Strawberry & Balsamic Basil Cream Cheese Bites

Strawberry Bites

Strawberries, and other fruit, are something I need to have more of in my diet. When I made my Deconstructed Green Smoothie Bowls I mentioned that I have more of a salty tooth than a sweet tooth, and it’s so true.

Of course I love most sweets (except I’m not a big fan of ice cream – I know I know, don’t judge me!), and the two types of sweets that make me weak the knees are anything that has that chocolate/peanut butter combination, and anything with cream cheese.

Strawberry Bites

This weekend is a friend of mine’s birthday and she has a massive sweet tooth, so I wanted to make her something special. Not being a baker/person with a sweet tooth I was at a bit of a loss. Cake, pie, cupcakes – all very acceptable desserts for one’s birthday, but I wondered how I could do something different, and slowly this little idea of strawberry bites came to mind.

Strawberry Bites

The addition of balsamic and basil pays homage to a drink I once had at a now closed ( RIP Zin’s ) local restaurant. They rotated their drink menu on the regular, which is fun, except that I was left forever dreaming about this boozy wonder of glorious fizzy carbonation with balsamic vinegar, fresh basil and muddled strawberries.

I should try and recreate that drink sometime, but for this moment I put all the loveliness of that drink into these little dessert bites.

Strawberry Bites

The cocoa powder was added because my friend loves chocolate, and really, even with a preference for the saltier foods in life, who doesn’t need a little dose of chocolate once and awhile?

These fun strawberry bites are great for potlucks, parties, or when you’re feeling like you need to add a little fancy to your sweatpants and Netflix night.

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Strawberry & Balsamic Basil Cream Cheese Bites

Serves 3 bites

Strawberries & Balsamic Basil Cream Cheese Bites

10 minPrep Time

10 minTotal Time

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Ingredients

  • 6 large strawberries, halved
  • 1/2 c. whipped low-fat cream cheese
  • 1/3 c. fresh basil, chopped
  • 2 tbsp. balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tbsp. cocoa powder

Instructions

  1. In a small bowl stir the cocoa powder into the cream cheese.
  2. Smear a small amount of cream cheese mixture onto each strawberry halve.
  3. Drizzle the balsamic vinegar over each strawberry.
  4. Sprinkle with the fresh basil and serve immediately. Enjoy!
Recipe Type: Dessert

Notes

If made ahead, leave the balsamic and basil off of the strawberries. Chill the bites and drizzle with the balsamic and basil just before serving.

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Cheers!
Heather


 

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