Desserts

Cherry Chocolate Chip Blondie Bars (Gluten-Free)

These Cherry Chocolate Chip Blondie Bars are amazingly easy and delicious!

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You can use Bob’s Red Mill Gluten Free 1-to-1 Baking Flour, as I did here, or use conventional all-purpose flour. Same deliciousness, either way!

If you’re like me, you’re seeing cherries everywhere right now. I picked up these gorgeous Bing cherries at the market and immediately began thinking about how to use them. Not too long ago, I came across Averie’s cherry blondie recipe and decided to try it with these Bing cherries. With just a few tweaks, and using gluten-free flour, it was a success! Her base recipe is the perfect vehicle for these lovely Bing cherries. Thanks, Averie!

Bing Cherries

And, of course, you’ll need chocolate chips to go with the cherries.

Bing Cherries Chocolate Chips

Make sure you pit the cherries first. It can be messy, so take care to wear an apron and clean up any cherry juice immediately. That stuff will stain! You’ll need just a cup of pitted cherries, so it really won’t take long to pit that amount. I rough chopped the cherries after I pitted them, leaving large chunks. I find this works better in this type of recipe.

Putting the recipe together is easy. It’s one bowl, no mixer – hooray! Melt butter, stir in sugar, egg, vanilla, cinnamon, salt, and flour. Lightly fold in chocolate chips and cherries, pour into baking dish and bake.

Cherry Chocolate Chip Bars

The hardest part is waiting for the blondie bars to cool. You really must do this. If you try to cut before cooling, you won’t get a lovely bar. It will still be yummy, but the cooling process will help “set” the whole thing.

 

Cherry Chocolate Chip Blondie Bars

These bars are crazy-good and I may need to make another batch – they were gobbled up quickly!

Cherry Chocolate Chip Blondie Bars

The next day, I warmed one up in the microwave and then added a scoop of vanilla ice cream. Now that’s how to consume these beauties!

Cherry Chocolate Chip Blondie Bars

Let me know how your batch turns out!

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Cherry Chocolate Chip Blondie Bars (Gluten-Free)
 
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Cherry Chocolate Chip Blondie Bars (Gluten-Free) (Adapted from Averie Cook's recipe)
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Serves: 9
Ingredients
  • 1 cup cherries, pitted and cut into large chunks
  • ¾ cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • ½ cup (1 stick) butter, melted (if using salted butter, omit adding salt later in recipe)
  • 1 cup (packed) light brown sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 cup Bob's Red Mill gluten-free 1-to-1 baking flour
  • ¼ teaspoon salt (add only if you used unsalted butter)
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350F.

  2. Line an 8x8 inch pan with parchment paper, and butter it well. Set aside.

  3. Pit cherries and rough-chop into large chunks. Set aside

  4. Use microwave to melt butter in medium-sized bowl.

  5. Add in brown sugar and stir to combine.

  6. Add egg and vanilla; stir to combine.

  7. Add in flour, cinnamon, and salt; stir to combine. Avoid over-mixing, otherwise you'll get tough blondies.

  8. Gently fold in cherries and chocolate chips.

  9. Pour batter into pan and smooth out evenly.

  10. Bake for 25-30 minutes or until edges begin to pull away from pan.

  11. Remove from oven and let cool for at least an hour before slicing and serving.

  12. Blondies will keep at room temperature for a few days (covered and sealed), and up to a week in the refrigerator (covered and sealed).

Cherry Chocolate Chip Blondie Bars Gluten-Free
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Melon Ball Salad

This melon ball salad is cool and refreshing. It’s perfect for summer months, picnics and holiday gatherings.

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Melon Ball Salad

It’s really fun to put it together, too! You’ll need a small watermelon (seedless if possible), a cantaloupe, and a green honey dew melon. And most importantly, a melon baller. I use this one because it has two different-sized scoops on a single utensil, which is very handy. With this salad I needed to use the two different-sized scoops because of how the melons where cut.

Melon Ball Salad

Cut the melons in half. Scoop out the seeds from the cantaloupe and honey dew. Then work around the perimeter of each melon as you scoop, like so:

Melon Ball Salad

After my first pass at scooping the melons, I turned each half on its side and carefully vertically cut away the scooped sections revealing a new perimeter that was solid and scoop-able. Hope that made sense. Basically, you want to be able to scoop out more melon, so cut away the part that you’ve already scooped.

If not serving this salad immediately, carefully arrange the melon balls in your serving dish and refrigerate.

Melon Ball Salad

I usually serve the salad without a dressing because I think the melons are sweet enough, but a squirt of lime and a drizzle of honey makes a simple dressing.

Melon Ball Salad

TIP: if you have melon balls left over, freeze them in a plastic bag and use later in sparkling water, like so:

Melon Ball Sparkling Water

Enjoy!

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Melon Ball Salad
 
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Melon Ball Salad
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Serves: 4-6 servings
Ingredients
  • 1 small seedless watermelon
  • 1 cantaloupe
  • 1 honey dew melon
  • Special utensil needed: melon baller
Instructions
  1. Cut each melon in half. Scoop out the seeds from the cantaloupe and honey dew.

