LIGHTENED UP BLONDIES

137 Calorie Skinny Blondies! // Easy to make vegan too! Pin now or save for later!

Lately I’ve been trying my best to keep my sweet tooth at bay and stay away from making and eating sweets. However, when my friend and her boyfriend visited last weekend, I just couldn’t help myself. 

Out of pure nostalgia, I decided to whip up a batch of blondies for the weekend. Growing up, whenever we had company over in the summer my mom would make her two classic desserts: homemade strawberry rhubarb and outrageous blondies. I loved those blondies, until that unfortunate day when looked up the calorie content for her coveted recipe. 

Don’t get me wrong, I totally believe in eating dessert. However, I don’t think it’s necessary for desserts to be high in calories, sugar and fat in order to taste good. We should all be able to indulge in dessert without busting our diets and sky rocketing our insulin levels. 

Enter my 137 Calorie Skinny Blondies. Still rich in flavor, decadent and 100% boyfriend-approved, these blondies are seriously out of control. What’s even better? They are 410 calories less than their outrageously indulgent counterpart and contain only a fraction of the fat, sugar and carbs (feel free to compare here.)

Make these, eat these, but mostly enjoy these! I seriously can’t wait for you to try them! 

137 Calorie Skinny Blondies! // Easy to make vegan too! Pin now or save for later!

Skinny Blondies

Makes 12 Servings

Prep Time: 15 Minutes
Cook Time: 30 Minutes
Total Time: 45 Minutes

Ingredients:
     1/2 stick or 1/4 cup of butter (Earth Balance butter also works great!) 
     1/4 cup granulated sugar
     1/4 cup brown sugar
     2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
     1 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
     1/2 teaspoon baking soda
     1/4 teaspoon salt
     1/4 cup + 1 tablespoon cold water
     1/3 cup chocolate chips

Directions: 
1.) Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

2.) Place the butter in a small microwavable bowl and microwave until melted (30-40 seconds should do it.) Once the butter is melted, add the granulated sugar, brown sugar and vanilla to the bowl and mix well.

3.) In a separate bowl, combine the flour, baking soda and salt. Add the butter mixture to the dry mixture as well as 1/4 cup + 1 tablespoon of cold water. Mix the batter until cookie-like dough forms. If the dough is too crumbly to form into a ball, add another tablespoon of water. Add the chocolate chips. 

4.) Once the dough is the perfect consistency, roll the dough into a giant ball. Place the dough ball into a lightly greased 8x8 square baking pan. Using a spatula, spread the dough evenly across the bottom of the pan. 

5.) Bake the bars for 30 minutes or until lightly browned. 

*Allow the bars to cool completely and cut into 12 servings. Store in a cool, dry place or refrigerate. (You can also cut the bars into 9 servings making each bar 183 calories) 

Nutrition Facts (per one serving)
137 calories, 5g fat, 23g carbs, 1g fiber, 13g sugar, 1g protein