Peachy Dirty Blondies

August 3, 2016

Peachy Dirty Blondies by Faring Well #vegan

We left at noon last Friday and hit the road for Phoenix. It was my dad’s birthday, and he had no idea we were coming. We pull into the driveway that night, walk out onto the street, and call him via FaceTime. He answers and we begin to sing the happy birthday song to him – that’s when I began to pan out, showing the street we were standing on as we sang. The look on his face as he rushed to open the front door to find us holding a box of pizza, still singing, was everything to me. I love my dad to the moon and back, and the little girl inside of me just wanted to be with my daddy on his birthday.

I brought along a batch of homemade s’mores ice cream using the homemade graham crackers I made on my Nom show last week, and somehow despite the 118F temperatures we drove through in the dessert – my little ice packs kept the container frozen till we arrived! After sitting down with slices of pizza and big smiles on all our faces (my mom, dad, Scott, and I), a monsoon rolled in and we got to enjoy each other’s company with the cracking of thunder, buckets of rain, and flashes of lightening. What a dream of a night! After being reminded of how quickly we can be home for a weekend since moving back to southern California, I have a feeling there will be plenty more of these Friday nights to come (thank goodness, cause my heart beats for them).

Today I get to bring you what I believe is my favorite dessert I have made yet this summer. It’s the perfect balance between summer and fall – cause you know I’m already hankering for pumpkin spice and everything nice. Peaches and molasses are a match made in heaven! Plus the molasses makes the dough all dirty blonde looking, which I love, so we forgo the traditional “light blonde” look  in this spiced version (although it appears in this article on Saveur that the original brownie was made with molasses – so neat). I love brining you these wholesome baked treats, because before I pursued blogging and recipe developing I was a baker. I baked for years at home, and for cafes around Phoenix when I was in college. Savory recipes have always been tougher for me, and while this space has helped me mature my skills in that area a good deal, my comfort zone still resides in baking.

This recipe is filled with so much love from me to you, and I hope you give it a whirl while the peaches are still rolling at the farmers markets. I would bet that thinly sliced apples and pears would do lovely in the fall as well (and you know I’ll be enjoying those versions over here too). I partnered with Urban Outfitters to bring you this post today, and you can see it on their site here too. It’s all about back-to-school and studying snacks right now, and I kinda wish I was taking classes again so I could enjoy a few of these with a good study session! Any reason is a good reason to whip up a batch of these, though. – xx

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Makes 12 brownies in a 9 x 13 inch baking dish.

1 cup oat flour
1 cup rolled oats
2 cups spelt flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon fine sea salt
2 tablespoons flax meal
6 tablespoons hot water
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 cup virgin coconut oil, as a liquid
1 1/4 cup coconut sugar
1/4 cup blackstrap molasses
1 medium peach, cored and sliced

Preheat the oven to 350F. Combine the flax meal and hot water in a small dish and set aside for 5 minutes to thicken. Place the dry ingredients (flour through salt) in a large mixing bowl. Combine well with a fork, and create a well in the center.  Place the coconut sugar in the well, and top with coconut oil, vanilla, molasses, and the flax meal mixture. Stir from the inside out, incorporating the wet with the dry.

Transfer the blondie batter to a 9 x 13 inch ceramic dish (or a parchment lined aluminum one). Core and slice the peach into 1/4 inch thick pieces. Spread evenly on top of the batter, slightly pressing down on each slice. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes, or until a toothpick in the center comes out clean. Let cool on a rack on the counter. Slice and serve right away, and store extra in an airtight container on the counter. Best if eaten within 3 days.

NOTE: Want to make a smaller batch? Half the recipe and bake in a 9×5 inch loaf pan. Check after 25 minutes with a toothpick. The top should be golden and the toothpick should come out from the center clean. Have extra? These freeze wonderfully. Simply thaw in the fridge overnight, and warm before serving.

This post was sponsored by Urban Outfitters. All words and opinions are my own. Thank you for supporting what I do here on Faring Well by supporting it’s sponsors!


  • Reply Carlota August 3, 2016 at 5:00 am

    What a beautiful birthday night! That peach dessert looks amazing :)

    • Reply Faring Well August 7, 2016 at 10:55 am

      Thank you Carlota! It was such a special trip <3. And thank you for your kind words on the dessert too!

  • Reply Sian Therese August 3, 2016 at 5:18 am

    Jessie these look divine! I love to bake too, unfortunately the oven in our new house is not so fab for baking but I’m playing around with it and am slowly getting there. Given it’s the middle of winter here I’ll try these with pear or quince over the weekend! It’s so lovely to read about your relationship with your parents, it seems like you have a really beautiful connection with them both.

