Friday Five: 5 Ways to Use Summer Berries

August 3, 2018

 

I love going berry picking in the summer time! The season has almost come to an end here in Ontario and if you're like me, you picked way too many again this year and are now struggling to use them all up before they go bad! For this week's Friday Five, I'm sharing 5 Ways to Use Summer Berries! Give them a try and let me know what you think! 

 

 

 

1. Chia Jam

 

Chia jam is a great alternative to sugar-laden store-bought jams. It is sweetened only with the fruit itself and some honey, and you get the added fibre and protein from the chia seeds!

I love this recipe because it is so simple and quick, and can be used for so many things! My favorite is on toast with some nut butter, but you could also put it over ice cream , mix it into some plain yogurt or use it in baking. 

 

Try this:

  • 1 cup berry of choice

  • 1 tbsp. chia seeds

  • 1 tbsp. water

  • Honey to taste (you likely won't need more than 1 tbsp. depending how sweet your berries are!)

Method:

Mash the berries with a fork

Stir in chia seeds, water and honey

Add mixture to a mason jar and seal the lid

Refrigerate for at least 1 hour until jam-like texture develops

 

 

2. Smoothies

It's easy to mix up your morning smoothies with fresh berries and new combinations! What I love about smoothies is that you can pack them full of nutrients and are an easy on-the-go meal! I also like to prep a few smoothies at a time, and just add the liquid in the morning when I'm ready to have it.

 

Try this:

  • 1.5 cups berries (one type or mixed - up to you!)

  • 1 cup spinach

  • 1/2 cucumber

  • 1/2 avocado

  • 3 tbsp. hemp hearts

  • Water or almond milk to fill 

Method:

Add all ingredients into a blender and process until smooth. Add ice if you like your smoothie super cold! 

 

 

 

3. Muffins

By now, you can probably tell that I love muffins! These raspberry spelt muffins are one of my all-time favorite recipes. The original recipe is from Oh She Glows (an awesome website for recipes if you haven't been!) and calls for blueberries. I also leave out the coconut sugar that she calls for as I find them plenty sweet with the bananas and maple syrup added.

 

Try this:

  • 2 ripe bananas, mashed

  • 3/4 cup + 2 tbsp. almond milk or milk of choice

  • 1 tbsp. apple cider vinegar

  • 1/4 cup pure maple syrup

  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract

  • 1/4 cup coconut oil, melted

  • 2 cups spelt flour (I buy mine at the Bulk Barn)

  • 2 tsp. baking powder

  • 1.5 tsp. cinnamon

  • 1/2 tsp. sea salt

  • 1/2 tsp. baking soda

  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts

  • 1 1/4 cups raspberries

 

Method:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees and place paper liners in a muffin tin

In a bowl, add mashed bananas, milk, vinegar, maple syrup and vanilla 

Melt to coconut oil on the stove and add to the wet mixture once slightly cooled and set aside

In a large bowl, mix all dry ingredients together 

Pour the wet ingredients into the dry mixture and fold until just combined (don't over-mix!)

Add the walnuts and raspberries to the mixture

Divide batter into muffin tins and bake for 24-26 minutes, until a toothpick comes out clean. 

 

 

4. Crisp

One of my favorite desserts is a crisp, but I don't like the fact that the typical recipe usually calls for TONS of sugar! This version is just as satisfying, PLUS you get the added benefits of the nuts, coconut oil and fruit! 

 

Try this:

  • 1 cup large flake oats 

  • 1 cup chopped pecans

  • 1/2 cup ground almonds (almond flour)

  • 2/3 cup coconut

  • 1/4 tsp salt

  • 1 tsp. cinnamon

  • 1/4 cup coconut oil, melted

  • 1/3 cup pure maple syrup

  • 3-4 cups fresh berries

 

Method

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. 

Combine oats, pecans, almond flour, coconut, salt and cinnamon in a large bowl

Add coconut oil and maple syrup and mix everything together 

Place your fruit in the bottom of a greased baking dish and cover with the crisp mixture

Bake for 30-35 minutes until the crisp has browned slightly

Serve with coconut whipped cream, or vanilla ice cream! 

 

 

 

5. Freeze Them!

So this one isn't really a recipe, but freezing your fresh berries is a great way to make sure they don't go to waste, and ensures a nice treat in the colder months when they aren't in season! To freeze them, rise all of your berries and spread them out on sheet pans. Pop them in the freezer overnight, and in the morning put them in containers or freezer bags to keep! 

 

 

 

 

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