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    9 Berry Delicious Summer Recipes

    Take advantage of summer's sweetest produce

    Fresh strawberries with balsamic syrup, Cookstr best berry-based desserts

    Serve up savory Italian flavors with fresh strawberries and balsamic syrup, best enjoyed at room temperature. — StockFood/Getty Images

    When berries are in season, they're like nature's own colorful, healthy candy. Blueberries, raspberries, blackberries and strawberries are high in antioxidants, including vitamin C. They also have plenty of fiber, and their high water content helps make them a low-calorie treat. Try these recipes to reap the benefits of summer's favorite treat.

    1. Wild Blueberry Pancakes

    by Linda Greenlaw and Martha Greenlaw

    It's the perfect weekend breakfast food! This recipe calls for beating the egg whites separately, which makes the pancakes super light and fluffy. (Just be sure not to overmix the batter.)

    Per serving: 318 calories, 6g saturated fat, 50g carbohydrates, 7g protein, 1g fiber, 394mg sodium

    2. Summer Fruit Salsa

    by Mollie Katzen

    Raspberries and strawberries play an important role alongside mango and nectarines in this all-fruit salsa. Use it like chutney: Spread it on toast with cheese, or spoon it on plain yogurt or vanilla ice cream.

    Per serving: 27 calories, 0g saturated fat, 7g carbohydrates, 0g protein, 1g fiber, 37mg sodium

    3. Berry Vinegar

    by Roger Yepsen

    You'll need good white wine vinegar for this recipe, as well as several days to steep the berries. Then you can use your new-and-improved vinegar — with a lovely color — for salad dressing, on grilled fish and in other summertime recipes.

    Per serving: 18 calories, 0g saturated fat, 2g carbohydrates, 0g protein, 0g fiber, 4mg sodium

    4. Strawberry and Fennel Gazpacho

    by Anya von Bremzen

    Gazpacho is synonymous with tomatoes, but in this recipe they're joined by sweet, fresh strawberries — along with country bread, fennel and green bell pepper.

    Per serving: 136 calories, 1g saturated fat, 17g carbohydrates, 3g protein, 4g fiber, 331mg sodium

    Next page: 5 more delicious summer berry recipes, including muffins and rhubarb. »

    5. Berry Muffins

    by Kelly Rudnicki

    These dairy-free muffins are easy to make with any berries that are in season (you can also use frozen berries). Lemon zest and vanilla extract provide that homemade flavor.

    Per serving: 173 calories, 0g saturated fat, 29g carbohydrates, 3g protein, 1g fiber, 137mg sodium

    6. Strawberries With Balsamic Glaze and Whipped Cream

    by Lisa Mann

    The savory Italian flavors of balsamic vinegar and pine nuts pair with sweet strawberries, honey and vanilla in this simple and delicious recipe. It's best served at room temperature.

    Per serving: 261 calories, 1g saturated fat, 30g carbohydrates, 4g protein, 5g fiber, 4mg sodium

    7. Late Summer Rhubarb and Blackberry Compote

    by Deborah Madison

    Rose- or orange-flower water is the secret ingredient in this gorgeous summery compote, which can also include strawberries. Enjoy it chilled.

    Per serving: 178 calories, 0g saturated fat, 46g carbohydrates, 2g protein, 5g fiber, 6mg sodium

    8. Berry Blast

    by Jane Butel

    The crumble topping on this dessert is made with cereal, flour and butter, spiked with a little bit of chile and cinnamon. Any kind of berries will work here.

    Per serving: 339 calories, 4g saturated fat, 68g carbohydrates, 5g protein, 8g fiber, 63mg sodium

    9. Blueberry Angel Muffins

    by Bill Yosses and Melissa Clark

    These angel food cake-inspired muffins are fat-free, light and fluffy, and full of blueberries.

    Per serving: 94 calories, 0g saturated fat, 20g carbohydrates, 3g protein, 0g fiber, 85mg sodium

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