this post is sponsored by Florida Strawberry Growers Association in conjunction with a social media campaign through Sunday Supper LLC. All opinions are my own.
Bite sized granola clusters are made with oats, nuts and dehydrated strawberries are wrapped in deep dark chocolate for a deliciously healthy sweet treat.
These little clusters of goodness were made from scratch right down to the dehydrated strawberries. That’s right, these are made from super sweet and juicy Florida Strawberries that have been dehydrated in my kitchen.
Every time I see beautiful Florida strawberries in the supermarket, I can’t help myself. I have to buy more than one container of them. I mean, how can I not? Just look at how fresh they look, and the smell sooo good! They are red inside and out, just like a fresh ripe strawberry should be. Do you think the Florida weather might have something to do with that?
When I bring home a few packages of these beauties, I grab my dehydrator and start preserving them so I can enjoy their deliciousness all year-long! Even though dehydrating takes several hours, it’s such an easy and hand’s off way to preserve Florida strawberries. Plus there’s a bonus – your kitchen smells heavenly while they dehydrate.
Here’s How. . .
Step 1. Dehydrate
Wash, then dry the strawberries and cut off the tops
Slice the strawberries into one-quarter inch slices and lay them on the dehydrator tray.
Place the tray in the dehydrator and dehydrate following the instructions of the dehydrator. The strawberries are done when they feel dry to the touch and are a bit darker in color.
Once the strawberries have gone through the dehydration process, allow them to cool for at least 30 minutes.
Note: The dehydration process can take up to eight hours depending on the size of the strawberries.
Tip: An alternative way to dehydrate strawberries is the oven method. Lay the strawberries on a parchment lined baking sheet and bake at a low temperature of 200 degrees for two hours. Flip the berries and bake for two hours longer. You can find more details on the oven method in some of the dehydration recipes at the bottom of this post.
Step 2. Condition
Even though dehydrated strawberries seem dry, there may be some uneven amounts of moisture remaining in them. Conditioning the strawberries will help to evenly distribute the moisture and prevent them from becoming moldy.
To condition the strawberries, place them loosely into a clean glass jar – do not pack them in. Let the jar stand for one week. During the week, shake the jar to separate the pieces once a day and check for condensation to appear. If condensation is present, dehydrate the strawberries for a bit more. If there is no condensation, the strawberries will be ready to store after a week.
Step 3. Store
Place the dehydrated strawberries in a clean and dry airtight container such as a glass jar. Store in a cool location away from light. Most fruit will last for one year at 60 degrees, and 6 months at 80 degrees.
Step 4. Enjoy!
Dried strawberries taste fantastic on cereal, in yogurt, granola, baked goods, trail mixes or just plain as a snack.
Or you can make Dark Chocolate Strawberry Granola Clusters, a new favorite in my house.
- 1 cup rolled oats
- ½ cup chopped almonds
- ½ cup coconut flakes
- ¼ cup pumpkin seeds
- 1 ½ cups dehydrated Florida Strawberries
- ½ cup cacao powder
- ½ coconut oil
- 3 tablespoons of real maple syrup
- Spread the oats, almonds, coconut flakes and pumpkin seeds onto a parchment lined baking sheet and bake at 350 for 15 minutes
- Remove from oven and allow to cool for about 10 minutes, add the strawberries and place into a mixing bowl
- Melt the coconut oil in a saucepan until it liquefies – turn off heat
- Stir in the cacao powder and maple syrup – mix well
- Using two teaspoons to hold the mixture together, drop clusters onto the parchment lined pan
- Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes
- Store in refrigerator
Did you know. . . .
- Florida strawberries are in season from November to April, so be sure pick some up before the season ends.
- You can pick your own Florida strawberries – If you are lucky enough to be in Florida during strawberry season, there are plenty of u-pick strawberry farms that you can stop by and pick your own fresh strawberries. If you go, keep in mind that it might be hot (it’s Florida!) so wear a hat, dress comfortably and don’t forget your sunscreen!
- There are approximately 8000 acres of strawberries grown in Florida – that’s a lot of strawberries!
To find out more about deliciously sweet Florida Strawberries visit the Florida Strawberry Growers Association Website.
And you can stay up to date by following them on social media.
Be sure to check out these ideas for preserved Florida Strawberries below and enjoy the goodness all year long!
- Strawberry Cheesecake Icebox Pie by Food Done Light
- Strawberry Eton Mess by That Skinny Chick Can Bake
- Strawberry Compote Pavlova Parfaits by My Sweet Zepol
- Strawberry Crepe Cake with Homemade Strawberry Syrup by Recipes, Food and Cooking
- Strawberry Crumble Bars by A Kitchen Hoor’s Adventures
- Dark Chocolate Strawberry Granola Clusters by Simple and Savory
- Strawberry Dust Grilled Pork Tenderloin by Gluten Free Crumbley
- Strawberry Granola with Dried Strawberries by Dizzy Busy and Hungry
- Strawberry Pancakes Recipe by Life Tastes Good
- Strawberry S’mores by The Crumby Cupcake
- Strawberry Frosted Baked Cardamom Donuts by The Chef Next Door
- Strawberry Mocha Yogurt Smoothie by Casa de Crews
- Strawberry Parfait by Desserts Required
- Strawberry Smoothie Bowls by Family Foodie
- Strawberry Swirl Coffee Cake by Renee’s Kitchen Adventures
- Balsamic Pickled Strawberries Sundae by A Mind “Full” Mom
- Pickled Strawberry Pepper Feta Salad by Go Epicurista
- Shortcake with Vanilla Bean Pickled Strawberry by Authentically Candace
- Sparkling Strawberry Cocktail by Sunday Supper Movement
- Strawberry Detox Vinegar Drink by Cricket’s Confections
- Tuna Burger with Pickled Strawberry Relish by Cindy’s Recipes and Writings
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