Simply Saturday | Dark Chocolate Chunk Molasses Blondies

October 10, 2015

Simply Saturday | Dark Chocolate Chunk Molasses Blondies by Faring Well #vegan #recipes

I have this notebook. Its the kind with lined pages held together by a tight spiraling wire. The cover is a bold color, and in the bottom right corner it says “Mead”. It’s the two dollar notebook sold in the office supply section at your local corner store, and alone it holds little value. But this specific notebook of mine has pages filled. Top to bottom. With recipes – so many recipes. This is a book I cherish. For every recipe I am able to share with you here, another five originals get jotted down. I’m coming to find that a future cookbook will not be as hard to fill as I once thought. But that endeavor is a ways off, and for now I would like to put a larger dent in this always growing list by testing out a new series here on the blog for the holiday season! (Yes, I used the “H” word.) I’m calling it Simply Saturday, and it will be a handful of posts sprinkled throughout these next few months where I publish an extra recipe here for the weekend. What do you think? Sound fun? There will only be one photo to accompany it, and the recipe will be one I deem “simple”. Something easily enjoyed on the weekend, and aligning with my current cravings – this week, its all about molasses and chocolate.

I’ve found (for me) the easiest way to stay healthy is to listen to my body’s cues. It rarely leads me astray, and I tend to feel awful only when I choose to ignore it’s little nudges. Most days I crave bowls of veggies in the afternoons. On a particular day the other week, I had finished my bowl of veggies and was no longer hungry. Yet there was something I needed. A warm batch of something rich and gooey. It needed to have dark chocolate and molasses, and be accompanied by a large glass of ice cold almond milk. This nudge was more like a shove, so I dropped my work and got to baking. A half hour later a beautiful batch of these blondies came out of the oven, greeted by a giddy little girl with the biggest smile on her face (me). I sliced myself three generous squares, poured a glass of cold almond milk, plopped down on the couch, and watched an episode of Parks and Rec while I had my treat. And afterward? I felt AMAZING. The best I had felt all week. I rocked my work the rest of the day, had a stellar shoot, and was beaming with energy and positivity when Scott came home from work that evening. These little squares were the healthiest thing for me that day. Rich, gooey blondies studded with dark chocolate. Made even tastier with the addition of molasses – and using only real, quality, whole food ingredients. These are a treat, but when you get the nudge, make sure to take care of yourself – and have a dark chocolate molasses blondie.

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Makes 12 squares in an 8×8 inch pan (or similar).

1 cup oat flour
1/2 cup whole spelt flour
1/2 cup light spelt flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon flax meal + 3 tablespoons hot water
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/3 cup refined coconut oil
2/3 cup coconut sugar
2 tablespoons blackstrap molasses
3.2 ounce high quality, good tasting dark chocolate bar (about 3/4 cup chopped)

Preheat the oven to 350F. In a small dish, combine the flax meal and hot water and set aside. In a medium mixing bowl, combine the dry ingredients and mix well. Create a well in the center of the dry mix and add the rest of the ingredients (including the flax mixture). Mix the wet ingredients in the center together first, working your way out to incorporate all of the dry. Add the chopped dark chocolate bar to the batter and mix to incorporate throughout. The batter will be thick. Turn the batter out into a parchment lined 8×8 baking dish (or similar) and press evenly into the pan using a spatula. Bake in the oven for 20 to 22 minutes (just when the edges begin to brown, do not over-bake) then remove and let cool on the counter for 5 to 10 minutes before slicing. Eat right away with a cold glass of almond milk, and store leftovers in an airtight container at room temperature. Best if eaten within 3 days.

In this postenamel tray // ceramic mug.


  • Reply Kathryn @ The Scratch Artist October 10, 2015 at 6:31 am

    Heyyy! Loving this new Saturday series. I was super excited to see these blondies in my inbox this morning! I also completely agree with your sentiment about listening to yourself in the moment. What is right for me now may not be right tomorrow. It is so important to listen to yourself in the moment and not get too stuck in a eating or living plan that goes against what your body is telling you. Happy saturday…these might end up in my belly before the day is out :-)

    • Reply Faring Well October 12, 2015 at 3:38 pm

      Hey Kathryn! Thanks so much, glad you are liking the idea of this mini series! And YAY for talking care of yourself. Hope you got to (or get to) enjoy these babies soon. Definitely one of my favorites :)

