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Red, White, and Blueberries!

I’m terrible at making decisions.

So when I tried to decide which recipes to include in my Fourth of July post, I had no idea where to start. Basically any dessert recipe could be good for a Fourth of July party, right?

Well, maybe not the Cake Batter Ice Cream.

To simplify things, I’m choosing to highlight only recipes with either red or blue berries. And you can add the other colored berry (as well as non-dairy ice cream or whipped cream) to complete the patriotic look.


Single-Serving Strawberry Shortcakes

Just swap some of the strawberries with blueberries, and voila! A patriotic cupcake for one. (Alternatively, you can make multiple cupcakes and sub all blueberries in some of them.)


Chocolate-Raspberry Bites

Make one batch with raspberries. Then make another batch, subbing an equal amount of blueberries for the raspberries called for in the recipe.


Blueberry Muffin in a Bowl

Once again, just add some strawberries or raspberries for red, white, and blue oatmeal.


Chocolate-Blueberry Cupcakes

Ice with red frosting, or white frosting and red+blue sprinkles


Blueberry Pie Pancakes

I actually have a strawberry shortcake version of this too! I just haven’t gotten a chance to post it yet. The recipe is very similar, but if you need more specifics, feel free to ask and I can write it out quickly in a comment.


Healthy Whipped Cream

Okay, so I cheated with this one. It doesn’t have any berries. But you need something white to go with all that blue and red. Besides, this stuff tastes incredible when poured over fresh berries.

Published on July 1, 2011

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  1. Tricia says

    My coach wanted me to run in a 5k on the fourth of July, but i don’t think my shins are up to it lol (even though the woman’s first place runner gets 100 bucks) so instead I’m gonna spend it with my dad, watching fireworks and possibly having a bonfire.
    Those look amazing. I’m so happy that we recently got some raspberries so maybe I’ll make that raspberry fudge of yours.
    Have fun at your party 🙂

  2. Eric Jaffa says

    Regarding your Tweet, “Seriously, how is a serving of cereal 1/2 cup? Who eats that???”

    When I’m on a diet, I may follow the serving size on a box of cold cereal. It’s one of my least favorite things about dieting.

    Otherwise, I generally eat half-a-box in one sitting.

  3. tea-bag says

    we’re having a bbq & i’m making dessert – probably one of the bean filled cookies or brownies! (i want to see if anyone notices!)

  4. Balancing Sylvia says

    I’m making caramel chocolate brownies <—Not healthy BUT I'm going to wear red stripes to a bbq 🙂 To make up for the unhealthy brownies I made spaghetti squash for dinner tonight with portabello tomato sauce. So tasty!

  5. Sarah C says

    I’m supposed to bring an appetizer. But now that I see your post, I really wish I was bringing dessert!

  6. Leslie says

    I’m bringing an Amy’s Bistro Burger to a barbecue. Oh, and I’m making your Deep-Dish Cookie Pie!!! 🙂 🙂

  7. Jenny says

    Canada Day today… so Happy Canada Day! (Hailing from Vancouver, BC. West Coast represent~!) 🙂

    My friends and I are going out to watch a parade, attend a free pancake “breakfast” (actually brunch, in my opinion), and part-take in a whole bunch of fun activities that are being held around Vancouver. Of course, we’re going to try to watch the fireworks tonight, too! It’s going to be awesome… Thus far, I’ve just celebrated food-wise with some of’s “V’Oh Canada Day” oats. Deeelicious.

    Off I go to enjoy the rest of my day… I hope your Fourth of July will be as great as my Canada Day is going to be! Have a great Friday~

  8. katie @KatieDid says

    I’m making a trip out to the island I used to work on in the summers to visit friends. The 4th out there is insane!!! Parade, fireworks, so many people, bonfires, bars. It’s gonna be so much fun!

  9. Amy says

    Today is Canada Day for me!
    I’m going to the beach with my family and eating a veggie burger and cucumber salad!
    Hope you have a good Independence Day Katie!:)

  10. Mellie says

    I’m going to my aunt’s house and we’re going to watch fireworks and probably grill something. And my mom was thinking about making pies in a jar.

