Strawberry Horchata

Looking for a unique, refreshing beverage using strawberries? Try this strawberry horchata recipe from Mama Latina Tips. Not only is it yummy and satisfying, it’s an easy way to incorporate a serving of 8 strawberries into your diet.

Plus, since California strawberries are available all year long, you can make this throughout the year. Try it out!

Strawberry Horchata
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Serves: 8 cups
 
Ingredients
  • 2 tablespoons rice flour or brown rice flour
  • 1 small cinnamon stick (or about 1-1/2 tsp ground cinnamon)
  • 1 cup almond beverage
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1¼ pounds of strawberries, plus a few extra for garnishing, washed and hulled
  • 6 cups of water
Instructions
  1. Mix rice flour, cinnamon stick and almond beverage in a blender or food processor until cinnamon is completely pulverized. Pour into a small pot and warm over medium-high heat until it starts to boil. Add vanilla extract, turn the heat off and set aside.
  2. In a food processor or blender, combine strawberries (remember to leave a few extra for garnishing), condensed milk and one cup of water. Mix until well integrated and as smooth as possible.
  3. Strain rice flour mixture into the water, pour the strawberry-condensed milk mixture and mix well. Adjust for sweetness.
  4. Either cut in half or chop strawberries to garnish the glasses.
  5. Chill or pour over ice and serve.


Strawberry Granola Yogurt Pops

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We love this recipe and post from Jennifer Farley at Savory Simple – Enjoy!

I love enjoying yogurt pops during the hot summer months. They’re a healthy, easy-to-prepare snack that everyone loves! Strawberries add the perfect level of brightness, flavor and beautiful color, and I’ve packed a ton of them into this recipe. It feels like having dessert! I like using some granola for a bit of texture as well. While you could throw a bit extra into the pops themselves, they lose some of that texture when mixed with the yogurt. Sometimes as the popsicles begin to melt, I like to dip them in more granola for extra crunch!

There’s a reason I can never get enough strawberries. Just one serving of eight strawberries is packed with Vitamin C, fiber, potassium, folate and antioxidants. How could I not want to enjoy eight strawberries a day!

Strawberry Granola Yogurt Pops
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Serves: 10 servings
 
Ingredients
  • 20 ounces California Strawberries, hulled
  • 1¾ cup plain, unsweetened yogurt (either whole milk or greek)
  • Maple syrup or honey to taste (I used 2½ tablespoons maple syrup)
  • 1-2 tablespoons granola
Instructions
  1. Puree the strawberries and yogurt in a blender.
  2. Taste, and add desired sweetener to taste (strawberries can vary in sweetness).
  3. Pour into pop molds, leave about ½ inch space at the top. Add granola and gentle press down to help pack it in place.
  4. Add popsicle sticks and freeze for at least 4 hours.
Notes
I used this popsicle maker. Other pop makers might use slightly more or less mix.

 


Spicy Strawberry & Watermelon Gazpacho

Spicy Strawberry & Watermelon Gazpacho

Spicy Strawberry & Watermelon Gazpacho

If you could pull your eyes away from this beautiful photo, you may want to try this unique and flavorful gazpacho recipe, created by Kankana at Playful Cooking.

Spicy Strawberry & Watermelon Gazpacho
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Serves: 3 cups
 
This Spicy Strawberry Watermelon Gazpacho had roasted cumin seeds, fennel seeds and a few dashes of hot sauce for that lovely earthy spicy flavor. I just mixed everything and let it sit in the refrigerator for an hour or so, before blending it to a smooth consistency. Making gazpacho is so easy! It’s a perfect summer treat for sure.
Ingredients
  • 1 tablespoon cumin seeds
  • 1 tablespoon fennel seeds
  • 3 cups hulled and quartered strawberries
  • 1 cup diced watermelon
  • 1 cup diced tomato
  • ¼ cup diced red onion
  • 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1½ teaspoon tabasco or hot sauce
  • 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon kosher salt plus more to sprinkle while serving
  • Few basil leaves and slices of strawberries for garnish
Instructions
  1. Place a small pan on medium high heat and when it’s hot enough, scatter the fennel seeds and cumin seeds. Dry roast for a few seconds by shaking the pan every now and then. Once the color of the spices changes to a mildly darker shade, switch off the heat. Put the roasted spice in a mortar pestle and crush it to a fine dust.
  2. Take a big mixing bowl and drop the strawberries, watermelon, tomatoes, half of the onion, roasted and powdered spice, hot sauce, vinegar, salt and extra virgin olive oil. Mix it properly. Cover the bowl with a clear wrap and let it sit in the refrigerator for 2 hours.
  3. Take it out of the refrigerator and blend it to a smooth consistency.
  4. Garnish with rest of the chopped red onion, strawberry slices and basil leaves. Sprinkle some kosher salt on top and drizzle extra virgin olive oil.


