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White Bean Blondies

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White Bean Blondies

I’m an ardent admirer of recipes that incorporate surprising ingredients (by that I mean surprising nutritious ingredients, not like a super ball in my pie). Case in point, if I can successfully tuck zucchini in chocolate chip cookies or beets in a dark chocolate cake, I’m really quite tickled. I love the alchemy of effectively swapping less-nourishing ingredients for nutrition whizbangers, it feels like I’m getting one over on junk food somehow.

With that in mind I was thinking about one of my favorites throw-you-for-a-loop recipes, black bean brownies. I love them, but I’ve been on a blondie kick lately and thought, of course, white bean blondies. I had a pretty good idea of how I’d approach these, but did a little sleuthing on-line to see who else had attempted this. Sure enough, I found a recipe by Missy Chase Lapine–AKA The Sneaky Chef, famous for a book of the same title thats premise is how to hide veggies in cooking for kids. Now that’s a whole other debate we can discuss another time, suffice to say, my kids like beans and I’m not trying to dupe them–I just like turning things on their heads once in a while. Or, to be honest, as often as I can…

I made some adjustments to Sneaky’s recipe–I replaced brown sugar (which is actually refined white sugar with molasses added) with Sucanat (a less-refined sweetener), adjusted the sweetness and added maple syrup to add to that rich, caramel-y blondie flavor, and used white whole wheat flour (whole wheat, but made with subtle-flavored white whole wheat, King Arthur Flour makes it).

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Melissa Breyer

Melissa Breyer is a writer and editor with a background in sustainable living, specializing in food, science and design. She is the co-author of True Food (National Geographic) and has edited and written for regional and international books and periodicals, including The New York Times Magazine. Melissa lives in Brooklyn, NY.

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8:58PM PDT on Apr 14, 2014

This is certainly a recipe to try out.

5:28PM PDT on Apr 19, 2013

Must try.

11:30AM PST on Feb 3, 2013

Being linked from a vegan article I thought that these recipes would be vegan. How dissapointing!

3:24PM PST on Jan 30, 2013

Sounds yummyy!!

1:30AM PST on Dec 9, 2012

I have another:
FALSE CHESNUT PUREE
500 gr white beans cooked, 150 gr ground walnuts, 150 gr sugar, a little rum and vanilla extract

6:40PM PDT on Oct 23, 2012

yum

12:50PM PST on Mar 7, 2012

Interesting recipe. Thanks for posting.

2:39PM PDT on Sep 5, 2011

Thank you

12:01PM PDT on Aug 31, 2011

sounds good

9:29AM PDT on Aug 16, 2011

Hmm... interesting!

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