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Savory bruschetta takes a turn on the sweet side with quick and easy Strawberry Dessert Bruschetta topped with toasted coconut and salted peanuts.

Sweet Dessert Bruschetta Recipe

While I’m all for the traditional tomato-topped take on bruschetta, this slightly sweeter alternative has become my go-to dessert for busy weeknights. So I’ve transformed the original recipe into a Nutella-slathered, strawberry-studded, coconut-sprinkled treat. And it all begins with thick slices of sourdough bread that are brushed with unsalted butter before going for a quick toast under the broiler.

Sweet Dessert Bruschetta Recipe

Next up is a generous layer of creamy Nutella that’s spread on the crispy toasts while they’re still slightly warm. And we could call it quits right there and still have a show-stopper, but I’m taking the dessert indulgence a few flavorful steps further with the addition of sliced strawberries.

Sweet Dessert Bruschetta Recipe

If the strawberries at your local market are looking less than impressive, don’t hesitate to customize your fruit topping by opting for fresh blueberries, blackberries or raspberries instead.

Sweet Dessert Bruschetta Recipe

The final touches on our confectionery canvases? Chopped salted peanuts and toasted coconut for a sweet-meets-salty stunner of a dessert. And best of all, you can forget the forks and dig in with your fingers.

Sweet Dessert Bruschetta Recipe

Ready to swap tomatoes for strawberries in this quick and easy treat? Check out the original recipe for Sweet Dessert Bruschetta and customize your creation with your favorite spreads, fruit, and sweet and salty toppings.

- Kelly Senyei, Just a Taste


Surprise your special someone this Valentine’s Day with quick and easy Bittersweet Chocolate Bark with Pretzels.

Bittersweet Chocolate Bark with Pretzels

While I’m all for the convenience of store-bought candy, it’s hard to avoid going the DIY route when it’s as easy and customizable as this Bittersweet Chocolate Bark with Pretzels. I’ve swapped the spicy candy additions in the original recipe for a little something salty and a little something sweet. But before we get to the toppings, let’s talk chocolate.

Bittersweet Chocolate Bark with Pretzels

If there ever was a time to splurge on high-quality chocolate, this is that moment. Aim for the best bittersweet chocolate you can find, as it’ll be the primary canvas upon which you scatter a colorful array of toppings, so you want that canvas to be as pleasing to the palate as possible.

Bittersweet Chocolate Bark with Pretzels recipe

And then it comes time to top the melted chocolate with all of your favorite snack items, from salted pretzels and sour gummy O’s to heart-shaped sprinkles and any other festive or flavorful odds and ends stashed in your pantry.

Bittersweet Chocolate Bark with Pretzels recipe

The final touch to your confectionery canvas? A swift drizzle of pink candy melts that lend a pop of color to your Valentine’s Day dessert dream. You can purchase candy melts in large grocery stores or craft stores, or find every color of the rainbow by purchasing them online.

Bittersweet Chocolate Bark with Pretzels recipe

Ready to woo your special someone with homemade Bittersweet Chocolate Bark? Check out the recipe then find inspiration with a few more of my favorite Valentine’s Day-inspired sweets.

- Kelly Senyei, Just a Taste


Move over, lasagna! Ricotta steals the spotlight in this quick and easy recipe for extra-fluffy Mixed Berry Ricotta Pancakes.

Mixed Berry Ricotta Pancakes Recipe

Yes, indeed. Creamy ricotta is the secret to this towering stack of flapjacks studded with fresh strawberries and blueberries. So how do you go from a few pantry essentials to a breakfast touchdown? Check out the original recipe and read on for my easy adaptations.

Mixed Berry Ricotta Pancakes Recipe

All you need is flour, eggs, sugar, ricotta and your choice of chopped fruit for these Mixed Berry Ricotta Pancakes. While the original recipe kept it classic with blueberries, I’ve added a pop of color and flavor with chopped strawberries. But I couldn’t stop there…

Mixed Berry Ricotta Pancakes Recipe

Ricotta does well with a citrus complement, so I’ve stirred in 2 heaping teaspoons of freshly grated lemon zest for just a taste of tang. And then it’s time to guarantee those flapjacks fluff. Cue the egg whites!

Mixed Berry Ricotta Pancakes Recipe

Egg whites are whipped to stiff peaks then folded into the pancake batter, which puffs up the pancakes while keeping them light and tender in texture.

Mixed Berry Ricotta Pancakes Recipe

Once your batter hits the pan, feel free to sprinkle on a few extra pieces of chopped fruit. Then give those flapjacks a flip and top off your stack with a drizzle of warm maple syrup or honey.

Mixed Berry Ricotta Pancakes Recipe

Ready to kick the fruit flavor up a notch? Top your stack with fresh strawberry syrup or fresh blueberry syrup.

- Kelly Senyei, Just a Taste


Start your morning with quick-fix Quinoa and Fruit Breakfast Bowls topped with your choice of fresh fruit, chopped nuts, toasted coconut and more.

