Strawberry Lemonade

This homemade strawberry lemonade recipe is easy with the best sweet tart flavor! It’s quick to mix up a big…

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This homemade strawberry lemonade recipe is easy with the best sweet tart flavor! It’s quick to mix up a big pitcher that’s deliciously festive.

Strawberry lemonade

Got fresh strawberries? Here’s one of the best ways to use them…a pitcher of homemade Strawberry Lemonade! This drink is bright and beautiful, citrusy with a hit of berry on the finish. It tastes infinitely better made at home: the flavors are brilliantly fresh. This one has become a favorite over here as a summery drink (if we’re not making the shortcut pink lemonade, of course!). This recipe is fast and easy: you don’t even need to cook down a syrup! Simply blend and go.

Ingredients for strawberry lemonade

This strawberry lemonade recipe skips making a strawberry syrup on the stovetop, and goes right to the blender. All you’ll need to do is blend berries and sugar, then mix it with lemon juice to form lemonade. Easy as that! In fact, you only need three real ingredients (plus water):

  • Strawberries
  • Lemons
  • Sugar

Use the best ripe berries

It might go without saying, but this strawberry lemonade is best with beautifully ripe strawberries. These days, it’s easy to find strawberries out of season: and their flavor is tart and bland. Make sure you find ripe fruit, because no amount of sugar can save an unripe berry! Bonus points if you’ve got a pint of berries from a local farmers market.

Strawberry lemonade

How to make strawberry lemonade (basic steps)

Once you’ve got your ingredients, there are just a few basic steps for strawberry lemonade. Here’s all you need to do (or jump to the recipe below for the exact quantities):

  • Juice the lemons. The only time consuming part is this! We recommend using a press juicer, which is the quickest, gets out the most juice and saves your hands. The next best choice? A handheld citrus juicer.
  • Blend the strawberries, sugar and water. Give it a whiz in the blender.
  • Mix the pitcher. Then mix it in a pitcher with the lemon juice and more cold water. Garnish with ice and mint if you like!

Serving in a pitcher with ice? Reduce the water

Are you planning to make this strawberry lemonade for a party, leaving it out in a big pitcher with ice? The ice melts over time, which can dilute the drink. If you think it might sit out for quite a while, you can reduce the cold water you add at the end to account for dilution.

But if you’re planning to serve it right away, there’s no need! Simply follow the recipe below.

Strawberry lemonade recipe

Variations on strawberry lemonade

There are so many tasty ways to mix up this drink! Here are a few ideas:

  • Sparkling lemonade: Stir in 4 cups soda water instead of cold water.
  • Spiked lemonade: By the glass, serve 1 cup of this strawberry lemonade with ¼ cup vodka or 3 tablespoons gin.
  • Arnold Palmer: Make a Strawberry Arnold Palmer by mixing 6 tablespoons lemonade with 1 cup iced tea.

More strawberry recipes

Got berries? We’ve got lots of strawberry recipes to make the most of the season! Here are a few more tasty recipes with this delicious berry:

This strawberry lemonade recipe is…

Vegetarian, vegan, plant-based, dairy-free and gluten-free.

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Easy Strawberry Lemonade


  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: 8 drinks
  • Diet: Vegan

Description

This homemade strawberry lemonade recipe is easy with the best sweet tart flavor! It’s quick to mix up a big pitcher that’s deliciously festive.


Ingredients

  • 1 ½ cups fresh squeezed lemon juice (7 to 8 large lemons)
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 8 ounces fresh strawberries, stems removed
  • 6 cups water, divided
  • Ice and fresh mint, for garnish (optional)

Instructions

  1. Juice the lemons.
  2. Add the strawberries, sugar and 2 cups warm water to a blender and blend until smooth. Strain through fine mesh sieve into pitcher, using a spatula to push the liquid through (discard the seeds; this takes a few minutes to complete).
  3. Add 4 cups* cold water and the fresh squeezed lemon juice. Add ice to the pitcher and serve. If desired, garnish with extra strawberries and fresh mint sprigs.

Notes

*If you plan to serve in a large pitcher with ice and leave it out at a party, use 3 cups water to account for ice melting and diluting the drink.

  • Category: Drink
  • Method: Lemonade
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: Strawberry lemonade, strawberry lemonade recipe

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Triple Berry Trifle with Raspberry Sauce.

This triple berry trifle is the most festive red, white and blue dessert for the summer season! Made with buttery pound cake, vanilla pudding, summer berries and a delicious raspberry sauce, it’s a red white and blue delight! There’s nothing I love more than a summer fruit trifle! Could it BE any more delicious? Buttery […]

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This triple berry trifle is the most festive red, white and blue dessert for the summer season! Made with buttery pound cake, vanilla pudding, summer berries and a delicious raspberry sauce, it’s a red white and blue delight!

There’s nothing I love more than a summer fruit trifle!

triple berry trifle with raspberry sauce

Could it BE any more delicious? Buttery cake and fluffy cloud-like pudding and sweet, fresh berries. Adore it.

strawberries, blueberries, raspberries

I am such a huge huge fan of a trifle – they taste so wonderfully 90s in the best way possible. My mom always made the “city girl trifle” when I was growing up and we LOVED it. She would use all sorts of fruit – peaches, bananas, mandarin oranges, etc – and it was such a hit.