  2. Work around the perimeter of each melon as you scoop sections with the melon ball utensil.

  3. After your first pass at scooping, reveal more melon by cutting away the section that you've already scooped. Try turning each melon half on its side and carefully vertically cut away the scooped sections revealing a new perimeter that's solid and scoop-able.

  4. If not serving this salad immediately, carefully arrange the melon balls in your serving dish and refrigerate.

  5. Optional Dressing
  6. The juice of one lime and ¼ cup honey. Drizzle over salad and very carefully toss.

 

Easy Melon Ball Salad

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Flourless Chocolate Brownies

These flourless chocolate brownies are amazing. No, really. They’re easy to make, they’re gluten-free, and they’re over-the-top full of chocolate! Just look at that crinkly, flaky top!

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Flourless Chocolate Brownie

This might be my favorite brownie recipe – they’re that good. Trust me, you’ll want to make these. 😉

Flourless Chocolate Brownie

Here’s the summary of how these insane flourless chocolate brownies came together (specifics are in the recipe at the end of this post). Melt the coconut oil and stir in the chocolate chips until melted. You’ll be gently stirring for a little while to get those chips melted. Sneak a taste or two, but leave some for the actual brownies. 😉 Set aside to cool.

Flourless Chocolate Brownies Collage

In another bowl, beat eggs, coconut sugar, and vanilla extract until smooth. I did this by hand, but you can use a hand-held mixer. If beating by hand, keep going until smooth – about 3 minutes or so. Add melted chocolate mixture and continue stirring to completely combine. Add in cocoa powder, salt, cornstarch, and a dash of cinnamon. Mix well to combine. Batter will be thick. Pour into a parchment-lined and well-oiled pan (I used coconut oil) and bake at 350°F for 25-30 minutes.

Flourless Chocolate Brownies Collage

Let the brownies cool completely before cutting and serving. Behold, the flaky and cracked top!

Flourless Chocolate Brownie

Consume with a glass of coconut milk, if that’s your thing. Equally wonderful would be a warm brownie topped with a scoop of coconut vanilla ice cream. The brownies didn’t last long enough for me to capture that photo! 😉

Flourless Chocolate Brownie

Enjoy!

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Flourless Chocolate Brownies (Gluten-Free)
 
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Flourless Chocolate Brownies (Gluten-Free)
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Serves: 9-12 servings
Ingredients
  • 6 Tablespoons coconut oil
  • 6 oz. semisweet chocolate chips
  • 2 large eggs (room temperature)
  • ⅔ cup coconut sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • ¼ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 3 Tbsp cornstarch powder
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.

  2. Prepare pan by lining with parchment paper and oiling paper with coconut oil.

  3. In a microwave oven, melt coconut oil in a microwave-safe bowl. You can also melt the oil in a saucepan on the stove over low heat. Add in chocolate chips and gently stir until chips are completely melted. Set aside to cool.

  4. In a separate bowl, beat together eggs, coconut sugar and vanilla extract. You can beat by hand or by using a hand-held mixer. Beat until smooth, about 3 minutes by hand.

  5. Add in melted chocolate mixture and mix well.

  6. Add in cocoa powder, salt, cornstarch, and ground cinnamon. Mix well. Batter will be thick.

  7. Pour and spread batter into prepared pan and bake for 25-30 minutes.

  8. Remove from oven cool completely before cutting and serving.

Flourless Chocolate Brownies

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Red, White, and Blue Fruit Salad

This Red, White, and Blue Fruit Salad is perfect for any patriotic holiday gathering or just on its own.

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Red, White, and Blue Fruit Salad

This fresh fruit salad is so simple to put together. I used organic fruits: strawberries, blueberries, and bananas. Just rinse the berries and pat them dry with paper towels. Slice the strawberries and bananas and just toss in the blueberries.

Red, White, and Blue Fruit Salad

I think fresh fruit salads can stand on their own, but I do like the addition of just a little honey and lemon, dressed just prior to serving. I add the juice of a lemon to the fruit and toss carefully before drizzling a little honey over the top of the fruit.

Red, White, and Blue Fruit Salad

If honey and lemon isn’t your thing, add a little freshly whipped cream to the top. Here, I’ve used freshly whipped coconut milk cream.

Red, White, and Blue Fruit Salad

Honestly, fresh fruit can stand on its own without any help, don’t you think? Whichever way you choose to “dress” it, enjoy!

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Red, White, and Blue Fruit Salad
 
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Red, White, and Blue Fruit Salad
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Serves: 2-4 servings
Ingredients
  • 2 cups organic strawberries, washed, dried and sliced
  • 1 cup organic blueberries, washed and dried
  • 2 ripe organic bananas, peeled and sliced
  • ¼ cup honey
  • 1 organic lemon, juiced
Instructions
  1. Wash and dry strawberries and blueberries. Dry them well on a paper towel and gently pat dry to soak up water.

  2. Slice strawberries and bananas.

  3. Add strawberries, blueberries, and bananas to a serving bowl.

  4. Squeeze/pour lemon juice over fruit.

  5. Drizzle honey over fruit. Gently toss fruit salad, making sure lemon and honey are evenly distributed.

  6. Optional: serve with a dollop of freshly whipped coconut cream.

  7. Recipe is easily doubled.

Red, White, and Blue Fruit Salad

 

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