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Strawberry season is my favorite time of the year. In my very biased opinion, Oregon produces the best strawberries on Earth. They’re sweet and juicy and melt in your mouth. Each year, I make a trek out to Sauvie Island where I pick several palates worth of bright red berries and spend the next several days stuffing them in my face by making strawberry-focused baked goods or anything that might go well topped with macerated strawberries like vegan baked cheesecake, lemon poppyseed pancakes, or overnight muesli. Any that don’t make their way into my recipes or straight to my mouth go into the freezer to become future smoothies.
During our European cycle tour, we happened upon strawberry season in Germany. At nearly every grocery store and nestled in empty dirt lots along our route, we found stands selling strawberries providing me a daily indulgence of my beloved fruit. I quickly learned how to pronounce erdbeer, the German word for strawberry, and devoured most of them almost immediately after purchase.
I didn’t want to let the bouncy transport by bicycle to ruin them, after all.
By the time we found a strawberry stand, the fruit had been naturally releasing their juices, perfect for making macerated strawberries to top our overnight oats.
Quite possibly one of the most simple recipes on this blog, the only real work involves slicing the strawberries. My Insulated Klean Kanteen Food Container does the rest.
With a bit of sweetener, salt, and citrus, maceration (really quite a silly, word, isn’t it?) breaks soft fruits down into their own juices resulting in an insanely tasty syrupy treat.
The best part is that this recipe is versatile with a variety of fruit as strawberry season wanes. Raspberries and blackberries would work great, as would a host of other fruits like nectarines and peaches.
Let me know if you give these macerated strawberries a try! Please comment below and rate them, as it is helpful to me and other readers!
- The Easiest Macerated StrawberriesPrep Time10 minsCook Time2 hrsTotal Time2 hrs 10 mins
These macerated strawberries are almost too easy. Turn your favorite fruit into an insanely tasty syrupy treat to top your oats, pancakes, ice cream, you name it.Course: Breakfast, DessertCuisine: breakfast, Dessert, Easy, Fruit, gluten-free, veganServings: 2Calories: 112 kcalIngredients
- 2 cups of strawberries
- 2 Tbsp agave or maple syrup adjusting to your own taste preference
- Pinch of sea salt
- Squeeze of one lemon
*The calories are for the strawberries alone and do not include the overnight oats.
**The cooking time includes the minimum two hours required to extract the juices. Only 10 minutes of actual hands-on time are needed to make the macerated strawberries.