Category Archives: Other Desserts

Whole Wheat Chocolate Banana Bread

When you have some extra ripe bananas and are craving something that’s chocolate and a little on the healthy side, this is a great recipe to try! This Whole Wheat Chocolate Banana Bread has lots of chocolate flavor! Baked up with buttermilk, Greek yogurt, and light olive oil, it’s a dense, moist loaf of chocolate goodness that’s sweetened with mini semi-sweet chocolate chips, brown sugar and honey.

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Raspberry-Grape Float

It’s a pretty hot summer day, so I had to post something frosty! 🙂 I don’t make ice cream sodas or floats often, but I really like them. I was inspired to make this fruity-tasting float after I saw a recipe a while back in Better Homes and Gardens. This float is made with raspberry sorbet and grape soda. Just use your favorite brand of grape soda and raspberry sorbet—and if you can’t find raspberry sorbet in your grocery store, you can substitute raspberry sherbet. I tried it both ways and it’s good with both sorbet and sherbet!

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Local Blueberry Crisp

Depending on where you live, blueberry season may be here already or getting close. Whether you pick your own blueberries or buy them at the farmers’ market or grocery store, baking with fresh blueberries is the best! I first made this recipe for Local Blueberry Crisp when I did a review of The Freds at Barneys New York Cookbook by Mark Strausman about 3 years ago. Freds at Barneys New York was a luxury dining destination in the Big Apple where you would often find actors, sports figures, fashion designers, and other celebrities enjoying a meal. Mark Strausman was the chef. Unfortunately, when I googled the restaurant recently, I found that it was “permanently closed.” It may have taken a hit during the pandemic, which was a hard time for so many restaurants.

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Strawberries and Cream Cake Squares

When I was making this dessert, I was thinking these would turn out more like cookie bars, but they’re actually pretty cake-y. They’re a little bit cake and a little bit cookie bar, so I decided to call them Strawberries and Cream Cake Squares. You definitely need to eat these squares with a fork, so I guess that makes them a little more cake than cookie!

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Cherry Dump Cake

After cleaning my kitchen cupboards, I found I had a box of yellow cake mix and several cans of cherry pie filling—exactly what I needed to make Cherry Dump Cake! If you’ve never had this before, it’s quite a treat and sooooo easy to make! To me, it’s a little more like a cherry crisp than a cake, but whatever you call it, it’s yummy! The recipe also calls for some butter and almond (or vanilla) extract, which I pretty much always have on hand.

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