We Love Berries! July 4th Sweet Treats

by Marla on July 1, 2011 · 40 comments

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July 4th in the Hamptons, NY

Here we are on the cusp of another long weekend. Friends can you tell me this….where is the time going? Around here it is buzzing by which is a good thing. I love to keep really busy and it means each day brings me closer to our summer trip to Telluride. I crave the cool mountain air, long hikes and “fishing” with my kids in the local pond. For now let’s think about goodies for the 4th of July, shall we? Remember my thing is to bring you sweet with health So do not hesitate for one minute to dig in.

Little kids in 4th of July Red, white and blue clothes

Yes, those are lollipops. Yes they are having a blast with them. The only thing that freaks me out about the passage of time is how quickly my kids are growing……my heart flutters at the thought. I couldn’t resist sharing these iPhone photos of them from the past few years.

4th of July Celebration cupcakes and muffins

We love berries here and they tie in perfectly the July 4th color palate. Today we have Red, White and Blue food folks.

Here is our summer home in East Hampton. Just kidding. It is someones summer home in East Hampton. Lucky ducks.

East Hampton Summer Beach House

Here is my Very Blueberry Layer Cake that also happens to be gluten free. The great news it is perfectly suitable for dessert and breakfast too. Lucky us.

Ok, cherries aren’t berries but they sure do show off summer! A fun treat using sweet summer cherries is Cherry Applesauce Parfaits. Homemade applesauce and thick Greek yogurt, a great snack for anytime.

Homemade organic applesauce parfait recipe

For those of you who have been around a while Mixed Berry Parfaits show up a lot around here.

July 4th creamy & sweet berry sauce yogurt parfait.

Champagne Pudding with Berry Sauce keeps in the holiday theme too. The Champagne adds an unexpected twist to a classic.

Healthy, sugar free homemade pudding dessert for New Years Eve.

Here are two kinds of blueberry muffins each equally fabulous. This one is not gluten free, the next one is. These are Pomegranate Blueberry Coconut Muffins.

Whole grain breakfast muffin with pomegranate seeds and blueberries.

Here they are again with cream cheese frosting……

Homemade healthy blueberry muffins with sauce & cream cheese

These are my latest Gluten Free Blueberry Lemon Muffins and they are addictive to say the least!

July 4th healthy muffin recipe with blueberries and lemon

Let me give strawberries a moment of love too….Gluten Free Strawberry Whoopie Pies.

Guilt free, low fat, sugar free strawberries and cream whoopie pies

Berries and Goat Cheese Mini Pizzas always satisfy.

Mixed Berries and Goat Cheese Pizza on Family Fresh Cooking blog

Of course any kind of berries out of hand is fabulous too!

Blueberries in white bowl

Other than the fruit in these recipes they are sugar free. Yay for that!

Little girl in July 4th celebration clothes

Happy July 4th friends. What will you be doing to celebrate?

Links to 4th of July around the Web


{ 40 comments… read them below or add one }

1 yummychunklet July 1, 2011 at 7:06 am

I simply adore the color of your Very Blueberry Layer Cake. Hurray for blueberry season!


2 Marla July 1, 2011 at 11:17 am

I know it. That purple color is just so happy. Gosh I want to take the time to make that cake again soon…


3 Jenny Flake July 1, 2011 at 7:07 am

What a beautiful round-up! I want that summer home in the Hamptons too :) Hope you guys have a great 4th of July weekend! We’ll have to do lunch when you get back from EVO!!


4 Marla July 1, 2011 at 11:20 am

Thanks Jenny! I miss the beauty of the Hampton’s now that I live in the OC. It is amazing there. Those homes & the property they sit on beat the ones here by a long shot.
Yes, we will meet for certain when I get back from evo. Happy 4th! Love watching your photo updates on instagram.


5 Barbara Bakes July 1, 2011 at 7:08 am

What a delicious roundup! You’re so luck to have a home in the Hamptons 😉 Gorgeous picture!


6 Marla July 1, 2011 at 11:21 am

Hey Barbara, glad you like my round up. I wish that was our house. We were just playing on the public beach in front of it :)


7 Jessica @ How Sweet July 1, 2011 at 7:15 am

What cuties! These are some great recipes Marla!


8 Marina {Yummy Mummy} July 1, 2011 at 7:25 am

Oh I would love to have a home in the Hamptons too :) I’ve never even been there is the reality. It looks glorious, as do your berry treats of course! Happy Fourth, Marla! Your children are darling.


9 Marla July 1, 2011 at 11:22 am

Thanks Marina. I think someone needs to plan a great big blog trip to the Hampton’s. Now that would be fun!!


10 Heather @ Heather's Dish July 1, 2011 at 7:35 am

Cute kiddos and fabulous recipes…great post girl!


11 Rachel @ Not Rachael Ray July 1, 2011 at 7:48 am

Great roundup! And your kids are darling! Happy 4th!


12 Rosa July 1, 2011 at 7:53 am

Berrylicious! Everything looks so delightful.

Your children are great models!




13 the urban baker July 1, 2011 at 8:21 am

such a great round up. and can we talk about your daugter’s adorable amazing outfit in photo 2. for that reason alone I would go for the 4th kid and pray for a girl! have a safe 4th, marla! i adore you.xx


14 Marla July 1, 2011 at 11:23 am

Back at ya Susan. Hope you guys have an amazing long weekend. That outfit my daughter is wearing is from Rachel Riley. Love that stuff :)


15 brandi July 1, 2011 at 8:39 am

your kids are adorable! and now i have baby fever :)

Love all the berry recipes – that cream cheese icing looks incredible!


