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Balsamic Strawberry Crostini with Vegan Goat Cheese

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Written by Abby

These balsamic strawberry crostini's make for a simple and delicious plant-based appetizer that comes together in minutes! 

Whether you're getting ready for wine night, movie night, or hosting a party, these Balsamic Strawberry Crostini's will level up your appetizer spread and have everyone coming back for more. We teamed up with Spero Foods to bring you a delicious, plant-based appetizer that is easy to make and comes together in minutes--no prep work needed! Whew!
 
You might be wondering what exactly is crostini? Crostini hails from Italy and literally means "little crusts" in Italian. Small slices of grilled or toasted bread, this Italian appetizer has exponential topping options and flavor combos! 
 
balsamic strawberry crostini  

Ingredients you'll need:

    1. Joolies date syrup
    2. Baguette
      • Making fresh crostini at home is incredibly easy and more affordable! Grab one of these in the bakery section at your local grocery.
    3. Spero Foods Vegan Goat Cheese
      • This plant-based cheese is made with only simple, REAL ingredients and is nut-free! The base is made from sunflower seeds which is better for the earth 🌱
    4. Fresh Strawberries
      • Fresh is a must! Frozen strawberries will create too much liquid once they thaw and make for mushy crostini's🥴 
    5. Balsamic Vinegar
      • This adds a tangy, sweet flavor to the topping that really compliments the strawberries and date syrup. 
    6. Lemon zest
      • Zest, not juice! The peel holds the fruit’s essential oils, which add a bright, sweet flavor unlike lemon juice which adds a tart, acidic flavor.
    7. Olive Oil
      • A little brush of this over the mini toasts to get the perfect toasted crisp. Feel free to swap with avocado oil or vegan butter. 
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If you make this delicious appetizer, be sure to tag us on Instagram and Pinterest so we can see all your date-able recreations! And you can always comment below! 
 
Balsamic Strawberry Crostini with Vegan Goat Cheese
 

More Date-able Appetizers

  1. Date Pecan Cheese Ball 
  2. Bacon Wrapped Stuffed Dates
  3. Roasted Squash Salad with Date Balsamic Dressing
  4. Prosciutto Wrapped Stuffed Dates
  5. Date Caramel Dip
 
 balsamic strawberry crostini

 

Balsamic Strawberry Crostini with Vegan Goat Cheese

Vegan, Nut-Free, Refined sugar-free

  • prep time: 15 minutes
  • chill time: 15 minutes
  • total time: 30 minutes
Servings: 12-15
 
INGREDIENTS:
DIRECTIONS:
  1. Preheat oven to 350 F. Slice baguette into 1/2 inch slices, brush with olive oil and pop in the oven for 10 minutes or until nicely toasted. 
  2. While your tiny toasts are toasting, chop strawberries into tiny pieces on a paper towel and lightly pat to absorb excess juice so the sauce won't get watered down.
  3. In a small sauce pan, add 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar and 1 tbsp. of date syrup. Reduce the vinegar over medium heat, stirring occasionally, for 10-12 minutes, until the consistency is thickens.
  4. Combine the chopped strawberries, balsamic reduction sauce and lemon zest into a small bowl and gently stir.
  5. Spread a little vegan goat cheese on each toast, then top with balsamic strawberries + extra lemon zest to the crostini and enjoy! Optional: drizzle more date syrup on top!