Oh and get this – the classic city girl trifle uses pudding mix combined with sour cream – we tried that and it’s definitely interesting. It’s good, but I find it to be a bit heavier than classic pudding. 

red white and blue berry trifle

Last year I made this strawberry shortcake trifle and it’s absolutely incredible. This is somewhat of the same thing, just with more berries, and layered in a festive patriotic way for the 4th of July!

It’s so fun!

I also made a raspberry sauce to be layered with the cake, fruit and pudding. It may just be the best part, and I’m not even a huge fan of raspberries!

poundcake and vanilla pudding with berries

When it comes to a trifle, I find that you can definitely take shortcuts.

The semi-homemade route, if you will. I don’t think it’s worth it to make your own pound cake from scratch when you can find some super buttery, delicious pound cake to chop up for the trifle. You know? That becomes so much unnecessary work, especially when we’re just going to blanket the cake with fluffy pudding and fruit and whipped cream.

triple berry trifle with raspberry sauce

I even take this approach when it comes to the pudding sometimes! Last year, I showed you how to make the trifle with homemade vanilla bean pudding. That pudding is so fantastic – so fluffy and cloud-like but rich at the same time. 

red white and blue berry trifle with raspberry sauce

However!

You can totally use a boxed vanilla pudding – my mom ALWAYS has – and use that for the layers too. Or even a flavor like coconut pudding… wowza.

I’d say that half the time I make my own pudding, then the other half I do boxed. It depends on what else I have to prepare for the day and how much time I have. Both are equally delicious. My homemade version is just a bit more vanilla-y! 

drizzle raspberry sauce on trifle

Perhaps my favorite part about a trifle, especially a red, white and blue one, is that you can just layer things however you wish. There is no need to be fancy here because once it’s all layered, it will look festive and fun. The key is to get a bit of fruit, cake, pudding and whipped cream in each and every bite!

triple berry trifle with raspberry sauce

When it comes to the raspberry sauce, I like to use it in the layers mostly on top of the cake. It kind of soaks into the cake too and creates a raspberry cake which is incredible. You can also save the raspberry sauce for the end and only use it when serving the trifle.  (more…)

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Mini Red White and Blue Berry Hand Pies.

These red white and blue berry hand pies are such a fun and festive treat for the summer holiday season! Perfect served warm with melty vanilla ice and extra berry sauce. We’re getting festive today with the cutest little berry hand pies! These warm little pockets of love are bursting with summer berry flavor, and […]

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These red white and blue berry hand pies are such a fun and festive treat for the summer holiday season! Perfect served warm with melty vanilla ice and extra berry sauce.

We’re getting festive today with the cutest little berry hand pies!

red white and blue berry hand pies

These warm little pockets of love are bursting with summer berry flavor, and when served warm with vanilla bean ice cream? It’s like the best classic dessert for the summer holiday. I adore them. 

pie dough with fruit filling

You know that ever since having kids, I’ve become allll about the festive and fun foods around holidays. Even if it’s just a quick one day micro-holiday, I love making it special and exciting with a festive treat of some sort. The kids love it and it’s one of the things I want them to remember about growing up – how we made fun treats around the holidays.

Enter these adorable red white and blue hand pies!

pie dough with berry filling

A few years ago I made these little peach hand pies and they are something I look forward to every summer. They are SO incredibly delicious. The perfect combo of sweet fruit and flakey pastry. I use mother lovett’s pie crust and cut it into circles, then blanket some warm and saucy peaches in between. 

Bake until golden and crunchy, then serve with lots of vanilla ice cream.

YES.

red white and blue berry hand pies

If you love peaches, it’s a lovely way to use them in the warmer months. So I knew that we could make red, white and blue happen too.

red white and blue berry hand pies

To make the red and blue versions, I use strawberries and blueberries. You could use raspberries too, I’m just partial to strawberries! Since this can be a little high maintenance with two fruits and all, you could also use one or the other OR mix them (though they will turn purple-y, ha!) and make double berry hand pies. The berries are forgiving and create a wonderful sauce for the crust.

Oh and of course, the “white” is our vanilla ice cream.

red white and blue berry hand pies

They are the cutest things ever!

red white and blue berry hand pies

You will most likely have some berry filling leftover, and I like to do that on purpose. You can use it warm or cold to serve with the hand pies and ice cream, like an additional topping. Especially since the fruit inside is fairly minimal! This way, if you’re a fruit lover, you can scoop some extra right on top.  (more…)

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Triple Berry Vanilla Sheet Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting.

I live for a festive red, white and blue dessert! This triple berry sheet cake is the perfect red, white and blue cake to kick off the summer! Top with fluffy, dreamy cream cheese frosting and an assortment of berries for the most delicious treat. This triple berry sheet cake is making me so happy! […]

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I live for a festive red, white and blue dessert! This triple berry sheet cake is the perfect red, white and blue cake to kick off the summer! Top with fluffy, dreamy cream cheese frosting and an assortment of berries for the most delicious treat.

