Cheesecake Stuffed Strawberries - Recipe
With the holiday season officially behind us, we’re left with wonderful memories, a hodgepodge of gifts (here’s hoping you got something useful) and a bit of an expanded waistline. Whatever your new year’s resolution might be, we recommend going easy on yourself and making small, yet delicious changes.
Here at Nature’s Party, we are beginning our 2016 with a new attitude towards desserts. Desserts generally get a bad reputation for being unhealthy, but we think it’s time for us to readjust the way we treat them. Below we cover some easy and tasty ways to create unique and satiating desserts.
Load up on Fruit
If mother nature could choose a food type to designate as desserts, she would undoubtedly choose fruit. Fruits are not only sweet and delicious, they are also packed with vitamins and antioxidants. They vary in color, texture and flavor. Fruits offer a wide plethora of options to create any dessert that you please, without having to add an overload of sugar. Some of our favorites include (but are not limited to): strawberries, peaches, cherries and mangoes.
Pack up on Protein
True, protein and dessert are not two terms you’d expect to find next to each other. But I have a confession to make, I am nuts about nuts. Oftentimes, they are a great accompaniment to fruit and can be integrated into a dessert in a variety of ways: roasted, toasted, creamed or crushed and crumbled. The presence of more protein in desserts guarantees that you will fill up faster and resist the temptation to reach for seconds. Bonus point: combining fruit with a protein can help with weight loss.
If mother nature could choose ANOTHER food item to designate as dessert, we’re guess it would be dark chocolate. Chocolate is a quintessential dessert ingredient and the ultimate comfort food. Most chocolates are filled with too much sugar and preservatives, but dark chocolate, the kind that is made with at least 70% cocoa, is filled with all kinds of health promoting goodness. Dark chocolate is proven to lower blood sugar and cholesterol, packed with minerals and antioxidants, and is good for your brain and your heart.
When we put all of our recommendations together, we came up with strawberries two ways. One strawberry is stuffed with a lemony cream cheese filling and dipped in crushed hazelnuts. The other is covered in melted chocolate. Both are served on our white square sugarcane plate, which is available in three different sizes, making this dessert perfect for an intimate dinner party, larger cocktail gathering or a special family style meal.
If your new resolution is to be nicer to the planet, you’re in luck! Our sugarcane collection is recyclable, biodegradable and compostable.
Cheesecake Stuffed Strawberries
- 1 pint strawberries
- 8 oz. cream cheese, at room temperature
- ¼ cup powdered sugar
- 1 Tbsp. lemon juice
- 1 tsp. vanilla
- 1 small handful of hazelnuts, lightly toasted and pulsed to small crumbs
- Cut the top off of the strawberries and cut out the center, making sure it is hollow inside.
- Beat the cream cheese until smooth. Add in the powdered sugar, lemon juice and vanilla and continue to mix until fully combined. Transfer the mixture into a piping bag or a ziplock bag. Fill up each strawberry.
- Dip the strawberry into the hazelnut crumbs or any other topping you’d like
Dark Chocolate Covered Strawberries
- 1 pint strawberries
- 2 cups dark chocolate (at least 70% cocao)
- Place the dark chocolate in a saucepan on medium-low heat. Let the chocolate melt, stirring occasionally, until fully melted. Remove the pan from the heat.
- Dip the strawberries into the chocolate and place on parchment paper. Refrigerate until ready to serve.