by CHOCOLATE-COVERED KATIE on MAY 18, 2011
So a blonde walks into a bar.
Or in this case, the blonde is the bar!
I’d tell you these are healthy.
But then, if you try them, you will think I am a liar and you will never believe another word I say. ‘Cause if you taste them, you will NOT believe these blondies are healthy!
Smart blondes do exist
Low in calories, rich in omega-3s, and gluten-free?!
These might just be the smartest blondies in the world.
(Not to be confused with the healthiest cookies.)
For the past year, I’ve been seeing “black bean brownie” recipes popping up all over the blogworld. At first, I thought about joining in on the fun.
But if you remember my post about new dessert trends, you know I really enjoy putting a different, creative spin on old trends. Hmmm… now how to put a new spin on black bean brownies? The answer was so simple, even a blonde could have thought of it: White Bean Blondies!
After doing a quick google search, I discovered that my seemingly-new idea has, in fact, been done before by a few others. But my bean blondies are still completely different in that they contain no eggs and no flour! The resulting blondie is so moist and… fudge-y.
(makes 15-20 squares)
- 1 1/2 cups chickpeas (1 can, drained and rinsed) (250g)
- 3/4 tsp baking powder
- 1/8 tsp baking soda
- heaping 1/8 tsp salt
- 3/4 cup brown sugar*
- 1-2 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/4 cup ground flax (20g) (see nutrition-info link below, for substitution ideas)
- 1/4 cup peanut butter (or other fat source) (see nutrition-info link below, for lower-cal options)
- optional: 1/3 cup chocolate chips (Not “optional” if you’re CCK!)
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Blend all ingredients (except chips) until very smooth. Mix in chips, and scoop into a greased (or tinfoil-lined) 8×8 pan. Bake for 38-40 minutes. You want the blondies to look a little undercooked when you take them out, because they’ll firm up as they cool, and you don’t want them to get hard. (Note: you can probably sub any white bean for the chickpeas)
Click to see the Blondie Nutritional Info
*I also made a batch using stevia, which I thought were delicious! But my friends informed me they tasted like bars of soap. Therefore, I’ll keep making the stevia version, but just for myself… a tray of blondies all to oneself is never a bad thing!
Since the they have garbanzo beans, I could’ve called them “hummus blondies.”
But um, ewww?
Time for a serious discussion…
I have a sneaky suspicion that many so-called “dumb blondes” are not really as dumb as they seem. They just act dumb for attention and because they think guys think it’s cute. Sadly, it seems, they’re often right. Many guys are intimidated by smart girls and therefore find ditziness attractive.
Look at Jessica Simpson and Paris Hilton. I’d argue that these girls are much smarter than their actions convey. Both have played up the dumb-blonde image in order to make names for themselves, and Jessica Simpson even scored contracts with Pizza Hut and Chicken of the Sea as direct results of dumb-blonde moments. (It’s not just blondes, either. Think of Snooki!)
Did you know any of these types of girls in high school? I remember the notorious dumb blonde in my high school once remarking, Wait, wood comes from trees? I thought they made wood in factories!” Yet, this girl was in accelerated math and English classes, as well as in the top 10% of the class. Something didn’t equate… or did it? After such statements as these, the boys always laughed. This girl was not dumb; she knew airhead remarks such as the above would win her popularity and romance. On the other hand, girls who are studious, eloquent, and assertive are often labeled as nerds (or worse).
On a much lighter note:
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