Along with summer’s seemingly endless bounty comes the beginning of raspberry and blackberry season. You might be seeing them popping up at farmer’s markets or in punnets at the supermarkets. If you are lucky enough to have a garden, those little red and purples gems will be showing themselves around now, and you’ll see wild hedgerows loaded and waiting to be picked.
Blackberries and raspberries, not surprisingly, are incredibly nutritious and are a welcomed seasonal addition to your diet. Raspberries are an excellent source of fiber, vitamin C, K E, and B vitamins as well as manganese, iron, magnesium, phosphorous, potassium, and copper.
Blackberries pack a similar punch also being high in fiber, vitamin C, K, and manganese. They also have antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties as well as being high in antioxidants.
1. Blackberry Lavender Ice Cream
Okay! Let’s start with some Blackberry Lavender Ice Cream by Melissa Haithcock. With blackberries in season and lavender blooms adorning our gardens, this is the perfect seasonal treat. This ice cream, made with coconut milk and sweetened with maple syrup, is just the ticket on a hot afternoon.
2. Rhubarb and Blackberry Crumble
Here is another dessert that showcases another in-season delight, rhubarb! This Rhubarb and Blackberry Crumble by Vicky Coates is an absolute classic but done in an extra healthy way. In fact, this would make a great breakfast. If a hot crumble does not appeal to you on these warm days, eat it straight from the fridge as a chilled dessert.
3. Vanilla Cupcakes With Blackberry Cream Cheese Frosting
These little Vanilla Cupcakes With Blackberry Cream Cheese Frosting by Sofia Von Porat are picture-perfect. Imagine bringing out a plate of these for guests at a porch party. The pink color of the frosting comes naturally from the blackberries. You can even make up your own cream cheese with one of OGP’s great recipes.
4. Currant and Blackberry Kanten With Swiss Cream and Basil Syrup
Kanten is actually the Japanese word for agar-agar. Agar-agar is a gelling agent made from seaweed and is used to make various desserts often to replace non-vegan gelatin. This Currant and Blackberry Kanten With Swiss Cream and Basil Syrup by Valentina Chiappa is quite the fun adventure to make, but the result is a stunning dessert that will be perfect of a hot day.
5. Nutella Buckwheat Smoothie With Warm Blackberry Sauce
This Nutella Buckwheat Smoothie With Warm Blackberry Sauce by Mitra Shirmohammadi is an absolutely delicious way to get some plant-based protein into your meal. Buckwheat gives your 19g of protein per cup. What’s more, when blended, buckwheat gives smoothies a wonderful creamy smooth texture. This recipe swirls warm blackberry sauce and homemade Nutella together to make a filling breakfast.
6. Peanut Butter Creme and Raspberry Chiffon Pie
This Peanut Butter Creme and Raspberry Chiffon Pie by Annie Oliverio is a taste and texture sensation. There is the crunch and chew of the pecan and cherry crust and then the airiness of the peanut butter creme. The raspberry chiffon gives you that sweet yet tart smooth finish. The chiffon is made from a tofu base, so it is a dessert that gives you a healthy serving of protein, too.
7. White and Dark Chocolate Cake with Raspberry Chia Jam
With layer upon layer of deeply rich and decadent chocolate, the raspberry jam in this White and Dark Chocolate Cake with Raspberry Chia Jam by Bake It Vegan is just what you need. The tart raspberries cut through the sweetness and creaminess of the chocolate, making for the perfect combination.
8. Coconut Cream and Raspberry Tart
This is a super easy dessert to make, and it is simply stunning. You can impress your guests with this Coconut Cream and Raspberry Tart by Adam Merrin and Ryan Alvarez. The crunchy tart crust is balanced beautifully by the silky coconut cream filling, but the parade of raspberries on top is the real star of the show.
9. Raspberry Champagne Waffles
These Raspberry Champagne Waffles by Gina Fontana are perfect when you want to treat yourself or a loved one to an extra special breakfast or brunch. The waffles are made with raspberry champagne and can be served with fresh raspberries to make a sweet and pretty dish.
10. Raspberry Oat Bars
These Raspberry Oat Bars by Robin Browne are the perfect way to use up some fresh raspberries. They make a great breakfast or an ideal on-the-go snack. The fresh raspberries are complemented by the nutty, oaty crumble that surrounds them. These bars are sweetened with maple syrup and the natural sugars of the berries.
Go and get creative with your berries this season. If you feel really inspired, why not think about growing a few plants of your own so that you can pick fresh berries right out of your garden next year.
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