• “Healthier” Blondies

    April 15, 2009

    Blondies are easily becoming one of my favorite desserts! I love their special deliciousness, which includes a rich and chewy texture and the distinct flavors of molasses and brown sugar that are to die for! They’re a dessert that is very hard to resist! :mrgreen:

    Traditional blondie recipes typically call for lots of butter, which is loaded with saturated fats and cholesterol. However, this recipe for “healthier” blondies replaces most of that unwanted saturated fat with the healthier ingredients of canola oil and canned pumpkinAnd, this recipes only makes a small batch of mini-sized blondies, so you don’t have to worry about being tempted by dozens of tasty treats sitting around your house just waiting to be eaten!

    Even though I wanted to reduce unnecessary fat (and calories) in this recipe, I didn’t want to compromise taste, so I made sure to include the commonly-added ingredients of chocolate chips and walnuts. Feel free to experiment with your own add-ins!

    Makes 16


    1 cup all-purpose flour
    1 cup brown sugar
    1/4 cup canola oil
    1/3 cup canned pumpkin
    1 tbsp molasses
    2 tsp vanilla extract
    1/2 tsp baking soda
    1/4 cup vanilla soy milk
    1 cup chocolate chips
    1/4 cup chopped walnuts


    1. Preheat oven to 325*F degrees.
    2. Spray 8-inch square baking pan with non-stick cooking spray.
    3. In a large bowl, combine all ingredients and mix until smooth.
    4. Spread batter in prepared baking pan and bake for approximately 25-30 minutes until blondies are cooked all the way through.
    4. Let blondies cool completely in baking pan before cutting.


    P.S. If you’re curious, you can just barely taste the canned pumpkin in these blondies. The brown sugar, molasses, and chocolate chips do a good job of masking the pumpkin-y flavor.

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    Shannon (The Daily Balance) April 15, 2009 at 8:12 pm

    omg. I will be making these ASAP. they look DELISH!!!!! 😉

    thanks so much for sharing!


    Meg April 15, 2009 at 8:38 pm

    Healthier and heavenly! YUM!


    Elizabeth April 15, 2009 at 8:39 pm

    This recipe looks great!! If anyone’s interested I also had success adding chickpeas to a blondie recipe- sort of like weight watcher’s black bean brownies! http://dontwhitesugarcoatit.blogspot.com/2009/03/chickpea-blondies.html


    Kristin @ Iowa Girl Eats April 15, 2009 at 8:41 pm

    o..m..g..these look sooo amazing! So sticky and chewy! I wonder if there’s a substitute for molasses?


    Lauren April 15, 2009 at 8:42 pm

    Tina these blondies look incredible! Mmm, the only thing that could possibly make them more tantilizing would be a scoop of vanilla soy frozen yogurt!

    I am going to have to try this recipe very soon. Thanks so much for sharing!

    Have a great week!


    Christine April 15, 2009 at 8:45 pm

    Those look absolutely amazing!!! Ever since I have started eating healthier my life has been devoid of blondies, maybe these will fill that hole in my life!! Thanks so much for posting this recipe!


    Lisa D April 15, 2009 at 8:53 pm

    mmm what a great recipe. however I am a little disappointed you can’t taste the pumpkin I LOVE pumpkin! but it will probably be good to bake for people who don’t love it and are scared of healthy treats! yum


    K April 15, 2009 at 9:08 pm

    Those look so moist! Yum – you always have the best recipes!


    Run Sarah April 15, 2009 at 9:09 pm

    Those look amazing – I have never had a blondie!


    Sarah L April 15, 2009 at 9:19 pm

    Holla! These look gooey & delicious.


    Meredith (Pursuing Balance) April 15, 2009 at 9:20 pm

    Thanks for sharing the recipe!


    zestycook April 15, 2009 at 9:30 pm

    Oh Tina – These are off the hook! They look so gooey and so… oh dear. I am starving. This is unfair.


    Jaime April 15, 2009 at 9:36 pm

    Tina, you are a woman after my own heart. Everything you bake I want! I have made a couple of your recipes (your Oat Bars being my favorite!!!) and I will be making these. Finally, a use for the carton of molasses in my cupboard.


    Mara @ What's For Dinner? April 15, 2009 at 9:47 pm

    Oh wow those look amazing…and kind of like they need a scoop of ice cream on top!


