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After meal treats!

Raspberry Chocolate Swirled Brownie Bars

Well, it’s certainly been a while, hasn’t it. Yes, I know, it’s been almost a year. June 2014, wasn’t it? And now, it’s June 2015. School really messed up my blogging schedules, I’m sorry.

But here’s a new recipe for you! As I was scrolling through Pinterest one day, I found a recipe for a Red Velvet Chocolate-Swirled Brownie Bar, from Averie Cooks, that I really wanted to try. However, we did not have any food coloring, so we substituted it with blended raspberry, thanks to my brother’s suggestion. I think it’s safe to say that we have found another family favorite!


Here is what you’ll need:

  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) of melted butter (unsalted)
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 cup of light brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon of vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup of unsweeted natural cocoa powder
  • 5 tablespoons of blended raspberries
  • 3/4 cup of flour
  • And 1/2 cup of melted chocolate chips

To start off with, preheat the oven to 350 degrees and spray a 8 in pan with cooking spray, and then set it aside.

After you have done this, met the butter for about one minute on high power. Wait a moment for the butter to cool down before adding the egg, brown sugar and vanilla. Mix the four ingredients well.

After you have added the egg, brown sugar, and vanilla, add the cocoa powder and whisk the mixture until it is smooth.


And here is where you add the raspberries! We blended what was left in our container of raspberries (sorry, that’s not very specific) and added a tablespoon of water to the blended mixture before adding the 5 tablespoons to the chocolate mixture. If you have any blended raspberry left, I’ll tell you what you can do with it at the end.


Mix the raspberries into the chocolate and then add the flour. Mix until it is combined, but be careful not to overmix.


Pour the mixture into the prepared pan and smooth it with a spatula before setting it aside.

Now, melt the chocolate chips. I did it in 15 second segments and stirred it until it was smooth. After the chocolate chips have all melted, drizzle it on top of the mixture in the pan. Swirl the chocolate around, then make 4 parallel (or somewhat parallel) lines and then lines perpendicular to the other lines. I guess this is where these math terms come in handy…


Bake the bars for 28-30 minutes, or until a toothpick (or fork, or butterknife, whatever you have) poked in the center comes out clean. Let the bars cool for a while, and then, you can eat them with ice cream and the leftover raspberry sauce! We, sadly, did not get to try that because we didn’t have any ice cream, but I know that it would taste delicious!

Now, I’m no photographer, but these look amazing!




Recipe from a church cookbook


2 sticks of butter
1 1/2 cup sugar
2 eggs
2 3/4 cup flour
2 tsp. cream of tartar
1 tsp. baking soda
1/4 tsp. salt
cinnamon-sugar mixture


Mix the butter, sugar, and eggs thoroughly. Mix the flour, cream of tartar, baking soda, and salt and then stir into the first mixture. Roll the dough into balls and roll them in the cinnamon-sugar mixture. Place them on an ungreased cookie sheet and bake from 8-10 minutes at 400 degrees. The cookies will puff up at first, then flatten out. Enjoy the cookies!


Cranberry Granola

Recipe adapted from Dried Cranberry Granola


3 ½ oatmeal
1 cup shredded coconut
¼ cup of sunflower seeds
⅓ cup of pecans
⅔ cup of dried cranberries
1 tsp of cinnamon
¼ tsp of pumpkin pie spice
1 tsp of salt
½ cup of melted coconut oil
½ cup of honey

Preheat the oven to 300 degrees Fahrenheit and line 2 cookie sheets with parchment paper.

In a large bowl, combine the oatmeal, shredded coconut, sunflower seeds, pecans, cranberries, cinnamon, pumpkin pie spice, and salt. Mix well.

The mixed dry ingredients in the cranberry granola recipe.
The mixed dry ingredients in the cranberry granola recipe.

In a separate bowl, add the coconut oil and honey. Put it in the microwave for 30 seconds and then stir. Continue doing this until it is heated. Whisk thoroughly to combine and pour it over the dry ingredients. Stir well until the honey/oil mixture is mixed well with the dry ingredients.

Pour the mixture onto the cookie sheets and spread evenly.

Bake at 300 degrees for 30 minutes.

Granola before broken into pieces.
Granola before broken into pieces.

Let it cool and then break it into pieces and enjoy with yogurt, fruit, or any way you want! 🙂

Cranberry Granola recipe with yogurt on top.
Cranberry Granola recipe with yogurt on top.

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