As you stroll through the produce section of your favorite grocery store, something amazing happens. A sweet smell fills the aisle. A bright, beautiful red hue pushes through the monotonous green of the vegetables surrounding it. The soft sound of angels laughing envelopes you and your shopping cart. This invasion of the senses can only mean one thing: its strawberry season!

This is a great (and delicious) time of year for berry lovers. Strawberries are in the best shape of their lives, and I can’t get enough! Luckily, I can have all the strawberries I want because they just so happen to be the perfect addition to so many different recipes.

So grab you pallet of berries, ditch your boring Strawberry Short Cake recipe and dive into these no-bake treats!

No Bake Strawberry Cheesecake | via thetaylor-house.com

Credit: thetaylor-house.com

Credit: thetaylor-house.com

Need:

  • 8 ounces Cream Cheese, softened
  • 8 ounces Cool Whip
  • 1/2 Cup Powdered Sugar
  • 1 Sleeve of Graham Crackers
  • 1/2 Cup Melted Butter
  • Strawberry Pie Filling

Do: In hand mixer, mix cream cheese and powdered sugar until smooth. Fold in the Cool Whip. Crush the graham crackers and mix it with melted butter for crust. Press the crust mixture into the bottom of mason jar (or bowl). Top the crust with the Cream Cheese and Cool Whip mixture. Add the Strawberry Pie filling to the top.  Refrigerate for 30 minutes.

Buttermilk Creams with Strawberries | marthastewart.com

Credit: marthastewart.com

Credit: marthastewart.com

Need:

  • 1 1/4 teaspoons unflavored gelatin
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 cup low-fat buttermilk
  • 1 1/2 cups heavy cream
  • 1 pound strawberries, hulled and quartered
  • 1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice

Do: In a small saucepan, sprinkle gelatin in 3 tablespoons cold water. Let stand until softened, about 5 minutes. Heat over low, stirring, until gelatin has dissolved, about 30 seconds. In a large bowl, whisk 1/4 cup sugar with buttermilk until dissolved. Whisking constantly, add gelatin mixture in a very thin stream. In another large bowl, beat cream and 1/4 cup sugar until soft peaks form. With a rubber spatula, gently stir half of whipped cream into buttermilk mixture; fold in remaining whipped cream. Refrigerate until set in ramekins, at least 6 hours. When ready to serve, toss strawberries with 1/4 cup sugar, lemon juice, and 1 tablespoon water. Let stand until juicy, about 5 minutes. Invert buttermilk creams onto serving plates and top with strawberries.

Healthy Strawberry Frozen Yogurt | via justataste.com

Credit: justataste.com

Credit: justataste.com

Need:

  • 4 cups frozen strawberries
  • 3 Tablespoons agave nectar or honey
  • 1/2 cup plain yogurt (non-fat or full fat)
  • 1 Tablespoon fresh lemon juice

Do: Add frozen strawberries, agave or honey, yogurt and lemon juice to the bowl of a food processor. Process until creamy, about 5 minutes. Serve the frozen yogurt immediately or transfer it to an airtight container and store it in the freezer for up to 1 month.

Strawberry Shortcake Rice Krispie Treat | via sweettreatsmore.com

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Credit: sweettreatsmore.com

Need:

  • 2 1/2 cups Rice Krispie Cereal
  • 1 heaping cup angel food cake squares
  • 2 1/4 cups marshmallows
  • 1 1/2 tbsp butter
  • 1 cup whipping cream
  • 2-3 tbsp sugar (depending on how sweet you like it)
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 2 cups diced strawberries

Do: In a large microwave safe bowl, melt marshmallows and butter together. Stir in Rice Krispie Cereal and angel food cake squares. Press into a lightly greased 8 X 8 inch square pan. In a stand mix, beat whipping cream, sugar, and vanilla just until stiff peaks form. Spread the whipping cream over the Rice Krispies and top with diced strawberries. Store in the fridge.

Strawberry Bruschetta | via homeiswheretheboatis.net

Credit: homeiswheretheboatis.net

Credit: homeiswheretheboatis.net

Need:

  • 1 1/2 cups sliced fresh strawberries
  • 1 diced peach
  • 1 cup quartered grape tomatoes
  • 3 tablespoons thinly sliced fresh basil
  • 1/2 shallot
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 French bread baguette
  • 1 (10.5-oz.) goat cheese, softened

Do: Stir together strawberries, nectarine, grape tomatoes, minced shallot, olive oil, balsamic vinegar, sugar, freshly ground pepper and salt. Slice your baguette and toast in oven until golden (use panini press, if you have one). Slather the toasted side of bread with softened goat cheese and top with strawberry mixture.

Use your berries wisely and enjoy!

Vanessa Rao | CW44 Tampa Bay

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