Raspberry Brownies

by Heidi @ Food Doodles on July 29, 2011

I’m starting this post out by saying, enough sweets!  My goodness, have I been on a sweets kick lately or what?  I guess I kind of go in phases, but to balance things out hopefully I’ll have a savory recipe next.  These brownies may taste pretty amazing and I’m loving baking with raspberries, but for the record, raspberries are always best straight off the bush and still warm from the sun anyways.

The original recipe that I used for this comes from Mama Pea.  I actually just got her cookbook in the mail and I’m hooked already.  It’s really not just a cookbook(although there are so many recipes I just can’t wait to try) it’s really just an extension of her blog, which is awesome!  I really love it and totally recommend it.  I can’t wait to start trying some dishes from her book although I’ve made enough of her recipes in the past that I know they’ll all be just as good as they look.

When she first posted these brownies I think I made them three times in one week.  Which is pretty amazing since my hubby doesn’t usually like chocolate, and especially not brownies or chocolate cake.  Plus, I’m pretty picky about my brownies and love when they’re dense and rich.  These don’t have the chewiness that I usually enjoy from regular brownies, but they’re perfect in every other way so I make an exception.

I have to say the original made with unsweetened applesauce instead of raspberries is amazing, but these were super yummy with raspberries too.  And just wait till you smell them fresh out of the oven.  You’ll want to dig in with a spoon 😀

Just a random question, has anyone else been craving fall flavors already?  I mean it’s not even August and I want to start cooking with pumpkin and apples and other fall flavors.  I have to restrain myself.  I’d say in the last year and a half I’ve been trying to eat more seasonally and I find I’m craving flavors before they’re ready.  It makes it that much more exciting to see things starting to show up at the farmers market 🙂



Raspberry Brownies

Recipe adapted from Peas and Thank You

  • 3/4 C whole wheat flour(pastry flour from soft wheat or even regular whole wheat from hard wheat works fine too)
  • 1/3 C cocoa powder
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 C mashed fresh raspberries
  • 1/2 C + 2 tbsp sucanat, coconut sugar or brown sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1/4 C chocolate chips(optional, non-dairy for vegan brownies)
  • 1/2 C fresh raspberries

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.  Prepare an 8×8 pan by spraying it lightly with oil.  Set aside.

In a medium sized bowl combine the flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda and salt.  In a separate bowl mix the well mashed berries, sugar and vanilla.  Add the wet ingredients to the dry and mix until just barely combined before gently folding in the fresh berries and chocolate chips.

Pour into a prepared pan and bake for 20-22 minutes until the brownies pull away from the sides.  Do not over bake!  Cool completely before cutting.  These are good served right away, but they are best the next day.  Be sure to cover them as soon as they’re cool as they dry out fast.


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1 Cookie and Kate August 10, 2011 at 21:09

Those brownies look divine! I’ve been hunting for a moderately healthy chocolate and cherry recipe. I bet I could sub cherries for raspberries! I love that the recipe calls for whole wheat flour, too. It’s the only flour I use!


2 Heidi @ Food Doodles August 12, 2011 at 16:40

I think you could, that sounds delicious! If you try it, let me know. I’d love to try that combo too 😀


3 Honey @ Honey, What's Cooking August 9, 2011 at 13:47

damn, these look amazing girl! I’m always on the hunt for healthy desserts and this just made my list. i’ll definitely be trying these before the summer is up. great job!!!


4 Jane August 2, 2011 at 07:27

You read my mind about the desire to start baking with fall flavors already! I keep finding myself brooding over recipes with apples, cinnamon, raisins, pears and so on, but then I think, “Well, it’s still summer. I can’t make that one yet! Gotta wait.” As for these yummy chocolate and raspberry brownies, they’re just the thing to help keep me patient while waiting for autumn to arrive. Beautiful!


5 Jacob August 1, 2011 at 21:06

These look awesome, Heidi. I’m always looking for a new brownie idea to satisfy the fiance’s seemingly insatiable brownie appetite. Raspberries sound great!


6 Emma @ Poires au Chocolat August 1, 2011 at 15:06

Gorgeous. I love the combination of chocolate and raspberries – it’s classic for a reason. And you can definitely never ever have too many sweets posts (but then I would say that!).


7 paula hennig August 1, 2011 at 13:35

The more the merrier when it come too sweets as far as I’m concerned! These brownies look terrific!


8 athena August 1, 2011 at 11:05

oooh raspberry + brownies, what perfection! i can never get enough of sweets… maybe that’s why i prefer baking more. and yes, definitely feeling fall. i just got mini-springform pans and am already thinking pumpkin cheesecake 🙂


9 Ellie | Gourmand Recipes August 1, 2011 at 03:03

I love love love chocolate with raspberry combo. Definitely going to try making this brownies soon. Thanks for sharing


10 Angie@Angiesrecipes August 1, 2011 at 00:08

Those are a pure indulgence!


11 luvnspoonfuls July 31, 2011 at 21:54

I have to say that this is one of my all-time favorite chocolate and fruit combinations, and your recipe looks just divine (the photos are lovely as well). Love your blog!


12 Heather @ Kiss My Broccoli July 31, 2011 at 21:13

Mmm, chocolate and raspberries were meant for each other! Of course I do have to agree with you on the raspberry thing…nothing like popping a fresh warm raspberry into your mouth!

