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 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!


Peanut Butter Yogurt Dipped Strawberries Recipe

The holidays are almost here! It’s time to break out your coziest pajamas, hang with your family, and eat all the foods. While it may feel like pies, cakes, and cookies are the focus (and major temptation), you can totally get your sugar fix by using this naturally sweet strawberry snack

While I love them ‘just as they are,’ (hi, Bridget Jones fans!) they’re also a great addition or substitute to traditional ingredients in your favorite sweet and savory recipes. And, bonus, clinical research suggests that eating just one serving of eight strawberries is good for the whole body. They’re packed with potent nutrients that support brain health, diabetes management, and heart health, and reduce the risk of some cancers.

strawberry snack

The brain health part is especially significant this November because it’s National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month. A recent study in the Annals of Neurology suggests that eating strawberries more than twice a week appears to delay cognitive aging by up to 2.5 years. Strawberries also feature prominently in The MIND Diet, an eating plan that may reduce the risk of getting Alzheimer’s disease, according to researchers at Rush University. The MIND diet is rich in berries, vegetables, whole grains, and nuts, and limits red meats, butter and stick margarine, cheese, pastries and sweets, and fried or fast food.

strawberry peanut yogurt

This is a dessert that you can feel good about eating and serving to your family this winter. It’s rich in protein, calcium, and vitamin C…and it looks pretty too. It combines some of my favorite foods: peanut butter and jelly and chocolate dipped strawberries. Instead of dipping strawberries in chocolate, you swirl them into a warm peanut butter fondue (see you later bread and jelly!).

While these peanut butter yogurt-dipped berries are a sweet treat, they steer clear of all the ‘unhealthy’ ingredients on the MIND Diet list and combine some of the ‘brain-healthy’ food groups: berries, nuts, and whole grains (if you choose to roll them in a low-sugar granola).

 

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Peanut Butter Yogurt Dipped Strawberries
Recipe type: Dessert
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Serves: 8-10
 
Ingredients
  • ½ cup of creamy peanut butter
  • 1 cup of vanilla Greek yogurt (you can use plain if you want them less sweet)
  • 2 teaspoons of honey
  • 1 cup of fresh, whole California strawberries, rinsed and dried (about 8-10 berries)
  • Optional toppings: shredded unsweetened coconut, low-sugar granola, melted dark or white chocolate to drizzle, or mini chocolate chips for a strawberry tuxedo
Instructions
  1. In a small saucepan over medium heat, stir the peanut butter, yogurt, and honey until combined, warm, and thinned slightly (about three minutes). Turn off the burner
  2. Holding the strawberries by their green stem, dip them in the warm peanut butter yogurt mixture
  3. If you are going to roll them in toppings, roll them while warm and then place on a tray lined with parchment paper. If not, place immediately on the parchment paper
  4. Serve immediately or chilled
Notes
If you're having trouble dipping, it's because the dip has cooled down too much. Gently stir and warm it over medium low until it softens and thins again.

Wishing you a happy, healthy, and sweet holiday season!

Check out more California Strawberry Recipes here!