This Strawberry Peach “Brownies” recipe is based on a basic brownies recipe I’ve had since childhood (I can’t remember what children’s cookbook it came out of) but it doesn’t actually have any cocoa in it.
So maybe it should be called a blondie? Except, this fruity treat is a redhead, because I replaced the cocoa with powdered freeze dried strawberry slices. The other major difference to the original recipe is I used gluten-free flour. Maybe freeze dried fruit (and veggies too!) seem like a novelty to you, but they have become an everyday basic in my kitchen. Not only does it allow me to make fun desserts like this without upsetting my dry/wet recipe ratio, it’s also just fantastically convenient to have high quality, fabulous tasting, won’t-go-moldy produce on hand at all times.
Valentine’s Day was my inspiration for this strawberry peach dessert, as I wanted something simple to make with my daughter, who missed her class’s Valentine’s Day party due to having a cough. It’s actually so basic you don’t even need an electric mixer. We just used a whisk!
Without further ado (since I know you hate scrolling) here are your ingredients and instructions!
Strawberry Peach “Brownies”
These gluten-free fruity bars are based on a simple children’s brownie recipe, but use strawberry instead of cocoa powder. It’s a quick, easy recipe perfect for Valentine’s Day fun with children! Add a fruity whipped cream for a not too sweet alternative to frosting.
- 1/2 cup melted butter
- 1/2 cup powdered freeze dried strawberry slices
- 1/2 cup peach drink crystals
- 1/4 cup white sugar
- 2 large eggs
- 2/3 cup white flour optional – gluten free, see note
Whipped Cream Topping
- 250 ml whipping cream (33%)
- 1/3 cup powdered freeze dried strawberry slices
- 2 tbsp sugar
Preheat oven to 375 degrees F and butter an 8 or 9 inch pan.
Powder your freeze dried strawberry slices, either in a dry blender or in a Ziploc bag using a rolling pin.
Combine melted butter, powdered fruit, peach crystals and sugar.
Add eggs, blending or whisking thoroughly.
Stir in flour.
Spread onto your greased baking pan.
Bake for 20-30 minutes (the time really depends on your oven).
Take out of the pan and let cool on a baking rack.
Take your whipped cream topping ingredients and blend together, using whatever whipping method you prefer (I used a hand blender).
Use a cake decorating set and decorate your cake with the fruit whipped cream once the “brownies” are completely cool.
Top with extra freeze dried strawberry slices to complete the look. (Don’t use fresh strawberry slices, as the moisture would cause the whip cream to run).
Disclaimer: I like to think of myself as a “real life” mom blogger, as opposed to a food blogger. Sorry, you won’t find perfect photos or an immaculate kitchen here!
Please let me know in the comments if you try this or something similar. I love hearing your ideas! And go to Facebook and search for my “Taste and See the Thriving Life” group for more inspiration and tips for using freeze dried food.
Strawberry Peach Special Ingredients
While the original recipe called for a ¼ cup of cocoa and 1 cup of white sugar, I changed that up by sweetening more with powdered fruit and less with the sugar. I also figured that because strawberries and peaches are not naturally bitter like cocoa, you wouldn’t need as much sugar. So instead, I used ½ cup of powdered strawberry slices, ½ cup of powdered peach slices, and ¼ cup of sugar.
Now, the result ended up being a fruity sweetness, but it wasn’t sweet like a sugary brownie. We all enjoyed it, but you could dial back the strawberry/peach and increase the sugar if you prefer.
Powdering Tip: I find most freeze dried fruit drops down to a quarter of it’s original size when you powder it. So 1 cup of my strawberry slices got me ¼ cup of powder, 2 cups got me 1/2 cup of powder. It’s easy to powder in any decent blender, or even inside a bag with a rolling pin.
I’ve started using Thrive’s fabulous gluten-free flour in my baking, which often is getting me better results than regular flour! It is a mix and already has the xantham gum, etc in it, so you can use it straight in the same proportion as regular flour. So when using it, I can follow regular recipes and just sub it in.
Here are some photos showing my process:
After powdering your fruit, the first step is to mix melted butter, your strawberry powder, peach drink mix and sugar all together. I love that red colour! You may be tempted to just stop here and use this as an ice cream topping!
Next, you want to mix in your eggs (I did this vigorously with a whisk) and then stir in your flour. Don’t forget to butter your pan, then pour it into an 8 or 9 inch baking dish. I used this cute heart one I found at a garage sale.
Then bake it at 375 degrees Fahrenheit for 20-30 minutes. I know that this is a big range, but it really depends on your oven and your dish. The original recipe calls for 30 minutes, but mine got a little over-brown so don’t make my mistake!
But hey, as you can see, it’s still moist and red on this inside, so I didn’t totally butcher it! Nothing a little frosting can’t fix.
Strawberry/Peach Whipped Topping
Once again, powdered fruit is a brilliant way to add colour and flavour. You can do a combo of peach and strawberry, or opt for just strawberry (it will be more pink in colour) like I did. Add a couple of tablespoons of sugar if you like it sweeter.
My daughter had lots of fun decorating too! We used our Pampered Chef Decorating Bag Set, which I bought from my friend Brooke Szczepanski. She’s dedicated to her Pampered Chef business and is excellent at what she does, so find her on Facebook. This is not any sort of affiliate link, I just like giving shout outs to fellow mompreneurs rocking their own home businesses!
What do you think of my final result? Would you do something similar with your kids as a fun way to spend a chilly afternoon?
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Did you like this strawberry peach recipe? Here are some other fruity ideas to try:
- Strawberry and pineapple infused shortbread cookies (Instagram)
- Raspberry infused chocolate protein waffles (Instagram)
- Strawberry Limeade Popsicles (blog post)
- Apple Watermelon fruit leather (blog post)