Coconut Butter Chocolate Chip Blondies

Sometimes you can count on your family 100%.

I can rely on my immediate family 100%.

However, my extended family has their sketchy, unfaithful, stab you in the back group that I have let irk me for years!

No more!

I mean, I love my family to death.

But seriously, if you chat w/ me on the phone and say you can’t wait to see me when you get in town after being gone for a year, then you come in months early, tell everyone else, and manage to hang out w/ your friends and not even call your own blood…sorry don’t have time.

Thank goodness I can rant to you guys.

I mean, what are we…in the 2nd grade?

No, I didn’t even act like that when I was little or like…ever.

So, I’ve got some Fredo’s in my fam (um, Godfather ref).

I’m sure y’all have some too.

What’s even worse is I’m not surprised, actually expected it, and have been dealing with this crap my entire life.

Thank God for dessert.

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Oh, and chocolate chips.

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And I share these blondies w/ all you wonderful people.

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Because we have a mutual “I got yo’ back” relationship.

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I mean, you know if you needed me, I would come running w/ these blondies.

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You knowwwww it.

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I would never throw these in your face like I want to with a particular family member right now.

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You would never be so busy to not freaking answer the damn phone or even call me back.

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I mean, next time, I’ll just make an appointment with your secretary.

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Oh ya, I forgot…I don’t give a sh*t.

 

Coconut Butter Chocolate Chip Blondies
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Recipe type: Dessert, Blondies
Cuisine: American
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Serves: 9
 
Rich chocolate chip blondies sweetened w/ bananas and made w/ creamy coconut butter for a nut-free, vegan, paleo treat!
Ingredients
  • 2 large, very ripe bananas, mashed
  • ½ c. slightly melted coconut butter
  • ⅓ c. pure maple syrup
  • 2 t. pure vanilla extract
  • ¼ t. baking soda
  • ¼ t. baking powder
  • ½ t. fine sea salt
  • ¼ c. coconut flour
  • ½ c. vegan chocolate chips or dark chocolate chips made without any additives or milk
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Grease an 8×8 in. square baking pan with cooking spray. Set aside.
  2. Put every thing except the chocolate chips in a food processor and process on high until a smooth batter forms. (Side note: best thing about this stuff is that it’s vegan, totally eat some of it raw…delish!)
  3. Fold in the chocolate chips.
  4. Spread batter evenly into the prepared pan.
  5. Bake for 30-35 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the bars comes out clean.
  6. Let cool completely, cut into even squares, and enjoy!
  7. Don’t forget a tall glass of almond milk goes amazingly well with these!

MANGIA!!!

Blueberry Banana Coconut Blondies

Yo, let me tell you something about home ownership.

Not that I own a home.

But…maintenance absolutely bites the big one.

I witnessed my dad dig a hole to China in our backyard because of plumbing issues.

No worries, this is why God makes companies with people that are experts in this type of stuff.

Not that my dad isn’t an expert.

He has plumbed many a house.

But…I don’t have to listen to how the maintenance crew suffered the after affects of digging a 50 foot line in the yard.

Got nothing but love for ya dad.

I know you’re reading this.

Let’s talk blueberries.

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I was never a fan until I discovered JUMBO blueberries.

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Enter the realm of sweet, little bursting, blueberry happiness.

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Mhhhhhm.

Then, I smashed banged it up with some bananas and layered on some coconut.

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Yep.

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All I taste is heaven.

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🙂

 

Blueberry Banana Coconut Blondies
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Recipe type: Blondies, Bars
Cuisine: Snack
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Serves: 9
 
Flour-less blondies sweetened w/ bananas, stuffed w/ juicy blueberries, and topped w/ coconut. Gluten-free, paleo, vegan, and nut-free.
Ingredients
  • 2 flax eggs (2 T. ground flaxseed meal + 6 T. water, mix and let sit 10 minutes)
  • 2 large, very ripe banana, mashed
  • 1 c. slightly melted coconut butter, plus extra for topping
  • ½ c. granulated stevia
  • 1 t. apple cider vinegar
  • ½ t. pure vanilla extract
  • ½ t. baking soda
  • 1 c. fresh blueberries
  • ½ c. unsweetened, shredded coconut
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Grease an 8x8 in. baking dish with cooking spray.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, combine the flax egg, mashed banana, coconut butter, stevia, apple cider vinegar, and baking soda until smooth.
  3. Fold in the blueberries.
  4. Pour the batter into the prepared pan.
  5. Bake for 20 minutes, take the pan out, sprinkle the coconut evenly on top of the blondies and bake for an additional 10 minutes, or until the top is lightly golden.
  6. Let cool slightly, cut into even squares and drizzle w/ melted coconut butter.

 

Secret Recipe Club.

Yo, it’s Monday…roll out people.

Let’s start this week off with a Secret Recipe Club sesh.

It’s going to blow your mind.

This week’s secret recipe comes from Amy, the baker/cook/mom/wife extraordinaire behind the blog, Savvy Kitchen.

Amy is Italian…I’m Italian…she automatically won my heart and gets 1010101028347382 points in my book!

Her mother inspired her to cook at a young age and Amy is now throwing it down in the kitchen for all of her family and friends.

Like me, she comes from a huge Italian family, where the kitchen is the most important room in the house.

I know first hand that the kitchen is the end all and be all in the family, it is where all members of the family join together to share food, fun, and good conversation.

Amy holds true to her Italian roots with recipes like Arancini, Caprese Pizza, and Pasta Carbonara.

