Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Guest Blogger~ Gluten Free A-Z Blog

Today I have a wonderful treat for all of you. Judee from Gluten Free A-Z Blog. I hope you enjoy here beautiful creation!


I'm delighted to be a guest blogger today for ~Hun...What's for Dinner?

I'm Judee and I'm visiting from Gluten Free A-Z Blog where I make "normal" health conscious recipes that are naturally gluten free, like this roasted strawberry parfait!

I love this strawberry parfait. It's fast and easy to assemble, makes a lovely presentation, and tastes divine. In addition, it's relatively healthy and uses only real whole food, making it a nutritious breakfast especially for kids! Did I mention it's gluten free, egg free, and I offer a vegan substitution?

When I first saw the recipe I thought, "Who ever heard of roasting a strawberry"? To tell you the truth, I've always loved strawberries, but I have to admit that until now I've only ever eaten them fresh. I was both intrigued and curios about the idea of roasting them, but a little hesitant to compromise a perfectly good plump juicy berry by putting it into a hot oven.

Well, my curiosity won out and before you knew it, I had a pound of fresh organic strawberries washed, hulled, and quartered on a cookie sheet roasting away in a 400 oven.

After 5 minutes, the juicy red fruit were bubbling and oozing . And after just 15 minutes, the slightly shriveled berries were bathing  in a deep pool of their own natural juices, done and ready to be scooped up from my spattered parchment paper. 

I couldn't wait to try a sample, and I can tell you that I wasn't disappointed. The taste was outrageous. The flavors of the maple syrup, vanilla, and cinnamon made this fragrant strawberry compote a dessert in itself. I made two batches; this one had some blueberries in it..

 Making this elegant parfait was very easy. I used vanilla low fat Greek Yogurt that was high in protein but low in calories and layered the yogurt and the roasted strawberries I call it skinny because a full parfait is probably about 3 points on Weight Watchers and can serve as breakfast! ( without the port) If you are vegan, make this dessert with whipped coconut cream instead of the yogurt.

Roasted Strawberries in a Parfait Ingredients:

1 pound of organic strawberries, cleaned, hulled, and quartered
2 teaspoons of vanilla extract
1/4 cup of real maple syrup ( or more to taste) ( I get mine at Trader Joe's)
Cinnamon for dusting on the parfaits
Optional: 1/2 cup Port wine
4 containers of 5 ounce each Vanilla Greek Yogurt
4 small mason jars for the parfaits

Makes: 4 parfaits

Directions to make the roasted strawberries:

Preheat oven to 400 degrees

Place strawberries in a large bowl and toss with vanilla extract and optional port wine if desired.

Place strawberries on a cookie sheet that is lined with parchment paper and allow the berries to roast for 12- 15 minutes. Remove from oven and store the strawberries and juice in a glass bowl.. Next, add the maple syrup and save the cinnamon for dusting the top of the parfaits! 

Directions to assemble the parfait

Use a 5 ounce container of Greek Yogurt  for each small mason jar. Start with the yogurt. Spoon some on the bottom of the jar. Add some roasted strawberries and alternate layering the yogurt and the Strawberries. Sprinkle with cinnamon and eat immediately or place in the refrigerator for later.

Other uses for roasted strawberries:

Use it as a topping for pancakes, ice cream, sweet potatoes, etc

The possibilities are endless for how to use roasted strawberries!

I didn't stop at the strawberries: I tried this same recipe with blueberries and red grapes ( amazing). Equally good but the strawberries emitted the most juice.


Michelle said...

Judee--you've sold me on roasting strawberries (and the parfait)!

kitblu said...

I prefer roasting strawberries as I find they don't have the flavour I remember and often aren't very sweet. I have only eaten them with balsamic vinegar but I will try your recipe.