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!

 


Healthy Strawberry Recipes

Healthy CA Strawberry Recipe Roundup

Healthy Recipe Roundup

Fresh or frozen, CA strawberries are a versatile fruit that can help you keep your healthy-eating resolutions in check. Available year-round and delicious in both sweet and savory dishes, strawberries offer a nutritional boost to any meal of the day. Look through for a healthy recipe roundup to keep you on top of your nutritional kick!

For the New Year, we’ve enlisted four of our RD ambassadors − Regan Jones, Jenna Braddock, Robin Plotkin, and Caroline Kaufman − to create a roundup of #FreshorFrozen CA strawberry healthy recipe hacks that are perfect for the whole family, from breakfast to dessert.

BREAKFAST

Healthy Recipe Roundup - Vanilla Overnight Oats

Strawberry Vanilla Overnight Oats

Breakfast is the perfect opportunity to get your 8-a-day of California strawberries. Here are just a few fun new recipes you can try!

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Regan Jones, RD, serves up a Superfast Breakfast Strawberry Crisp, combining ingredients you likely already have in your kitchen in this quick how-to video. She starts with frozen California strawberries and ends up with a breakfast so delicious you’ll think you’re eating dessert!


Healthy Recipe Roundup

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Making healthy easy is RD Jenna Braddock’s forte and it shines in this Strawberry Vanilla Overnight Oats recipe, featuring frozen California strawberries.
Simply prepare before bedtime and wake up to a healthy grab-and-go meal!

Healthy Recipe Roundup

Strawberry Vanilla Overnight Oats

LUNCH

RD, Robin Plotkin, shares one of her favorite healthy lunch hacks − using sandwiches as an easy way to get your veggies and fruits in.

We’re loving this one in particular: Strawberry and Feta Stuffed Ciabatta Sandwich for the win!

Healthy Recipe Roundup

Strawberry and Feta Stuffed Ciabatta Sandwich

DESSERT

RD, Caroline Kaufman, whipped up this simple dessert hack that makes keeping your healthy-eating resolutions more attainable. By indulging in healthier versions of your favorite desserts, it’s easy to satisfy your sweet tooth vs. depriving it.

Whole Grain Waffle Strawberry Shortcake − a handful of simple ingredients, fresh California strawberries … and no baking!

Healthy Strawberry Recipe Roundup



8 Strawberries, 8 Ways A Day

8 Ways to Eat California Strawberries

When it comes to healthy eating, there seems to be so many complicated ideas on how to actually execute.  Fortunately, healthy eating can be easy and doable, thanks to simply adding a single serving of California Strawberries: 8 A Day, 8 ways.

Clinical research suggests eating just a serving of eight strawberries is good for the whole body, promoting heart health, diabetes management, supporting brain health, and reducing the risk of some cancers.

How can you get in 8 strawberries every day? Easy. Here’s 8 ways to eat 8 strawberries a day:

  1. Overnight Strawberry Oats: In a medium-size mason jar, combine 1/2 cup old fashioned oats, 3/4 cup milk and 8 chopped strawberries. Cover and chill overnight in the fridge. Enjoy for a grab and go filling breakfast.
  2. Strawberry Yogurt Parfait: Top 1/2 cup Greek yogurt with 8 chopped or sliced strawberries and 1/4 cup granola.
  3. Smoothie: Blend 1/2 cup ice, 1 banana, 8 strawberries and 3/4 cup milk (more if needed).
  4. Salad: Top spring mix with grilled chicken, sliced almonds, crumbled goat cheese and 8 sliced strawberries. Drizzle with balsamic vinegar for dressing.
  5. PB & Strawberry Roll-Up: Layer a whole grain, high fiber wrap with 2 tablespoons of natural peanut butter and sliced strawberries. Roll up and slice into pinwheels.
  6. Cottage Cheese & Strawberries: Top 3/4 cup cottage cheese with 8 sliced or diced strawberries.
  7. Crackers, Avocado & Strawberries: Top large whole grain crackers with mashed avocado and sliced strawberries.
  8. Strawberry Flatbread: Top mini whole grain naan with fresh basil, sliced strawberries, and fresh mozzarella slices. Broil for 1-2 minutes, watching carefully. Drizzle with a balsamic reduction.

If you’ve never tried some of these combos, I’m telling you that it’s time!

Strawberry Overnight Oats

Overnight oats are so easy to make, so easy to eat the next day and so darn delicious. The natural sweetness of delicious strawberries are really all the flavor you need.

Peanut Butter and Strawberry Roll-ups

The PB & Strawberry roll-up answers that long debated question, “Should I use jelly or does it have too much sugar?” Problem solved by using naturally sweet, and low in sugar, California strawberries.

Smashed Avocado and Strawberry Crackers

While you might not know that avocado and strawberry go fantastic together, you will after trying them on a tasty cracker. This is the perfect afternoon pick-me-up snack.

Strawberry Basil Flatbread

And the flatbread…the flatbread!!! It’s strawberry magic. The balsamic reduction (I found it already made at the grocery store) is the icing on the cake, or the flatbread. This is a meal or appetizer you can have ready in under 10 minutes.

I’ve found that many of these ideas have become staples in our week as whether school time or the summer months. Thankfully, strawberries are available year-round!

Enjoy!

