PB & J Whole-Grain Blondies

PB & J Whole-Grain Blondies

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From: EatingWell Magazine, May/June 2015

This whole-grain peanut butter and jam blondie recipe has half the amount of brown sugar and butter as a traditional recipe and is made with 100% whole-wheat flour. The results: scrumptious toffee-flavored treats with fewer calories and less added sugars per serving.

Ingredients 24 servings

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  • 8 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 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
  • ¾ cup roasted salted peanuts, coarsely chopped
  • ½ cup strawberry all-fruit preserves

Preparation

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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 the heat. Whisk in brown sugar; let cool for 15 minutes.
  3. Meanwhile, 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 two additions, gently folding until just combined. Reserve 2 tablespoons each peanuts and preserves; fold the remaining peanuts and preserves into the batter. Evenly spread the batter into the prepared pan. Dollop the reserved preserves evenly over the top; sprinkle with the reserved peanuts.
  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.

Nutrition information

  • Serving size: 1 blondie
  • Per serving: 145 calories; 6 g fat(3 g sat); 1 g fiber; 20 g carbohydrates; 3 g protein; 7 mcg folate; 26 mg cholesterol; 13 g sugars; 12 g added sugars; 141 IU vitamin A; 1 mg vitamin C; 26 mg calcium; 1 mg iron; 96 mg sodium; 61 mg potassium
  • Carbohydrate Servings:
  • Exchanges: ½ starch, 1 other carbohydrate, 1 fat

Reviews 1

July 17, 2015
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By: EatingWell User
Did not wok for me I prepared this today, I was really looking forward to it! Sadly the outcome was disappointing. Although I followed the recipe to the letter, and converted to grams with 2 decimals accuracy, the brownie was nice and golden/brown on top but completely raw inside. Inedible. I had a taste anyway and the flavour is to die for! So I asked, out of curiosity, a chef friend of mine where did I mess up and he replied that adding the strawberry all-fruit preserves in the batter was most probably the culprit of such poor result. I will try again adding the jam only on top, but in the meanwhile I lost of the good ingredients today, what a waste. Pros: Incredibly tasty Cons: Awful texture, faulty recipe