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If berry picking is on your list of things you plan on doing this summer (as it should be), then you’ll find yourself with an abundance of sweet summer fruit. As summer is in full throttle, strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, blackberries and currents are in season, and there are plenty of ways to use them in your everyday meals — yes, meals, not just desserts From being used as a filling for traditional pies to a sweet sauce for savory entrees, here are some creative ways you can cook summer berries.
Homemade jam is, well, the jam, and a great way to use some fruit that may be overripe. Take some of your favorite berries, crush them together and cook in a saucepan until it creates a sweet jam in under an hour.
Move over peach cobbler — strawberry rhubarb cobbler is here to save summer. The sweetness of the strawberries helps balance out the tart rhubarb. And while you’re stocking up on that summer specialty, try more rhubarb recipes that aren’t just pies.
No-bake desserts are the summer savior for those days when you don’t want to turn on the oven but can’t deny your sweet tooth. This strawberry cheesecake recipe with a Nilla wafer crust and fruity Jell-O layer is the perfect thing for those hot summer days.
This beautiful coconut berry trifle is one of the best things to bring to a summer party. Alternate layers of fluffy coconut cake, coconut cream and fresh summer berries like strawberries, blueberries, raspberries and blackberries for a festive presentation.
This granola recipe makes the perfect snack bar for breakfast or lunch. Create a granola mixture out of old-fashioned rolled oats and place some strawberries or other berries in between two layers of granola. Bake and let it chill in the refrigerator before serving or save it as a quick bite when you’re on the run.
This scrumptious tart uses fresh raspberries in two ways: as a part of a sauce that accompanies a sweet cream cheese and as a garnish on top of a buttery shortbread crust.
Do more with your boxed cake mix by creating these pretty cupcakes. Simply bake angel food cake mix, add a crunchy sugar outer layer and pipe on mascarpone frosting. Complete the cupcakes with raspberries, blueberries and strawberries on top for a pop of color.
This combo of strawberries, chicken and spinach is everything you can ask for in a summer salad. Gorgonzola crumbles and sunflower seeds add extra flavor and crunchiness. Pair with your favorite homemade vinaigrette.
These blueberry lemon sweet rolls are one of our all-time favorite brunch recipes. Start your day off on the right foot with this treat that stars a lemon filling and plenty of fresh blueberries.
You don’t have to give up eating yummy cakes because you don’t eat gluten. You can still enjoy a moist and soft blueberry cake, which uses gluten-free flour.
There are plenty of ways to make banana bread. You can take the fruity route with this strawberry banana bread recipe. This bread tastes indulgent but is low in fat because Greek yogurt takes the place of butter without compromising the moisture in the bread.
What’s better than ice cream? Frozen custard. And you can make this creamy frozen confection at home using fresh strawberries.
Love blueberry pie? What if we told you that you can downsize this dessert and make it into portable hand pies? This fresh summery dessert will cure any sweet tooth.
If you’re staying on top of trends, then you probably came across a baked oatmeal recipe once or twice on TikTok. Baking your oatmeal creates a crunchy exterior and chewy inside, which is way better than soupy porridge.
Pickling strawberries in a mason jar with apple cider vinegar, black peppercorns, mint and serrano peppers gives the fruit a tangy, sour flavor. You can keep these in the refrigerator for up to three days.
Cool down this summer with this amazing frozen fruit dessert, which uses sweet potatoes, blackberries, lemon and orange juice. It’s a crazy combination, but it works.
These sweet, buttery yeast buns are perfect for breakfast or as a snack. Tart currants make a great replacement for raisins, but they’re only in season for a short period, so take advantage of this fruit during the early summer.
While we’re on the topic of currants, this tarty jelly goes great on yeast buns or toast. This recipe only requires two ingredients and can be made by boiling homemade currant juice with sugar in a pan.
Looking for a great banana bread recipe? This recipe will become your go-to. This bread adds blueberries and white chocolate, which give extra sweetness and texture to your everyday banana bread.
Treat yourself in the morning with these buttery, dense scones that feature the ultimate pairing of sweet blueberries and zesty lemon. Pair with a cup of tea and have your mind blown.
Make this pudding the day before and have it ready to eat in the morning. Let the chia seeds soak with blueberries, milk, flaxseed and banana overnight to create a yummy pudding. This is only one recipe in a list of other delicious high-protein breakfasts that aren’t just eggs.
A buttery and tender crust surrounds a tart blueberry filling in this crostata, a special Italian tart. If you’ve never made one, add it to your ultimate summer foodie bucket list.
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