Friday, April 9, 2010

Almond Butter Banana Blondies

Decadent and healthy? It's possible with these Almond Butter Banana Blondies. They're dairy free, sugar free, gluten free and yet they still taste pretty amazing. I think I ate about half the pan over the course of a week... a little bit at work with my coffee, a little bit after dinner, a little bit for breakfast... ridiculously delicious and satisfying.

This is what I like to call a "one bowl" recipe. "One bowl" recipes use one bowl to mix all of the ingredients . . . they're great if you don't have too many tools in the kitchen or if you are just too busy to bake.

Almond Butter Banana Blondies
adapted from Elana's Pantry

1 (16 oz) jar of roasted Almond Butter
1.5 ripe bananas
1 cup maple syrup
2 eggs
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 scoop Chia Seeds (optional... you could add flax seeds too)
1 cup dark chocolate chips (optional)

Pre heat the oven to 325 degrees. Dump the almond butter into a large mixing bowl, add the banana and stir until banana is incorporated. Add the maple syrup then the eggs. Once all of these ingredients are well combined, add the sea salt & baking soda, mix well. Lastly add the chia seeds and chocolate chips (reserve about 3 tablespoons of chocolate chips).

Pour the batter into a well greased 9 x 13 pyrex baking dish. Scatter the remaining chocolate chips over the top of the batter to make it look pretty! Bake for around 35 minutes. I had to bake mine for longer . . . I've accepted the fact that every oven is different.

Remove from oven and let cool. You can store these awesome Almond Butter Banana Blondies in the fridge. Next batch I may even try freezing.