  • Reply Shelley | Sevengrams October 10, 2015 at 7:18 am

    This little mini post was just what I needed this morning — short, sweet and filled with chocolate! Love the idea for this new mini series… if you’re bursting with fabulous recipes, may as well share them! Happy Saturday lady, have a good weekend xx

    • Reply Faring Well October 12, 2015 at 3:39 pm

      Aw yay! I’m so glad to hear. Thank you Shelley! Hope you had a stellar weekend too <3

  • Reply Sarah | Well and Full October 10, 2015 at 9:02 am

    Wait wait wait. Hold up. IS THERE A COOKBOOK IN THE WORKS!? Jessie, I’m having a heart attack. I would buy the Faring Well cookbook for every single person I know. Or am I reading too much into this?!

    • Reply Faring Well October 12, 2015 at 3:40 pm

      No, no cookbook yet ;) Haha but I LOVE your enthusiasm and you seriously just made me smile so big. I’m putting it off until I feel more developed and prepared, so for now – a mini series! ;)

  • Reply Michelle @ Hummingbird High October 10, 2015 at 9:41 am

    So much love for these! I know desserts have a bad rep and are not exactly the healthiest for your body, but I’m pretty sure they’re healthy for your soul. xoxo

    • Reply Faring Well October 12, 2015 at 3:41 pm

      Um, YES. Soul treats. They are so necessary! Otherwise = sadness. And I never met a healthy soul that was sad <3

  • Reply Sus @ October 10, 2015 at 10:07 am

    These are what I need right now! I love this saturday ‘H’ post idea, excited to see what else is on the menu ;) Tomorrow these babes will be mine. Happy Weekend Jessie!

    • Reply Faring Well October 12, 2015 at 3:42 pm

      Aw yes! So glad you are loving the idea and this little recipe too. Thank you Sus, hope you get to enjoy these super soon! xo

  • Reply Lane | Green Spirit Adventures October 10, 2015 at 10:12 am

    I love the idea of this new series! I can never get enough of your recipes!! These blondies look incredible, I can’t wait to try them out.
    And I love what you wrote about listening to your body. It’s something I’ve been working on and – though I’ve found myself doing things like making soup when it’s 90 and humid – it’s so rewarding to feel that insanely good and connected to exactly what my body needs!

    • Reply Faring Well October 12, 2015 at 3:43 pm

      Lane you just made me smile mega huge – thank you! And so happy to hear you are trying to listen to your body too – it always feels right when we do <3

  • Reply danielle is rooting the sun October 10, 2015 at 11:22 am

    holla happy saturday girl! this post is everything in the entire world that i’m feeling right now (is that super intense?). only because i’ve proceeded to have the craziest weekend morning of my entire life and it’s not even noon yet. but the weather is warm and the trees are yellow and it’s the kind of mania where you’re laughing to the cosmos about everything and nothing. i totally agree with you – you must embrace the hints your body gives you and take it day by day. what your body needs on tuesday might not be what it needs on thursday. that being said – blondies are my favorite over brownies and these look and sound fantastic. ♥

    • Reply Faring Well October 12, 2015 at 3:45 pm

      Haha not too intense at all ;) I love your stoke! So sorry about your rough morning, I hope the day got better and you got to treat yourself to something special Danielle! xo

  • Reply Kalie October 10, 2015 at 11:54 am

    Yeeeessssssssss! Sounds like a great plan Jessie, very exciting :)

  • Reply Leah M @ love me, feed me October 10, 2015 at 12:49 pm

    Love this Simply Saturday idea!! And I’m in love with these bars! I’ve had molasses in my fridge for so long and this is a great way for me to use some of it up! These look like the perfect after lunch dessert :)

    • Reply Faring Well October 12, 2015 at 3:46 pm

      YES. Definitely put that bottle to use :). And I think it needs to become a regular thing, lunch dessert, yeah?! Just makes the day feel more special <3

  • Reply Kimberly/TheLittlePlantation October 10, 2015 at 3:02 pm

    I love this and I’m also rather intrigued that you just used one picture in this post. Perfect one by the way ;)

    • Reply Faring Well October 12, 2015 at 3:46 pm

      Hey thanks Kimberly! Thats sweet of you to say, glad you enjoyed the post :)

  • Reply genevieve @ gratitude and greens October 11, 2015 at 1:34 am

    I love this Simple Saturdays idea! I, too, have a notebook where I jot down ideas and recipes- otherwise they are lost in my brain forever! These blondies are perfect for the chilly weather and I can’t wait to have them with a good cuppa coffee. Also, so much YES to Parks and Rec!!!

