As I`ve mentioned in a previous post, I`ve been really interested in healthifying my baking since stumbling across a food blog called http://chocolatecoveredkatie.com. She shares vegan dessert recipes that are a lot healthier than more conventional ones. Although I`m not vegan, I certainly don`t mind trying vegan recipes, and hers are some of the most nutritious ones I`ve seen for desserts! I recently made her http://chocolatecoveredkatie.com/2011/08/04/gooey-pbj-blondies/ (without the jelly) and really liked them. Plus, they are a lot healthier than regular blondies! Here`s the recipe for these healthified blondies:
- 1 can garbanzo beans (or white beans), drained and rinsed
- 1/2 cup peanut butter (not unsalted)
- 1/4 cup quick oats
- 3/4 tsp baking powder
- 1/8 tsp baking soda
- 1/4 plus 1/8 tsp salt
- 2/3 cup brown sugar (feel free to use less or sub some with stevia)
- 1/2 cup jam of choice
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Blend all ingredients (except jam) until very smooth. Scoop into a greased (or tinfoil-lined) 8×8 pan. (If you want fatter blondies, dont spread all the way to the sides.) Spread the jam on top and bake for 35-38 minutes. I really liked how these blondies turned out. They were gooey and soft! They did taste like beans, which I didn`t mind, but some people might. If you`ve ever had a black or red bean dessert, the consistency of this blondie was similar. They were a bit too sweet for me, so I think I`ll halve the sugar next time. The recipe also resulted in thin blondies, whereas I prefer thicker ones. Next time, I`ll probably increase the ingredients by half and use the same size of pan to make thicker blondies. Overall though, I`m really impressed with this recipe! It`s amazing to me that I was able to bake a delicious dessert using no flour or eggs. =) Do you like blondies? Or do you prefer brownies instead?
***Photos are my own; please do not take. Recipe is from in-text link above.