16 Amanda July 1, 2011 at 9:24 am

Beautiful stuff!


17 Georgia Pellegrini July 1, 2011 at 9:31 am

This looks so wonderful. I love how your sweet treats can be eaten for breakfast or dessert… you’re such a good influence in the blogosphere.


18 Lucy July 1, 2011 at 9:52 am

Happy sugar gluten free 4th – what a lot of great berry delicious food – xxx


19 aida mollenkamp July 1, 2011 at 10:50 am

It’s a berry-palooza! By the way, I’ve already been coaxed into making the Very Blueberry Layer Cake by my sister who saw me reading your post and stopped in her tracks when she saw the picture.


20 Lauren@LittleYellowKitchen July 1, 2011 at 10:53 am

Awesome recipe roundup! I forgot about how much I want to make those pizzas, thanks for the reminder :)


21 Leanne @ Healthful Pursuit July 1, 2011 at 11:19 am

Checking out the layered gluten-free cake now! My gosh, everything looks SO amazing!


22 Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga July 1, 2011 at 2:58 pm

Awww, thanks for the linkback lovin’ :)

Pomegranate Blueberry Coconut Muffins. How did I miss those?

Or the Champagne Pudding with Berry Sauce

And cream cheese frosting, oh yes please!!

Just everything!! in this post is amazing!! And I think that some people have a signature “look” to their food, photography, blog, and dare I say, your ‘look’ seems SO WELL suited to the 4th…you always use berries, blueberries, strawberries, etc and I dunno, this holiday is so Marla :)



23 Liz (Little Bitty Bakes) July 1, 2011 at 5:55 pm

Marla, that’s my house!! Ha… a girl can dream, right?! I have a friend who is from the Hamptons — so interesting to hear her perspective of growing up in the Hamptons as a regular person!

I love the roundup — all the gluten free goodies! I’m actually in the midst of a gluten free trial diet, so this is perfect.


24 Marla July 1, 2011 at 6:14 pm

Liz, it is certainly a different world out there! Neat that you are going gluten free. Can’t wait to hear how it makes you feel :) Have a great weekend!


25 sophia July 1, 2011 at 8:59 pm

Don’t worry, Marla, I’m 23 and I’m still Daddy’s and Mommy’s Little Girl. Just a bit more expensive and with more attitude. lol.


26 Joanne July 2, 2011 at 3:20 am

First of all your kids are ADORABLE! I love them in their red white and blue outfits!

second of all, I want to make everything in this round-up! All this fresh fruit is beckoning to me.


27 Cookin' Canuck July 2, 2011 at 8:38 am

Just look at all of those beautiful desserts! I keep scrolling back up to the blueberry layer cake – wow!


28 HeatherChristo July 2, 2011 at 12:50 pm

That post made me laugh out loud :) Gorgeous desserts!


29 Lauren at Keep It Sweet July 2, 2011 at 2:18 pm

Your kids are adorable and look so much like you! I want to eat everything in this post. Have a wonderful weekend, Marla!


30 Parsley Sage July 2, 2011 at 3:20 pm

Ohmigoodness those Pomegranate Blueberry Coconut Muffins looks fabulous! Your itty bitties are gahdorable too :) You’re so lucky! Thanks for sharing and for swinging by Deep Dish


31 Nikita July 2, 2011 at 3:54 pm

Oh my goodness, Marla, these all look so delicious, I don’t know what to try! You take such beautiful photos! Thanks for the inspiration :)


32 Sommer@ASpicyPerspective July 2, 2011 at 6:27 pm

Ooo, I love berries too. This time of year we simply can’t get enough of them! What little cuties you have. Happy 4th!


33 Alyssa July 3, 2011 at 5:56 am

My boyfriend and I went strawberry picking last weekend and cherry picking yesterday, so we have an overabundance of berries. Your recipies will definitely come in handy for us! They look absolutely delicious.
It was the first time I’ve been to a U-pick and I had a blast. If you’ve never gone, I highly recommend it – and I bet your kids would love it, too!
Lovely beach photos, too!


34 thepickyeater | a spoonful of yumm July 3, 2011 at 6:02 am

hey marla….nice roundup ! everything looks yummy :) have a great 4th of july !
thank you for stopping by my blog….will take part in some other giveaway when it’s open to international readers .


35 Sasha @ The Procrastobaker July 3, 2011 at 12:55 pm

i LOVE this roundup! Such a beautiful collection, but that blueberry layer cake absolutely takes my breath away, and the pomegranate blueberry coconut muffins..wow what a combo! Totally gorgeous :)


36 Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga July 3, 2011 at 4:36 pm

p.s. just saw your pic on FG

congrats :)

it was a “split screen” pic..didnt know they took those. good to know now! not that I even have those kinda skills in Lightroom usually :)



37 Jeanette July 3, 2011 at 6:01 pm

Marla – I agree, love berries, and they are perfect for the 4th of July with all their vibrant colors. Love all your photos and recipes that go with this holiday theme.


38 Allison [Girl's Guide to Social Media] July 5, 2011 at 9:56 am

Great and yummy round-up! I wish that was my summer home in East Hampton too. :)


39 Carolyn July 5, 2011 at 11:38 am

Mmmm, tons of beautiful berry dishes. I could eat every single one! And I wish that WAS your home in East Hampton…I would invite myself for a visit.


40 Marla July 5, 2011 at 11:53 am

Carolyn, IF that was my home in the Hampton’s I would like nothing more than for you to pay me a visit 😉


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