Strawberry Bacon Spread

We love strawberries for so many reasons – they’re naturally sweet yet low in sugar, they have more vitamin C than an orange, plus they’re packed full of antioxidants and nutrients like potassium, folate and fiber. What could possibly make strawberries better? They work super well in both sweet and savory dishes!

Our friend, Jenn Bumb, created this strawberry bacon spread for us to enjoy – and we can’t get enough. Give this recipe a try and let us know what you think!

 

Strawberry Bacon Spread
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This recipe was created by paleo recipe blogger, Jenn Bumb, at Pretend it’s a Donut.
Ingredients
  • 6 pieces of applewood smoked bacon
  • ½ cup chopped fresh California Strawberries
  • 1 tablespoon oil
  • ½ cup water
  • 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar + 3 tablespoons (or 2 tablespoons reduced balsamic)
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • OPTIONAL: chopped jalapeno
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees and place bacon on a foil lined baking sheet.
  2. In a skillet, heat 1 tablespoon of oil.
  3. Add your onions and turn heat to medium-low. Cook for 2 minutes then add in 1 tablespoon of balsamic vinegar. Mix to combine.
  4. Keeping on medium-low, slowly cook the onion for about 10 minutes, stirring occasionally to prevent from burning. You want to caramelize the onion.
  5. While the onion is cooking, stick your bacon in the oven. Bake for 15-20 minutes or until crispy.
  6. Once bacon is done, remove and place on paper towel to soak up the grease.
  7. Cut the bacon up, but not too small because you'll be chopping it later in your food processor.
  8. Add your cut bacon and chopped fresh strawberries to the caramelized onions and slowly pour in your ½ cup water. Mix well.
  9. Let cook for 15 minutes stirring twice during that time. You will notice everything start to thicken up into a "jam" like consistency. Add in remaining 3 tablespoons of balsamic vinegar.
  10. Once thick, turn off heat and let cool for a few minutes.
  11. Take mixture and place into a food processor and roughly chop until it has a spreadable consistency.
  12. Enjoy over EVERYTHING!


Strawberry Oat Bars Recipe

Strawberry Recipe Oat Bars

Here’s a delicious Strawberry Oat Bars Recipe! This recipe is great for any event, made with fresh California Strawberries!

Strawberry Oat Bars Recipe

Strawberry Oat Bars
Serves: 24 Bars
 
Ingredients
  • 1¼ cup oats
  • 1½ cup whole wheat pastry flour
  • ⅓ cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ¾ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 5 tablespoons unsalted butter, cut into pieces
  • 1 egg
  • 3 tablespoons canola oil
  • ¼ cup chopped raw cashews (or other nuts)
  • 5 cups sliced strawberries
  • 6 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Lightly coat a 9 x 13 inch baking dish with cooking spray.
  2. Place the oats, whole wheat pastry flour, cinnamon and salt in the bowl of a food processor. Pulse until the oats are finely ground.
  3. Add the butter and pulse until the mixture forms large crumbs.
  4. In a bowl, whisk together the egg and canola oil. With the motor running, slowly pour in the egg mixture. Process until the mixture starts to stick together.
  5. Transfer ¾ cup of the mixture to a bowl and stir in the nuts. Set aside for the topping.
  6. Press the remaining mixture into the bottom of the prepared pan to form a crust.
  7. In a large bowl, combine the strawberries, 6 tablespoons sugar, cornstarch and lemon juice. Spread the strawberry mixture evenly over the crust. Sprinkle the reserved nut mixture over top.
  8. Bake until the topping is starting to brown and the fruit is bubbling, 40 to 45 minutes.
  9. Let cool on a rack, then transfer to the fridge for 30 minutes (this will help with cutting and serving the bars).
  10. Cut into 24 pieces.

 


Strawberry Ricotta Crostini with Fresh Herbs Recipe

This Strawberry Ricotta Crostini Recipe is a great snack!

