3 Ice Cream Toppings: Easy Fruit Compotes

3 Ice Cream Toppings: Easy Fruit Compotes

Since July 1st marks the beginning of National Ice Cream Month, I have every intention of enjoying my favorite dessert with some deliciously easy homemade fruit toppings. Here, we've whipped up unique takes on classic flavors: Strawberry-Mint, Blackberry-Ginger and Mango-Vanilla.

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Strawberry Iced Tea

by Chung-Ah Rhee of Damn Delicious

Strawberry iced tea is one of my favorite summertime drinks. It’s a refreshing twist on a traditional favorite, with just enough sweetness from the homemade strawberry syrup. Now that summer is just around the corner, I’ll keep a pitcher in the fridge!

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Serves: 4-6

Prep time: 10 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 2 tea bags (like regular Lipton tea)
  • 1 pound strawberries, hulled and quartered, plus more for garnish
  • 1/4 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/3 cup sugar

Directions:

1. Steep tea bags in 4 cups boiling water according to package instructions Discard tea bags and let tea cool.

2. In a large saucepan, combine strawberries, lemon juice, sugar and 1/2 cup water. Bring to a boil; remove from heat and let cool to room temperature before straining through cheesecloth or fine sieve.

3. In a large pitcher, whisk together strawberry syrup and brewed tea. Place in refrigerator until chilled. Serve over ice and strawberries, if desired.

Want more ‘berry’ delicious food? Try these berry recipes!

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Chung-Ah, the author behind Damn Delicious, loves to take simple ingredients and transform them into sophisticated and elegant meals.

Berry Greek Yogurt Smoothie

by Chung-Ah Rhee of Damn Delicious

When I’m in a rush to get to work, my go-to breakfast is this mixed berry smoothie. Loaded with three types of berries, a ripe banana for natural sweetness and some oats to keep me full, I can grab this full breakfast as I run out the door!

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Serves: 2

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup sliced strawberries
  • 1/2 cup raspberries
  • 1/2 cup blueberries
  • 1 ripe banana
  • 1 cup Greek yogurt
  • 2 tablespoons old fashioned oats
  • 1-2 tablespoons agave (optional)

Directions:

1. Combine strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, banana, Greek yogurt, oats, agave (if using) and 1 cup ice in blender until smooth. Serve immediately.

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Chung-Ah, the author behind Damn Delicious, loves to take simple ingredients and transform them into sophisticated and elegant meals.

Infographic: Health Benefits of Strawberries

from the NatureBox editors

Did you know eight strawberries contain more vitamin C than a single orange? In honor of the juicy fruit coming into season soon, the California Strawberry Commission has compiled some fun facts.

Look through our recipe archives for some strawberry inspiration:

Click to enlarge:

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St. Patrick's Day Rainbow Fruit

Recipe by Angie of Little Inspiration

With St. Patrick’s Day right around the corner, I thought it would be fun to get some fresh fruit and display it as a rainbow. It’s a perfect way to serve fresh fruit at a St. Patrick’s Day Party and kids will love this year round!
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Ingredients:
  • Red- Strawberries
  • Orange – Orange Slices
  • Yellow – Pineapple Chunks
  • Green- Granny Apples
  • Blue- Blueberries
  • Purple – Red Grapes
  • Cloud- Marshmallows or vanilla Greek yogurt

Simply arrange the fruit to form a rainbow.

Note: many stores carry marshmallows that don’t contain HFCS and are even Vegan. If you can’t find them in your stores, you can use vanilla Greek yogurt
as a fruit dipper!

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Angie shares yummy food, easy DIY crafts, adventures of motherhood, and everything in between on her blog, Little Inspiration. Check out more of her healthy and fun recipes here.

Nuts for Granola Berry Parfait

Recipe by Kristianne of My San Francisco Kitchen.
 
We couldn’t let National Breakfast Week go by without mentioning one of our all-time favorite breakfasts. Luckily, it could not be easier- this is one that the kids can whip up themselves on a busy morning. Of course, if you need some more breakfast inspiration, check out the full Breakfast Collection in the NatureBox Pantry
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Serves 2

Ingredients:
  • 1 cup NatureBox Nuts for Granola!
  • 2 cups plain or vanilla Greek yogurt
  • 1 cup chopped fruit of choice (we used strawberries, blueberries and raspberries but bananas, apples, and kiwi are also delicious!)
Directions:
Add 1/2 cup of plain yogurt to each bowl. Top with 1/2 cup of fruit. Cover fruit with another 1/2 cup of yogurt. Sprinkle the granola over the top yogurt layer. Grab a spoon, dig in, and enjoy!

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Kristianne is the founder of My San Francisco Kitchen, where she shares everyday recipes that focus on cooking/baking from scratch.

Strawberry Baked Oatmeal Cups

Recipe by Chung-Ah of Damn Delicious

As mom said, breakfast is the most important meal of the day, but sometimes there’s not enough time to whip something up before heading out the door. Fortunately, these strawberry baked oatmeal cups can be made the night before (and stored in the fridge overnight) so you can just pop these into the oven in the morning while you’re getting ready and voila, breakfast is served.

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Yields 3-4 servings

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 cups old fashioned oats
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 2 TBSP flaxseed
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • Pinch of salt
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup sliced strawberries
  • 2 TBSP sliced almonds
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Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Lightly oil 3-4 ramekins with nonstick spray; set aside.

In a large bowl, combine oats, sugar, flaxseed, cinnamon, nutmeg, baking powder and salt.

In a large glass measuring cup or another bowl, whisk together milk, egg and vanilla.

Pour mixture over dry ingredients and stir using a rubber spatula just until moist.

Add strawberries and gently toss to combine.

Scoop the batter evenly into the ramekins. Sprinkle with almonds.

Place into oven and bake for 20-25 minutes, or until a tester inserted in the center comes out clean.

Serve immediately. For overnight option, store in the refrigerator (unbaked) then bake in the morning.

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Chung-Ah, the author behind Damn Delicious, loves to take simple ingredients and transform them into sophisticated and elegant meals.