Strawberries with Honey Lemon Syrup

Sometimes we can overthink our food.  When I came home from the farm yesterday with some fresh strawberries, I wanted to make a simple, healthy, vegetarian dessert.  I thought about the flavors I love with berries and this yummy syrup was born.  Topping it with whipped coconut milk is the best!

Strawberries with Honey Lemon Syrup | Simply Fresh Dinners

Both the basil plants and the strawberries were ready this week at Nicholyn Farms and I couldn’t be more excited! In Canada we’re far behind  this year with our crop schedules because of the unusually cold Spring.  Our berries are just starting when many spots in the US are done with their season.

Strawberries with Honey Lemon Syrup | Simply Fresh Dinners

This is super simple.  Combine your honey (raw if you have it) and lemon juice and mix them with your berries for 20 minutes or so.  Add a few beautiful basil leaves and you’re done.

I remember picking berries at my Grandmother’s house each summer and we would put them in a bowl and smother them with cream and sugar.  This is a very British thing to do and I suppose it was passed down through my Irish ancestors.  It’s absolutely delicious but clearly not the healthy choice.  We added toast smothered in butter to it as well.  The memories of taking my bowl out to the garden each morning with my cousin, Jane, and then sitting down with my grandmother at the breakfast bar for loads of giggles are times I will always treasure.  Perhaps this is why berries are my very favourite food of all.

Strawberries with Honey Lemon Syrup | Simply Fresh Dinners

What do you do with your berries?  Are you making tarts, pies and crumbles?  As you know I’m not really a baker but I’m excited to announce that my friend, Liz, is going to be contributing to the blog.  She has two little children and wants to ensure she’s baking healthy goodies so we’re going to have some fun collaborating.  Can’t wait!

If you’re making something healthy and delicious with your berries, take a pic and share with me on Instagram or Twitter using the hashtag #simplyfreshdinners .  I love to see the wonderful creations coming from your kitchens.  Cheers!

Strawberries with Honey Lemon Syrup
Recipe Type: Dessert
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Serves: 4
Honey, lemon and basil are the perfect flavors to complement the delicious sweetness of fresh, local berries from your farmer’s market. This healthy dessert is topped with whipped coconut milk.
  • 4 cups strawberries, washed and quartered
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup honey (raw if available)
  • 1/4 cup coconut milk
  1. Combine lemon juice and honey well, stir in berries gently and let sit for 15 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, whip coconut milk until frothy.
  3. Spoon mixture into each bowl and top with fresh basil and whipped coconut milk.

A delicious, healthy way to enjoy your strawberries for dessert. From Simply Fresh Dinners.





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    Jennifer @ Seasons and Suppers
    June 13, 2016 at 8:31 am

    What a perfect way to enjoy fresh, local strawberries! Can’t wait to dig into a bowl 🙂
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    Rebecca @ Strength and Sunshine
    June 13, 2016 at 8:52 am

    What do I do with my berries? ….eat them….hahahaha (or put them in pancakes!!)
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    Anita Rivera
    June 13, 2016 at 9:18 am

    NOw isn’t this the freshest thing you could get! YUMMMM! Lemon with honey and coconut milk? Sounds like a recipe for the land of milk and honey! Bliss my friend. AND….your photos, just fabulous! Anita

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    Anita Rivera
    June 13, 2016 at 9:22 am

    I have to tell you that yesterday, we went to Two Pony Farms just outside of Minneapolis. The woman grows and sells dahlias (LOVELY!) and also has a stone pizza oven on her property! She’s got horses and all kinds of farm life, but she was having a pizza party event. OH MY….the pizza for the day was topped with bacon, chevre cheese, HONEY, sliced apples, and I believe there were some nuts in there….fennel and a bit of olive oil. But the honey, wow!

