With last Monday being the first official day of spring, I wanted to create a fun recipe to welcome the new season! The forecast shows that temperatures are set to rise in DC and I couldn’t be more thrilled! After a colder than average March, I’m looking forward to spending more time outdoors and to pack up my winter clothes for good!
I recently started working with Barney Butter (an almond butter company based out of California) and have found myself swimming in almond butter (a very happy problem!) As a result, I’ve been thinking up creative ways to use the almond butter and thought it would be fun to develop a recipe for grain-free blondies! While the batter is both vegan and gluten-free, the M&Ms do contain dairy, so if you want to make this recipe vegan, I’d recommend using dairy-free chocolate chips and maybe adding some sprinkles for a springy pop of color!
While the ingredients in this recipe are all relatively healthy, these blondies are not low cal. As someone who loves food (of all kinds) I find that it’s important not to just eat food that is low in calories, but to allow myself to eat what my body wants. Ironically enough, when I allow myself to eat what I want (like a blondie after dinner) I find myself being perfectly content with a much smaller portion!
I hope that you enjoy these blondies as much as I do! Happy Spring!
Spring Ahead Blondies
Time: 30 Minutes
Makes 12 blondies
1 cup almond butter ( I used Barney Butter!)
1/2 cup coconut sugar or other sugar
1 flax egg (3 tbs water, 1 tbs ground flax) or 1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon sea salt
1/2 cup M&Ms or dairy-free chocolate chips
1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
2. Place all of the ingredients in a bowl except for the M&Ms and mix well. Once the batter is combined, fold in the chocolate and mix well.
3. Using a spatula, spread the batter evenly across the bottom of a greased 8x8 inch pan.
4. Bake for 25 minutes.
5. Once the blondies are cooked, remove from oven and add a few extra M&M’s on top for decoration. Allow to cool completely before cutting to ensure blondes remain intact.
*Store in an airtight container or freezer
Nutritional Facts (per one blondie)
210 calories, 14g fat, 18g carbs, 3g fiber, 13g sugar, 4g protein
Thank you to Barney Butter for donating product for this post!