • ¾ cup all purpose flour
  • ½ cup quick cooking oats
  • ¼ cup flax seeds
  • 2 cups chopped California strawberries
  • ⅓ cup finely chopped walnuts, optional
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Grease the inside of an 8 x 4½ inch loaf pan with vegetable oil and set aside.
  2. Using an electric mixer, beat together oil, eggs, vinegar and vanilla in a large bowl.
  3. In a separate bowl, place sugar, nutmeg, baking powder, salt, flours, oats and flax seeds. Stir to combine.
  4. Make a well in the center of the dry ingredients and pour in egg mixture. Beat just until dry ingredients are moistened, about 15 seconds.
  5. Add strawberries and walnuts, mixing briefly just to combine. Pour into prepared loaf pan and bake for 50 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
  6. Remove from heat and let cool on a wire rack before slicing. Serve warm or at room temperature.

 

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Strawberry Breakfast Parfait

Strawberry Breakfast Parfait

A Strawberry Breakfast Parfait Recipe that is both nutritious and tasty! A quick mix-up for a healthy morning fix that satisfies your taste buds while giving you a strong start to your day. You can take this to-go for breakfast wherever you’re heading or you can make this a great option for on-the-go snacking later in the day. Lightweight but filling, the granola and yogurt build the perfect base for an afternoon strawberry delight.

With fresh California Strawberries, this snack is great for whatever your strawberry-craving heart desires!

Strawberry Breakfast Parfait Recipe

If you’re on the run often, keep the ingredients around for an easy option without compromising your nutritional value when snacking. Don’t let the every-day rush keep you from getting the nutritional support that will keep you fueled throughout your day! Strawberries are a nutritional powerhouse – they’re considered functional food for their great benefits in health promoting and assistance in chronic disease management. You’ll be enjoying a lovely meal but you’ll also be sneaking in some extra health benefits in the shape of a really good strawberry surprise.

All it takes is 8 strawberries a day to enjoy the health benefits that they provide. You’re just one delicious cup of strawberries away from adding a nutritious supplement to your daily snacking. Sometimes a little change can make a big difference! Adding a few strawberries is the best way.

A healthy breakfast starts with California Strawberries – a great way to power up your day. Enjoy!

Strawberry Breakfast Parfait
Serves: 2
 
Ingredients
  • 1 cup graham cracker cereal, granola or favorite cereal
  • 1 cup non-fat vanilla yogurt
  • 1 lb California strawberries, stemmed and sliced Mint sprigs
Instructions
  1. In each parfait glass, layer 3 tablespoons cereal, ¼ cup yogurt and ⅛ cup strawberries.
  2. Repeat layers.
  3. Top with 1 mint sprig.

 

Check out more California Strawberry Recipes here!

 


Quick & Easy Strawberry Toasts

After School Strawberry Toasts

Great for back-to-school time or summer rush, these six fresh strawberry toast recipes make perfect after school snacks or just afternoon delights. These will surely please even your pickiest eater. Not only are these toasts great for little ones, but they’re pretty darn awesome for grown-ups too.

With school in full swing I have been the queen of toasts. It’s a great snack after school and before I take my kids to their practices or games. I’m sure you’ve seen the avocado toast obsession; well I think we need to start the strawberry toast craze.

Strawberries are naturally sweet but low in sugar, which is a win-win for everyone. Strawberries are easy to prepare, available year-round, and deliver exceptional nutrition and health benefits.

The best part is that if you can work a toaster you can make these satisfying snacks for back-to-school or better yet, let your children make them themselves. I have a feeling you might have some of these ingredients in your fridge or be inspired to make your own creations.

Watch this fun video to see all the creative ways you can improve your toast game.

Avocado + Strawberries + Queso Fresco + Olive Oil

This combo is my favorite – I can seriously eat avocado and strawberries with every meal. This toast is topped with slices of creamy avocados, sweet strawberries, salty crumbled queso fresco, and drizzled with olive oil.

Strawberry Toasts Recipe

 

Berries + Basil/Mint + Cream Cheese

Cream cheese, strawberry slices, and blackberries topped with basil or mint leaves is a lovely combo.

Strawberry Toast

 

Strawberries + Goat Cheese + Pomegranate + Balsamic

This one is my daughter’s favorite. She loves exotic flavors and the way the tangy, slightly salty goat cheese works with the balsamic-coated strawberries and pomegranate seeds on the crunchy, toasted bread is a thing of beauty.

Pomegranate Toast Recipe

Cottage Cheese + Strawberries + Walnuts + Honey

If you are not a fan of cottage cheese substitute with ricotta cheese. It’s a simple and satisfying combo and deliciously sweet with a drizzle of honey.

 

strawberry-walnut-toast

Mango + Strawberries + Mozzarella + Tajin

I can’t have mango without a sprinkle of Tajin. This is my strawberry toast of choice when I’m feeling homesick.

 

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Strawberries + Almond Butter + Sesame Seeds

This one is my son’s favorite — a protein packed afterschool snack perfect before he heads to football practice. The almond butter will fill you up and keep you satisfied, loaded with vitamin C packed strawberry slices, and the sesame seeds are high in calcium.

 

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Check out more California Strawberry Recipes here!


