If you're looking for an easy and delicious way to get the most of out strawberry season, these Balsamic Baked Strawberries are the BEST! Baked in the oven with just a bit of maple syrup, roasted strawberries are amazing on top of ice cream, yogurt, made into jam, or spooned as a sauce on top of cake. They're vegan, healthy, and simply incredible!
Whenever strawberry season rolls around, I always try to maximize my fill of the fresh, local strawberries while they're available.
I make Strawberry Yogurt Popsicles to share with my kids. I make my favourite Banana Overnight Oats Recipe and load it with fresh strawberries. Or I smash them up and tuck them into these Fruit on the Bottom Yogurt Cups.
Need more ideas? How about a simple Low-Sugar Strawberry Ice Cream? Or Strawberry Freezer Jam? Or you could just straight up freeze your strawberries so you've got them on hand to enjoy all year round.
Still looking for more? Ok then. How about we make some Balsamic Baked Strawberries???
Don't mind if we do!
What goes into Balsamic Baked Strawberries?
This ingredients is is small but mighty! You're going to need some:
- Strawberries! --> Choose fresh, local, in-season strawberries if you can. It'll be worth it for the flavour and juiciness.
- Maple syrup --> Just a touch of the good stuff to bring out the sweetness.
- Olive oil --> I love the way the grassy flavour plays with the berries.
- Balsamic vinegar --> We're using just a splash at the end. Use your good stuff if you've got it.
- Salt --> A good pinch of flaky sea salt will do just fine. Add a little grind of pepper too, if you please.
You're also going to need a baking dish. I used a deep 9x9 square (this is the one I have), but really any baking dish that will allow your strawberries to be in a single layer is just fine.
How do you make baked strawberries?
This is one of those recipes that's so easy to pull together yet comes out so impressive and so delicious it'll make you want to high five yourself all day long.
Step 1: Hull your clean and dry strawberries (or just slice the greens off, we're not picky). Slice any large strawberries in half so they're all approximately the same size.
Place your prepared strawberries into your baking dish in a single layer.
Step 2: In a small bowl, whisk together maple syrup, olive oil, and salt. Drizzle this mixture over the strawberries, and use a spoon to mix and toss so that the berries are all well coated.
Step 3: Place the strawberries into the oven and bake them for about 30 minutes.
The strawberries should be soft and very juicy and just beginning to brown on top. You'll have to watch them quite carefully at the end to ensure they don't burn.
The juices should be bubbling and starting to thicken up a little bit at this stage.
Step 4: Remove the strawberries from the oven and gently stir in the balsamic vinegar. Set aside to cool.
What can I do with Baked Strawberries?
You can eat your baked strawberries warm straight from the pan.
You can use them as a roasted strawberry sauce to put on top of ice cream or yogurt or cake.
You can put them on the bottom of fruit on the bottom yogurt cups.
You can make Roasted Strawberry Popsicles.
You can make them into Strawberry Chia Jam.
You can use them to make smoothies.
What's the difference between baked strawberries and roasted strawberries?
Baking and roasting both take place in the oven, but roasting is typically at a higher temperature and uncovered to produce a crisp exterior. Baking tends to happen a lower temperatures and can be covered or uncovered.
So you can call these Balsamic Roasted Strawberries or Balsamic Baked Strawberries. Both are technically correct.
Can I freeze my roasted strawberries?
You sure can! Freezing these is a great way to preserve them to use for later. A batch of frozen baked strawberries will last about three months in an airtight container in the freezer.
Are strawberries healthy?
Heck yes they are!
Strawberries are a low sugar fruit, and an excellent source of antioxidant and anti inflammatory nutrients. They are a great source of lycopene (good for your prostates, fellas) vitamin C and manganese.
Strawberries are also a very good source of folate, iodine, and dietary fiber.
Other recipes you might enjoy:
Balsamic Baked Strawberries
- 1 lb medium strawberries hulled
- 2 tablespoons maple syrup
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- pinch salt
- 2 teaspoons balsamic vinegar
- Preheat your oven to 375°F / 190°C.
- Wash and hull your strawberries. Slice any large strawberries in half so you've got a uniform size. Place them in a single layer into a 9x9 baking dish (or larger is fine too).
- Whisk together maple syrup, olive oil, and salt, and drizzle the mixture over the strawberries gently tossing until each strawberry is coated.
- Bake your strawberries for about 30 minutes. I like to give them a gentle stir at the 20 minute mark to ensure they're not getting too brown on top. Watch them carefully towards the end and remove the strawberries from the oven before the juices begin to burn.
- Remove the berries from the oven. Stir in balsamic vinegar, and set aside to cool slightly before serving.
- Nutrition values are an estimate only and are based on six servings.
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