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This Chocolate Chip Cashew Butter Blondies recipe is what you need when a craving for something sweet strikes and you want something baked - and quickly.  #baking #blondies#glutenfree #chocolate #easyrecipe

This Chocolate Chip Cashew Butter Blondies recipe is what you need when a craving for something sweet strikes and you want something baked – and quickly.

This Chocolate Chip Cashew Butter Blondies recipe is what you need when a craving for something sweet strikes and you want something baked - and quickly.  #baking #blondies#glutenfree #chocolate #easyrecipeTo be honest that doesn’t often happen to me. I’ve not got much of a sweet tooth. I will however eat you under the table when it comes to savoury treats (Kimchi Nachos! Cheesy Jalapeno-Ranch Kale Chips!). 🙂 But cravings for sweet treats don’t come along that often.

Don’t get me wrong, I enjoy blondies, chocolate, cakes etc when eating them occasionally, but it’s not something I will crave as such. I didn’t grow up getting loads of cakes and sweets. My dear mother wasn’t a baker, except on birthdays and at Christmas. I can be grateful that she wasn’t a 1970s Martha Stewart-type as I’m sure I would have totally gone overboard on them if she did reward us, comfort us, and treat us with a steady stream of home-baking.

But still, if she baked these Blondies…This Chocolate Chip Cashew Butter Blondies recipe is what you need when a craving for something sweet strikes and you want something baked - and quickly.  #baking #blondies#glutenfree #chocolate #easyrecipeMost of my own baking is for the classes that I teach and the groups I cook for at the Maggie’s Cancer Caring Centre here in Edinburgh. My daughter Rachel used to come in from school, smell cake and forlornly say, “that’s for Maggie’s, isn’t it?” I was a cruel mother. At least my own mother didn’t torture us with cakes we weren’t allowed to eat.

When developing or tweaking recipes, whether sweet or savoury, I think about how much people on chemo often want foods that comfort. Some will feel guilty when they reach for a cake or scone (which they shouldn’t feel guilty about, of course); most will have almost zero energy to bake; many will not know how to make their home-baking more nutritious.

A Scandinavian-influenced coffee cake marbled with a deliciously crunchy mixture of pecan nuts, warm spices and dark brown sugar, and kept soft with chestnut puree. This easy bake recipe can even be made gluten-free. Mums deserve homemade.

one of our favourite easy cakes – cardamom pecan-swirl coffee cake

I am always so pleased when I can give our centre users something that comforts, nourishes and tastes great. And, just as important, that they can easily make it at home with only a few modifications. So, for this recipe instead of cashew butter, peanut butter might be easier to find. Instead of hand-mixing, use electric beaters. No oat flour or blender to make it? Use wholemeal flour.

This Chocolate Chip Cashew Butter Blondies recipe is what you need when a craving for something sweet strikes and you want something baked - and quickly.  #baking #blondies#glutenfree #chocolate #easyrecipeAs we sit eating our lunch in the centre (usually three courses, and always vegan or vegetarian) I am usually grilled about how to make the foods they already enjoy more nutritious and still be acceptable to their family. Mostly I suggest just looking at their favourite recipes and seeing how they can add a bit more veg and fibre. This is less intimidating than, “here, have all of these brand-new vegetarian recipes”. But I also encourage swapping some of the less overtly health-promoting ingredients for more healthful ones. Or, going splitsies with them: say, half mince (ground beef) and half lentils in a bolognese sauce.

This Chocolate Chip Cashew Butter Blondies recipe is what you need when a craving for something sweet strikes and you want something baked - and quickly.  #baking #blondies#glutenfree #chocolate #easyrecipeToday’s recipe doesn’t shy away from calories. I’m not touting it as an uber-healthy bake (plenty of those on here already, I think). But these blondies are fibre packed and contain less added sugar than traditional blondies. You can go even lower in sugar by choosing very dark chocolate but they might not appeal as much to the family. But it’s your call. I go for 70% cacao content.

What I’ve aimed for here is comfort, higher fibre and easy.

If you are eating a mainly real food, plant-centred diet a square or two of these chocolate chip cashew butter blondies will be a lovely sweet complement. And maybe even get you some compliments. PS, Rachel, if you are reading this (and even if you aren’t), I will bring some blondies to you this weekend. Promise. 🙂

This Chocolate Chip Cashew Butter Blondies recipe is what you need when a craving for something sweet strikes and you want something baked - and quickly.  #baking #blondies#glutenfree #chocolate #easyrecipe

Chocolate Chip Cashew Butter Blondies

This Chocolate Chip Cashew Butter Blondies recipe is what you need when a craving for something sweet strikes and you want something baked – and quickly.

