Peanut Butter Quinoa Blondies (Gluten-Free)

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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.

Ingredients:

  • 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

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350º
  2. Line an 8in square baking pan with parchment paper, foil, or spray with non-stick baking spray
  3. Beat butter and almond butter with an electric mixer until creamy
  4. Beat in eggs, brown sugar, & vanilla
  5. Whisk quinoa flour, baking powder, and salt in a small bowl
  6. Mix the flour mixture into the wet ingredients until just combined
  7. Stir n chocolate chip
  8. Spread the batter evenly into the prepared pan
  9. Bake until a toothpick or knife inserted into the center comes out with just a few moist crumbs, approximately 23-35 minutes
  10. Let cool in pan for 45min

Additional Notes:

*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.

 

 

 

 

 

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