    • Reply Faring Well October 12, 2015 at 3:47 pm

      YES and YES to everything here. You are the best, thank you Genevieve! Hope you get to enjoy these with a cuppa soon <3

  • Reply Claudia | The Brick Kitchen October 11, 2015 at 2:31 am

    Simply Saturday’s sounds right up my alley – I completely agree that sometimes in the afternoon you just want something warm, gooey and comforting with a bit of chocolate involved! I had a cheap spiral notebook full of recipes and shopping lists going last week on holiday when I was cooking multiple things a day (making up for lost time in college!) and it amazing how many memories it now contains – and how messy the pages are. Well loved, I guess! I love that these brownies (or blondies, I should say) are on the healthy side too – all good things :)

    • Reply Faring Well October 12, 2015 at 3:48 pm

      That is just the best, finding gems like that! A well worn book is a good book to read ;). Thanks for your sweet compliments on this new series and my recipe, hope you had a lovely weekend Claudia!

  • Reply Laura October 11, 2015 at 2:50 am

    Thank you so much for this post. Indeed, cravings for sweets or baked goods should not be demonised, as long as wholesome ingredients and a bit of elbow grease are used to respond to those desires. Life should be about feeling good and who else knows how and when we feel good if not we ourselves? Relying on ‘qualified experts’ in these matters is dubious, as the ultimate nutritional truths of today tend to be the laughing matter of tomorrow.
    Thanks again for your gorgeous blog and best of luck!

    • Reply Faring Well October 12, 2015 at 3:49 pm

      Thanks so much Laura for your encouraging words! I’m glad you loved this post and the recipe. Here is to a happy and healthy week with a little side of something sweet! <3

  • Reply Sophie | The Green Life October 11, 2015 at 8:37 am

    What a lovely surprise it was to get this in my inbox on a Saturday morning! I’m so excited about this new series! (I miss your Saturday links series ;)). I can never have enough of Jessie. :) I don’t know if I’d ever be able to keep it to one picture but I think that’s awesome. Short. Simple. Straight to the point, that is the deliciousness of the recipe. These blondies sound incredible. They will happen in my kitchen soon. <3

    • Reply Faring Well October 12, 2015 at 3:50 pm

      Aw Sophie you are just the best, you made me smile! Thank you. I know, I went through a good season with the Saturday links, then needed to take and break and refresh! I’m excited to get to bring a handful of more recipes to you guys this way. Including this one that I really hope you get to make and enjoy as much as I did! Hugs Sophie! xo

  • Reply Dani Mendocha @ Styled Variety October 11, 2015 at 1:40 pm

    These look absolutely incredible! Love your thoughts on healthy eating and desserts – we should listen to our internal cues and not beat ourselves up for straying from “society’s” guidelines. Thank you for this post!

    • Reply Faring Well October 12, 2015 at 3:51 pm

      Thank you Dani! I appreciate it. And you are more than welcome, hope you are having a great start to your week!

  • Reply Emily | Gather & Dine October 11, 2015 at 2:29 pm

    Such a great little series and a reminder of all the fun things to look forward to coming up soon! These brownies look indulgently delicious in the very best way. And that little notebook- I have one of those too. It’s full of messy handwriting and scribbles, but so much of my heart is in that little book. You will have an incredible cookbook someday- I am cheering you on my friend!

    • Reply Faring Well October 12, 2015 at 3:53 pm

      You are the best cheerleader, Emily! I super appreciate you. And would love to sit down with our messy little cookbooks and swap recipe ideas one day :) I’m sure yours is just filled with mouth watering gems! Happy Monday xo

  • Reply Lade' October 11, 2015 at 11:07 pm

    Sounds great! I am very excited for you! Can’t wait to try this recipe out! Congrats on the book as well! Get them!!!

    • Reply Faring Well October 12, 2015 at 3:54 pm

      Oh thank you but I might have worded it confusingly (I’m sorry!) haha I’m not writing a book just yet ;) was just mentioning the idea of one! But I super appreciate your encouraging words and excitement! Hope you enjoy this yummy recipe soon <3 thank you Lade!

