The plan: put a bunch of effort into making some rich, sugary, over-the-top dessert because Valentine’s Day, fueled by visions of an evening spent high on carbs and romance. After one or two sexy bites, sparks will fly!
I know about that plan because I’ve hatched it a few times, but I don’t remember it leading to flying sparks. It once led to me eating half a chocolate fudge cake and having an irritable, fully clothed sugar crash on the couch at about 8:30. If that’s not a spark-killer, I don’t know what is.
This year, a different approach: fresh strawberries kissed with a touch of sweetness and vanilla, oven roasted to juicy perfection and spooned over a scoop of quality vanilla ice cream. Easy, light, refreshing, seductively simple and ridiculously delicious. It’s even red. What could be more romantic??
And if you’re looking for an amazing crash-free vanilla ice cream, I can recommend one. Graeter’s Ice Cream sent me some samples from their “A Little Less Indulgent” low glycemic index line, which has natural sweeteners and half the sugar of their regular ice cream. I expected it to be good, but it’s fabulous. And it doesn’t even raise your blood sugar.
I would never in a million years guess that it’s low GI enough to be diabetic-friendly if the label hadn’t told me. My particular favorite is the Madagascar Bourbon Vanilla Bean – rich, creamy and so full of complex vanilla flavor you can savor it on it’s own. With this strawberry sauce it’s a total rush, and the perfect light tinder for Valentine’s Day sparks.
If you’ve never roasted strawberries before, you’re in for some fun. Chop, stir up with just a tablespoon of sweetener and some vanilla, bake for about 15 minutes and you’re done. It’s that easy! Even out of season strawberries like these get soft, juicy and super sweet when they’re roasted, and they make their own thick, intensely berrified syrup. Yum!!
Natural, beautiful, effortless, sweet and healthy – now that’s a sexy Valentine’s Day dessert! And if you want to score some Graeter’s or just learn more about their ingredients, processes etc, their website is full of good info.
Eat Healthy Eat Happy
5 minPrep Time
15 minCook Time
20 minTotal Time
- 2 1/2 c fresh strawberries, hulled and halved or quartered (depending on size)
- 1 Tbs agave nectar (or your favorite sweetener)
- 1/2 tsp vanilla
- Heat the oven to 375. Lightly grease a shallow baking dish (about 8x8 should be plenty of room). Combine everything in a medium bowl and fold well to combine, making sure the berries are well coated.
- Arrange the berries inside the dish and bake for about 15 minutes. Remove and let cool. Carefully stir the berries and syrup together before serving.
This recipe is vegan and gluten free friendly.
Thank you to Baking Bites for the strawberry roasting method I adapted.
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