Summer is coming to a close. The weather is cooling down–unless you’re in Florida with me, then it feels like it never going to end! Ah! One of my favorite things about summer are all the fresh BERRIES. Blueberries, raspberries, strawberries, blackberries; you name it, I’ll eat them. And oh, the sales! Hello there, 2 for $4 strawberry cartons… but now what do you do with all these berries besides throw them in a smoothie?! (Nothing against smoothies; I do love a good smoothie.)
Well, here are some options:
1. Blueberry Syrup (or any kind of berry really…) – the other day I made an AWESOME Crockpot Coconut Cake and it needed “a little something”. I threw this syrup together in a matter of minutes and it added that extra moisture and sweetness the cake needed. This morning, I used the same syrup to top off my waffles! And I added some strawberries to the mix as well.
1/2 cup fresh berries (this time I used blueberries)
1 tbsp water
1 tbsp raw organic honey
1/2 tbsp coconut flour
1. Place berries, water, and honey in a small saucepan over medium heat.
2. Mash berries to your preferred consistency. (I like my syrup to have chunks of berries, but if you prefer smooth, you could just throw it all in a blender first.)
3. Bring mixture to a boil, then add coconut flour.
4. Once boiling, bring down to a low simmer for 8-10 minutes, while stirring occasionally. Syrup should begin to thicken.
5. Take off stove top and allow to cool for 3-5 minutes (or however long you can stand.. I am usually licking the spoon at this point.)
2. Banana Berry Popsicle (serves 4) – If I would have realized how easy it was to make popsicles, I would have been doing this ages ago. Also, it’s a fantastic way to let your creative juices flow while you mix up all kinds of concoctions to eat in popsicle form!
1/2 cup full-fat coconut milk
1/2 cup coconut water
1/4 cup blueberries*
1/4 cup strawberries*
*Any kind of berry will do…
1. Combine all ingredients in a blender until smooth.
2. Pour into popsicle molds and freeze overnight.
3. Strawberry Lime Salsa (makes about 2 cups) – This gem of a recipe
just came to me one summer afternoon. Okay, so it came to Austin. (What a guy, am I right?) Get ready to add a new berry twist to your fiesta. Ole!
2 medium tomatoes (diced)
1/4 yellow onion (finely chopped)
1/2 cucumber (diced)
1 clove garlic (minced)
1/2 cup fresh sliced strawberries
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp black pepper
2 tbsp fresh chopped cilantro
Zest of 1 lime
Juice of 1 lime
1. Chop, dice, and mince all produce as stated.
2. Combine all ingredients in bowl.
3. Refrigerate for at least an hour (the longer the better to allow the magic to happen)
Enjoy all your berries this summer and don’t be afraid to think outside the blender!