I made these Almond Butter Quinoa Blondies which were featured in Eating Well magazine a couple months ago. As soon as I saw the recipe, I knew I had to try it. It contained two of my daughter’s all-time favorite foods: quinoa and almond butter. They were delicious – even my husband who was a bit wary about a dessert containing quinoa – enjoyed them.
I was planning on making them again today, but realized we didn’t have enough almond butter. (Hate when that happens.) I had already measured out the dry ingredients, so I went ahead and subbed peanut butter for the almond butter. Equally yum.
The only other change I made from the original recipe was adding an additional cup of chocolate chips vs the 1 cup the recipe calls for. I made the same change when I first made the almond butter quinoa blondies a couple months ago. I’m a huge fan of chocolate. So a higher chocolate to dough ratio is always a good thing, in my opinion.
- 1/4c unsalted butter, softened
- 3/4c peanut butter (smooth or crunchy, whatever your preference)
- 2 eggs
- 3/4c packed brown sugar*
- 1tsp vanilla extract
- 3/4c quinoa flour**
- 1tsp baking powder
- 2c semi sweet chocolate
- Preheat oven to 350º
- Line an 8in square baking pan with parchment paper, foil, or spray with non-stick baking spray
- Beat butter and almond butter with an electric mixer until creamy
- Beat in eggs, brown sugar, & vanilla
- Whisk quinoa flour, baking powder, and salt in a small bowl
- Mix the flour mixture into the wet ingredients until just combined
- Stir n chocolate chip
- Spread the batter evenly into the prepared pan
- Bake until a toothpick or knife inserted into the center comes out with just a few moist crumbs, approximately 23-35 minutes
- Let cool in pan for 45min
*The recipe calls for light brown sugar, but we typically only have dark brown sugar. Personally, I think it tastes better and makes baked goods taste a little richer and more decadent. Use what you have or what you prefer.
**To make your own quinoa flour, grind raw quinoa into a powder in a clean coffee grinder OR do what I did and purchase it at your local grocery store.