Blackberry String Beans

The tang of blackberries plus the crunch of green beans combines the best of early summer into a single, devourable dish. Recipe and Photo by Sarah O’Toole of Cooking with CSA.


  • 1 cup blackberries
  • 2 cups green beans
  • 1⁄4 cup walnuts
  • 2 Tbsp. maple syrup
  • zest of 1 lemon


  1. In a large pot bring 4 cups of water to a boil.
  2. While water boils fill up a large bowl with ice water.
  3. Place green beans in boiling water for 5 minutes.
  4. After 5 minutes submerge beans into ice water for 5 minutes.
  5. Drain beans and place back in large bowl.
  6. Add blackberries to large bowl along with maple syrup and lemon zest.
  7. Mix well.
  8. Roughly chop walnuts, and place on top of beans and blackberries.

Chocolate Blackberry Truffle Bites

Blackberries signal longer, warmer days, but their season is short. These truffle bites combine the bright tartness of blackberries with rich chocolate and creamy coconut. They make a healthy desert or an energy-boosting late afternoon snack. Avoid setting them in direct sun otherwise you’ll  be eating them with a spoon, which is still delicious.

Recipe and Photo by Sarah O’Toole of Cooking with CSA


  • 1 cup blackberries
  • 2 Tbsp. fresh orange juice
  • 2/3 cup walnuts
  • 10 medjool dates
  • 1/3 cup chocolate chips (paleo 1/3 cup coconut oil mixed with 1/4 cup cacao powder)
  • 1⁄2 cup shredded coconut


  1. In a food processor place blackberries and dates, process until a sticky ball forms.
  2. Place mixture in a large bowl.
  3. Next chop walnuts and add those to the large bowl
  4. Add orange juice and chocolate chips to large bowl.
  5. Next add 1⁄4 of the shredded coconut and mix together with hands.
  6. Mixture should stick together. If not add another date or a little orange juice.
  7. Wet hands and form into balls, then roll in the remaining coconut flakes.