    • Reply Faring Well August 7, 2016 at 11:03 am

      Sian, you are too kind, thank you friend! I hope you get down the “isms” of your oven soon, if for no other reason then to bake up some blondies! Especially in the midst of winter, you need to have a warm sweet treat ;). And thank you from the bottom of my heart about my parents, I feel like such a lucky girl to have them. Hope you are enjoying winter and staying warm in your new mountain home! – xx

  • Reply Shelley August 3, 2016 at 6:18 am

    The story about surprising your dad for his birthday makes my heart melt. We did something similar for my dad’s 65th last year, and nothing beats the look on a father’s face when he is surprised by his daughter – there’s just such a special bond. As I sit here, writing this, I’m staring at a bowl of peaches I picked up at the market yesterday. Hoping I can rummage through the pantry for the molasses, and I’m set!

    • Reply Faring Well August 7, 2016 at 11:05 am

      Aw Shelley, it is just the best experience, isn’t it? We are two lucky girls to have dads that we love so much. And you are just making my heart so happy, seeing you enjoying some of my recipes on Snap this week! I feel so honored, girl. Hope you have been having the BEST weekend – xo

  • Reply Jess @ Nourished by Nutrition August 3, 2016 at 8:58 am

    You might have just won the best daughter award! Seriously, that was the cutest, most thoughtful gift you could have ever given your dad. He will cherish that birthday moment forever! But now about this recipe. I love these dirty blondies! Plus you photographed them so well. The presentation and vibrancy, I just want to reach through the screen and grab one! I’m sure these are wonderful with peaches but your idea of pears and apples this fall is getting me excited for cooler weather! xx, Jess

    • Reply Faring Well August 7, 2016 at 11:07 am

      Aw Jess! You are TOO kind friend! I’m all too lucky to have such a wonderful dad, he deserves ALL of the love! And your compliments on this recipe + my shoot are just making me blush hardcore girl. I appreciate you! So excited you’re getting amped for fall too, I’m right there with you! <3

  • Reply Pia August 3, 2016 at 10:17 am

    Jessie, Jessie, Jessie. You are a sweetheart and your dad is one lucky father! And hey, aren’t surprises just THE best, especially when they include making and seeing people happy? Also, who knew? I would never have guessed that you used to be a baker, so thank you for that random fact -I love random facts and learning more about people :)
    And finally, I must admit that due to the color of this cake (I mean, I know it’s not a cake per se, but to me it’s still a cake haha) it’s really hard to believe it’s not chocolatey, although thinking about it, that would probably not be the worst thing either…
    Well, well, hugs to you and enjoy the rest of the week, dear xx

    • Reply Faring Well August 7, 2016 at 5:29 pm

      Pia, you are the sweetheart <3 and surprises are so the best! I love them so much. And yes! Random tid bits about people are so neat to learn, I'm glad you enjoyed that little fact ;) it was such a lovely time of my life! As for this treat including chocolate, get ready for a little something of the likes this fall – hooray for firing up those ovens for good here soon! Hope you are having the loveliest of weekends, girl. xx

  • Reply Sarah | Well and Full August 3, 2016 at 12:04 pm

    Your dad must have been so thrilled to see you there on his birthday!! What a wonderful and thoughtful surprise :) That, plus s’mores ice cream and summer thunderstorms sounds like the perfect evening :) Sending hugs, Jessie!

    • Reply Faring Well August 8, 2016 at 10:35 am

      It really was just the all around best, thank you sweet friend! Hope you are doing amazing <3

  • Reply Gemma August 3, 2016 at 4:35 pm

    What a lovely post and recipe! I love the story about your dad’s birthday, so cute. :-)
    I love cooking with coconut sugar and blondies are one of my absolute favorite snacks.


    • Reply Faring Well August 8, 2016 at 10:35 am

      Aw thank you Gemma! Too kind of you. And coconut sugar and blondies go together so well its silly! xx

  • Reply Maya | Spice + Sprout August 3, 2016 at 9:43 pm

    This is beautiful! <3

    • Reply Faring Well August 8, 2016 at 10:36 am

      You’re to sweet, thank you Maya – xx

  • Reply Sabine I Sweet Lemons & Lilikoi August 3, 2016 at 10:27 pm

    What a beautiful birthday surprise. Those are the best moments in life. Cheers from our road trip through stunning SoCal. Back to NorCal mañana and if traffic cooperates I might find some time to bake + spoil the fam with this delicious looking blondie.

    • Reply Faring Well August 8, 2016 at 10:44 am

      Those are so the best moments in life. Thank you Sabine! And oh yay, I hope you enjoyed your time down here! And made it back in time for baking ;). Thanks for your sweet comment, and hope you have the most wonderful week!

