Basil (dry or fresh)
Mash up a handful of strawberries.
Sprinkle a little bit of dried basil. (Alternatively, you can add some finely chopped fresh basil leaves.)
Drizzle a little bit of honey over the strawberries and add the light cream. Mix.
Top with whipped cream.
My little guy loves fruits but even he is getting a little tired of the plain boring things I feed him on a regular basis. So tonight I thought I'd jazz up the strawberries a bit and see if I can fool him into eating the last of the strawberries.
When I was young, my grandmother used to cut the strawberries into cubes and serve them with white sugar and evaporated milk. I loved the taste of it and I knew my son would too. I had some light cream at home and I sweetened the dessert with a drizzle of honey. Honey is a natural sugar which is a healthier choice of sweetener than white sugar. The addition of basil was inspired by the Strawberry Basil Gelato I once had from Canadian Maple Delights. Finally, I couldn't pass up the chocolate whipped cream that is sitting in the fridge, calling my name every time I open the door.
With these simple ingredients, I transformed an old favourite into something fun and tastey. The chocolate whipped cream complimented the strawberry and cream. However, the chocolate flavour did overpower the basil a little bit. I think either one of these combination would make this dessert even better:
- Strawberry cream + Basil + plain regular whipped cream (no chocolate)
- Strawberry cream + chocolate whipped cream + chocolate shavings (no basil)
This is a versatile treat for the little ones at home. For my toddler, I served this strawberry cream as a dessert and so I added a bit of honey as a treat for him because he loves sweet stuff. I didn't give him any chocolate whipped cream either and he loved it. This can also be served as part of a healthy breakfast or in-between-meal snack. In this case, I'd omit the honey since it is not a necessary ingredient. Let's face it, our children do not need extra sugar in their diet anyway. To make this even healthier, skip the whipped cream and sprinkle some granola and/or almond slivers on top instead!! Mmmm...yum!!
Note: If you are feeding this to children less than 1-year-old, please omit the honey. Infants should not be fed because of the increased risk of contracting Infant Botulism.