Ok, I thought I was going crazy…I have been craving pumpkin like nobody’s business lately! And it kills me that I can’t find the Libby’s stuff ANYWHERE! I’m not ready for summer to end, but man, I could really go for some pumpkin…well, anything right now! Ohhh, have you ever had pumpkin brownies? Mmmmm!


13 VegSpinz July 31, 2011 at 20:53

Those are beauties! I’ll have to check out Mama Peas blog.


14 Tanvi@SinfullySpicy July 31, 2011 at 20:51

I m on a little vacation & sipping my late night coffee right now..cant tell you how much I m drooling at the thought of how delicious these brownies will taste with my coffee 🙂 I want!
Thanks for the kind words on blog.Really appreciate it.


15 lisaiscooking July 31, 2011 at 20:50

Raspberries and chocolate are so great together. I bet these brownies are perfect!


16 sunshine July 31, 2011 at 18:54

Even though I dont eat chocolate, they look delish! Great post..



17 Jennifer (Delicieux) July 31, 2011 at 16:36

I’ve been making so many sweets lately too! I just find baking so much more interesting than savoury recipes.

Your brownies look fantastic. I love chocolates and raspberries together.


18 Richa July 31, 2011 at 13:20

ooooh.. i am craving some brownie now… love raspberries and chocolate..
chocolate and chocolate everywhere…! i love mama pea too!.
no, not fall yet!!.. we just had 273 minutes of summer last week!.. need some more before i can think of fall.. 🙂 icecreams and coolers are the only thing i am craving right now.

Thanks for dropping by!
Richa @ http://hobbyandmore.blogspot.com/


19 Karly July 31, 2011 at 09:31

Chocolate and raspberries are one of my favorite combos. So delicious!


20 Lynda July 31, 2011 at 08:37

Raspberries and chocolate are a match made in heaven. This recipe is in the rotation.


21 Lauren @ fullmeasureofhappiness.com July 31, 2011 at 07:48

oh my gosh I’ve been craving fall so bad–I want apple pie, corn chowder, apple cider, chili, soup x 100, chai spice tea…I could go on forever.


22 tinytearoom July 31, 2011 at 07:46

raspberries in brownies is a fabulous idea. lovely photos btw. you’ve captured the raspberries with the chocolate perfectly.


23 Marsha @ The Harried Cook July 31, 2011 at 01:08

I have never tried raspberry brownies before, but they sound really good! Love the pictures too… Thanks for sharing! 🙂


24 Gwen @SimplyHealthyFamily July 30, 2011 at 21:50

Well, I have not had nearly enough sweets lately and so this is just the thing I need. Really it’s a sign I tell you. I love rasberries and who would have thought to add them to brownies? Genious!

btw, thx for the excellent idea of sticking my crock pot outside to cook! Fabulous!


25 Kelsey @ Snacking Squirrel July 30, 2011 at 21:31

the tea water is boiling and now all i need is a big slice of these delicious raspberry brownies!!! <3


26 bonnie at sweet life July 30, 2011 at 17:48

raspberry brownies…first visit to your blog and I’m, already a fan, lol

bring on the sweets!!
How funny I craved pumpkin bars when i woke this morning! hurry fall!


27 Nicole @ Wonderful Joy Ahead July 30, 2011 at 15:47

I love that this doesn’t have any oil/butter/egg in it. I’m going to have to try this whenever I get my hands on raspberries. And… I am really excited for pumpkin season! I have been dreaming of pumpkin baked goods lately.


28 Kayla [once upon a lens] July 30, 2011 at 11:28

I love how you made these with mashed raspberries!


29 Sonia The Healthy Foodie July 30, 2011 at 05:54

Nope, still not craving fall flavors, my biggest craving of the moment would be fresh corn, which is starting to make an appearance at local producers’ kiosks. I guess in about a week it will be at its prime and I’ll get to enjoy it. But for the moment, it’s still all about cherries for me!

Did you know pumpkin and raspberries go marvelously well together? Just saying, you know… not that I want to encourage your sweets kick or anything… 😉


30 Michaela July 30, 2011 at 05:25

I am totally thinking of fall, too! But maybe that is, bc it is not summery at all here in Alsace, France… I love me some pumpkin 🙂


31 MaryMoh July 30, 2011 at 00:13

Wow…raspberries in brownies! That must be delicious. I love raspberries and have been enjoying homemade raspberry ice cream. I should make this one day. Thanks very much for sharing.


32 kankana July 29, 2011 at 22:45

I am still not thinking of fall .. really want to enjoy summer while it’s still here. As for those brownies .. gorgeous! And seriously you can never have enough of sweets. 🙂


33 Pure2raw twins July 29, 2011 at 20:04

OH yum, love raspberry brownies

we cannot wait to get Mama Peas book


34 Jess@Healthy Exposures July 29, 2011 at 18:42

I am all about creating/tweaking sweets recipes – but not as much when it comes to savory! I’m weird…rarely do I ever want to make the same sweet twice, but I’m perfectly okay with eating the same lunch/dinner every other day! haha.

These brownies look so good. I’m not usually much of a brownie fan, but I love the idea of adding raspberries. yum!


35 Maris (In Good Taste) July 29, 2011 at 18:04

Never enough sweets! Those brownies look delicious!


36 Amy @ Gastronome Tart July 29, 2011 at 16:17

Ha ha! I’ve been doing the same thing too! Making waaayyy too many sweets! However, your brownies look amazing!!!! Nothing like taking advantage of seasonal produce. But, like you, I have been craving fall. I’m a slow braise type of girl 🙂


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