Whole-Grain Blondies

Whole-Grain Blondies

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From: EatingWell Magazine, May/June 2015

This healthy whole-wheat blondie recipe makes a batch of plain blondies. For a classic taste, fold in toasted pecans and chocolate chips, or have fun experimenting with new blondie flavor combinations like coconut-almond, hazelnut-espresso or even bacon-date.

Ingredients 24 servings

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  • 8 tablespoons unsalted butter (1 stick)
  • 1 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1½ cups white whole-wheat flour (see Tip)
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 2 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 2 tablespoons vanilla extract


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  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Line a 9-by-13-inch baking pan with parchment paper or foil, allowing it to slightly overhang opposite edges. Coat with cooking spray.
  2. Melt butter in a large saucepan over medium heat. Cook, swirling often, until fragrant and starting to brown, 4 to 5 minutes. Remove from heat. Whisk in brown sugar; let cool for 15 minutes.
  3. Whisk flour, baking powder and salt in a medium bowl.
  4. Whisk eggs and vanilla into the cooled butter mixture until well combined. Add the flour mixture in 2 additions, gently folding until just combined. Evenly spread the batter into the prepared pan.
  5. Bake the blondies until light brown around the edges, 18 to 22 minutes. They will appear slightly underbaked in the center, but will firm up as they cool. Let cool completely in the pan on a wire rack, about 2 hours. To cut, grab the overhanging parchment or foil and transfer the whole batch to a cutting board, then cut into 24 bars.
  • Make Ahead Tip: Cover and store airtight for up to 3 days; freeze for up to 3 months.
  • Try white whole-wheat flour in place of all-purpose flour in baked goods. It's made from hard white wheat berries, which makes it lighter in color and flavor than regular whole-wheat flour, but with the same nutritional properties. Look for it near other whole-grain flours. For the best flavor, store it airtight in the freezer.
  • To Cut Perfect Bars: Grab the overhanging parchment or foil and transfer the whole batch to a cutting board, then cut into bars.

Nutrition information

  • Serving size: 1 blondie
  • Per serving: 103 calories; 4 g fat(3 g sat); 1 g fiber; 15 g carbohydrates; 2 g protein; 2 mcg folate; 26 mg cholesterol; 9 g sugars; 9 g added sugars; 141 IU vitamin A; 0 mg vitamin C; 23 mg calcium; 1 mg iron; 78 mg sodium; 31 mg potassium
  • Carbohydrate Servings: 1
  • Exchanges: ½ starch, ½ other carbohydrate, ½ fat

Reviews 1

August 05, 2015
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By: EatingWell User
Not What I Expected I made these for a picnic. I followed the recipe to a tee. When I saw 2 Tbsp of vanilla, I thought that couldn't be right, but I added the full amount. I used the pretzel and white chocolate chip add ins. The batter was thick and hard to spread. They came out of the oven looking fine. They just didn't suit my taste. I don't think the pretzels worked at all because they changed the texture. It was like you were biting into a piece of batter that turned into a hard chunk. Pros: Recipe worked. Mine looked like the picture. Cons: Not great tasting
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