This triple berry sheet cake is making me so happy! Summer is almost here.

triple berry sheet cake with cream cheese frosting

I’ve mentioned before how I never got into festive foods or even decorations, until I had kids! Now that I have little ones, I want to decorate alllll the things with holiday or seasonal colors and flair. 

Especially food! Give me all the red, white and blues. 

strawberries, blueberries and raspberries

There’s nothing more summery to kick off this first unofficial weekend – a red, white and blue sheet cake!

My sheet cake love knows no bounds. Yes, I don’t love to bake (or follow the rules) but I love a good sheet cake.

My pumpkin dream cake is literally a dream. My banana sheet cake with coffee frosting is insane… now I want to make that this weekend. My chocolate zucchini sheet cake is perfect for snacking. 

vanilla cake with cream cheese frosting

I just love how good and easy a sheet cake is. Especially when it’s blanketed with a fluffy layer of cream cheese frosting!

I mean… look at that.

triple berry sheet cake with cream cheese frosting

A few weeks ago, I grabbed a cake for someone’s birthday and it totally inspired this cake. That cake was more almond-based but it was covered in the most delicious fresh fruit. The soft and tender cake combined with the juicy fruit was just SO amazing.

I’m sure it’s because we are on the brink of summer and fruit tastes so good right now, but that cake was on another level.

triple berry sheet cake with cream cheese frosting

So I knew I had to create something like it! This is just a simple vanilla-ish sheet cake with a slight hint of almond. I still haven’t lost my obsession with cream cheese frosting, so that’s what goes on top. It makes ALL cakes taste better. It’s creamy and tangy and thick and delicious.

Then, add all the berries! Our local strawberries are just starting to come in right now – so juicy and sweet that they taste like actual candy. 

The fresh berries combined with the sweet frosting and fluffy cake…

oh my gosh. 

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Classic Blackberry Crisp

This blackberry crisp recipe (aka blackberry crumble) has a crunchy oat topping and sweet berry filling. It’s the best way to end a summer meal! What’s better than a sweet berry crisp on a summer evening? There’s something this simple dessert that’s quintessential summer, the perfect ending to a shrimp boil or grilled meal. Here’s our best nostalgic Blackberry Crisp recipe, aka the Blackberry Crumble! It’s just sweet enough, filled with sweet berries with a hint of orange and vanilla, and a crunchy oat crumble topping. Even better: you can make it with fresh or frozen berries! Use it with fresh summer berries from the market, or try it with the frozen variety. Ready to get baking? Elements in this blackberry crisp (aka crumble) This blackberry crisp (aka blackberry crumble) is easy to make, and it has several great features that take it from good to great. Here’s what to know about baking up this sweet berry dessert: You can use fresh or frozen berries! Fresh blackberries can be expensive, so frozen is a great economical option. Keep in mind fresh berries are slightly sweeter than frozen. The filling features orange zest and vanilla for next level flavor. These make the berry […]

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This blackberry crisp recipe (aka blackberry crumble) has a crunchy oat topping and sweet berry filling. It’s the best way to end a summer meal!

Blackberry crisp

What’s better than a sweet berry crisp on a summer evening? There’s something this simple dessert that’s quintessential summer, the perfect ending to a shrimp boil or grilled meal. Here’s our best nostalgic Blackberry Crisp recipe, aka the Blackberry Crumble! It’s just sweet enough, filled with sweet berries with a hint of orange and vanilla, and a crunchy oat crumble topping. Even better: you can make it with fresh or frozen berries! Use it with fresh summer berries from the market, or try it with the frozen variety. Ready to get baking?

Elements in this blackberry crisp (aka crumble)

This blackberry crisp (aka blackberry crumble) is easy to make, and it has several great features that take it from good to great. Here’s what to know about baking up this sweet berry dessert:

  • You can use fresh or frozen berries! Fresh blackberries can be expensive, so frozen is a great economical option. Keep in mind fresh berries are slightly sweeter than frozen.
  • The filling features orange zest and vanilla for next level flavor. These make the berry flavor pop and add nuance! Take one bite and you’ll be amazed.
  • The crumble is easy to customize to various diets. It’s got butter and flour, but there are easy swaps to make it vegan and gluten free (see below).
  • Pecans and cinnamon are a must! These texture and flavor elements round out the crunchy crumble.
Blackberry crisp

What’s the difference between a crisp and crumble, anyway?

Well, it’s matter of terminology. There was originally a difference between a blackberry crisp and a blackberry crumble. A crisp had oats, whereas a crumble did not (per The Kitchn). So, the crisp topping was crunchier because of the oats!

Today sometimes in the US people are specific about terms, but the difference has really faded over time. You can use either one interchangeably! In the UK, Australia and New Zealand, the term “crumble” is used to encompass both types of desserts.