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Spring is here! It’s the perfect season for entertaining, especially outdoors, and I love using strawberries to create simple, light party snacks that my guests will love. I’m a firm believer that hosting gatherings should be fun for me in addition to the attendees so I never want to stress out over complicated appetizers. Fresh, flavorful ingredients are key. For this easy Strawberry Ricotta Crostini Recipe I’ve macerated sliced strawberries in citrus juice and paired them with ricotta cheese that’s full of fresh herbs.

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This is a light snack that won’t be overly filling in warmer weather. And it’s healthy! 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. How cool is that?

I used a combination of herbs from my garden (basil, mint and sage) but feel free to experiment. For example, if you are not a fan of sage, simply omit it! If you really love mint, add extra to taste.

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Strawberry Ricotta Crostini with Fresh Herbs
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Serves: 20 crostini
 
Ingredients
  • 1 baguette, sliced thin on a bias
  • 15 ounces ricotta, either part skim or whole
  • ½ cup packed fresh herbs, finely chopped (an even mix of mint, basil and sage)
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ¼ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 3 cups strawberries, hulled and sliced thin
  • 1 teaspoon fresh squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon fresh squeezed orange juice
  • thinly sliced fresh mint or basil for garnish
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Place the baguette slices on a baking sheet and toast until crisp, 7-10 minutes.
  2. In a medium bowl, combine the ricotta, mint, basil, sage, salt and pepper. In a separate medium bowl, combines the strawberries and citrus juices. Cover each bowl and place them in the refrigerator for at least 60 minutes. Stir the berries occasionally.
  3. Spread a generous layer of the herbed ricotta onto each slice of bread. Top with 3-4 strawberries. Top with the fresh herbs. Optional: drizzle with a small amount of the macerated strawberry juice (not too much or the bread might get soggy).

 

Check out more California Strawberry Recipes here!


Strawberry Toasts with Mozzarella Recipe

Roasted Strawberry Toasts with Mozzarella

Great for the holiday season, this Strawberry Toasts with Mozzarella Recipe is a hit@

The holiday season has officially arrived! Even though a bit of panic set in just as I typed that statement, I know that I have lots to look forward to during the month of December. Traditional tree trimming, checking out the beautiful holiday lights in our neighborhood, baking cookies with the kids and, of course, gathering with family, friends and coworkers.

By far, getting together and sharing great foods with friends and loved ones is one of my favorite things to do during this time of year, but let’s be honest, typical food options are not always the healthiest! No matter how strong our willpower may be, it can be extremely challenging to stick to healthy habits, but I’ve got a delicious recipe that can help keep us all on track. It’s light, healthy and will look beautiful on your holiday table!

Strawberry Toasts with Mozzarella Recipe

This recipe features strawberries dressed in a combo of honey and a balsamic vinegar reduction, then roasted in the oven. Roasting brings out a rich, sweet flavor to the strawberries and this pairs perfectly with melted fresh mozzarella cheese on toasted crusty bread.

Roasted Strawberry Toasts

Besides adding a bright and festive flair to your holiday spread, strawberries are packed with nutrients that  benefit the entire body.  A serving of eight strawberries has been shown to promote heart health, brain health and even helps with diabetes management. Strawberries have also been shown to reduce the risk of certain cancers. (Source: California Strawberries). The best part? They are naturally sweet, yet low in sugar. A single serving has less than half the sugar of an apple and half the calories of a banana, making them the perfect option for your holiday spread. Though they may be small, strawberries pack a big nutrition and flavor punch to both sweet and savory dishes, so enjoy!

 

Roasted Balsamic Strawberry Toasts with Mozzarella

Recipe type: Appetizer

Prep time: 15 minutes  Cook time: 35 minutes  Total time:45 minutes

Serves: 4 (2 toasts = 1 serving)

Ingredients

For Balsamic Reduction:

  • 3/4 cup good quality balsamic vinegar

For Strawberries:

  • 1 pound strawberries, cleaned, hulled and cut in half
  • 3/4 tablespoon honey
  • 2 tablespoon balsamic reduction

For Toasts

  • 8 slices of ciabatta or baguette
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 4 ounces fresh mozzarella cheese
  • Fresh basil

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Over medium heat, add balsamic vinegar into a small saucepan. Heat until vinegar boils, then reduce heat a simmer. Stir occasionally to avoid scorching. Simmer for 10-13 minutes, until vinegar has reduced by at least half and consistency is that of syrup. Set aside.
  3. Place prepared strawberries in a large bowl. Add honey and 2 tablespoons of prepared balsamic reduction to strawberries and mix to combine ingredients.
  4. Transfer berries to a parchment lined baking sheet. Arrange in an even layer. Bake berries for 25-30 minutes. When done, set aside and allow to cool slightly.
  5. While strawberries are roasting, prepare toasts by brushing them with olive oil, place on a baking sheet and place into the oven for 10-15 minutes.
  6. Remove toasts from the oven. Add sliced fresh mozzarella cheese to each one and top with roasted strawberries.
  7. Place prepared toasts back into the oven for about 5 minutes, or just until cheese begins to melt. Remove from oven and top with a fresh basil leaf. Garnish with an extra drizzle of balsamic reduction and extra basil, if desired.

