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!
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.