When I was making this dessert, I was thinking these would turn out more like cookie bars, but they’re actually pretty cake-y. They’re a little bit cake and a little bit cookie bar, so I decided to call them Strawberries and Cream Cake Squares. You definitely need to eat these squares with a fork, so I guess that makes them a little more cake than cookie!Continue reading
For a summer breakfast or brunch, especially when it’s too hot to bake, here’s a quick, easy, and healthy recipe that looks really pretty, too! Yogurt with Strawberries and Pistachios could also double as a snack or dessert. It’s made with Greek yogurt, fresh strawberries, honey, and pistachios—a really yummy combination! If you’re not a big strawberry fan, you could use other fruit like blueberries, blackberries, raspberries, kiwifruit, mango…really, just about any fruit you like!Continue reading
For me, summer is smoothie weather and I love having them for breakfast! It’s always fun trying out different flavors. Strawberries, kiwifruit, and bananas are a great combination, and this smoothie uses frozen banana slices to help thicken it and make it creamy. This smoothie is good and easy to make. And using a slice of kiwifruit as a garnish adds a nice colorful touch! Try this out for breakfast or for a healthy afternoon snack.
STRAWBERRY-KIWI-BANANA SMOOTHIE by NancyC
Makes about 2 cups
1 medium size banana, sliced and frozen
- 1 cup sliced fresh strawberries
- 1 kiwifruit, peeled and sliced
- 1/3 cup plain or vanilla Greek yogurt (or substitute a dairy-free yogurt)
- 1 Tablespoon honey
- 1/4 cup milk (you can use low-fat, soy, or almond milk)
- Optional: 1/2 teaspoon ground flaxseed
- Optional: a slice of kiwifruit for garnish
Add frozen banana slices, fresh strawberry slices, kiwifruit slices, yogurt, honey, milk, and flaxseed, if using, into a blender. Blend mixture for 1 minute or until smooth and creamy. Pour into a glass, add a slice of kiwifruit as a garnish, and enjoy!
This smoothie is a real treat and it’s nice that it’s healthy, too! I love making things with fresh fruit–especially strawberries! Are you a fan of strawberries, too?
My latest banana-inspired recipe also has fresh strawberries in it–the perfect muffin for summer! They’re so moist and full of delicious chunks of fresh strawberries. I love how the sprinkling of coarse sugar gives these muffin tops a little sparkle and crunchiness, too! I just did a light sprinkling, but you can do a heavier sprinkle if you want a real sugary top. So the next time you have some ripe bananas and fresh strawberries on hand, keep this recipe in mind! 🙂
STRAWBERRY BANANA MUFFINS by NancyC
Makes 11 muffins
- 2/3 cup granulated sugar
- 4 Tablespoons (1/2 stick) unsalted butter, softened
- 1 large egg
- 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- 1 cup chopped fresh strawberries (cut into small chunks)
- 1 cup mashed ripe bananas (about 2 medium)
- 1 1/2 cups all-purpose unbleached flour
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
- Optional: coarse sugar for sprinkling on top of muffins (use about 1/4 teaspoon per muffin or a little more, if you like)
Preheat oven to 375˚F. Line a muffin pan with 12 paper liners; set aside. In medium bowl, blend sugar and butter, then add in egg, and vanilla, blending well. Mix in the strawberries and bananas. In large bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, and cinnamon. Add strawberry/banana mixture to the flour mixture and stir until just combined. Fill muffin cups 3/4 full and sprinkle tops with coarse sugar, if desired. Bake at 375˚F for 15-16 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Let muffins cool in pan 5 minutes, the remove and cool completely on wire rack or serve warm.
These muffins are great for breakfast, brunch, or an afternoon snack–they’d go great with some Strawberry Lemonade, too! Do you have a favorite strawberry/banana recipe?
Lemon and strawberry are two great summer flavors and I’ve been seeing Strawberry Lemonade photos come up quite a bit this summer on Pinterest. So I thought I’d try a recipe out from Better Homes and Gardens. I added a little more strawberries and also more lemon juice than the original recipe calls for because I like things really lemony! It’s the perfect drink to sip on as you’re sitting on your patio on a sunny summer day! Summer is going by much too fast, so maybe taking some time to enjoy Strawberry Lemonade will help slow it down! 🙂
STRAWBERRY LEMONADE by NancyC, adapted from Better Homes and Gardens
Makes 8 servings
- 1 1/2 cups sugar
- 4 cups water
- 2 1/2 cups fresh strawberries, hulled (I chopped the strawberries into chunks before measuring out the 2 cups)
- 1 1/4 cups lemon juice, or the juice of 5 to 6 lemons
- Optional: additional whole or halved strawberries and lemon slices for garnish
Combine 1 cup of the sugar and 1 cup of the water in a small saucepan; cook and stir over medium heat until the sugar dissolves. Set this syrup mixture aside to cool.
Combine remaining 3 cups water, 1/2 cup sugar, and the strawberries in a blender and process until smooth. Transfer this mixture to a 2–quart pitcher; add the cooled syrup and lemon juice. Stir to combine. Fill pitcher with crushed ice or ice cubes.
If you want to add a special touch, garnish each glass of lemonade with lemon slices and/or fresh strawberries.
NOTE: To make ahead, prepare the lemonade mixture as directed, but do not add ice. Cover and chill up to 8 hours. Add ice and serve.
I think it’s fun to make fruit-flavored variations of lemonade! Do you make lemonade often?
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