Blackberry Cheesecake Brownies

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Blackberry Cheesecake Brownies

Blackberry cheesecake brownies that will have everyone begging for seconds

Blackberry cheesecake brownies that will have everyone begging for seconds. A rich brownie base, tangy cheesecake and sweet blackberry swirl!

Brownies are perfect in every way. Fudgy, moist, chocolatey, and oh-so-satisfying. I’ve loved brownies ever since I was a little girl. I had to share these blackberry cheesecake brownies with you all.

These brownies look gourmet and no one will know that you actually made these babies in your PJs! That beautiful purple swirl in the white creamy cheesecake is just stunning!

Blackberry Cheesecake Brownies

These blackberry cheesecake brownies are perfect: a rich chocolate brownie base topped with tangy cheesecake, all swirled with tart blackberries. Here are the ingredients you will need for each component:

Blackberry Puree

  • Blackberries: frozen or fresh blackberries work fine
  • Sugar: regular white granulated sugar
  • Water: helps thin out the puree


  • Butter: adds flavor, richness, and all the fat you need for moist tender brownies
  • Sugar: adds sweetness to balance out the bitterness of the cocoa
  • Eggs: gives structure to the brownies
  • Vanilla Extract: adds flavor
  • Salt: enhances all the flavors
  • Cocoa Powder: gives all the rich chocolatey flavor
  • Flour: regular all-purpose flour is all you need


  • Cream Cheese: make sure it’s softened to room temperature
  • Greek Yogurt: adds creaminess and tang to the cheesecake layer
  • Egg: adds structure to the cheesecake
  • Sugar: adds sweetness
  • Salt: enhances all the flavors

The measurements and details for all the ingredients can be found in the recipe card at the end of this post.

How to Make Cheesecake Brownies from Scratch

To make cheesecake brownies from scratch you only need basic ingredients like butter, sugar, eggs, flour, cocoa, etc. for the brownies. You’ll also need a few ingredients for the blackberry puree and cream cheese layers. Here are the step-by-step instructions:

Blackberry Puree

  1. Combine: add all the ingredients to a saucepan and place over medium-high heat stirring occasionally to break down the blackberries.
  2. Strain: pour the puree into a fine mesh strainer over a small bowl and push the blackberries through with a spatula preserving all the liquid and dispose of the solids.
  3. Cool: allow the strained puree to cool to room temperature.


  1. Prep: preheat the oven to 325°F and line a square baking dish with parchment paper.
  2. Melt: add the butter to a microwave safe bowl and melt the butter in 30 second increments until completely melted.

Somavedic review + does it actually do anything?

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Sharing a review of the Somavedic device, how it works, and how we’re liking it so far. If you want to get your own, use this link and the code FITNESSISTA for 10% off. 

Hi friends! How’s the morning gong? I hope you had an amazing weekend. We celebrated Mother’s Day, and also had a lovely dinner with friends.

For today’s post, I wanted to share a review of something we’ve been using for the past few weeks: The Somavedic. TBH, I’d been eyeing one for years (I know that Dr. Cabral also uses one and I always like his recommendations), so I was so pumped when they offered to gift me one. It’s absolutely gorgeous and I’ve noticed a difference since we started using it.

I’m going to share a full review in today’s blog post, and if you’re interested in trying it, you can check it ouf here and use the code FITNESSISTA for 10% off.

Somavedic review + does it actually do anything?

In recent years, the Somavedic device has gained popularity in the realm of holistic wellness. But what exactly is Somavedic, and does it live up to the hype?

Today, I wanted to chat about what Somavedic is, how it works, and share some pros and cons now that we’ve been using it for a while.

What is Somavedic?

Somavedic is a device that emits subtle energy frequencies intended to harmonize the environment and counteract the harmful effects of electromagnetic radiation (EMFs), geopathic stress, and other environmental pollutants.

The device is designed to create a coherent field that supports the body’s natural ability to maintain balance and vitality. Every device is handmade and touched by 10 different people in the process. When I opened the box, I was surprised by how gorgeous it is.

How Does Somavedic Work?

Somavedic utilizes a combination of ancient knowledge and modern technology to achieve its effects. At its core, the device contains a mix of minerals, precious stones, and other natu

Blackened Ranch Dressing

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This is a smoky, slightly spicy blackened ranch dressing just like Popeye’s! Serve with vegetables, chicken tenders, or french fries. There’s no wrong way to enjoy this awesome dip.

spicy ranch dip in small bowl next to plate of chicken pieces

Popeye’s Blackened Ranch

My family went crazy over this the first time I made it. They inhaled it in record time alongside a plate of raw vegetables.

I’m so happy that a reader mentioned blackened ranch dressing to me a while back! I’d never heard of it, so I had to do a bit of research.