Mix the layers, then bake until golden brown

The great thing about a blackberry crumble or crisp? There’s no technique involved. Mix the berries and filling ingredients, mix the topping, layer and bake! Easy as that. Here are a few tips to this process:

  • Run frozen berries under warm water. If you’re using frozen berries, this partially thaws them. They don’t need to be fully thawed before baking.
  • Bake time varies based on your oven, baking dish, and berries! Simply bake until golden brown. The bake time will be different every time depending on those variables. Our recipe testers had bake times between 30 minutes and 1 hour, though for most it was around 50 minutes.
  • If it’s not golden, keep going! You’re looking for that golden hue. If the oats look pale, keep going.
Blackberry crumble

Make a vegan or gluten free blackberry crisp

This recipe is very customizable to various diets and preferences. Here are a few substitutes that work just as well as the original recipe:

  • Gluten free crisp: use almond flour. Almond flour works perfectly as a substitute for flour in a crisp or crumble recipe. In fact, it becomes even crispier!
  • Vegan crisp: use vegan butter or coconut oil. Vegan butter is best for the crispiest texture; coconut oil also works.
  • Other sugars also work! Prefer coconut sugar? That works too. Using maple syrup makes for a softer crisp topping because it adds liquid. If you’re ok with a softer crisp topping, you can use it: but we prefer sugar here for the correct texture.
  • Use more orange zest. For a blackberry orange crumble, double the orange zest! It’s deliciously citrusy.

Other variations: berry crisp, peach blackberry crisp, etc!

Other ways to vary a blackberry crumble: change up the berries! There are lots of ways to flex this recipe, depending on the fruit you have on hand. Here are some ideas:

  • Mixed berry crisp: Use fresh or frozen mixed berries instead!
  • Raspberry crisp: Use raspberries in place of blackberries
  • Peach blackberry crisp: Use half berries and half peeled sliced peaches
  • Blackberry basil crisp: Add 3 tablespoons chopped fresh basil to the filling
  • Blackberry mint crisp: Add 3 tablespoons chopped fresh mint to the filling
Blackberry crisp

Toppings for blackberry crumble

You can eat this blackberry crisp plain, but it’s even tastier with a little topping! Here are some of our favorite ideas:

Freeze the leftovers!

Got leftovers? Freeze them! You can freeze this blackberry crisp for up to 3 months in a sealed container. Reheat it in a 350 degree oven until bubbly and the topping is crispy. It’s not quite as good as fresh, but it’s close!

This blackberry crisp recipe is…

Vegetarian. For gluten-free, vegan, plant-based, and dairy-free, see the recipe below.

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Blackberry crisp

Classic Blackberry Crisp


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  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 50 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
  • Yield: 8 servings
  • Diet: Vegetarian

Description

This blackberry crisp (aka blackberry crumble) has a crunchy oat topping and sweet berry filling. It’s the best way to end a summer meal!


Ingredients

For the filling

  • 2 pounds blackberries, fresh or frozen: or a mix of blackberries and other berries or peeled sliced peaches (6 cups)
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar (or coconut sugar)
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch (or arrowroot powder)
  • 1/4 teaspoon orange zest* (or 1/2 teaspoon lemon zest)
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract

For the crumble / crisp topping

  • 3/4 cup old fashioned oats
  • 1/2 cup all purpose flour or almond flour
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar (or coconut sugar)
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup chopped pecans (or walnuts)
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 6 tablespoons cold salted butter (or coconut oil or vegan butter for vegan)

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Make the filling: Or if using frozen, run the berries under warm water for about 1 minute in a strainer (they will still be frozen on the inside but starting to thaw). Then mix with the filling ingredients in a bowl, then pour the filling into a round 9-inch pie pan, 9 x 9 inch baking dish or 7 x 11 baking dish.
  3. Make the topping: In a medium bowl, mix together the oats, flour, sugar, cinnamon, nuts and kosher salt. Cut the butter into small pieces and then use your hands to mix it into the oats until fully distributed and a crumbly dough forms. It may take a while so be patient; you can also use a pastry cutter if you prefer. (If using coconut oil, it can be room temperature; use the same method to add it.) Pour the crumble on top and smooth it into an even layer with your fingers.
  4. Bake: Bake for 45 to 50 minutes until the top is evenly golden brown and the filling is bubbly (this will vary based on your oven and berries: it may be shorter or longer so keep an eye on it). Cool for 30 minutes to 1 hour, then serve warm. If desired, top with whipped cream and mint leaves. You can leave out your crisp on the counter for up to 1 day (covered, at night) so the crisp topping can stay crisp. After 1 day, refrigerate any leftovers. This crumble also freezes well for several months in a sealed container; reheat it in a 350 degree oven until bubbly and the topping is crisp.

Notes

*For a very forward orange flavor, use 1/3 to 1/2 teaspoon orange zest.

  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Baked
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: Blackberry crisp, blackberry crumble

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A Minimalist Dessert to Kick Off Berry Season

A Big Little Recipe has the smallest-possible ingredient list and big everything else: flavor, creativity, wow factor. That means five ingredients or fewer—not including water, salt, black pepper, and certain fats (like oil and butter), since we’re gue…

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I got the taste for tartness young. The earliest memories I have are of my aunt in Austria, her outstretched hand filled with wild berries: gooseberries, raspberries, and currants that shone like tiny jewels under the sun. There were even alpine strawberries, too early for picking, but so rare that I have never seen them again.

