Healthy Strawberry Frosting With a Natural Food DyeBy
Are you looking to have fun baking cookies or cupcakes then frosting them with pretty Santa Claus colors for the holidays? Or perhaps you have small children who love to decorate cupcakes year round?
This healthy strawberry frosting recipe doesn’t use any butter, (most cream cheese frosting’s do), nor does it use confectioners sugar which makes you blood sugar spike, and nor does it use artificial colors and/or artificial flavors like most strawberry frostings require. This strawberry frosting is delicious, lower in calories and much healthier than most strawberry cream cheese frostings are.
Ingredients For a Healthy Strawberry Frosting:
- 1/4 cup of Agave syrup
- 1/2 cup of whipping cream
- 1/4 cup of low fat cream cheese at room temperature (So not use non-fat, as is loaded with chemicals and will not work effectively.)
- 2 teaspoons vanilla
- 1 teaspoon of orange rind
- 1 teaspoon of beet juice for color (You can either juice the beets, or you can cut up beets in large chunks and just mix them with your final frosting at the end to add color. This works really well and you don’t taste the beets at all.)
- 1/2 teaspoon of natural strawberry extract (I am very impressed with the natural extracts sold online by Olive Nation.)
Directions on How To Make Strawberry Frosting:
1. When using natural extracts to make a strawberry frosting, it is necessary to heat up the extract in order for the full strawberry flavor to be released. Therefore, the first step is to place the agave syrup and the strawberry extract in a pan. Heat the mixture, stirring constantly for 2-3 minutes.
2. Pour mixture into a glass container and put in the refrigerator until it is cooled down to room temperature. (This step is required when using natural extracts, versus synthetic flavoring that you find at grocery stores) It requires heat at some point before you eat it.
3. Whip your cream, vanilla and orange rind until it turns into whipping cream. (Use the whip attachment if you have a mixer)
4. Once your Agave/strawberry mixture is completely at room temperature, whip it together with the room temperature cream cheese.
5. Fold in your Agave mixture with your whipping cream.
6. Voila, a beautiful strawberry frosting!
How To Store Strawberry Frosting:
This strawberry frosting can be stored in a glass container for up to 2 days, or put in a piping bag to decorate cookies, cupcakes or cakes. The best part is it tastes great, it is much lower in calories, it is much more heart healthy than it’s rich butter versions, and this strawberry frosting doesn’t use any chemicals.
This strawberry frosting recipe was inspired by the cream cheese frosting recipe in Elana Amsterdam’s wonderful book “Gluten Free Cupcakes,” which I highly recommend to anyone.
Calories of Strawberry Cream Cheese Frosting
This strawberry frosting is much healthier than cream cheese frostings that use a lot of butter, however this is still rich in calories since you are using whipping cream. The low fat cream cheese helps to decrease the calories, but this frosting should still be eaten in moderation.
Happy, healthy baking!