By Jenna Braddock, RDN

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Don’t forget to check out more of our recipes for delicious ideas!


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.

 

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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!


PB & Strawberry Sushi

Peanut Butter + Strawberry Sushi

Begin this school year with a fresh new lunch idea from CA Strawberry Ambassador, Dietitian and Lunchbox-Packing Mom, Holley Grainger: PB & Strawberry Sushi!
All you need is 5 minutes and 3 ingredients! Your kids will love this fun and tasty lunch!

PB & Strawberry Sushi

Just use PB & fresh strawberries, or an alternative to nut butters!

It’s hard to believe we are already heading back to school!  A new year calls for new backpacks, pencils, binders, and of course lunches. Whether you have been off of lunch duty for the summer, or you have been packing lunch for your kids’ summer camp, it’s always nice to have new lunch ideas. Sure a turkey and cheese sandwich is easy to make, but so are these PB & Strawberry Sushi Rolls. Ready in less than 5 minutes, everyone has time to throw these together. Best of all, I bet you already have most of the ingredients on hand.

All you need is a whole wheat flour tortilla, peanut butter, and strawberries. That’s it! Did you know that strawberries are an excellent source of vitamin C? They even have more vitamin C per serving than an orange! This recipe calls for a cup of strawberries (this is about 8 strawberries). Clinical research suggests that eating a serving of eight strawberries is good for the whole body, promoting heart health, diabetes management, supporting brain health, and reducing the risk of some cancers.

PB & Strawberry Sushi

Spread the peanut butter onto the tortilla. Add diced strawberries and roll the tortilla inward into a tight long roll. Make sure that you have peanut butter on the edge of the tortilla. This will help your roll stick together and will create a “seal”. Cut into 1 inch pieces with a sharp knife and serve with cut side facing up. You can add some flax or chia seeds to the roll for added nutrients. They can also be made with sunflower, almond, or cashew butter.

PB & Strawberry Sushi

Serve with a crisp strawberry salad to add some crunch!

If you want to make this lunch really fun for the kids, send with chopsticks and a note that says, “You’re on a “roll” keep up the good work!” They will be so surprised and love the sweet note from you!

PB & Strawberry Sushi

 

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PB & Strawberry Sushi
Recipe type: Lunch
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Serves: 1 sushi roll
 
Begin this school year with a fresh new lunch idea- Strawberry Sushi! All you need is 5 minutes and 3 ingredients! Your kids will love this fun and tasty lunch!
Ingredients
  • 1 whole wheat tortilla
  • 2 tbsp natural peanut butter (can substitute with sunflower seed butter or almond butter)
  • 1 cup diced strawberries
Instructions
  1. Place tortilla on a cutting board and spread with peanut butter. Making sure the peanut butter reaches the edges.
  2. Dice the strawberries and place on the edge of the tortilla in a line.
  3. Roll strawberries in the tortilla. Ensure the edge is “sealed” with peanut butter.
  4. Cut roll into 1 inch squares and arrange on a plate/ lunch box with cut side facing up.
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 1 Calories: 379 Fat: 18 g Saturated fat: 4 g Unsaturated fat: 14 g Trans fat: 0 Carbohydrates: 42 g Sugar: 11 g Sodium: 247 mg Fiber: 8 g Protein: 12 g Cholesterol: 0

 


Strawberry & Cinnamon Bowl

Break the breakfast blues with this easy, and delicious, Strawberry and Cinnamon Bowl recipe from Robin Plotkin of Robin’s Bite! PLUS, a $100 Target giveaway below.

Strawberry and Cinnamon Bowl Breakfast Recipe

I’m fairly old school when it comes to recipes….I’ve got 4 key indicators of a good recipe:

  1. the final product has to taste good -yes, this is my #1
  2. the ingredients have to provide nutritional benefits to me and my family
  3. the ingredients must be simple to find and the directions easy to follow
  4. easy clean up

This recipe has all of that and more.

  1. All I can say is I wish my blog had taste-o-vision.  This recipe is a go-to for my son and me for breakfast and snacks. The added cinnamon gives the yogurt a depth of flavor that’s a surprise to many.
  2. The main ingredients are packed with health. The strawberries are naturally sweet, but low in sugar (only 7 grams per cup) and provide the perfect combo of essential nutrients, dietary fiber and health-promoting phytochemicals.  In fact, there’s only 45 calories in 8 strawberries-it’s safe to say I consumed about 8 while making this recipe. Yes, the honey adds sugar, but you can decide how much or how little you’d like to add, if any.  Strawberry and Cinnamon Bowl Breakfast Recipe
  3.  I had all of the ingredients in my house!  If I didn’t, I could find them easily at the grocery store and could purchase them at a reasonable cost.

    Strawberry and Cinnamon Bowl Breakfast Recipe

4. One bowl. One spoon. Need I say more?

 

 

Strawberry & Cinnamon Bowl
 
Ingredients
  • 1 cup Greek Yogurt
  • 1½ tsp cinnamon, divided
  • 1½ tsp honey, divided
  • ¼ cup fresh California strawberries, chopped
Instructions
  1. Place yogurt in a serving bowl. Add in 1 teaspoon cinnamon and 1 teaspoon honey and mix well.  Top with chopped strawberries and drizzle with remaining honey - and sprinkle remaining cinnamon.
  2. Makes 1 serving