Strawberry Recipes Perfect for the Summertime! #FreshFinds

By Shannon Gurnee
In Food
July 9, 2013

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If you were to ask any of our six kids what their favorite fruit is during the summertime, I can almost guarantee that most of them would say strawberries.  Living in California, it’s hard to not buy the yummy looking strawberries you’ll find in your local Save Mart Supermarket – especially when they are priced the way they are right now.

Save Mart Berries

For our Summertime Recipe, I couldn’t decide, so I made both – Strawberry, Banana & Peanut Butter Smoothies and Strawberry Cheesecake.  For my ingredients, I headed to our local Save Mart Supermarket.  I love shopping at Save Mart because it’s clean, the produce is fresh and the prices are great for our big family on a budget!  

Save Mart Berries 2

When you walk into our Save Mart Supermarket, the Produce section is on your immediate right.  I love how well lit the store is and how bright and fresh the fruit and vegetables look!  The Driscoll’s Berries were super easy to spot and they were on sale – yes!  There were blackberries, blueberries, raspberries, and strawberries.  The blackberries are really yummy in yogurt, as are the blueberries and raspberries.  The strawberries are great in recipes and to snack in, or to serve with whipped cream or raw sugar sprinkled on top.  You can see more about my shopping trip by visiting my Google+ Story.



Perfectly Creamy Strawberry Cheesecake
Serves 12
A deliciously, perfectly creamy cheesecake topped with Driscoll's flavorful and fresh strawberries. The best homemade cheesecake you've ever had!
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446 calories
42 g
127 g
29 g
6 g
16 g
142 g
259 g
35 g
0 g
10 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
Amount Per Serving
Calories 446
Calories from Fat 253
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 29g
Saturated Fat 16g
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 2g
Monounsaturated Fat 8g
Cholesterol 127mg
Sodium 259mg
Total Carbohydrates 42g
Dietary Fiber 1g
Sugars 35g
Protein 6g
Vitamin A
Vitamin C
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
  1. 1 1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs (approximately 14 graham crackers)
  2. 1/3 cup butter or margarine, melted
  3. 1 tbsp sugar
  1. 3 pkgs Philadelphia cream cheese, softened
  2. 1 1/3 cup sugar
  3. 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  4. 3 eggs, room temperature
  5. 1/2 cup sour cream
  6. 1 1/2 tbsp lemon juice
  7. 2 tsp vanilla
  8. Strawberries
  9. 5 tablespoons sugar
  1. 1. Preheat oven to 300°F/150°C. For the crust, combine graham cracker crumbs, butter and sugar until well blended. Press the crumb mixture into the bottom of a Springform Pan. Bake for 10 minutes. Remove from the oven and place on a cooling rack.
  2. 2. For the filling, beat the cream cheese, sugar and flour at medium speed of electric mixer until smooth. Add the eggs, one at a time, and mix at a low speed just until blended. Stir in sour cream, lemon juice and vanilla. Pour filling into the crust.
  3. 3. Bake 55-60 minutes or until center appears nearly set when gently shaken (the center will firm as it cools). Remove from the oven to a cooling rack. Immediately run a knife (or releasing tool available with your springform pan) around the sides of the cheesecake to loosen from the pan. Cool completely. Cover and refrigerate for at least 4 hours or overnight. Release the collar from the pan. To serve, top with strawberry topping filling. Cut into wedges.
Strawberry Topping
  1. While the cheesecake is baking, slice strawberries (as many as you want) and place in a bowl with a lid. Coat the strawberries with a layer of sugar until you see juices forming at the bottom of the bowl. You'll see the strawberries start to juice once you have enough sugar. The juice from the strawberries and sugar will create a glaze that is amazing on top of your cheesecake! Enjoy!
Adapted from The Pampered Chef
Adapted from The Pampered Chef
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Strawberry Smoothies 1

