birthday blondies

Friday is my dear friend Beth’s birthday.  Beth and I met the summer before I started graduate school when she was an intern at the architecture firm I had been working for.  We became fast friends because we shared many interests:  design, food, running, yoga.  We swapped recipes and design ideas for two years before she moved to Philadelphia to take a job with a fabulous firm.  I miss her.  She was the person who first introduced me to brussels sprouts and kale, both of which I now can’t live without. She also introduced me to figs.  I owe her many thanks for bringing dried figs into my life.

These fig almond blondies are for Beth.  Happy birthday dear friend.




This recipe comes from VeggieGirl.  I said last night that Jen @ Running With Food can cook…well, VeggieGirl can bake!!!  This is the second blondie recipe I’ve tried of hers, and it is definitely a winner in my household.  I will be holding both her Fig Almond Blondie and her Pear Pistachio Ginger Blondie recipes near and dear for a long time.

Fig Almond Blondies

adapted slightly from VeggieGirl’s Fig Almond Blondie recipe

makes 16 blondies


  • 6oz plain Greek yogurt
  • 1/4 cup applesauce
  • 1 cup turbinado sugar
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 tsp blackstrap molasses
  • 1-1/4 cups all-purpose flour (next time I will try whole wheat pastry flour)
  • 3/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1 cup sliced almonds
  • 10 dried Turkish figs, chopped
  • soymilk, as needed


  1. Preheat oven to 350* and spray 8×8 cooking pan with oil
  2. In a large bowl, mix the yogurt, applesauce, sugar, vanilla and molasses together.
  3. In the same bowl, add the flour, baking soda, almonds and figs.  As the mixture combines it will thicken, add a splash of soymilk as needed to help mix.  Don’t add too much!!!
  4. Spread batter into greased 8×8 pan and smooth the top.
  5. Bake for 32-35 minutes until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
  6. Remove pan from oven and place on wire rack to cool. Allow to cool completely before cutting.


A quick recap of today’s eats so far…

Breakfast:  Oats!  I’m so in love with my normal combo, I just can’t get enough!  This morning I stepped it up an extra notch by adding dried figs.  Yum!  The fig seeds added perfect little bits of crunch.


Lunch:  Leftovers!  I know I promised another wrap, but when I opened the fridge this morning and saw a perfect lunch-sized portion of leftover pot pie and collard greens, I couldn’t resist.


Snack:  1/2 cup Fage 0% and 5 lovely strawberries.  I have to say, I’m really loving the Fage.  Its making me miss my Oikos less and less each day…


Tonight the hubb and I are going over to our friend Amy’s house for dinner, which is why I’m posting a bit early.  I’m making a quick lasagna recipe that I’m really excited to try and can’t wait to share the results with you tomorrow!

Be sure to check out Oh She Glows for a fabulous Honest Foods Giveaway!

Have a great night!  🙂


21 responses to “birthday blondies

  1. yum yum yum!!! those blondies look incredible! I am saving that one! thanks! 🙂 Happy Birthday to your friend!

  2. Beautiful blondies…I need to try a Veggie Girl recipe one of these days!

    Thanks for coming by my blog and for your sweet comments.

    Enjoy your dinner party =)

  3. Happy birthday to your friend!! What a tasty gift (and I love the packaging)!

  4. Leftovers are ALWAYS a great idea for lunch!

    Those blondies look fab! Too bad I’m not eating diary 😦

  5. Girl, you rock 🙂 Happy birthday to your friend; and thank you so much for trying the recipe!!

  6. I love the packaging for you friends birthday gift! Gotta love Veggie Girl’s ideas! Look fab!

  7. The fage and strawberries look wonderful. As do the blondies! (Super cute presentation). 🙂

  8. Those blondies look incredible! I have yet to try Veggie Girl’s genius creations so I know I’m missing out! What a sweet friend you are to package those all up and send them to Beth!

  9. My Tuesday night dinner group just assigned me with dessert and with a holiday weekend to drive to the fancy grocery store, I know what I am making now!

    And I agree with the Fage, it has way better texture and bite to it than the Oikos.

  10. I LOVE that recipe! It was hard not to eat the whole batch in one sitting. How sweet of you to make them for your friend.

    Love the figs in the oatmeal too, yum!

  11. So, I’m still not sure about figs, but those blondies look so good I may just have to learn to like them! What a nice friend you are!

  12. Somebody else made these today, too!!!! They look fabulous and I am sure Beth will love getting such a pretty package in the mail. 😀 My birthday is in June, by the way. 😀 😀 !!


  13. blondies! I want to try those! your collard greens look good! how do you prepare them?

  14. Enjoy your dinner party!

  15. Beautiful blondies and presentation! I think VeggieGirl’s recipes are fantastic!

    To answer your question about P90X, I have a very limited space in which I workout in. I don’t know the exact measurements but it can’t be much more than 10 x 10 feet and I think that’s even pushing it. I would say it helps to have a bigger space for some of the moves, but it’s completely doable in my little box 🙂

    I’ll have to look for Wallaby yogurt. Thanks for the tip!

  16. The fage that I see mentioned a lot, is that Natural Yogurt?

  17. Thanks everybody!!!

    Heather – I’ll keep that in mind! 🙂

    Cassandra – Check Tuesday night’s post, I’ve got an explanation there. 🙂

    EatingBender – Thank you!

    Helen – Fage is natural Greek Yogurt, and SOOO good!

  18. I love the wonderful pics and the packaging on those brownies!!!!

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  20. Your blondies look really fantastic! Your friend sounds like a fabulous person, introducing you to kale and brussel sprouts! Two of my favorite foods, for sure.

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