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May is HERE and I’m so excited to share the Recipe of the Month: my Strawberry Crumble Bars!

IMPORTANT: please scroll down and read below for all of the deets on this month’s recipe, key dates for the month, the charity, and how to enter the giveaway!

If you haven’t yet, enter your name & email below to get Recipe of the Month updates throughout the month and to be the first in line to see next month’s recipe.

May’s Recipe of the Month

These Strawberry Crumble Bars are one of the easiest, best treats to make during the spring & summer months. Hello, Mother’s Day or Memorial Day dessert! Get all of my tips & tricks in the blog post itself, but check out a few easy ways you can make it your own:

  • Keep them vegan. Feel free to use vegan butter or coconut oil instead of regular butter. This will make the bars dairy-free as well.
  • Try new berries. Yes, these would be delicious with blueberry, raspberries, and blackberries, too!
  • Get a little fancy. Looking for more of an indulgent treat? These strawberry bars would also be delicious with a white chocolate drizzle or even this yummy lemon glaze on top after baking! Get extra fancy by serving them with a scoop of vanilla ice cream. SO GOOD.

Here’s how the Recipe of the Month works

  1. The recipe: on the first Wednesday of each month we’ll share a new or reader-favorite Ambitious Kitchen recipe to make that month. You have the entire month to make the recipe!
  2. The giveaway: When you make the recipe (anytime during the month!) you have two different ways to enter to win the $100 Crate & Barrel gift card. We’ll randomly select a winner at the end of the month. See below for the two ways to share! Must be 18 years or older, USA & Canada only.

Two ways to enter the giveaway

When you make the recipe, there are two different ways to share your creation with us to enter to win the $100 Crate & Barrel gift card (18 years or older, U.S. & Canada only):

1. On the blog: leave a comment and rate the recipe here with the hashtag #AKRecipeoftheMonth, plus your name and email (so we know you made it!) Scroll all the way past the recipe itself in the blog to where it says “Leave a comment & a rating.” Boom!

OR

2. On social media: Share a photo of your recipe creation on social via Instagram (stories or in-feed), TikTok, or in our Facebook Group by tagging @ambitiouskitchen and adding the hashtag #AKRecipeoftheMonth. *Please note for Instagram your profile must be public so that we can see your posts.

strawberry crumble bars on parchment paper

Key dates

  • Wednesday, May 1st: May’s recipe is here! On this date, you can start baking & sharing your recipe photos on social and on the blog.
  • Friday, May 31st: the last day to submit your recipe photos on social and on the blog. *Please note that this is NOT the last day of the month, but we need a day in between to select our winner before we announce May’s recipe!
  • Monday, June 3rd: giveaway winner selected, notified via email, and shared on social.
  • Wednesday, June 5th: June’s Recipe of the Month announced!

Let’s give back

Each month we give $1 for every Recipe of the Month entry to an organization doing amazing work around the world. This month we’ll be donating to Rainbows for All Children, a national organization that supports youth experiencing grief from death, divorce, incarceration, and more through facilitated peer groups in their communities.

Learn more and join us in donating here!

Join the party

Ready to join the party and get cooking? If you haven’t yet, enter your email below and we’ll send you the recipe as soon as it drops at the beginning of each month, reminders about the giveaway, announce the winners, and more. Let’s do this!

Past Recipes of the Month

  • February: Sweet & Spicy Hot Chili Chicken Noodles, donating to Digs with Dignity.
  • March: Sweet & Spicy Sesame Chicken Meatball Bowls, donating to International Rescue Committee.
  • April: Vegan Pasta Primavera with Creamy Garlic Cashew Sauce, donating to FoodCorps.
  • May: Damn Good Salmon Taco Bowls For Two, donating to National Abortion Federation Hotline Fund
  • June: 30 Minute Brown Butter Goat Cheese Grilled Veggie Orzo, donating to the National Parks Foundation
  • July: Crazy Good Street Corn Chicken Tacos, donating to the Brave Space
  • August: Pesto Chicken Stuffed Zucchini Boats, donating to the ACLU
  • September: One Pan Thai-Inspired Coconut Yellow Curry Chicken & Rice, donating to Adopt a Classroom
  • October: Spicy Black Bean Chicken Enchiladas with Pumpkin Sour Cream Sauce, donating to Techos Pa Mi Gente
  • November: Dad’s Creamy & Cheesy Au Gratin Potatoes, donating to Free Root Operation.
  • December: Incredible Gingerbread Oatmeal Cream Pies, donating to The Love Fridge.
  • January: Healing Curry Butternut Squash Lentil Soup, donating to The Sierra Club.
  • February: Grain Free Tahini Brownies, donating to the Marsha P. Johnson Institute.
  • March: One Pan Ginger Chicken Meatballs with Peanut Sauce, donating to the Syrian American Medical Society.
  • April: Lemon Poppy Seed Blueberry Baked Oatmeal, donating to Every Town for Gun Safety.
  • May: Italian Chopped Brussels Sprouts Salad, donating to Earth Justice.
  • June: Fresh Strawberry Shortcake Bread with Strawberry Glaze, donating to Trans Lifeline.
  • July: Street Corn Pasta Salad with Cilantro Pesto + Goat Cheese, donating to the Clean Air Task Force.
  • August: Healthy Chocolate Chip Zucchini Muffins (gluten free!), donating to the GSA Network.
  • September: One Pan Creamy Thai-Inspired Peanut Chicken Couscous donating to the Maui Strong Fund.
  • October: Brown Butter Pumpkin Snickerdoodles donating to Carbon 180.
  • November: Cheddar Broccoli Cauliflower Gratin donating to the Greater Chicago Food Depository.
  • December: The Best Cinnamon Rolls You’ll Ever Eat donating to Digs with Dignity.
  • January: The Best Vegetarian Chili You’ll Ever Eat donating to One Warm Coat.
  • February: Italian Wedding Soup.
  • March: Healthier Carrot Cake Banana Bread donating to Outright International.
  • April: Sweet and Spicy Gochujang Chicken Bowls donating to World Central Kitchen.



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