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Strawberry Muffins with Cream Cheese Swirl

Everyone will want seconds of this delicious strawberry muffins recipe! It’s got a tender fluffy crumb and and a cream cheese swirl topping. Here’s a recipe that turned out even more delicious than we imagined…these insanely tasty Strawberry Muffins! Imagine: a muffin with a tender crumb: just sweet enough and delightfully moist. Then top that with a strawberry cream cheese swirl, that coats everything in sweet savory richness. Our 4 year old Larson had the idea of making strawberry muffins (genius!), so we turned our favorite pumpkin muffin into a berry based one. Turns out, this one is even better than the original! What’s great about these strawberry muffins Some strawberry muffins have little chunks of strawberries in the batter, much like you would a blueberry muffin. But when we tried that type of strawberry muffin, the bits of berry made the batter soggy. Here’s what makes this strawberry muffin great: The strawberries are incorporated in a cream cheese swirl. This way, the berries incorporate into a creamy topping, leaving the bottom portion of the muffin perfectly moist. Man, is it delicious! The muffins are just sweet enough. Many muffins are glorified cupcakes: these are just sweet enough to be […]

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Everyone will want seconds of this delicious strawberry muffins recipe! It’s got a tender fluffy crumb and and a cream cheese swirl topping.

Strawberry muffins

Here’s a recipe that turned out even more delicious than we imagined…these insanely tasty Strawberry Muffins! Imagine: a muffin with a tender crumb: just sweet enough and delightfully moist. Then top that with a strawberry cream cheese swirl, that coats everything in sweet savory richness. Our 4 year old Larson had the idea of making strawberry muffins (genius!), so we turned our favorite pumpkin muffin into a berry based one. Turns out, this one is even better than the original!

What’s great about these strawberry muffins

Some strawberry muffins have little chunks of strawberries in the batter, much like you would a blueberry muffin. But when we tried that type of strawberry muffin, the bits of berry made the batter soggy. Here’s what makes this strawberry muffin great:

  • The strawberries are incorporated in a cream cheese swirl. This way, the berries incorporate into a creamy topping, leaving the bottom portion of the muffin perfectly moist. Man, is it delicious!
  • The muffins are just sweet enough. Many muffins are glorified cupcakes: these are just sweet enough to be aptly called a muffin.
  • They’re moist from applesauce! Applesauce makes a perfectly moist cake portion of the muffin, without it being too buttery or oily.

How to make and swirl the cream cheese topping

These strawberry muffins are pretty straightforward: the only part that needs a little more explanation is the cream cheese swirl. Here’s what to know about this part of the recipe:

  • Dice the strawberries into small pieces. This helps the strawberries to integrate into the cream cheese — it will turn pink but still have strawberry chunks (this is intended!).
  • Place dollops of cream cheese on top of the muffin batter. Use a heaping 1 tablespoon.
  • Use a toothpick to swirl and push the cheese into the batter. Swirl it in so that it incorporates into the top portion of the muffin batter.
Strawberry muffins

Storage info for strawberry muffins

Because there’s cream cheese on top, you’ll want to store these strawberry muffins in the refrigerator instead of at room temperature like other muffins. Here are a few pointers:

  • The muffins are the best the day of making. Wait after baking until they’re about room temperature, then devour. They taste incredible the day of.
  • Refrigerate for 5 days. Pop them into the fridge for storage. Remember to let them warm back to room temp for a minute or two before you enjoy them.
  • Do not freeze. The cream cheese topping doesn’t hold up well in the freezer, so we don’t recommend freezing here.

When to serve them!

These strawberry muffins are great for when you have a bunch of strawberries you don’t know what to do with. They’re absolutely perfect for entertaining, too! Here are a few ideas for how to pair them:

Strawberry muffins

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Strawberry muffins

Strawberry Muffins (with Cream Cheese Swirl!)


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  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 25 minutes
  • Total Time: 45 minutes
  • Yield: 12 muffins
  • Diet: Vegetarian

Description

Everyone will want seconds of this delicious strawberry muffins recipe! It’s got a tender fluffy crumb and and a cream cheese swirl topping. 


Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup rolled Old Fashioned oats
  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 1/2 cups unsweetened applesauce
  • 1/4 cup neutral oil
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 8 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 3 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1 cup diced strawberries

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Add 12 muffin cups to a standard muffin tin.
  2. In a medium bowl, mix the all-purpose flour, rolled oats, brown sugar and cinnamon with the baking powder, baking soda, and kosher salt.
  3. In another bowl, combine the applesauce, neutral oil, and vanilla extract. Wait to add it to the dries until you’ve made the cream cheese topping. 
  4. Dice the strawberries into small pieces. Use a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment or electric hand mixer to combine the cream cheese, sugar, and strawberries: beat them on medium speed until fully combined (the cheese will turn pink but still have chunks of strawberries). 
  5. Mix the wet ingredients (applesauce, oil and vanilla) into the bowl with the dry ingredients (flour, oats, etc.) and stir until a smooth batter forms.
  6. Divide the batter evenly into the 12 muffin cups. Dollop a mounded tablespoon of strawberry cream cheese onto the center of each muffin. Then use a toothpick to swirl the cream cheese until it is smoothed onto the top and partially worked into the batter (see the photos).
  7. Bake for about 25 to 28 minutes, until a toothpick comes out clean when inserted into the muffin portion. Allow to cool in the pan for 5 minutes, then remove the muffins and place them on a cooling rack. Cool 1 hour until room temperature. Enjoy or refrigerate up to 1 week (these muffins do not freeze well).
  • Category: Muffins
  • Method: Baked
  • Cuisine: Muffins

Keywords: Strawberry muffins, strawberry muffins recipe

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TikTok’s Nature’s Cereal. It’s Natural, but Is It Cereal?

A little over a month ago, Sherwayne Mears shared a simple recipe via his TikTok, @natures_food. “This, my friends, is what breakfast cereal looks like for me,” he says as he combines blueberries, blackberries, and pomegranate seeds in a wooden bowl. “…

A little over a month ago, Sherwayne Mears shared a simple recipe via his TikTok, @natures_food. “This, my friends, is what breakfast cereal looks like for me,” he says as he combines blueberries, blackberries, and pomegranate seeds in a wooden bowl. “I call it nature’s cereal.”

He tops the berries with a glug of coconut water straight from the source and eats the whole affair with a spoon as he praises the personal benefits of his winning breakfast: “My number one thing when I eat this that I notice is the energy level. I literally felt like I could run a marathon.”

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Classic Strawberry Crumble

This strawberry crumble (aka strawberry crisp) is the only recipe you need! The big berry flavor and oat topping make a recipe you’ll bake up again and again. Wow. That’s what we hope you’ll say when you taste our perfect strawberry crumble recipe! There’s the strawberry filling, scented with orange zest and vanilla until the berries pop. There’s the crunchy crumble topping, hearty and homey with oats and walnuts. It’s simple, but all together it makes a true symphony of flavor: far greater than the sum of its parts. Even better: you can make it using fresh or frozen berries! This makes it a dessert you can whip up on moments notice. It also works for various diets. Whatever the case: it’s a true stunner. Keys to the best strawberry crumble, aka strawberry crisp Did you grow up with a great strawberry crumble recipe? Or strawberry crisp? The humble crumble or crisp is one of our favorite desserts to make. Why? There’s no precision required and it’s so satisfying. We’d choose it over pie or cake any day. I created this recipe in honor of Alex’s birthday in early spring. I was craving berries but with none in sight, I […]

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This strawberry crumble (aka strawberry crisp) is the only recipe you need! The big berry flavor and oat topping make a recipe you’ll bake up again and again.

Strawberry Crumble

Wow. That’s what we hope you’ll say when you taste our perfect strawberry crumble recipe! There’s the strawberry filling, scented with orange zest and vanilla until the berries pop. There’s the crunchy crumble topping, hearty and homey with oats and walnuts. It’s simple, but all together it makes a true symphony of flavor: far greater than the sum of its parts. Even better: you can make it using fresh or frozen berries! This makes it a dessert you can whip up on moments notice. It also works for various diets. Whatever the case: it’s a true stunner.

Keys to the best strawberry crumble, aka strawberry crisp

Did you grow up with a great strawberry crumble recipe? Or strawberry crisp? The humble crumble or crisp is one of our favorite desserts to make. Why? There’s no precision required and it’s so satisfying. We’d choose it over pie or cake any day. I created this recipe in honor of Alex’s birthday in early spring. I was craving berries but with none in sight, I opted for frozen instead! Here are the keys to this strawberry crisp:

  • Use fresh or frozen berries! This means you can store berries in your freezer and whip up a crumble anytime…no need to wait for strawberry season.
  • Orange zest and vanilla add complexity to the filling. These make the berry flavor pop and add nuance! Take one bite and you’ll be amazed.
  • Butter, nuts and cinnamon make for the best crumble. The crisp topping has the perfect crunch: butter is the crispiest (but see the dietary notes below). A handful of nuts makes it even crunchier, but that’s optional.
Strawberry crisp

Bake until golden brown: timing may vary!

Throw these layers together and bake in a 350 degree oven: easy as pie! (Or crumble. Ha!) There are a few notes to consider around bake time:

  • Bake until the top is golden brown: the timing varies based on your oven, baking dish, and berries! The bake time will be different every time depending on those variables. Our recipe testers had bake times between 30 minutes and 1 hour, though for most it was around 50 minutes.
  • If it’s not golden, keep going! You’re looking for that golden hue. If the oats look pale, keep going.

What people are saying

This strawberry crumble recipe was tested by a few recipe testers (thanks to our Instagram community!). Here’s what we heared:

  • “Wow! This strawberry crumble is absolutely delicious! I love the touch of orange and the vanilla extract in the filling. Delicious!” -Sarah
  • “This is SOOOO GOOOD!!! Perfectly crispy on top and the strawberries were set. Love it!” -Katy

Let us know what you think in the comments below! We can’t wait to hear.

