Every week we pull together some great Canadian recipes from Canadian food bloggers around the web featuring one main ingredient or dish. This week we're sharing some recipes for that perfect snacking berry, California Strawberries!
This post is sponsored by California Strawberries.
There is nothing like a ripe strawberry - seeing a bowl full of them sitting on a counter top is bound to brighten up even your gloomiest fall day. They add a pop of colour wherever they go. And California Strawberries are in season right now! (and easy to find at your local grocery store!)
Given how sweet and delicious strawberries are, you could be forgiven for forgetting just how good for you a California Strawberry is! You only need 8 California Strawberries for one serving - making them a great and easy grab n go snack that needs no prep. (Hello lunchbox snack idea!)
But hiding underneath that bright red exterior is fantastic source of Vitamin C (perfect for cold season). 1 serving of California Strawberries contains more vitamin C than an orange and you get a great source of fibre as well. And with only 50 calories per serving you get an easy, healthy snack you can eat at work, on the bus, after the gym or for a boost of mid-afternoon energy at your desk.
But California Strawberries are also great for cooking with and we've teamed up with them and 10 Canadian food bloggers to give you some inspiring recipes where California Strawberries are the star. There's sweet and savoury options, snacks, desserts and meal ideas. Some recipes are vegan and/or gluten-free and best of all... they're all delicious and bound to bring a ray of sunshine to your table!
So let's dig in with these tempting California Strawberry recipe ideas.
1. Strawberry Cheesecake Milkshake (GF)
This Chocolate Covered Strawberry Cheesecake Milkshake from Faithfully Gluten Free is an over the top treat! Vanilla ice cream, sweet ripe strawberries, cream cheese, chocolate sauce and whipped cream all come together to make an out-of-this world milkshake. And it's gluten-free!
2. Almond and Cinnamon Strawberry Squares
by Urbaine City
These Strawberry Squares with a hint of almonds and cinnamon from Urbaine City are a crunchy mix of oats, strawberries, almonds, vanilla and cinnamon. They're like a cross between a granola bar and a square! (original post is in French - Google Chrome will translate super fast!)
3. Strawberry Lemon Sweet Rolls
These Strawberry Lemon Sweet Rolls from Bake. Eat. Repeat. make a perfect sweet treat for brunch. Filled with fresh California Strawberries and covered in a sweet lemon cream cheese glaze, everyone will love them!
4. Turkey Panini with Strawberries and Crispy Prosciutto
Juicy strawberries, lean turkey, crispy prosciutto, avocado and a homemade basil mayo takes this Turkey Panini Sandwich from Girl Heart Food a winner! Makes for a delicious dinner or hearty lunch!
5. Strawberry Frangipane Galette
This Strawberry Frangipane Galeltte from SugarLoveSpices has a light butter pastry dough made with spelt flour, a layer of sweet and luscious almond frangipane filling, topped with silky soft, delicious California Strawberries. A wonderful dessert that is not too sweet, light and healthy enough to be your snack or the show stopper at your next brunch.
6. Strawberry Polenta Cake (GF)
A rustic yet wonderfully complex dessert, this Strawberry Polenta Cake with Strawberry and Black Pepper Sauce from Diversivore, uses a base of crumbly polenta and almond along with strawberries and a bit of lemon. All of this is topped off with a strawberry and black pepper sauce (a surprisingly delightful combination!)
7. Strawberry Salsa with Cinnamon Chips (Vegan)
This Dessert Strawberry Salsa from A Virtual Vegan is packed with sweet, juicy, fresh California Strawberries and is served with homemade crunchy Cinnamon Chips that make the perfect scoopers! This is a dessert meets dip meets snack situation that is just perfect for feeding a crowd.
8. Vegan Strawberry Cookie Dough Ice Cream (Vegan | GF)
This Vegan Strawberry Ice Cream with Cookie Dough from Vancouver With Love is deliciously indulgent, but also good for you too (and gluten-free)! And it requires no churning or ice cream maker. That's a win in our books!
9. Strawberry Marble Japanese Cheesecake
If you've never tried Japanese Cheesecake before (and it's very popular right now!) then make this Strawberry Marble Japanese Cheesecake by The Joyce of Cooking your first foray into this lovely, light and fluffy style of cheesecake!
10. Savory Lollipop Strawberry Hand Pies
These cute little Savory Strawberry Hand Pies with balsamic strawberries and brie and made with a lollipop stick by Two Purple Figs are so they’re festive and perfect for entertaining!
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