  • Reply Ashley Alexander October 12, 2015 at 12:00 am

    these look divine Jessie! and looking forward to your ‘holiday’ posts! :) x

    • Reply Faring Well October 12, 2015 at 3:55 pm

      Aw yay! I’m glad you think so Ashley :) thank you super much! I’m excited to see what you cook up this Holiday season too <3

  • Reply Emilie @ The Clever Carrot October 12, 2015 at 9:34 am

    Yes! I love ‘simple saturday’ and I love what you did here Jessie. Great recipe and perfect for the soul !! XO

    • Reply Faring Well October 12, 2015 at 3:55 pm

      YAY thank you Emilie! You’re the sweetest. I appreciate it :)

  • Reply jaime / the briny October 12, 2015 at 10:03 am

    jessie, i love this! and i’m excited for you and your new blog series — i think simple recipes are so valuable, especially when they’re so in tune with what we crave. i’m such a fan of dark chocolate and blackstrap molasses together, so i’m going to find a way for these to happen in my kitchen real soon! i’ll let you know how they turn out after some tweaks to make them gluten-free.

    • Reply Faring Well October 12, 2015 at 3:57 pm

      Ooo yes do let me know how they turn out! That would be awesome, thanks Jaime! And thank you for the series love, too. I enjoy making a big hoopla out of so many fun posts, but it really is a nice trade off to stick to something simple and delicious for those times when a “no fuss” recipe is all you need – xo

  • Reply Erica October 12, 2015 at 11:54 am

    I love how simple but perfectly sweet these look! And I adore your site in general. These look so perfect for the upcoming weekend (can’t it come faster?!)

    • Reply Faring Well October 12, 2015 at 3:59 pm

      Ah you are too kind! Thank you Erica :) I super appreciate it and am glad you are stoked to try the recipe! They are my new favorites (I might say that about everything I “newly” make – oh well! Still yummy <3). And heck, why wait for the weekend!? Tonight sounds as good as any ;)

  • Reply Jodi October 13, 2015 at 5:43 am

    What a way to kick off simply saturdays – these blondies like woah. Molasses is such an underrated ingredient if you ask me, especially in the fall. One day I will have my hands on the Faring Well cookbook, but until then – saturdays will do just fine x

  • Reply KJ | Om Nom Herbivore October 14, 2015 at 10:16 am

    I can relate!! If I don’t just have the little sweet Im craving I’ll devour a bunch of other things to try to satisfy it. Usually its better if I just have the few squares of chocolate I wanted originally than trying to avoid it. These look amazing! I love molasses and, of course, chocolate :) I look forward to this series!

  • Reply rachel @ atheltic avocado October 17, 2015 at 10:11 am

    I completely forgot about the molasses in my pantry! I would love to make these, pinning for later :)

  • Reply Teffy @ Teffy's Perks October 26, 2015 at 8:35 am

    Aaaaand I’ve just gone to heaven, because in my world heaven is this chocolate chunk blondie.

    Is it too bad if I make a batch and keep it all too myself? X

  • Reply Veronika October 30, 2015 at 5:57 am

    Oh my these look so delicious! I definitely need to put them on my list of baking recipes to try! :)

  • Reply Tracey November 18, 2015 at 3:18 am

    Is the uncooked batter supposed to be dry and crumbly?

    • Reply Faring Well November 18, 2015 at 8:20 am

      No not at all! Something in the measuring must have gone awry. I’m sorry about that. It should be smooth but thick <3

      • Reply Tracey November 18, 2015 at 8:28 am

        I added some almond milk to make it “pourable” and i quite liked the subtle molasses taste so will try the recipe again. Take care.

        • Reply Faring Well November 18, 2015 at 8:35 am

          Oh I’m so glad you made it work still! Way to go. Glad it turned out still yummy. You take care too!

  • Reply zahra March 30, 2016 at 10:20 am

    I’m so in love with this blondies! I made it a few days ago, and again delicious that no one can believe they are healthy.thanks for this amazing recipe.

    • Reply Faring Well March 30, 2016 at 1:47 pm

      Oh yay! I am so glad to hear Zahra, thank you! Also thank you for the reminder that I need to be whipping these up again ;) happy week to you!

  • Reply hayat September 12, 2016 at 3:26 pm

    This is so simple and so so good. Will be making these again for sure!

    • Reply Faring Well September 13, 2016 at 12:33 pm

      I’m so glad you made and enjoyed them Hayat! We are big fans too. Happy baking + snacking <3 and thank you for your sweet comment!

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