Clean Eating Balsamic Strawberries Recipe

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These balsamic strawberries are delicious by themselves, over ice cream or even over chicken!

When I first started eating clean, I mourned the loss of dessert. I was certain I’d never see another dessert plate in my life, and this made me very, very sad.

When most folks start to “diet”, dessert is the first thing to go. Right? But what we forget is that fruit is very often one of the best desserts around.

Clean Eating Balsamic Strawberries

This recipe is no exception. While the strawberry flavor is prominent, the balsamic vinegar offers just a little hint of something different. And it’s not until after you’ve swallowed the first bite that you realize there’s a little bit of pepper in there for kick. This dessert pleases the dessert palate on many levels. It has texture, sweetness, tangy-ness and spice. And they all hit you separately. You’ll have to try it to really understand what I’m getting at.

This is a really yummy dessert. Trust me. You want to try this one.


Strawberries are a very versatile fruit. They can pair nicely with either sweet or savory flavors. They pair well with:

  • basil
  • cheese
  • cream
  • lemon
  • black pepper
  • rhubarb
  • vanilla
  • balsamic vinegar
  • walnuts

And much, much more! These strawberries in particular, as mentioned above, pair well with chicken, ice cream or just as a plain dessert.


We’ve all brought home that carton of strawberries that looks oh, so good, only to have them taste bland and kind of gross. The best thing you can do is buy them in season. Strawberry growers offer strawberries year round, but they have their best flavor in the warmer summer months.

But if you have some in the fridge right now that are just staring at you, you can definitely improve their flavor by soaking them overnight in a sweetener. You can mix them with Sucanat, coconut sugar, monk fruit crystals, a very small amount of honey, maple syrup or even a small amount of stevia. (although the stevia works best here paired with another sweetener) Mix it up, set it in the fridge overnight and enjoy them the next day!


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Clean Eating Balsamic Strawberries

Clean Eating Balsamic Strawberries Recipe

A delicious and versatile dessert or topping.
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Course: Fruit
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 3 servings
Calories: 101kcal
Author: The Gracious Pantry


  • 3 cups strawberries (chopped or sliced)
  • 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tsp. molasses
  • 2 tbsp. honey
  • 1/4 tsp. black pepper


  • Wash your strawberries and remove the stems. Chop them up and put into a large mixing bowl. 
  • Put the vinegar in a small pot and boil until it boils down to 1 tbsp. (This will happen quickly once it starts to boil. No more than 5 minutes tops.)
  • Mix all ingredients together in your mixing bowl, cool if needed and serve.


Please note that the nutrition data given here is a ballpark figure. Exact data is not possible.


Serving: 1serving | Calories: 101kcal | Carbohydrates: 24g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 7mg | Potassium: 268mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 20g | Vitamin A: 15IU | Vitamin C: 84.6mg | Calcium: 32mg | Iron: 0.8mg

This recipe from the Gracious Pantry archives, originally posted 8/5/10.

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  1. trude wofford says:

    omg- love this!

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Trude – Ya, it’s yummy stuff! (If you like vinegar)

  2. This was good. I think it was the pepper that made it an interesting flavor. I would definitely make this again.

    1. graciouspantry says:

      Ktab – Fabulous! Glad you enjoyed it!

  3. graciouspantry says:

    It would change the taste slightly, but you could certainly try it. I don’t think it would be a bad change.

  4. This is lovely – next time I’ll reduce the honey by half though, I found the sweetness and flavour overpowering for my tastes. Thanks!

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Erin – Sorry it was too sweet for you, but glad you enjoyed it at least a little. 🙂

  5. Do these keep for a couple of days or do they need to be served/eaten immediately? Thanks! 🙂

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Melinda – I would serve them right away. It’s not something you want to keep.

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