Almond-Coconut Chocolate-Chip Blondies

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I have been experimenting with coconut flour– so far this is my favorite concoction!  It’s not a flour that you can simply substitute for regular grain flour in most recipes.  It is so rich in fiber that you need extra liquid/moist ingredients because it is very absorbent.  Coconut flour is popular with those who eat gluten-free, follow a “paleo” diet  or are carb-conscious (it is low in digestible carbohydrates).  I just love anything coconut!

According to my Let’s Do Organic Coconut Flour, a 2 tablespoon serving has 70 calories, 2.5g fat, 9g carbohydrate, 6g fiber and 3g protein.

And now on to the blondie recipe.  You will need a food processor and an 8X8″ baking pan.

Preheat your oven to 350 F

Blend the following in your food processor until a uniform dough forms:

  • 1 cup medjool dates (pit them first)
  • 1/2 cup coconut flour
  • 1/2 cup almond butter
  • 1/3 cup coconut butter (unless you are lucky enough to live in a nice warm climate, you will need to soften this first)
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 2 tsp almond extract
  • sea salt, optional (I usually just give a few twists of the salt grinder)

Once you’ve blended your dough, pulse in 1/2 cup chocolate chips (I used mini chocolate chips).  You can also add slivered or chopped almonds.

Press dough firmly and evenly into 8X8″ baking pan.

Optional:  Add 1/4 cup chocolate chips or slivered almonds to the top and press into the dough.

Bake at 350 for 20 minutes.  Let cool and then cut into squares and enjoy!

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Makes 9 large blondies

Or…

 

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A large bowlful of blondie bites!  I like to stash them in the freezer.  They don’t freeze solid and you can keep them longer this way.  I love to have healthy little sweet treats like this available for after dinner or to go with a cup of afternoon tea.

 

 

Here is another batch I made with cashew butter….so moist and sweet:

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Check out these jumbo chocolate chips by Ghirardelli:

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Be warm, cozy and happy.  Spring IS here, right?  Just checking.  Stay patient because I just know the days of sunshine, opening windows and biking are right around the bend….

 

 

 

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