  • Reply Sophie | The Green Life August 4, 2016 at 6:35 am

    Aw I love the story about your dad’s birthday. So so sweet. Those special moments are the best and I’m sure you will all remember that night forever. I didn’t know you were a baker in a previous life, that is so cool! And it explains why your sweet treats are always so perfect! Although I’ve tried so many of your savoury recipes and they always turned out incredible too. I guess you have a gift for creating amazing food. :) This one is no exception. It’s such an unusual combination, but I have no doubt it’s wonderful. The peaches are incredible up here right now, so I’m hoping I can recreate this one soon. Big hugs lady. xx

    • Reply Faring Well August 8, 2016 at 5:46 pm

      Oh Sophie, this whole note was too sweet! Thank you, you are such an encourager and I really appreciate you <3. I'm so glad to hear you've enjoyed both the sweet and savory recipes I share here, and I definitely think you should give peaches and molasses a try ;) big hugs right back at you friend,. xo

  • Reply Marta August 4, 2016 at 7:08 am

    Yours is the only blog I follow regularly. You seem to be such as special soul Jessie! Never get tired of reading your posts. :)

    I can’t wait to try this recipe, it makes my mouth water! Thanks for sharing, have a fantastic day and keep doing what you’re doing, because you’re great at it! Big hug. :)

    • Reply Faring Well August 8, 2016 at 5:49 pm

      Marta, I wish you could have seen the bashful smile on my face when I read this, you are too sweet! I’m so genuinely flattered you choose to follow me here, and so very happy to have you <3. I hope you are having the most gorgeous week, lady, thanks for bringing some sunshine to me today!

  • Reply Rebeca August 5, 2016 at 8:31 am

    Jessie, you’re the sweetest! The look on your dad’s face must’ve been priceless.
    Re these blondies – I made them and gave them to my neighbours this morning as a thank you gift and, two hours later, I got a pic of the empty plate. They loved them! I’ll have to make them again so I can try them.

    Btw, my lunch today was the slaw you made yesterday on Nom – DELICIOUS stuff! The dressing is so, so good I could eat it with a spoon. I added some leftover baked tofu and it was a perfect meal.
    It was so much fun watching you make it, you’re as adorable as I thought you’d be and time flew by!

    • Reply Faring Well August 8, 2016 at 5:50 pm

      Thank you sweet Rebecca! And oh my GOODNESS, what a thoughtful neighbor you are! I am so glad to hear they loved them. Sheesh. I am so honored. And about the slaw – YAY! I am so glad you made and loved it too! My heart is so overwhelmingly happy right now by your note here. It was so wonderful having you tune into the show last week, you are just the best!

  • Reply Sophie MacKenzie August 5, 2016 at 9:59 pm

    Oh my goodness, my baker soul sister! I love hearing about you going to see your family, I wish I were closer to mine these days. There’s nothing quite like going home (and a tray of blondies for that matter).

    • Reply Faring Well August 8, 2016 at 5:52 pm

      Baker soul sister indeed girl! One day maybe we will bake together, and the crowds will come a-knockin’ at our door ;). I hear you on not being close enough to family, it can be so hard. But it sure makes the special moments when you travel home extra special <3.

  • Reply Brooke @ Chocolate + Marrow August 6, 2016 at 8:38 am

    So I totally just teared up reading that first paragraph! I’m such a nerd. But that is like the sweetest thing in the whole wide world, Jessie! Your dad sounds awesome. As do these peachy blondies! I’m a total sucker for molasses :)

    Happiest of weekends, friend!!

    • Reply Faring Well August 8, 2016 at 5:53 pm

      Aw Brooke! I adore you. Thank you for sweet, sweet note here girl. As for molasses, total sucker here too! No wonder we are such good buds ;)

  • Reply KJ | Om Nom Herbivore August 6, 2016 at 6:41 pm

    awwww I love how you surprised your dad, that’s so sweet!! :D Im sure he just loved that!
    These brownies sound amazing!

    • Reply Faring Well August 8, 2016 at 5:54 pm

      Thank you tons KJ! It really was the best experience. Eating one of these blondies wasn’t too bad of an experience either ;). Hope you are doing fab lady!

  • Reply Sus // August 9, 2016 at 7:45 am

    Hey Jessie. What a sweet thing you did for your Dad, I bet he was so surprised! These brownies are so perfect for summer brownie cravings! I only have wholemeal spelt flour, would this be OK do you think? X

    • Reply Faring Well August 9, 2016 at 2:03 pm

      Hi Sus, thank you sweet friend! It was such a great surprise. Glad you are loving the blondies here too! YAY. As for the flour, are you meaning to use all whole spelt and no oat flour? If so, I do think they will come out tasting yummy still – however they will be a bit more dense then I’d recommend, the oat flour keeps them light and fluffy. STILL, if it is a matter of blondies or no blondies, I’d go with what you have ;).

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