  11. Qi Ting @ Misadventures of Fat free Baking says

    We celebrate national day and the highlight is always the parade! Oh, and the gigantic display of fireworks at night! That’s pretty cool. But most of the time, its really a day of rest from school/work to appreciate our tiny country. Really love how you guys celebrate the 4th of July! Sounds reeeaaallly fun. Wish I were there to experience the strong American spirit 😀

  12. Jess says

    I’m going (hopefully) kayaking! I’ve never been and I’m super excited. Maybe we’ll bring patriotic snacks with us to enjoy at the park 🙂

  13. Allie says

    Hi Katie,
    I am actually going to make your blondies for 4th of July! I’ve been meaning to try them forever, and this is the perfect excuse. Wish me luck!

  14. beemeetsbutterfly says

    Katie! I have a delicious challenge for you!

    Have you ever done any healthy recipes with CARAMEL? Oh, the ooey gooey buttery sugary goodness that just can’t be beat! MMMM..But honestly, are there really any good substitutions for caramel or anything that would taste similar? Or is it a lost cause? My all-time favorite combo is chocolate-peanut butter (heaven. pure heaven.), but I loveeeee caramel and chocolate together too…

    What are your thoughts? Work your magic and show us what you come up with! 🙂

    • Chocolate-Covered Katie says

      I haven’t! Ya know, I’ve been thinking I need to figure something out! I’m working on a caramel idea with dates… so far, it’s working out well. I’m thinking of doing a samoas-stuffed cupcake!
      Also, I heard that brown rice syrup tastes caramel-y.

  15. shannonmarie says

    You can’t do 4th of July food without berries. It’s the natural way to do red and blue. Love it.

    Sorry that I’ve been more of a lurker on your site lately. Haven’t had much time to comment now that my son is off from school for the summer. Luckily, I did find a moment to make a 5 in 5 video for the Hot Raw Chef contest ( It’s the first time I’ve been brave enough to do something like this. I’d really appreciate it if you’d vote for me, and I’d also love to see you do some videos. I bet the rest of your readers would enjoy it, too. Thanks 🙂

  16. Synne says

    Everything you make looks soo good. I’ve tried your special voluminous oatmeal with raspberries and your banana oatmeal bred/cake, and both where delicious!!! Next up is your blueberry pancakes which look yummy.
    I’m from Norway and here our national day is 17th of may. It’s tradition to wear a “bunad” (national costume) and to watch/participate in different processions (schools,scouts etc) waving flags and such. It’s also become tradition to hotdogs and to eat as much ice cream as possible. My record is 12, though many of my friends has 30 (!).
    Anyways, hope you’ll have a wonderful 4th of july 😀

  17. Aine @ Something to Chew Over says

    Happy Independence Day to all my American friends! Enjoy your long weekend 🙂

    I’m Irish so we celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, we don’t actually have an independence day. (There are celebrations every Easter though to commerate the Easter Rising of 1916) On St. Patrick’s Day I like to dye everything green! And a traditional dinner would be ham or maybe lamb as it’s springtime.

  18. Jessica says

    Very patriotic delectables! Lovely! I plan on going to a bbq/pool party! I was asked to bring a dessert too-this post has given me some new inspiration! 🙂

  19. Holly @ The Runny Egg says

    We’re going to a BBQ on Monday and I’m bringing a huge bowl of guacamole — it is what I bring to almost every party and it is such a crowd pleaser.

  20. Jeska says

    Ahhh, we do nothing in England! We’ve got Christmas and Easter and that’s basically it. I think there’s St. George’s day, but no one does much for it.

  21. Oc Ziegler says

    I’m a lucky girl because this year I get to celebrate Canada day and the Fourth! My family had a huge Canada day party last night, complete with fireworks and on the Fourth I’ll be in Boston watching fireworks 😀 I can’t wait!

  22. Katelyn @ Chef Katelyn says

    I can’t believe the fourth of july is already on our toes!!! All of your food pichas are beautiful giiirl! I’m so ready to get in the “holiday” spirit!

  23. Lauren @ What Lauren Likes says

    In Canada our celebration is today! July 1st. My area has a parade and such, but today I actually went state-side and blew all my money at Whole Foods 🙂 it was a great day!!