Quinoa and Fruit Breakfast Bowls Recipe

Breakfast is often the most rushed meal of the day, but now it just got a whole lot faster and more filling thanks to Quinoa and Fruit Breakfast Bowls. This hearty morning meal stars nutrient-packed quinoa, which can be cooked up to three days in advance and stored in the fridge for a quick and easy breakfast alternative to cereal and oatmeal.

Quinoa and Fruit Breakfast Bowls recipe

Once the hull is visible on the quinoa, you know it’s cooked to puffed perfection. At this point, it can be wrapped securely in plastic wrap and stored in the fridge, or you can continue on to breakfast bowl glory.

Quinoa and Fruit Breakfast Bowls recipe

And this is when the customization kicks in. While the original recipe calls for stirring in apple juice and topping the quinoa with a dollop of jam, I’ve opted to skip the sugar-packed juice and jam, swirl in a scoop of peanut butter and top it all off with added crunch, courtesy of some toasted coconut.

Quinoa and Fruit Breakfast Bowls recipe

To toast flaked coconut, simply spread it in an even layer on a parchment paper-lined baking sheet then bake it at 350ºF for 5 to 7 minutes, tossing it as it browns. The coconut will toast quickly, so it’s important to mix it while it bakes to ensure an even, golden brown color. 

Quinoa and Fruit Breakfast Bowls recipe

Add some chopped nuts and a drizzle of honey or agave nectar to your bowl, and breakfast just went from blah to brilliant!

- Kelly Senyei, Just a Taste


Make morning meal time a breeze with this quick and easy recipe for Raspberry Cream Cheese Coffee Cake that stars moist vanilla cake studded with fresh berries.

Raspberry-Cream Cheese Coffee Cake Recipe

Breakfast just got a whole lot better thanks to my new go-to coffee cake recipe that’s quick enough to whip up on weekday mornings and also impressive enough to serve at weekend brunch. While the original recipe was a sliceable slam-dunk, I’ve swapped the lemon zest for orange zest, kicked up the vanilla factor and opened the door wide open for endless topping possibilities.

Raspberry-Cream Cheese Coffee Cake Recipe

And it all begins with a basic coffee cake batter that I’ve flavored with 1 1/2 teaspoons of fresh orange zest and 2 teaspoons of vanilla extract. After a quick blend in the stand mixer, half of the batter is transferred to the prepared cake pan. And this is when the real star of the show makes their entrance…

Raspberry-Cream Cheese Coffee Cake Recipe

A layer of cream cheese filling is poured atop the batter and spread to all edges before being topped with the remaining half of the batter. Then it’s time for a quick 20-minute trip to the oven.

Raspberry-Cream Cheese Coffee Cake Recipe

Once the coffee cake has par-baked, it’s removed from the oven and crowned with handfuls of fresh, juicy raspberries. The raspberries sink or swim into and atop the cake before it’s returned to the oven to finish baking.

Raspberry-Cream Cheese Coffee Cake Recipe

The result is a fruit-filled eye-catching confection that tastes just as great as it looks. Ready to let those creative juices flow? Stir in a handful of chocolate chips or chopped nuts and top it all off with a mixture of blueberries, strawberries and blackberries for the ultimate start to your day.

- Kelly Senyei, Just a Taste


Add a seasonal spin to a dessert classic with a quick and easy recipe for festive Christmas Brownies studded with semisweet chocolate chips and candied cherries.  

Christmas Tree Brownies Recipe

Nothing says “happy holidays” quite like a crowd-pleasing pan of brownies. But I’m skipping the squares and bypassing the bars with a fun new Christmas-inspired take on this traditional favorite. And it all starts by transforming a little melted butter and chocolate into the fudgy base of these brownies.

Christmas Tree Brownies Recipe

Next comes the festive add-ins, including candied cherries and semisweet chocolate chips. I decided to take the flavor up another notch by stirring in 2 teaspoons of espresso powder mixed with 1 tablespoon of water to really bring out the rich flavor of the chocolate.

Christmas Brownies Recipe

And the real beauty of this recipe is that the brownies are baked in a 15×10-inch pan, which makes them the perfect base shape for slicing into triangles. Simply slice the pan of brownies in half length-wise (down the center) and then slice at a diagonal to form 22 “trees” with four edges as scraps. And by “scraps,” I mean “the parts you eat while decorating the brownies.”

Christmas Brownies Recipe

Transfer each tree to a parchment paper-lined baking sheet and then melt 1 cup of semisweet chocolate chips, stirring until they are smooth. Transfer the melted chocolate into a piping bag, snip off the tip and drizzle the chocolate across each tree. A shower of sprinkles completes these sweet treats.

Christmas Brownies Recipe

Ready to wow holiday guests? Preheat your oven for Christmas Brownies and give Christmas cookies some serious competition in the holiday dessert department.

- Kelly Senyei, Just a Taste


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