Strawberry and Hazelnut Fool

Serves 2

About this recipe

This is another really quick recipe to make the most of British berries – but can easily be adapted throughout the year using whatever fruits are in season. Berries like strawberries are slightly lower in sugar than some other fruit and are packed with vitamin C and antioxidants.

This recipe is not only a great dessert option – but also can be made the day ahead as a grab-and-go breakfast; just add the toasted nuts or granola to the dish before serving on the day, to prevent these softening. Having a fruit based dessert or breakfast is a great way of getting an extra 1-2 portions of fruit and veg into your daily diet and also increasing your fibre content.

Using coconut yoghurt in this recipe not only adds a little more sweetness but also makes this a great plant-based dessert option – however the recipe also works really well using Greek style yoghurt.

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  • 10-15 Strawberries
  • Handful of raspberries (optional)
  • Squeeze of lemon juice (roughly 1 tsp)
  • 1-2 tsp Sugar
  • Handful of hazelnuts or almonds, toasted (or granola)
  • 200g coconut yoghurt (or yoghurt of your choice)

Begin by removing the tops from the strawberries and cutting them into rough quarters. Place in a bowl with the raspberries, sugar and squeeze of lemon. Leave to rest for 10 minutes; this will bring out the natural sweetness of the berries and create a delicious ‘sauce’.

Meanwhile, set a non-stick frying pan on medium-high heat and add the hazelnuts. Toast for a few minutes until just beginning to brown – the outer shells should be just starting to come off if you aren’t already using blanched nuts. Remove from the heat and leave to cool before rubbing the hazelnuts between some kitchen towel to remove the shells.  Chop the nuts into rough chunks. You can also use granola if you prefer – both just as delicious!

Once your berries have rested, roughly mash them up with a fork –  keeping some as chunks is fine as it adds to the texture.

In a small glass jar or tumbler, begin to layer up your bowl. Start with a layer of yoghurt, then the berry mixture and finally top with your nuts or granola.

You can also do multiple layers of yoghurt or fruit too if you fancy!

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