Strawberry, Banana, & Peanut Butter Smoothie
Enjoy this delicious combination of strawberries, banana, peanut butter and juice in a cool summer smoothie.
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431 calories
66 g
0 g
17 g
11 g
3 g
1644 g
216 g
42 g
0 g
13 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
Amount Per Serving
Calories 431
Calories from Fat 143
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 17g
Saturated Fat 3g
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 5g
Monounsaturated Fat 8g
Cholesterol 0mg
Sodium 216mg
Total Carbohydrates 66g
Dietary Fiber 8g
Sugars 42g
Protein 11g
Vitamin A
Vitamin C
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
  1. 5 Strawberries
  2. 1 Banana
  3. 2 tbsp Peanut Butter
  4. 1 cup Orange Juice or other juice blend
  5. 5 ice cubes
  1. Remove the stems from the strawberries. Slice the banana into 3 pieces. Combine strawberries, banana, peanut butter, juice and ice and blend until desired consistency.
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Driscoll's Berry Sweepstakes

Through July 30th, Save Mart and Driscoll’s Berries are joining together to offer the Berry Best Sweepstakes!  Participants will have the chance to win the following prizes:

– Grand Prize – KitchenAid Blender plus Driscoll’s Berries for a year ($440 value)

– 3 First Place Prizes – $100 worth of Driscoll’s Berries

Be sure to follow Save Mart Supermarket on Twitter, Facebook and Pinterest for great recipes and promotions.

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Shannon Gurnee is the author of RedheadMom formerly "The Mommy-Files", a national blog with a loyal following. She has a Bachelor's Degree in Marriage, Family, and Human Development with a Minor in Business Management. Shannon and her husband, Frank, have a large family with 6 awesome kids and love living on the Central Coast near San Luis Obispo, California, as well as traveling around the world. A full-time Social Media and Professional Blogger, Shannon also serves as a National Brand Ambassador for many well-known companies. Her blog focuses on motherhood, family fun activities, traveling, fashion, beauty, technology, wedding ideas and recipes while providing professional opinions on products, performances, restaurants, and a variety of businesses.

17 Responses to “Strawberry Recipes Perfect for the Summertime! #FreshFinds”

  1. I absolutely love strawberries and they are the only fruit that my boy will eat on a regular basis. That strawberry cheesecake makes my mouth water and I never would have thought to put strawberries in a banana and peanut butter smoothie…yum!

  2. Strawberries are my favorite fruit to include in dessert and drinks, LOVE them and so happy they are in season and are a great price right now!

    • Shannon Gosney says:

      I love strawberries too Tammi! I’m always so excited when it’s strawberry season because we get such a great deal for them and they’re so fresh!

  3. Hannah says:

    Strawberries are by far my favorite summer fruit. I haven’t been putting them in smoothies, but I think I’m going to start. Maybe I’ll use the leftovers when I make this awesome cheesecake recipe!

  4. caroline schaffer says:

    The Central Coast is the best place for strawberries. I love anything with strawberries. Thanks for sharing the recipes!

  5. Denny says:

    There are so many things you can do with strawberries. Strawberries from the local farms in NH are so much more flavorful than the ones you get in the chain stores. Not sure what it is like in other parts of the country.

    • Shannon Gosney says:

      Denny – I love buying strawberries from the stands, but was really impressed with the variety available at SaveMart. They had an amazing selection. 🙂

  6. Mmmm Shannon, you’re making me hungry!

  7. Janet F says:

    I love Strawberries and the cheesecake recipe sounds and looks delicious.

  8. heather says:

    i just love fresh strawberries and these are some great ideas i have got to try that cheesecake yum.

    • Shannon Gosney says:

      I love fresh strawberries too! The cheesecake is amazing by the way! 🙂 Let me know how it turns out if you make it.

  9. Jennifer Young says:

    That strawberry cheesecake looks delicious!! We picked our own strawberries this year and made a lot of stuff with them. My favorite is strawberry smoothies and strawberry shortcake! My girls love strawberries on their waffles as well.

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