It turns out that Popeye’s sells a blackened ranch that is very popular. Naturally, I needed to make a copycat recipe asap.

Blackened Ranch Sauce

Why is it called “blackened” ranch? There are spice mixes called “blackening seasoning,” and they consist of a variety of different spices along with a smoky spice (in this case, paprika) and a spice with a hint of heat (in this case, both black pepper and cayenne are being used).

I’ve taken that smoky, spicy combination and added it to our very popular ranch dressing recipe. The result is a seriously delicious winner of a new dipping sauce that has a likely permanent spot in our refrigerator now.

Every time I stir together a batch of this blackened ranch, it disappears ridiculously fast. Those added flavors are clearly a hit with my boys.

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Lemon Poppy Seed Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting [+Video]

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Lemon Poppy Seed Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting [+Video]

a photo of a piece of lemon poppy seed cake topped with a white cream cheese frosting and small lemon slice

This Lemon Poppy Seed Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting is soft, moist & deliciously buttery with a fresh lemon flavor. Dotted with poppy seeds & topped with cream cheese frosting – it’s the perfect dessert for lemon lovers!

From Poppy Seed Muffins to Cake!

It’s a soft, buttery, perfectly moist lemon cake that’s dotted with poppy seeds and topped with cream cheese frosting. It’s one of my favorite cakes, and it’s the perfect dessert if you love lemon poppy seed muffins.

The inspiration for this cake came after a friend gifted us with a poppy seed roll. It was a yeast bread with a swirl of poppy seed filling, and absolutely delicious. As I was having a slice with a thick slather of butter, it got me thinking about poppy seed recipes and I realized I hadn’t made any in a very long time.

So – this lemon poppy seed cake was born.

We have an entire video of exactly how to make it, so check it out…

What Do You Need to Make Lemon Poppy Seed Cake?

The ingredients for this cake recipe are simple and pantry friendly. Here are the items you will need:

Lemon Poppy Seed Cake

  • Wet Ingredients: Granulated Sugar, Lemon Zest, Unsalted Butter, Eggs, Vanilla Extract, Sour Cream, Buttermilk and Lemon Juice
  • Dry Ingredients: All Purpose Flour, Cornstarch, Bakin

20-Minute Cheesy Pesto Pasta

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20-Minute Cheesy Pesto Pasta

a photo of a large bowl full of cooked angel hair pasta tossed with pesto, grape tomatoes, basil leaves, mozzarella cheese and pine nuts.

Need dinner on the table in 20 minutes? This Cheesy Pesto Pasta is quick and easy to make, and you can throw in any extra veggies lying in your produce drawer!

The BEST Pesto Pasta Recipe

If you’ve got a need for vegetarian or gluten-free recipes, these basil pesto noodles is a great dinner option. You can add chicken to make it a heartier dish, but it’s actually really fantastic with just grape tomatoes. Heck, you could even throw in chopped zucchini, which would also be yummy. In fact, I think I will next time.

Our favorite way to serve this pesto pasta is actually straight from the pan. I know, that doesn’t seem very classy, but the pan is sizzling hot and to bring it out and serve it straight into bowls really is so fun and it keeps everything fresh and fragrant versus putting it into a cold serving bowl.

We started with our Classic Pesto recipe. You just can’t beat the taste of fresh pesto! It’s our favorite and I think it’s the toasted garlic that really takes things over the top. We actually add a little more to the pasta as well. It’s ridiculous, but true. Garlicky, cheesy noodles are kind of awesome.

I don’t know how healthy pesto pasta is considering that you dump a full cup of cheese in there, but it’s certainly better for you than a lot of other pasta dishes out there. It’s fresh, simple and a really fast pasta to serve as a main dish. Not to mention it is full of flavor!

What’s Needed for Basil Pesto Pasta?

This pesto sauce pasta couldn’t be any easier to make! Here’s all you’ll need to make these pesto noodles:

  • Olive Oil
  • Garlic
  • Angel Hair Pasta
  • Basil Pesto
  • Shredded Mozzarella
  • Grape Tomatoes (or cherry tomatoes)
  • Black Pepper

The measurements for each ingredient can be found in the recipe card down below so keep scrolling for all the details.

How to Make Pesto Sauce Pasta

This pesto dish comes together in just 20 minutes! Here are the basic steps to mastering this recipe:

  1. Prep: Make the homemade pesto (if making at home) and prepare the pasta to al dente according to the package instructions (reserve the pasta water!).
  2. Sauté: Add the oil and garlic to a large skillet over medium heat and stir until fragrant. Reduce the heat then at the tomatoes and salt and sauté.
  3. Boil: Add some starchy pasta water and bring the mixture to a boil and then reduce to a simmer. You want the tomatoes to start burstin