I have a sweet tooth. I always have. Blonde brownies was a favorite as a child. These almond blonde brownies don’t have any sugars, just honey and some chips to sweeten things up, and are made with whole white wheat flour and ground flaxseed. Don’t get scared, I promise they are good! In fact, I like these so much that it’s not really a good thing. Why? Because it means this 9×13 pan is gone super fast. As I was eating my perhaps third, maybe fourth brownie the other day my husband reminded me that eating that many sort of defeats the ‘healthy eating’ purpose. I knew that, I just forget sometimes :). You really shouldn’t eat so many in a day so if you’re having a hard time keeping your hands off of them, you can share these brownies, or if you don’t want to share, you can freeze them(like I did!) and save them for another day. I put as many as will fit laying flat in a quart or gallon sized freezer ziploc bag. Then when you want one, pull it out and stick it on a small plate and allow it to thaw at room temperature for about 15 minutes.
Here are the ingredients. I buy raw, local honey in bulk and then keep it in large tupperware containers, so that’s what you’re seeing in the upper left corner of this picture. Almond butter can be pricey, but it’s not as bad if you get it from Costco. I buy whole flax seeds at Winco or health food stores in the bulk section. I used golden flax for these blondies. I grind my own flax in my Blendtec(high power blender) for a few seconds and it turns into a beautiful soft flour. I grind for a second or two, then stop and shake, then grind again for a couple of seconds and it’s done. You don’t want to grind for much longer than that because flax seeds are oily and will get damp and clump together. Also, always try and use organic, free range eggs.
Sometimes when I make these blondies I’ll do half the pan with one kind of chip and the other half with another one that my kids request. This pan is half butterscotch and half grain sweetened carob chips. When I do it this way, I don’t mix the chips in with the batter. Instead I just pour the batter into the pan plain, and then I’ll sprinkle some chips on top and give it a little stir with a spoon. Oh, and don’t forget to grease your pan. I spray mine with Pam.
Almond Blonde Brownies– lightly adapted from jillian michaels
1 c almond butter
2/3 c honey (preferably raw)
1/4 c rice milk(can use another type of milk like cow, almond, coconut)
3 large eggs
2 tsp vanilla
3/4 c whole white wheat flour
3/4 c ground flaxseed
3/4 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp baking soda
2/3 c carob chips (can substitute with other chips like chocolate, butterscotch etc)
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Grease a 9×13 glass baking dish. In a large bowl, place the almond butter, honey, milk, eggs, and vanilla. Whisk together until well blended. In a separate bowl, whisk together the flour, flaxseed, baking powder and baking soda. Add the dry ingredients to the almond butter mixture and stir until blended. Then stir in the carob/chocolate chips. Spread the batter into the prepared dish and bake until browned around the edges and a toothpick comes out with moist crumbs clinging to it, about 15-20 minutes. Transfer the baking pan to a cooling rack and let cool for about 15 minutes before cutting. Cut into 20 squares and serve. Can be stored in airtight container at room temp for 3 days. Can also freeze individual bars in freezer ziploc bags(I freeze five or six at a time in one quart sized bag but I lay them all out flat so they don’t stick to one another).