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      June 15, 2016 at 6:59 am

      Oh, that sounds like so much fun, Anita! You live in the most magical area!! So much going on and so much beauty to photograph 🙂 I’m making some strawberry pizza with walnuts this week. Crazy, I know but it’s going to be delicious, too! ha!!
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        Anita Rivera
        June 15, 2016 at 7:09 am

        I BELIEVE in strawberry pizza! I used to make a seafood pizza with salmon! And I’ve seen but never tried fruit pizzas! I can’t wait to see what you come up with because strawberry with walnuts, OK, that will do! And yes, we do live in a very magical area. I went out this morning just in my little slice of Minneapolis, saw 15 bunny rabbits and enjoyed the dew on the lovely roses now in bloom! Have a super day my friend. Anita

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    June 13, 2016 at 9:32 am

    I always buy local honey where ever we are, love the simplicity of this dish, I could eat a whole basket by myself.
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    June 13, 2016 at 10:51 am

    This is the best way to enjoy great strawberries, they really stand on their own!
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    Blair @ The Seasoned Mom
    June 13, 2016 at 11:17 am

    I totally agree! Simple is almost always best (which is great, because that’s about all that I have time for)! I have never tried whipped coconut milk. Love that idea! I bet it’s delicious! If I whip up a batch in advance, will it stay fluffy in the refrigerator? Or is it the type of thing that you make right before serving?

    Have a great week, Robyn!
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      June 14, 2016 at 6:57 am

      Hi Blair,
      Not sure how long it will stay in the fridge but I’m guessing it would be good for a few hours. I have some milk leftover so I will experiment with it today, lol.

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    Tricia @ Saving room for dessert
    June 13, 2016 at 6:47 pm

    I love this bowl of berries with a simple sauce because it doesn’t over power the strawberries. I bet it truly compliments the flavor – and it’s so pretty too! You know I can’t get enough strawberries!
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    Anita Rivera
    June 14, 2016 at 11:06 am

    Robyn, HELLO!!!!! I just happened to look at my blog and saw your gracious presence! Thank you for coming over; I know you must be on the run these days! On the contrary, I am enjoying some BLISS here in the quiet of my house!!!!

    I want to take my photography where I never thought I could go. Now however, I think I need an umbrella because I just did some research to find out how to create a black background. I saw a few tutorials on how to create “an invisible black background” and it looks manageable, with just a few adjustments on the camera, AND, an umbrella. I want to try my hand at some shots that look like a Flemish oil painting.

    Enjoying your day? I hope so dear friend. You’re the best!

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    June 14, 2016 at 11:36 am

    Very fresh dessert with lovely strawberries. Perfect for a nice little bite of goodness. Thanks for linking up Robyn to DI&DI. Talk to you soon, I hope. Lots of love from W.W. xo

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    Chris Scheuer
    June 14, 2016 at 5:44 pm

    This could be dessert for me every night, love the simplicity of the syrup!
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    June 14, 2016 at 9:03 pm

    I agree with you Robyn, sometimes simple is the best! In China we always serve fresh strawberries without adding anything to them. Sometimes we marinate them with a bit sugar. Love the addition of the whipped coconut cream. I can’t wait to try it out soon!
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    June 15, 2016 at 12:31 am

    This looks so fresh and delicious, I love the addition of the fresh basil!
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    June 17, 2016 at 10:12 am

    HI Robyn,
    Glad to hear that your friend is going to be contributing baking recipes to your blog and looking forward to it. I have an allergy to strawberries so can’t eat them but on very rare occasions and in very limited amounts. We did make over Memorial day weekend fresh strawberry ice-cream made with unsweetened full fat Thai coconut milk with maple syrup, coconut nectar, homemade yogurt, and put in a ice cream freezer to churn. I did get to eat some of that. My husband takes the fresh strawberries and follows your recipe pretty much except he doesn’t put the lemon in. He just puts the raw honey and lets them set in a glass container in the refrigerator for a day or so and then eats them with raw milk. Thanks for sharing on Real Food Fridays blog hop. Pinned & tweeted!
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