Strawberry Oat Bars Recipe

Strawberry Oat Bars

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

Strawberry Recipe Oat Bars

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 & Mozzarella Toast

Roasted Strawberry Toasts

Great for the gatherings with friends and family, this Strawberry Toasts with Mozzarella Recipe is a hit!

Whether it’s practice for holiday season or a casual get together, this recipe is one to try out! 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 holiday months like 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 with Mozzarella

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 Toast w/Mozzarella
Recipe type: Appetizer
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Serves: 4 toasts
 
Ingredients
  • For Balsamic Reduction:
  • • ¾ cup good quality balsamic vinegar
  • For Strawberries:
  • • 1 lb strawberries, cleaned, hulled and cut in half
  • • ¾ tsp honey
  • • 2 tsp balsamic reduction
  • For Toasts
  • • 8 slices of ciabatta or baguette
  • • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • • 4 ounces fresh mozzarella cheese
  • • Fresh basil
Instructions
  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.

 

Check out more California Strawberry Recipes here!


PB & Yogurt Dipped Strawberries

When it’s time to break out your coziest pajamas, hang with your family and eat all the foods, it may seem like there’s no way to avoid a sugar overload. 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.

Peanut Butter Yogurt Dipped Strawberries Recipe

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 tsp 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!


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.