 

Check out more California Strawberry Recipes here!


8 Ways to Eat 8 Strawberries A Day

8 Ways to Eat Strawberries

When it comes to healthy eating, there seems to be so many complicated ideas of how to actually execute.  Fortunately, healthy eating can be easy and doable, thanks to simply adding a single serving of 8 strawberries to your day.

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!

By Jenna Braddock, RDN

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After School Strawberry Toasts Recipe

It’s back-to-school time and with these six fresh strawberry toasts recipe these after school snacks will surely please even your pickiest easier. Not only are these toasts great for little ones but 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!


Strawberry Toast 4 Ways

Strawberry Toast 4 ways

Whether it’s breakfast on-the-run or a mid-day snack, these recipes for simple, and yummy, strawberry toast from Jenna Braddock, RD, will inspire you to think outside the toaster!

Toast…

Whoever thought such a simple food idea would end up in the spotlight of food trends? Maybe that’s what makes “food trends” so fun; you just never know what the culinary gods will reinvent into something spectacular. Interestingly, this toast trend speaks to one of my personal food philosophies that delicious, healthy food does not need to be complicated.

I don’t consider myself a “trendy” person but I sure had a lot of fun coming up with 4 unique ways to use strawberries on toast. And while the toast part may be in-trend right now, strawberries are always trending in my opinion. Who doesn’t love to enjoy a big, juicy California strawberry?

California strawberries are more than just a beautiful food though. Research has found that eating just 8 strawberries a day can benefit your body by promoting heart health, supporting diabetes management and a healthy brain, and reducing the risk of some cancers. (Read more about how strawberry’s fiber content may reduce breast cancer risk.) In addition, strawberries are naturally sweet, but low in sugar which means they can totally help quench your sweet tooth all while doing your body good.

Here are two sweet and two savory toast options that can be enjoyed any time of the day.

Strawberry Goat Cheese Toast

Strawberry goat cheese toast

Toast a slice of whole grain, high fiber bread. Meanwhile, mix together 1 ounce of goat cheese with 8 small, chopped strawberries to create a spread. Spread on warm toast and top with about 10 shelled pistachios or nut of choice.

Cocoa Almond Butter Strawberry Toast

Cocoa Almond Butter Strawberry Toast

 

Toast a slice of whole grain, high fiber bread. Spread 2 tablespoons of almond butter on the toast. Layer sliced strawberries on top. Sprinkle with cocoa powder.

Avocado Balsamic Strawberry Toast

Avocado Balsamic Strawberry Toast

Toast a slice of whole grain, high fiber bread. In a small bowl, mash up 1/4 of a Hass avocado with a fork, then spread it on the toast. Sprinkle with 2 tablespoons crumbled goat cheese. Layer halved strawberries on top. Drizzle with balsamic vinegar.

Note: To make this toast just a little more awesome, reduce the balsamic vinegar. In a small sauce pan, bring 1/2 cup of balsamic vinegar to a gentle simmer. Allow to simmer until it’s reduced by about 75%. Keep an eye on it so it doesn’t burn. Remove from heat and allow cool (even refrigerate if you have the time). The vinegar will be a syrupy consistency. Drizzle this on toast, or really almost everything. It takes a little more time but it so worth it!

Quick White Bean & Pepper Hummus Strawberry Toast

Quick White Bean & Pepper Hummus Strawberry Toast

Toast a slice of whole grain, high fiber bread. Meanwhile, in a small bowl, combine 1/2 cup drained and rinsed white beans, 1 teaspoon extra virgin olive oil, and a pinch of pepper (or more to taste) and mash with a fork. Spread hummus on toast and layer sliced strawberries on top. Top with chopped, fresh basil.

I hope you enjoy trying of these easy strawberry toast ideas and feel super trendy while you eat them. All of Team Braddock loved snacking on these and I know you will too!

For the love of simple, yet trendy, food,

Jenna

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