Strawberry crumble recipe

Strawberry crisp variations: vegan, gluten free, etc!

What about dietary variations: can you make a gluten free strawberry crisp, or a vegan strawberry crumble? Yes and yes. Here’s what to do:

  • Use almond flour for gluten free. Almond flour works perfectly as a substitute for flour in a crisp or crumble recipe. In fact, it becomes even crispier than with all purpose!
  • Use vegan butter or coconut oil for vegan. Vegan butter is a bit closer to a traditional crisp texture. Or you can use coconut oil: it’s also delicious, just a little softer.
  • Use coconut sugar or another solid sugar substitute. Use your favorite solid sugar. Using maple syrup makes for a softer crisp topping, so we typically steer away from it: but you can use it if desired! It does work well in the filling.
  • Use more orange zest. For a strawberry orange crumble, double the zest!

What’s the difference between a crisp and crumble, anyway?

Not much! There was originally a difference between a strawberry crisp and a strawberry crumble, but that distinction has faded over time. Today, most people use these terms interchangeably! The original difference between the two was that a crisp had oats, whereas a crumble would not (per The Kitchn). Hence, the crisp was crispier because of the oats! You can use either term for this dessert now: so just pick your favorite!

Strawberry crisp recipe

Toppings for this strawberry crumble

Last up: how to top this strawberry crumble recipe? Let us count the ways. It’s actually extremely delicious without a topping. But you can also add one of the following tasty options to take this strawberry crisp over the top:

This strawberry crisp / crumble recipe is…

Vegetarian. For gluten-free, vegan, plant-based, and dairy-free, see the notes in the recipe below.

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Strawberry Crumble

Classic Strawberry Crumble (or Crisp!)


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  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 50 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
  • Yield: 8 servings
  • Diet: Vegetarian

Description

This strawberry crumble is the only recipe you need! The big berry flavor and crisp topping make a recipe you’ll bake up again and again.


Ingredients

For the filling

  • 2 pounds strawberries, fresh or frozen (about 6 1/2 cups whole)
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1/4 teaspoon orange zest* (or 1/2 teaspoon lemon zest)
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract

For the crumble / crisp topping

  • 3/4 cup old fashioned oats
  • 1/2 cup all purpose flour or almond flour
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup chopped walnuts or pecans (optional)
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 6 tablespoons cold salted butter (or coconut oil or vegan butter for vegan)

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Make the filling: Quarter the fresh berries. Or if using frozen, run the berries under warm water for 1 minute in a strainer. Then mix with the filling ingredients in a bowl, then pour the filling into a round 9-inch pie pan, 9 x 9 inch baking dish or 7 x 11 baking dish.
  3. Make the topping: In a medium bowl, mix together the oats, flour, sugar, cinnamon, and kosher salt. Cut the butter into small pieces and then use your hands to mix it into the oats until fully distributed and a crumbly dough forms. It may take a while so be patient; you can also use a pastry cutter if you prefer. (If using coconut oil, it can be room temperature; use the same method to add it.) Pour the crumble on top and smooth it into an even layer with your fingers.
  4. Bake for 45 to 50 minutes until the top is evenly golden brown and the filling is bubbly (this will vary based on your oven and berries: it may be shorter or longer so keep an eye on it). Cool for 30 minutes to 1 hour, then serve warm. You can leave out your crisp on the counter for up to 1 day (covered, at night) so the crisp topping can stay crisp. After 1 day, refrigerate any leftovers.

Notes

*For a very forward orange flavor, use 1/3 to 1/2 teaspoon orange zest.

  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Baked
  • Cuisine: Crisp

Keywords: Strawberry crumble, Strawberry crumble recipe, Strawberry crisp, Strawberry crisp recipe

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Raspberry Martini

This raspberry martini is a vibrant red cocktail full of berry flavor! Treat yourself with this beautiful sweet drink. Here’s a sweet cocktail with a vibrant color: the Raspberry Martini! This drink is stunning and full of bright berry flavor: from first sip, you’ll be sold! The sweet tart, lightly floral flavor of raspberry is beautifully pure, thanks to homemade raspberry syrup. This cocktail is perfect for a romantic dinner, girls night, Valentine’s Day, or really any occasion that needs a red drink. It’s on the sweeter side, but the zing of fresh lemon balances it perfectly. A few more sweet cocktails? Try the Chocolate Martini or Classic Mudslide. What’s in a raspberry martini? The raspberry martini is one in a long list of flavored vodka martinis. This family of drinks has almost nothing in common with the Classic Martini…except the glass! The classic martini stars ultra-dry gin and vermouth, and has a bitter burn on the finish. Vodka martinis became popular in the 1990’s, and they’re every flavor of sweet and fruity: think cucumber, watermelon, or chocolate. Some vodka martinis have official definitions set by the International Bartender’s Association, like the lemon drop martini and espresso martini. All other […]

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This raspberry martini is a vibrant red cocktail full of berry flavor! Treat yourself with this beautiful sweet drink.

