Blackberries, Blueberries, Raspberries, Strawberries! This time of year is bursting with the most beautiful berries you’ve ever tasted and I just can’t get enough of them! Every week at our local farmers’ market I buy several pints of assorted berries for the kids to munch on at breakfast or lunch. Chloe loves her berries, but when I offer her a mix, she always picks out the blackberries to eat first. Kenya, on the other hand, loves diving into the strawberries first. As much as we love eating our whole, fresh berries as is, we adore baking and cooking them up into a multitude of recipes. Here are our favorites for you to share with your family!
Which berry do you most often crave?!
Strawberry Lemonade 1 of 5
Every Sunday when we go to our local farmer's market, Kenya and Chloe fervently look forward to two things -- a pupusa with tons of cabbage slaw and a big flavored lemonade. Many of the central and south American food stands at the LA markets feature huge clear barrels of various naturally flavored lemonades. In addition to the tried and true original lemon version, there is also raspberry, strawberry, watermelon and various other fresh combinations, their gorgeous colors luring anyone who passes by.
But I also know these lemonades are made with a good deal of sugar and so when possible, I try to sway the kids towards a nice tall bottle of water, so we can make homemade Strawberry Lemonade with our food purchases from the market when we get home.
Blueberry Scones 2 of 5
One of the greatest food memories from my childhood occurred when my mother took me to England. As a 12 year old, getting to have high tea every afternoon was a truly regal experience for a little girl who fantasized about being a princess. Each day my mom and I would go to different hotels and patisseries at 4pm to enjoy a cup of tea and bite sized scones -- freshly made and topped with clotted cream. I so looked forward to it and realized even at that young age how important it was to stop for a few minutes each day, have a conversation and enjoy a special treat (something we rarely get to do in these busy times, if ever).
For kids in America, the closest meal equivalent to afternoon tea is the after school snack. Once in a while, as a special treat, I love to make something like these Blueberry Oat Scones, serve them with a cup of "cold hot tea" (as Kenya calls it) and just sit and talk with the kids.
Raspberry Pancakes 3 of 5
We went to our local farmer's market where Kenya and Chloe were so excited to be tasked with picking out a few baskets of fresh red raspberries especially for these Raspberry Pancakes. It lets them take ownership over the process right then and there. Cooking with your kids is always a priceless experience. I think you will agree that this is the kind of recipe will say, "I love you" all over your loved one's face.
Strawberry Muffins 4 of 5
When I suggested to Kenya the idea of making strawberry muffins for breakfast the other morning, he begged me to do it.â€¬ You may be pleasantly surprised to hear that these big red berries contain more Vitamin C than some citrus fruits as well as being high in fiber, folate and potassium. A 1 cup serving provides kids with a whopping 140% of their recommended daily dose of Vitamin C! Now, I'm not suggesting that you let your little one scarf down half of this Strawberry Muffins recipe in order for that to happen, but in the event they do love these muffins that much, at least you'll know that what's baked inside these sweet little gems is doing their bodies good!â€¬
Blackberry Tea Cakes 5 of 5
Over the past few weeks, the blackberries have gotten even bigger and sweeter than usual, so I've been buying extra. I love using them to make smoothies, popsicles, in cereal or just to eat on their own, but coming up with a recipe for a cake for them to star in was really exciting and new for me. The best part about this Blackberry Tea Cake is that it isn't too sweet, so you can happily enjoy it for breakfast, as an after school snack or even as a simple dessert (with tea of course, though it's not required!).
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