Peanut Butter Blondies – A Healthy Dessert in Disguise

Have you ever been invited to a party and immediately said “Yes, I’d love to come!  What can I bring?”  And then the host asks you to bring a dessert, but you cringe inside because you know you’re on your journey to a healthy, happy life.  Yup, I’ve been there too.  But guess what…desserts do not have to derail you completely!  There are alternatives.

To avoid the sudden onset of the dessert impact, I find a healthy recipe and make it seem like it’s a sweet treat.  Recently I found a recipe for Peanut Butter Blondies and I thought there was no way that these could be somewhat healthy.  Well, surprise!  They are…and they’re delicious too!

I brought them to the party and didn’t say anything at first.  People tried them and thought they were good.  Then I started to share how they were made.  People were shocked!  And for all of you out there that think you can’t cook, trust me, I am no professional chef.  I just followed the recipe and BOOM…Peanut Butter Blondies.

Here’s the recipe for those out there that want to give it a go.  Sneak these into your next barbecue, potluck dinner or birthday party and see what people think.  I bet they’ll love them!

Ingredients:

One 15oz. can of chickpeas, drained and rinsed

1/3 cup unsweetened applesauce

1/3 cup powdered peanut butter

1/4 cup whole-wheat flour

1/4 cup egg whites (about two large eggs)

3 tbsp. Truvia spoonable calorie-free sweetener

2 tbsp. creamy peanut butter

2 tbsp. canned pure pumpkin

1.5 tbsp. vanilla extract

3/4 tsp. baking powder

1/4 tsp. salt

2 tbsp. mini (or chopped) semi-sweet chocolate chips

 

Preheat the oven to 350*.  Spray an 8″x8″ baking pan with nonstick spray.

Place all ingredients except chocolate chips in a food processor.  Puree until completely smooth and uniform.

Gently fold in 1/2 tbsp. chocolate chips.

Spread mixture into the baking pan and smooth out the top.  Evenly top with remaining 1.5 tbsp. chocolate chips and lightly press into the batter.

Bake until a toothpick (or knife) inserted into the center comes out mostly clean, roughly 25-30 minutes.

Let cool. complete, about one hour.  Refrigerate leftovers.

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