23 Jul 2017

Healthy Banana PB Blondies

I’m sure you’re all aware I have a big sweet tooth 🙂 But what you might not know is that I’m also a health freak, lol, not so much as I used to be. Although, I think all food is good in moderation, sometimes I need something sweet that’s not gonna make me feel yucky. So that’s when I will start pulling out a ton of healthy ingredients to make something truly amazing. I love acai/smoothie bowls, raw vegan cheesecakes, and recreating my favorite desserts in a lighter version. After I started making my healthier versions of desserts, all of the processed sweets no longer sounded as appealing as they used to. I love playing around with different ingredients and making all sorts of fun creations! Making nourishing and whole ingredient desserts is so fun and easy, and they honestly taste even better than their unhealthier counterparts. Now I’m not saying I don’t indulge in the occasional sweet, being honest I just ate three massive chocolate cherry cookies I baked yesterday. I’ve been critiquing the recipe all week, it’s my third time making them in two days! I’m still not completely happy with them, but once I get the recipe right, i’ll be sure to share it! Also this week I got my first job *squealing! So basically, my sister and I had an internship at a bakery and the owners were so sweet, that they offered us jobs (I’ll be posting more on that next week, so make sure to check back if you want to hear about that)!! The Lord is so good, am I right!

Anyway, back to the recipe… I have recently developed a strong love for peanut butter, and have been putting it on pretty much everything. I also finally found a peanut butter where the only ingredient is peanuts (yay no added sugar)! Banana and peanut butter is such an OG combination, I mean PB and jelly or PB and banana… obviously PB and banana!! Also if you’ve never had a peanut butter banana sandwich, you’re missing out. Take a banana and cut it in half lengthwise, then smother each side with peanut butter and stick it back together. So yummy! This recipe is basically that in a blondie form. By making two batters it creates a super cool swirl of flavors when you layer them in a pan. I just dropped in alternating spoonfuls of each batter in a baking dish and swirled it around with a toothpick. Although the color is pretty similar, you can taste the difference and it takes blondies to a whole new level. I used almond flour which makes these gluten free, and feel free to swap the peanut butter out for almond to meet your dietary restrictions! The blondies turned out super moist and luxurious, I actually like them better cold and eating them with a fork as if they were a cake! They’re so good, you’ve got to give them a try!

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Healthy Banana PB Blondies
Prep Time
20 mins
Cook Time
25 mins
Total Time
45 mins
 

Moist and delicous layers of peanut butter and banana meet in a blondie form, that's gluten and dairy free.

Course: Dessert
Servings: 9
Author: thesashanicole.com
Ingredients
Peanut Butter Layer
  • 1 cup almond flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 2 tbsp peanut butter
  • 2 tbsp coconut sugar
  • 1 tbsp coconut oil
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup almond milk
Banana Layer
  • 1 cup almond flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 large banana (6 ounces)
  • 1 tbsp coconut oil
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup almond milk
Date Caramel
  • 1 cup menjol dates soaked for 1-2 hours
  • 4 tbsp almond milk
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt or more to taste
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla extract
Instructions
  1. Preheat your oven to 350°F, and line the bottom of an 8x8in baking pan with parchment paper. Grease the sides and bottom of the pan with coconut oil.

For the Peanut Butter Layer
  1. Combine the almond flour, baking powder and salt

  2. In a seperate bowl whisk together the peanut butter, melted coconut oil, vanilla extract, and egg.

  3. Mix the wet ingredients with the dry, and slowly add in the almond milk. Then set aside.

For the Banana Layer
  1. Combine the almond flour, baking powder and salt
  2. In a seperate bowl mash the banana, then add in the melted coconut oil, vanilla extract, and egg.

  3. Mix the wet ingredients with the dry, and slowly add in the almond milk. Then set aside.
Assembling the Blondie
  1. Using an icecream scoop or large spoon, scoop in one batter at a time alternating batters. You should end up with small sections of each batter in the pan. Using a toothpick gently swirl the batters together so there is less of a distinct separation.

  2. Bake for 23-25 minutes or until golden and a toothpick comes out clean when inserted. Let cool in the pan for 10 minutes before flipping onto a cooling rack. Allow the blondies to cool completely so they set properly.

  3. Top with date caramel, slivered almonds, melted chocolate ( I used Lilly's, if you want to make these completely dairy free use a dairy free chocolate such as enjoy life) and shredded unsweetened coconut.

For the Date Caramel
  1. In a food processer blend the dates, almond milk, vanilla extract and salt until creamy and smooth. If needed add more almond milk a tablespoon at a time until you reach a desired consistency.

So what do you think of these? Let me know if you try this recipe out this recipe, and comment what your favorite desserts are?

Posted on July 23, in Food

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