It's strawberry season!

The strawberries are here!  Think of strawberries and you are reminded of sunny, summer days, and Wimbledon where 28,000 kg of these sweet, luscious fruits are eaten each year.

Not only are strawberries delicious, they are good for you too.  Bursting with antioxidants such as vitamin C they help protect your body from the aging effects of free radicals and help boost immunity.  They are also rich in anthrocyanins, flavonoids which are very powerful antioxidants protecting against many degenerative diseases such as heart disease. Quercetin in strawberries is an anti-inflammatory. Full of fibre, strawberries prevent constipation and build up of toxic waste in the gut. BUT they are in the 'Dirty Dozen' list of foods so try to eat organic strawberries where possible. 

Delicious on their own, with soy yogurt or maybe try these 'Strawberry shortcake sundaes'. Banana and strawberry flavours go well together and this banana ice cream is so simple to make but 'creamy' and a perfect alternative to ice cream for vegans. 

Strawberry shortcake sundaes

Makes 4 sundaes
You will need

4 large bananas, peeled, cut into pieces and frozen (Tip - pop it in the freezer the night before you are making the sundaes).
1-2 tbsp sweetened organic soya milk
Punnet strawberries

For the shortcake
150g rice flour
5 tsp stevia + extra to sweeten strawberry sauce
1 tsp baking powder
25g dairy free spread
75ml sweetened organic soya milk

Mix the dry ingredients in a bowl.  Add the dairy free spread and rub well into the the dry ingredients.  Add the milk and mix until the mixture comes together.  Turn onto a lightly floured chopping board and shape into a round between 1/4 and 1/2 inch thick.  Transfer to a greased baking tray and bake at 200 degrees in a pre-heated oven for 20-30 minutes.  Cool then cut into bite size pieces.

Take half the strawberries and blend or mash into a sauce.  Add stevia to taste.  Cut the rest into bite size pieces leaving 2 to halve for the topping.

Blend the frozen bananas with 1-2 tbsp soya milk and assemble immediately.  Layer ice cream, shortcake, strawberries with the sauce then repeat.  Finish with a dollop of ice cream and a strawberry half.

Janet x

Recipe Copyright © 2015 40plusandalliswell

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