These Peanut Butter Blondies are gluten-free, sugar-free, dairy-free and make a great snack when you are craving for a sweet treat and need something quick!
Don’t you think naming your own recipes is really hard? Especially if it is not as straight forward as a triple chocolate cake or birthday yellow cake. How does one name recipes? Do you just list all the main ingredients? Do you list the ingredients that you can actually taste? OR do you list the ingredients that are optimized (for getting more likes)? Now all those things can be different. Like say banana greek yoghurt chocolate chip muffin which also has peanut butter in it and is also gluten free and sugar free.
I struggled with this one – should it be apple peanut butter blondies? OR almond peanut butter blondies? Or gluten free peanut butter blondies? Are they even blondies since there is no butter and sugar in there? I don’t think I want to go down that lane because then it will turn into a Sporkful episode of Is Cereal a Soup? Or Is Cheesecake a Pie? Those arguments are endless with no clear winning party! So anyway, I like short and simple titles (mostly) so I just named them gluten-free peanut butter blondies although I don’t think it really captures the essence of this Gluten-free, Sugar-free, Dairy-free, Apple Almond, Peanut Butter Blondies. Reading Hubspot’s article on this dilemma was helpful. It also says to brainstorm so if you have tips on how to name your blog-posts please do share.
I should say, that I not only struggled with the name but also with developing this recipe. After the success of the One Bowl Breakfast Brownie (ahem.., success with myself mainly, because I love having those around for breakfast or snacking), I was on a determined mission to make healthier blondies. I made three different versions and while one of them was rubbish, two of them tasted not bad – they were too dense and oily from too much peanut butter or tahini and the absence of flour. I love fudgy consistency, however, it just didn’t feel right with these bars. On my third failed attempt, I was about to give up on this when Steve’s mom suggested I try adding grated apple. And that brought it all together! Thumbs up to kitchen instinct from years of baking.
The challenge here was not simply to make gluten-free, sugar free goodies. The challenge was to make these using ingredients that someone who doesn’t follow that sort of a diet can easily make on days when you feel a little guilty but still want a treat because your damn sweet tooth is a pest that won’t shut up! We don’t have any dietary restrictions so I don’t ever stock gluten-free flour or other specialty flours. So, I wanted to make these using almond meal. This morning reading Claudia from The Brick Kitchen’s post about mindful eating and moderation, made me think, that we all struggle from similar dilemmas. If you tend to crave sweet often, do you just completely give up and be sad? I for one cannot do that. So, I will try to include some healthier baked goods in my repertoire for just those days when your waist is screaming louder than your sweet-tooth.
Gluten-Free Peanut Butter Blondies
Ingredients – Makes one 6inch square
¼ cup peanut butter
1 large egg
¼ cup maple syrup
salt (if using unsalted peanut butter)
½ tsp baking pwd
½ tsp vanilla extract
¼ cup almond meal
¼ cup quick oats – finely ground
1 cup or 1 medium apple – peeled and grated
black sesame seeds (optional)
Preheat oven to 350F. Line a 6-inch square pan with parchment and spray lightly with oil.
In a medium sized bowl, whisk peanut butter, egg and maple syrup vigorously till smooth.
Stir in baking powder, salt is using and vanilla extract
Add almond meal and finely ground oats and stir till combined well.
Lastly fold in the grated apple. Pour batter into prepared pan. Sprinkle over some sesame seeds if using and bake for 20 – 23 mins till toothpick inserted comes out clean or with a few crumbs.
I enjoyed eating this with some Greek yoghurt and honey.