Strawberries and (Not) Cream

At the first sight of ripe, red strawberries at the grocery store each spring, I go absolutely bonkers.  Bonkers, people. Three pints for $5? Great, I’ll take six … that kind of bonkers.  After a long, cold winter of nothing but apples, pears and imported oranges, strawberries are a sign of all things summery to come.  Visions of warm days filled with cookouts, burgers and fruit salad dance through my mind.  Of course, this all leads to thought of lounging poolside in a bathing suit, which immediately puts a damper on my desire to swirl those beautiful strawberries into a batter of sugar, flour, butter and all kinds of badness.

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What is better than a bowl brimming with fresh, ripe strawberries topped with a lush, creamy vanilla yogurt?  Not much.  The beautiful thing about this dessert is the utter simplicity of it.  When it’s too darn hot for thinking of turning on the oven, this cool bowl of deliciousness is a perfect way to satisfy your sweet tooth without sabotaging your bathing suit body!  Rather than topping these beautiful berries with gobs of whipped cream, the topping is a mixture of Greek yogurt, agave nectar (or honey) and vanilla.  Super simple, low-calorie deliciousness to keep you in bathing suit shape!

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I’m a recent convert to the world of Greek yogurt.  I know that foodie circles have been humming about this for awhile now, but I never saw the big deal.  Yogurt is yogurt is yogurt, right?  Wrong.  After having a similar topping at a friend’s house, I decided to give Greek yogurt a whirl.  It’s far creamier and thicker than regular yogurt, almost having the consistency of sour cream.  Despite the luxurious texture, it is very low in calories and high in protein (making it a dieter’s dream).

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For this versatile topping, I mixed a large container of plain Fage Greek yogurt with vanilla extract and agave nectar.  Does it get any simpler than that?  I think not.  You could easily substitute a different sweetener depending on your personal preference (Splenda, Truvia, etc.).  This would be amazing over a bowl of mixed fruit with blueberries, raspberries and strawberries or even used as a filling for a fruit tart.  I’m already working on a chocolate version.  Go on, let your imagination run wild.

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Strawberries and (Not) Cream

Total Time: 5 minutes

Ingredients-

1 (17.6 ounce) large container Greek yogurt (2% or fat free)
4 teaspoons vanilla extract
3-4 tablespoons agave nectar or honey
fresh strawberries, washed and sliced

Directions-

- Add the vanilla extract and the agave nectar to the Greek yogurt container, stir until thoroughly combined.
- Serve fresh strawberries with a large dollop of the Greek yogurt mixture. Enjoy! (The large container will make enough topping for several bowls of berries. It will stay just fine in the fridge for at least a week.)

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9 Responses to “Strawberries and (Not) Cream”

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    Joanne — March 21, 2010 2:06 pm

    I can’t wait for strawberries to come into season either. I love apples. But after what feels like a decade of them, I’m ready for something new. I’ve been trying to satiate my craving by eating strawberry greek yogurt, actually. But the real deal is way better!

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    such a great idea! I love Greek yogurt and this is definitely a good alternative to what I usually do.. :)

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    Dawn Hutchins — March 22, 2010 3:03 pm

    How very lovely and simple. I did this exact thing on Saturday and then with blueberries this morning. Mmmmm….

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    Jessica — March 22, 2010 10:32 pm

    I love Greek yogurt with bananas and cinnamon, but I definitely have to try this recipe with strawberries. It’s healthy enough to have for breakfast, and delicious enough for dessert!

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    Valen — March 24, 2010 12:39 pm

    I love strawberries as much as you do, but they are usually pretty expensive where I get them. I love the combo of strawberries and yogurt!

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    aquadaze — March 25, 2010 2:05 am

    I have a post with the exact same title:

    http://servedwithlove.blogspot.com/2009/07/strawberries-and-not-cream.html

    Must try to make this with greek yogurt, I use low fat hung curd for mine. Lovely picture!

    • kate replied: — March 25th, 2010 6:54 pm

      Aquadaze — Well, I guess it’s true, great minds think alike! Your berries look delicious!

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    Amy B. — March 26, 2010 7:05 pm

    This very much looks like my kind of dessert, it’s true nothing could get better than a ripe and fresh strawberry with cream yogurt! mmm now that’s what you call a perfect treat! :) great post

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    Rhonwyyn — December 18, 2010 9:25 pm

    Just found your blog tonight. Your recipes sound AMAZING. I had to comment, though, that you’re cutting off WAAAAY too much of the tops of your strawberries. My mother would be appalled. lol

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