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Almond Butter-Quinoa Blondies

March/April 2013

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People won’t even notice that these almond butter-chocolate chip quinoa blondies are a gluten-free dessert recipe. This healthy blondie recipe uses quinoa flour, which you can find in natural-foods markets. To make your own quinoa flour, grind raw quinoa into a powder in a clean coffee grinder. (Adapted from “Quinoa Revolution” by Patricia Green and Carolyn Hemming; Pintail Books, 2012.)


Makes: 24 blondies

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Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup smooth or crunchy natural almond butter
  • 2 large eggs
  • 3/4 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup quinoa flour (see Tip)
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips

Preparation

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Coat an 8-inch-square baking pan with cooking spray and line the bottom with parchment paper.
  2. Beat butter and almond butter in a mixing bowl with an electric mixer until creamy. Beat in eggs, brown sugar and vanilla. Whisk quinoa flour, baking powder and salt in a small bowl. Mix the flour mixture into the wet ingredients until just combined. Stir in chocolate chips. Spread the batter evenly into the prepared pan.
  3. Bake until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out with just a few moist crumbs on it, about 25 minutes. Let cool in the pan for 45 minutes before cutting into 24 pieces. Let cool completely before storing.

Tips & Notes

  • Make Ahead Tip: Store airtight in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.
  • Look for quinoa flour in the baking section or near gluten-free flours in natural foods stores. Or, to make your own, grind whole grains of quinoa into a powder in a clean coffee grinder.

Nutrition

Per serving: 146 calories; 9 g fat (3 g sat, 4 g mono); 21 mg cholesterol; 15 g carbohydrates; 10 g added sugars; 3 g protein; 2 g fiber; 71 mg sodium; 100 mg potassium.

Carbohydrate Servings: 1

Exchanges: 1 other carbohydrate, 1 fat



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Type of Dish
Desserts, other
Ethnic/Regional
American
Ease of Preparation
Easy
Total Time
More than 1 hour
Servings
8 or more
Main Ingredient
Vegetarian, other
Preparation/ Technique
Bake
Meal/Course
Dessert
Publication
March/April 2013

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