Friday, July 19, 2013

Chocolate Chip Banana Blondies


A HAPPY ACCIDENT 

The 4th of July was a bit of a happy chaotic holiday this summer... in that, I didn't plan it too well.  I had an idea that I'd make my chicken and kale salad and a friend of mine (ahem, please allow me to shamelessly call out "Hi, Friend!  Thanks for reading!!  I see youuu!!), offered to bring along dessert.  She didn't.  So I whipped something up last minute with my one spotty banana.  Cookies, my friend, they were not.  HOWEVER, they did taste amazing even if they all ran together into one big sheet pan of deliciousness.  They were springy and had the consistency of cake in the best way.  We polished them off in two days.  So I decided to make a little magic happen and throw this recipe into a square pan to see if I might be able to manage a blondie.  The rest is history and now in your recipe Rolodex.  You're welcome :)

INGREDIENTS


1/3 cup raw honey
1 cup almond flour
1 ripe banana
1 tsp baking soda
Pinch salt
2 eggs 
1 cup chocolate chips
3/4 cup almond butter (about half your average jar)
1 tsp vanilla

TOOLS REQUIRED:

Square pan (or circular if you feel like making pie shapes - this is a great cookie cake recipe!)                           

INSTRUCTIONS:

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Preheat oven to 350 degrees. 

Combine ingredients in a bowl and blend well (I used an electric hand mixer but a wooden spoon would do the trick).  Start with the wet and then add the dry - toss in the chocolate chippies last.
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Pour the mixture into a greased pan (it should have a little-thicker-than-brownie-mix consistency-but-too-runny-to-be-cookie-dough)... here's a photo:




Bake 25-30 minutes until a toothpick in the center comes out clean and the top looks golden brown.  Mine takes exactly 26 minutes.  Let settle for at least 15 minutes before serving.  These also taste awesome chilled in the fridge... if you can wait that long!  





SERVES 9-12

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5 comments:

  1. Strangely enough I did the same thing last week. Supposed to be pancakes but I decided to throw in a pan and I had vega sport protein powder in it with egg replacer. So I know this was probably money. Try with mashed (already roasted) butternut squash.

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    1. Thanks, Antonio! Yes.. can't wait to experiment with butternut squash when the season comes!! Sounds delicious.

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  2. I tried this dish last sunday with my GF and her roommates and it was UNBELIEVABLE!! The four of us finished it in under 24 hours. I like it so much I'm making it again for the rest of the week. Thanks so much for the recipe and I'll be following for future paleo recipe ideas.

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    1. Thanks, Max! I'm thrilled you enjoyed it!!

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  3. Tried this tonight and it's wonderful! I usually not a fan of banana based baked goods, but the banana flavor isn't overly pronounced. I will be making this for our next family get together.

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