Strawberry Oats Breakfast Bars

Healthy Strawberry Breakfast Cookies Recipe

It’s not always easy to get our kids to eat in the morning, especially before school. When my kids were smaller, I was always trying to think of healthy grab-n-go snacks they could munch on in the car going to, or coming from, school.

With some of us still getting adjusted to the new school year, we want to share the kinds of healthy, kid-friendly snacks and beverages that fit into the category of grab-n-go, and healthy. For example, a few weeks ago we shared this natural strawberry milk by nutritionist Anne Mauney.

Our latest recipe for healthy strawberry cookies was created by busy mom and dietitian Mitzi Dulan, the author of The Pinterest Diet. She raved about how much her daughters love these cookies. That’s a good sign!

These cookies are easy to make and can easily be frozen in for the convenience of just grabbing a couple at a time for early mornings, or after school snacks.

Enjoy!

Healthy Strawberry Breakfast Cookies
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Serves: 18 cookies
 
Ingredients
  • 2 bananas, ripened
  • 1 cup dates
  • 2¼ cups California strawberries, finely chopped
  • 1 tbsp coconut oil
  • 2 cups rolled oats
  • 2 tbsp chia seeds
  • ½ cup unsweetened coconut
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 scoop natural vanilla whey protein powder
  • Non-stick baking spray
Instructions
  1. Heat oven to 350 degrees. Spray a baking sheet with non-stick baking spray.
  2. Remove pits from dates and place dates and bananas in blender.
  3. Transfer mixture to a large bowl and combine with coconut oil.
  4. Gently stir in the strawberries.
  5. In a medium bowl, mix together the oats, chia seeds, coconut, cinnamon and protein powder. Add the bowl of dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and stir well.
  6. Roll the cookie batter into 2” balls and pat down gently. Bake 15-18 minutes.
  7. Allow to cool on baking sheet for 5 minutes and then finish cooling on a cooling rack.

 


Cashew Strawberry Milk

Healthy Strawberry Milk

When I was a kid, I used to LOVE strawberry milk. Thinking about it now, I kind of cringe – tons of sugar, artificial color and flavor, and who knows what else. But then I thought – why not create a healthy homemade version of our old classic favorite, this time using real strawberries? Just in time for back to school season, too!

homemade strawberry milk

Unlike the processed strawberry milk on the market, this creamy, delicious version includes real California strawberries. Strawberries have more vitamin C than an orange and are packed with essential vitamins, dietary fiber, potassium and health-promoting phytochemicals. In fact, did you know that research suggests eating just 1 cup of strawberries a day may improve heart health, lower blood pressure, reduce the risk of some cancers and support brain function? Sweet. Now that is an after school snack everyone can feel good about!

homemade strawberry milk

For a unique take on strawberry milk, this recipe is actually dairy free and made with homemade cashew milk! Have you ever tried to make cashew milk at home before? Turns out it’s quite easy – all you need are cashews, water, and a high speed blender! The first step is to soak the cashews in water overnight so they become soft and are more easily blended. The next morning, simply drain them and rinse. Then, you are ready to make cashew milk!

how to make cashew milk

Pop the softened cashews into a blender with more water (full recipe details below), and blend until smooth (usually a couple minutes). Then, add your strawberries and a little pure maple syrup to taste. If you’d like the milk sweeter, add a full tablespoon of maple syrup. For less sweet, try a half tablespoon. Up to you! Blend another couple minutes until smooth.

homemade strawberry cashew milk blender

Depending on how efficient your blender is, you may want to strain the strawberry milk before serving. This is optional!

homemade strawberry milk

Serve cold and enjoy! This creamy and slightly sweet treat will make a great healthy afternoon snack for both kids and parents. Any leftovers can be stored in an airtight container in the fridge for about a week; just shake it before serving in case settling occurs.

homemade strawberry cashew milk

If you’re not feeling the cashew milk thing, don’t have cashews on hand, or don’t want to wait until tomorrow to make this recipe (because the cashews need overnight soaking), feel free to simply make this recipe using whole milk or any store bought alternative milk (like almond or soy milk). Just skip steps 1 and 2 of the recipe, and add about 3 cups of your choice of milk to the blender with the strawberries and pure maple syrup. The possibilities are endless!

how to make homemade cashew milk

Here’s the recipe, enjoy!

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Healthy Homemade Strawberry Milk Recipe
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Recipe type: beverage
Serves: 4 cups
 
This homemade strawberry milk is a healthy twist on the classic childhood favorite. It makes a great afternoon snack for both kids and adults!
Ingredients
  • 1 cup raw cashews
  • 2 cups water (plus more for soaking)
  • 2 cups roughly chopped strawberries
  • ½ - 1 tbsp maple syrup (adjust for sweetness)
Instructions
  1. Place the cashews in a large bowl and cover generously with water. Allow to soak overnight.
  2. Drain and rinse the cashews, then place in a high speed blender with the 2 cups of water. Blend for 3 -4 minutes, until completely smooth.
  3. Add the strawberries and maple syrup to taste and blend for another 2 minutes, until completely smooth.
  4. If necessary (depends how good your blender is), strain the milk through a fine mesh strainer.
  5. Serve cold and enjoy! Seal any extra in an airtight container and store in the fridge for up to 1 week. Shake if separation occurs.