  24. Elise says

    Happy early 4th July, I hope you have a great time celebrating!

    As someone mentioned above, us brits are quite boring (though probably not the Irish with St Patricks day). Although I did go to Hastings to celebrate May Day this year. That was pretty awesome, lots of Morris dancers, both traditional and modern, beer, may pole dancing and crowning of the May Queen. I’m also (secretly) looking forward to Christmas!

    Elise x

  25. Ragnhild says

    All these photos are so beautiful!
    Our independence day in Norway is at May 17th. We usually have a huge BBQ, and something red, blue and white- like our flag!

  26. Niki (Life's a Payne) says

    Hey! Just found your blog and it looks wonderful! I heard you have some great recipe ideas and I can’t wait to search around.

    Today happens to be Canada Day! We don’t have any real special food traditions. A lot of bbq-ing, I guess kind of similar to you guys. Of course I couldn’t resist making a nice batch of cupcakes to celebrate… any excuse!

  27. Erica @ For the Sake of Cake says

    I’m going to a family picnic for the 4th… & I’m planning on making the fruit salad that you posted the end of May! 🙂

  28. Amanda Jewell says

    Going to a hugeeeeee party for the 4th! My friend is moving to NY & is combining her 4th july bbq w/ her going away party so everyone and their mama (and their daddy, sister, brother, dog, neighbor, mailman,…) is invited!

  29. Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga says

    I love your recipe roundup, Katie!

    the bloob pancakes (and I am not even a ‘pancake girl’) look soooo good!

    as does the fudge.

    well, it all looks stellar!

    What am I making for the 4th? Hopefully a stiff drink. I need one 🙂


  30. Moni'sMeals says

    I love how you make these recipe roundups for us! Bless you. 🙂

    I will be making a lot of yummy foods, playing outside and livin it up. Not on a computer, haha. 🙂

  31. Tara says

    Ooooh are you going to add some sort of festive red, white, and blue to the blondies?! I’m excited to see, so I hope you share!
    I actually think your watermelon ice cream would be a hit! Maybe I’ll make that for my family. We’re going to the shore to celebrate!

  32. Lindsey @ Why Just Eat says

    We love to celebrate the 4th of July, especially since my hubby’s birthday is the day before! Unfortunately we are under a burn ban this year (no snow all winter, no rain so far this year!) so no fireworks for us. Instead we plan to barbecue and enjoy friends 🙂 I am planning to make cheesecake filled strawberries!

    • Chocolate-Covered Katie says

      Yikes! That sounds even worse that here. We have water rations (no sprinklers on certain days, etc), but have never had a burn ban. Oh well, who needs fireworks as long as you have dessert, right? 😉
      I’ve been wanting to make chocolate-mousse-filled strawberries!

  33. Kate says

    We celebrate Australia Day on January 26th, right in the middle of our summer so it’s all about bbqs! It’s not a celebration of independence but a celebration of the day an Englishman landed in Australia making it somewhat controversial with our native Kooris.

    The colours of our flag are red, white and blue too so I can use all your creations next year. Everything looks divine, as usual!!

  34. Katie Henderson says

    I remember icecream at Baskin Robins when I was a kid that was patriotic. I don’t remember the name, but it was vanilla icecream with blueberry preserves(or flavor), raspberry preserves(again, but have been Smuckers), and pop rocks. Awesome.

  35. Karine says

    Well… Switzerland’s national day is on August the 1st. Traditionally, people get together, make fires and roast sausages (yuck), usually saveloy (yes, it says a lot about the fiiine swiss culinary traditions). There are also many fireworks, and some military parades. Also, people light colored lanterns and make a procession.
    In short… not a very exciting party. 🙂 But the good thing is that our flag colors are red and white, so I can adapt many American/Canadian recipes!

  36. BroccoliHut says

    Seth and I are headed to a wedding tonight, but we’re just hanging out with his family for the 4th. Perhaps I should contribute a vegan dessert to the party???

  37. Niki (Life's a Payne) says

    Your recipes look fantastic. I can’t wait to try the cookie dough dip. Chickpeas are the bomb for sneaky cooking!

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