Almond Butter Cookie Blondie

by Carolina Jantac, MS, RD, LD
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When preparing a shopping list to include ingredients to bake these Almond Butter Cookie Brownie or any other blondies, most lists wouldn’t include a can of beans. Or would they? There is not a specific year we can trace it back to, but swapping flour in baked goods for creative nutrient-rich ingredients has been a growing trend. Beans are no longer limited to just pairing with rice, or adding them to chili or to soup. Beans have been highlighted for their versatile qualities. Beans add texture and moisture while increasing nutrient value to recipes. They are rich in fiber and protein; they also contain a handful of vitamins and minerals. There exists a large variety of beans, and each of them has a type of recipe they best perform in, as a substitute.

We have a favorite brownie recipe here on our recipe page made with a can of black beans (see recipe here). However, if we are making blondies, black beans weren’t going to be the best choice. Garbanzo beans are white and have a luxurious texture that matched all our expectations for blondie recipes.

Garbanzo beans, also known as chickpeas, have a mild flavor. They tend to absorb the stronger flavor tones they are combined with. The recipe below allows the natural taste of almonds to shine through. Even though we avoid sugar in most recipes when possible, this one needs a little help to round off this recipe as a dessert. However, if you would like to venture out of your comfort zone and make them without the sugar, they function a fantastic post-work out snack or breakfast bar. This recipe works well with any of our Once Again Nut Butters. When using Once Again Sunflower Seed Butter, choose the lightly sweetened for best results in this recipe. Your creativity can take this Almond Butter Cookie Brownie up a notch! Think about adding chopped walnuts, and/ or drizzling them with chocolate fudge or Dulce de leche before serving. A mouthwatering serving suggestion includes cutting it while warm and serving with a scoop of vanilla ice cream. Any way you choose to enjoy it, it will surprise you how fantastic they are while no one will guess they are also a healthier option!

We also have a recipe using black beans for our Chocolate Brownies that you can find here!

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