Valentine’s Day Treats Without the Red Dye: Strawberry Bruschetta

Strawberry Bruschetta

Valentine’s Day is the perfect time to make fun crafts and enjoy special treats with your kids. When I think Valentine’s day, I think hearts, cupid, and pink and red. Unfortunately, if you have a child sensitive to red dye or you simply try to avoid food dyes, a lot of recipes are out.
I wanted to think beyond cookies and cupcakes and try new things, so I looked to something that would make tasty, but less indulgent pink, red and Valentine’s inspired treats…strawberries – Strawberry Bruschetta!


  • 8 oz baguette from the bakery
  • 8 oz of cream cheese
  • 1T honey
  • 2 cups of strawberries, sliced
  • 1/4 cup 100% fruit spread (like Smucker’s simply fruit or Polaner All Fruit)


  • Slice the baguette into approximately 24 slices measuring 1/4″ thick.
  • Bake on a cookie sheet until slightly crisp (don’t worry about it being too hard for your kids to eat, the toppings soften it up)
  • While bread is in the oven, place the cream cheese in a bowl.  Add honey and stir to combine.  If necessary, microwave for a few seconds to soften the cream cheese.
  • Remove bread from oven, spread cream cheese mixture on each slice and top with strawberries.
  • Place fruit spread in a small bowl & microwave 15 or so seconds until liquified (careful, it may be hot!) Brush the top of each piece of bruschetta with the fruit spread, allowing it to cover the strawberries and cream cheese. Don’t worry if it drips down the side of the bread, it makes it yummy!

Strawberry Bruschetta

I also made this using puff pastry (cut into heart shapes) in place of the bread.

Strawberry Bruschetta Puff Pastry

These tasted just like a fruit/cream cheese pastry from the bakery!  Even my husband loves these (both versions) and this isn’t his kind of treat.  Serve as a snack or a dessert!

Strawberry Bruschetta Pastry


Fitteds and Pockets and Snappis, oh my!




  1. 1

    This looks delicious. I am trying to stay away from all food dyes, so this looks like a great alternative

Speak Your Mind