Raspberry Martini

Here’s a sweet cocktail with a vibrant color: the Raspberry Martini! This drink is stunning and full of bright berry flavor: from first sip, you’ll be sold! The sweet tart, lightly floral flavor of raspberry is beautifully pure, thanks to homemade raspberry syrup. This cocktail is perfect for a romantic dinner, girls night, Valentine’s Day, or really any occasion that needs a red drink. It’s on the sweeter side, but the zing of fresh lemon balances it perfectly.

A few more sweet cocktails? Try the Chocolate Martini or Classic Mudslide.

What’s in a raspberry martini?

The raspberry martini is one in a long list of flavored vodka martinis. This family of drinks has almost nothing in common with the Classic Martini…except the glass! The classic martini stars ultra-dry gin and vermouth, and has a bitter burn on the finish. Vodka martinis became popular in the 1990’s, and they’re every flavor of sweet and fruity: think cucumber, watermelon, or chocolate.

Some vodka martinis have official definitions set by the International Bartender’s Association, like the lemon drop martini and espresso martini. All other vodka martini recipes are up to the mixologist, so the ingredients vary. Here’s what’s in our spin on a raspberry martini cocktail:

  • Vodka
  • Cranberry juice (not sweetened*)
  • Lemon juice
  • Raspberry syrup (homemade is best, or use purchased)
Raspberry cocktail

It’s best with homemade raspberry syrup!

This raspberry martini cocktail gets its beautifully sweet flavor from raspberry syrup! We highly recommend making the fresh syrup because it has the best, pure berry flavor. Note that you’ll need to make it in advance: but it only takes 10 minutes of hands on time. Mix up a batch and have it ready to go for shaking up the drink. Here are the basic steps:

  • Melt sugar: Place 1 cup sugar and 1/2 cup water in a saucepan over medium heat. Cook about 1 minute until the sugar dissolves.
  • Add berries and simmer: Add 1/2 cup fresh raspberries and cook until the berries break down, about 5 to 6 minutes, turning the heat to low when it starts to boil. Break down the berries with a spatula as needed. Once fully liquid, strain into a jar using a fine mesh sieve and a spatula.
  • Cool: Allow to cool, then store refrigerated for up to 3 weeks.

More uses for raspberry syrup? Make a Clover Club, or serve it over pancakes or mug cake.

Raspberry syrup

Use purchased raspberry syrup in a pinch

Don’t have time to make raspberry syrup? You can find it at your local liquor store, or online. It’s best with this homemade syrup, but store-bought works in a pinch.

Find unsweetened cranberry juice

The only other thing to note about ingredients: this raspberry cocktail recipe uses 100% unsweetened cranberry juice. It’s easy to find at your local grocery these days, but be careful when you’re picking it out from the shelf. There are several different types of cranberry juice you’ll see:

  • Sweetened cranberry juice or cranberry juice cocktail has added sugars and sometimes high-fructose corn syrup as sweetener. We prefer…
  • 100% cranberry juice is preferred here! The benefits of this type? The color is brighter and you can sweeten your drink to taste.

What if all you can find is sweetened cranberry juice? Easy. Just use only 1/2 ounce of the raspberry syrup instead of 3/4 ounce. Then you can adjust the flavors by adding more raspberry syrup to taste.

Raspberry martini

How to make a raspberry martini: basic steps

Got all your ingredients? Let’s make this raspberry cocktail! Here are the basic steps (or jump to the recipe):

  1. Shake: Add all ingredients to a cocktail shaker. Add 2 handfuls ice and shake until cold. Don’t have a cocktail shaker? Use a mason jar with top.
  2. Strain: Strain into a martini glass. Garnish with a few more fresh raspberries to be fancy.

More red cocktails!

This raspberry martini is a stunning naturally red cocktail: and there are lots more where that comes from! Cranberry, pomegranate, strawberry, and blood orange also make for brilliantly bright red drinks. Here are a few more favorites:

When to serve a raspberry martini

The raspberry martini recipe works as a signature drink, perfect for special occasions. Serve it as a:

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Raspberry Martini


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  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 1 drink
  • Diet: Vegan

Description

This raspberry martini is a vibrant red cocktail full of berry flavor! Treat yourself with this beautiful sweet drink. 


Ingredients

  • 2 ounces vodka
  • 1 ounce* 100% cranberry juice (not sweetened**)
  • 1/2 ounce fresh lemon juice
  • 3/4 ounce raspberry syrup (homemade is best, or use purchased)
  • For the garnish: fresh raspberries

Instructions

  1. Place all ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake 15 seconds until cold.
  2. Strain the drink into a cocktail or martini glass. Garnish with raspberries and serve. 

Notes

*1 ounce = 2 tablespoons

**If all you can find is sweetened cranberry juice or cranberry juice cocktail, use 1/2 ounce raspberry syrup, then add more to taste. 

  • Category: Drink
  • Method: Shaken
  • Cuisine: Cocktails

Keywords: Raspberry martini

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