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Chocolate-Chip Apricot Blondies

Chocolate-Chip Apricot Blondies

This stellar recipe includes healthful dried apricots and omega-3-rich walnuts and flaxseeds, plus people-pleasing chocolate chips, to make blondies that are as good for you as they are delicious. They pack beautifully in a picnic basket and make the perfect offering for a potluck or cook-out.

We include the author’s directions for making a vegan version, too. They’re both divine! Here is the recipe:


1 1/2 cups whole wheat pastry flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
Pinch of ground nutmeg
2 tablespoons ground flaxseeds
3/4 cup vanilla low-fat yogurt or soy yogurt
1/4 cup maple syrup or rice syrup
2 tablespoons safflower oil
1/4 cup low-fat milk, rice milk, or soy milk, as needed
3/4 cup finely diced dried apricots
3/4 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips, preferable cane juice sweetened
1/4 cup finely chopped walnuts

1. Preheat oven to 350F. Lightly oil a 9- by 9-inch baking pan.

2. Combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, nutmeg, and flaxseeds in a bowl and stir to mix.

3. Make a well in the center of the dry ingredients and add the yogurt, syrup, oil, and enough milk to make a smooth but slightly stiff batter. Stir to thoroughly combine. Add apricots, chocolate chips, and walnuts.

4. Smooth mixture into the prepared pan. Bake 25 to 30 minutes, or until the top is golden brown and a test-knife inserted in the center comes out clean (except for the gooey chocolate chips!)

5. Cool the blondies in the pan until warm, then cut into squares.

Makes 12 squares.

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Inspired by The Vegetarian Family Cookbook, by Nava Atlas (Broadway Books, 2004).

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Annie is a renowned expert in non-toxic and green living. She was named one of the top 20 environmental leaders by Body and Soul Magazine and "the foremost expert on green living." - Body & Soul Magazine, 2009. Learn Annie's latest eco-friendly news on, a website dedicated to healthy and green living.

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9:00AM PDT on May 14, 2013

Yummy recipe thanks for sharing

4:39PM PDT on May 13, 2013

Thanks 4 the recipe!

7:48AM PDT on Mar 16, 2013

What is safflower oil?

6:41PM PDT on Oct 23, 2012


2:40PM PDT on Sep 5, 2011

Thank you

5:19PM PDT on Aug 15, 2011

Yummy! Love this recipe. Thanks.

4:53PM PDT on May 8, 2011


11:59AM PDT on May 7, 2011


8:11PM PDT on Oct 28, 2010

Yum, thanks!

9:23AM PDT on Apr 28, 2010


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