65g  (1/4c) softened butter or vegan butter (Vitalite works well)

200g (3/4 cup) smooth cashew butter, peanut butter or sunflower seed butter

80g (1/2 packed cup) muscovado sugar or dark brown sugar (I sometimes add about a quarter cup of malt rice syrup, too)

1 beaten organic egg, or 3 tbsp aquafaba (chickpea liquid)

1 & 1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract

115g (3/4 cup) oat flour (I grind porridge oats in my Froothie power blender) or wholemeal flour

rounded 1/4 tsp baking powder

1/4 tsp salt

115g (2/3 cup) dark chocolate chips or chopped dark chocolate

Method

1. Preheat your oven to 160C fan/180C/350F. Line an 8 inch square pan with parchment paper.

2. In a large mixing bowl beat the butter, nut butter and brown sugar until smooth and completely mixed. Beat in the egg and vanilla. I do this by hand, but you can do this in a food processor, stand mixer or with electric beaters

3. Dry whisk the oat flour, baking powder and salt in a separate bowl.

4. Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and mix until just combined. Stir in the chocolate chips.

5. Scrape the thick batter into your lined baking tin and place on the middle rack of your oven. Bake for 18 minutes (squidgy set) – 22 minutes (firm set).

6. Remove from the oven and place on a cooling rack for 10 minutes before removing from the tin by the paper and cooling at least half an hour. Cut the blondies into 16 squares. You may freeze cut blondies – perfect for taking to work over a few weeks.

RIPE FOR PINNING!!

This Chocolate Chip Cashew Butter Blondies recipe is what you need when a craving for something sweet strikes and you want something baked - and quickly.  #baking #blondies #glutenfree #chocolate #easyrecipe

21 thoughts on “Crazy-Good Chocolate Chip Cashew Butter Blondies {easily vegan}

  1. Katie @ Whole Nourishment says:

    These blondies look right up my alley, Kellie. Nut butter and chocolate is one of my all-time favorite combos in sweet treats and I’m always up for a good cookie or brownie featuring it. Maggie’s Cancer Center is lucky to have you cook for them. And glad you’re sharing the love with Rachel this time too! 😉

    1. Thanks, Katie. The last group that had them got a duff version. I had set the oven timer but got caught up elsewhere and didn’t hear it dinging. They didn’t burn but they were more of a shortbread than blondie! 😉

  2. Those blondies look so good and they fit on my way going vegan 😉 Just pinned it for later! Thank you for this inspiration!

    1. These are soooo easy to be vegan as the aquafaba trick is great here, as is vegan butter. Let me know if you make them. Emmi, I recommend pulling them out at 18 minutes. Ridiculously gooey that way 🙂

    1. I know what you mean. Make them for yourself and smell them for real!

  3. These look gorgeous and I’m excited at the prospect of having a slightly healthier treat to give to my family. I feel a good hunt round your sight coming on:)

    1. Thanks so much, Anna. They are made with wholesome ingredients but are very much a treat. And I will go and update my Index to make your hunt a bit easier!

  4. miakouppa says:

    They look delicious! Well done!

  5. superfitbabe says:

    What a perfect blondie recipe! Cashew butter is absolutely lovely when it comes to baking. So creamy, mild, and versatile with anything! I would add blueberries into these blondies as well. Oh, and calories? Not an issue if you’re not trying to lose weight!

    1. How about rhubarb?? I think the sharpness would go so well in these. Let me know if you make them and how they are 🙂

  6. They look so good.

  7. I love that you give alternatives to the hard to find ingredients, but mostly that your cooking helps those that mostly need to be lifted up, and of course good food is a perfect way to warm the hearts and fill with good mood.

    1. What a lovely comment. thank you so much for taking the time to leave it. You get me 🙂

  8. Iszie says:

    This looks so good! Can’t wait to try them 🙂

    1. Let me know if you do, Iszie. And tag me on Instagram (@food_to_glow)

  9. Looks so delicious 🙂

  10. Oh I was just putting the kettle on but just read this first and now I desperately want a piece with my cuppa! Super yum!

  11. thespicyrd says:

    I’m pretty sure I need to make a batch of these ASAP-they look divine! Oh, and lucky girl, your Rachel 🙂

  12. kumar643 says:

    Nice post

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