    Kara April 15, 2009 at 9:51 pm

    Those look fantastic! You have such wonderful baking recipes!!


    Megan April 15, 2009 at 10:09 pm

    Thanks so much for the great Blondie recipe! I’ve been wanting to try to make them for awhile now 😉


    Sarah April 15, 2009 at 10:13 pm

    I just made some blondies tonight. Too bad I didn’t have this recipe–they look wonderful! Next time I’ll make these.


    Katrina (gluten free gidget) April 15, 2009 at 10:20 pm

    I am going to have to make these little gems gluten free. They sound A-MAZING! There’s nothing like a good blondie. Give me one over a brownie any day!


    Tyler (Raspberry Runner) April 15, 2009 at 10:51 pm

    yum!!! i think i actually have all these ingredients…i may be making some very soon :)


    Laura April 15, 2009 at 10:53 pm

    Sounds yum, yum yum.
    is there a substitute for molasses?


    Shelly April 15, 2009 at 11:25 pm

    I don’t think that the canned pumpkin taste would be detrimental at all! My favorite healthier muffin recipe involves mixing a can of pumpkin with dry spice cake mix and just enough water to mix (1/4 to 1/2 a cup, I think). Its divine!


    Alison April 15, 2009 at 11:36 pm

    Oooh…pumpkin and molasses would be a tasty addition to blondies. Although it’s hard to beat loads of butter as far as taste goes!


    Danica April 16, 2009 at 12:19 am

    Wow! These look amazing. I seriously need to add them to my must try list.


    Rachel April 16, 2009 at 12:45 am

    Haha I think some people have already said that the pumpkin taste wouldn’t be a negative at all – I agree! I wonder if you could make them with applesauce?


    Danielle April 16, 2009 at 5:49 am

    I’ve actually never had a blondie… maybe I should take the plunge? 😉


    Happy Vegan Lady April 16, 2009 at 6:03 am

    Yum! I’m definitely giving these a try – I haven’t eaten blondies before so now’s as good a time as any to try them :)


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    Jessica April 16, 2009 at 7:50 am

    these look scrumptious! Can’t wait to try!


    Pearl April 16, 2009 at 9:55 am

    ahhh! veggie girl would love this!


    Dori April 16, 2009 at 10:27 am

    Oh they look so delicious!


    fitforfree April 16, 2009 at 11:42 am

    What an awesome (vegan!) recipe!! I’ll definitely be trying this!


    Bev April 16, 2009 at 9:46 pm

    You are a genius !!!


    EPedder April 17, 2009 at 9:46 am

    I made these last night and they were really good! I live in a very high altitude so I added about 2 TBL of flour & let them bake for almost 40min and they were perfect! Thanks so much for the recipe!


    Laura M November 19, 2009 at 10:55 pm

    I was wondering why my blondies turned out so dark! I just looked over the recipe. I accidentally added 2 Tablespoons of Molasses! Oh well, more iron?


    Laura November 23, 2009 at 10:22 pm

    a good substitute for molasses is 3/4 cup brown sugar and 1/4 cup water


    Leah February 3, 2010 at 9:11 pm

    I just made these and they are amazing life! Thanks for the recipe!


    Alex July 21, 2010 at 10:23 pm

    These look. A-MAZING :)
    Just curious; do you know the nutritional content for each blondie?


    Tina July 22, 2010 at 6:03 am

    @Alex: No, sorry. But, you could probably figure it out from one of those online calorie counters.


    Alex July 25, 2010 at 7:34 pm

    Bad News:I made these this evening, except I used WAY too much pumpkin.
    Good News: They tasted EXACTLY like pumpkin pie!!!!!!!
    Thank you SO much. :) :)


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    Lisa March 5, 2011 at 11:44 am

    these sound GOOD! if i omit the chocolate chips and walnuts, do i have to cut back on any liquid ingredients? or will it bake the same? thanks!


    Laurie McEntire Yocum November 16, 2011 at 4:00 pm

    These look really delicious and I am a big blondie fan. However, if I wanted the pumpkin flavor to come out more, would you think by adding pumpkin pie spices or even just some cinnamon would help?


    belle (tinkeringinthekitchen) December 3, 2011 at 9:31 am

    this looks so yummy! Ive bookmarked it ready to get the ingredients next time I brave the supermarket, thanks! Belle


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