Transform your last of the season strawberries! With just 3 ingredients and a couple of minutes hands on time you could have yourself a bowl full of these intensely sweet, sticky & syrupy Vanilla Roasted Strawberries.
I am very late to the party with these amazing Vanilla Roasted Strawberries. Summer has gone by so fast and in the blink of an eye fall is now officially here. I published my Strawberry Baked Oatmeal recipe back in May and I have been meaning to post this recipe ever since then but for some reason never got around to it. Now as strawberry season is drawing to a close, here I am with this wonderful recipe.
Hopefully strawberries are still plentiful enough wherever you are so that you can make this. There are certainly still lots available here and they are super cheap too so take full advantage while you can!
SO EASY TO MAKE!
These Vanilla Roasted Strawberries are incredibly easy to make. Simply mix with some maple syrup and vanilla, spread out on a lined tray and bake until sticky, syrupy and delicious. Only just enough maple syrup to coat the strawberries is used but magically, while they are cooking a thick, very deep red, sticky sauce develops.
THE MAGIC OF ROASTING FRUIT
Roasting is great for intensifying flavour. You probably roast vegetables regularly, and when you do, their natural water content evaporates which intensifies the flavour. The natural sugars also caramelize enhancing the flavour even further. The exact same thing happens when you roast strawberries. Their amazing natural sweetness intensifies so much that they become jaw tinglingly delicious. I really can’t put into words how lovely the flavour is. You really must try them!
If you manage to not eat these Vanilla Roasted Strawberries straight from the baking tray then they are incredibly versatile.
WAYS TO USE MY VANILLA ROASTED STRAWBERRIES:
On pancakes or waffles – Try them with my Healthy Oil-Free Pancakes for One
With your oatmeal – Try them with my Almond Coconut Oatmeal
On smoothie bowls – They are awesome with my Healthy Chocolate Smoothie
With my Vanilla Bean Cream
With ice-cream or nice-cream and in sundaes
As a cake or shortcake filling
Blended until smooth and combined with non-dairy milk to make a healthier milkshake
or drizzled generously over a big slice of Baked New York Cheesecake……..
That my friends is a taster of a cheesecake recipe that will be coming to the blog soon. (Note that the recipe has now been published and you can find it here) It is a-mazing and I can’t wait to share it with you! It makes such a wonderful accompaniment to these Vanilla Roasted Strawberries!
Now what are you waiting for? Go out and buy some strawberries quick before they disappear! Be sure to come back and let me know what you think though. I love to get your feedback. Be a star and share a pic on Instagram too! User the hashtag #avirtualvegan .
Vanilla Roasted Strawberries
- Preheat oven to 350°F
- Wash and allow the strawberries to dry.
- Hull the strawberries and cut in half. if you have any extra big ones cut into quarters.
- In a bowl mix the maple syrup and vanilla.
- Add the strawberries to the bowl and stir well until coated throughly in the maple vanilla mixture.
- Pour onto the prepared tray and bake for 30 minutes.
- Remove from the oven and turn them all over.
- Bake again for 15 minutes
- Immediately scrape them from the tray and into a bowl or jar of some kind.Make sure you scrape all the jammy saucy bits in too.
The strawberries don't look saucy immediately but once you scrape them into a bowl, they get saucier as they cool.
Vanilla bean powder gives the best flavour. It might seem expensive but a little goes a very long way. My bag has lasted well over a year and is still going strong. If you can't find it then you could scrape the seeds from a vanilla pod instead. If you only have vanilla extract use ½ teaspoon but please bear in mind that the flavour will not be as good if you use that.
Store these Vanilla Roasted Strawberries in a sealed container in the fridge. They will keep for around 5 days