Y’all…you know what I had my heart set on…desserts 🙂

Soooooo, I just HADDDDD to make Amy’s Chocolate Chip Blondies.

I mean, c’mon…how could you pass them up?

You know I went and put my own spin on things with this recipe.

Chelsy made it paleo.

Instead of butter I used melted coconut butter.

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I also used a combination of coconut sugar and maple syrup to keep these babies refined sugar-free.

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Lastly, I replaced the regular flour with coconut flour…which can be kind of tricky because coconut flour is super absorbent and you need waaaaaay less than regular flour.

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Everything went easy peasy…thankfully 🙂

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Y’all…I’m totally speechless.

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These chocolate chip blondies are dangerous.

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They are super moist, yet rich, and ohhhhh my gosh the ooey, gooey, melted chocolate chips make the bar.

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Oh, and basically, it’s like eating a square of chocolate chip cake.

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Oh, and you won’t feel guilty…because it’s just a square, not a slice.

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So, these are pretty much calorie-free.

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Feel free to start that diet this week.

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😉

5.0 from 2 reviews
Chocolate Chip Blondies
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Recipe type: Dessert, Bars
Cuisine: American
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Serves: 9-12
 
Everything you ever wanted in a soft, gooey, blondie stuffed with gooey, chocolate chips. Gluten-free, paleo, refined sugar-free, nut-free! Recipe adapted from Savvy Kitchen.
Ingredients
  • ¾ c. coconut sugar
  • 2 T. pure maple syrup
  • ½ c. melted coconut butter
  • 2 large eggs, at room temperature
  • 1 t. pure vanilla extract
  • 3 T. full-fat coconut milk
  • ¼ c. + 2 T. coconut flour
  • ½ t. baking powder
  • ½ t. salt
  • 1 c. semi-sweet chocolate chips
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Grease an 8x8 in. square baking dish with cooking spray.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, combine the sugar, maple syrup, coconut butter, eggs, vanilla, and coconut milk until smooth.
  3. Stir in the coconut flour, baking powder, and salt.
  4. Fold in the chocolate chips.
  5. Spread the batter evenly into the prepared pan. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the bars comes out clean.
  6. Let cool before cutting into squares.
  7. Serve with a large glass of cold milk!

MANGIA!!!

PB & America.

I should probably be making you something red, white, and blue right now.

But…..I’ll procrastinate a little longer.

Plus, I have an old love back in my life.

Peanut butter.

I mean, who’d you think I was talking about?

On another note, I got a spray tan for the first time in 495298372 years yesterday and I still smell like the vanilla bean scented candle from Bath and Body Works.

Anyway, peanut butter is just about Merica’ as it gets.

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Think about it…peanut butter + jelly is probably the only sandwich you wanted for lunch as a kid, Reese’s are your favorite candy, and you can finish two bags of shelled peanuts at any baseball game.

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I even got more “American” on you and added bananas, and a cream cheese icing on top.

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I used to think I was the only peanut butter fanatic in the world, then I met my match…

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my older cousin Parker.

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When visiting him in NYC (he’s a model y’all) one year after New Year’s, I was astonished to find around 15 different varieties of flavored peanut butter in his kitchen cabinet.

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Ya…

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he’s definitely my idol.

Peanut Butter Banana Bars w/ Cream Cheese Frosting
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Recipe type: Snack, Dessert
Cuisine: American
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Serves: 9
 
Fluffy, flour-less peanut butter cake sweetened w/ bananas and a touch of maple syrup, topped w/ a creamy, cream cheese frosting. Gluten-free, grain-free, flour-less.
Ingredients
  • 2 large, very ripe bananas, mashed
  • 1 c. smooth, creamy, all-natural peanut butter
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 T. pure maple syrup
  • 1 t. pure vanilla extract
  • 1 t. apple cider vinegar
  • ½ t. baking soda
  • For the frosting:
  • 8 oz. cream cheese, softened at room temperature
  • ¼ c. pure maple syrup
  • ½ t. pure vanilla extract
Instructions
  1. For the bars, preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Grease an 8x8 in. square baking dish with cooking spray.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, combine the bananas, peanut butter, eggs, maple syrup, vanilla, apple cider vinegar, and baking soda until smooth.
  3. Pour the batter into the prepared pan and bake for 25-30 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the bars comes out clean.
  4. Let cool completely.
  5. For the frosting, in the bowl of an electric stand mixer, mix all of the ingredients together using the paddle attachment.
  6. Mix until smooth and creamy.
  7. Cut the bars into squares and serve topped with a good spread of cream cheese frosting.
  8. Enjoy!

MANGIA!!!

P.B.

Peanut Butter…that is all.

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Just kidding.

But seriously…peanut butter is my middle name.

You all know this.

Yesterday when I asked a group of people if they had any plans for the weekend, one guy replied with, “Yes, I’m going to taste wedding cakes w/ my fiance…in Colorado.” Mind you…we live in Texas.

Turns out he is originally from Colorado where the wedding will be held.

I cannot wrap my mind around paying for a trip to another state just to taste wedding cakes.

It would have to be an EXTREMELY delicious cake.

It wouldn’t hurt if peanut butter was involved.

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I added some banana + oats

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+ chocolate chips up in thur because

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for reaaaaalz…

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duh.

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Plus, these are super duper healthy because of those oats, right?

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Sure are.

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Oh yes.

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You know it.

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🙂

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Oat Bars
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Recipe type: Dessert, Bars
Cuisine: American
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Serves: 9
 
Hearty oatmeal bars chock full of peanut butter, banana, and chocolate chips. Gluten-free, vegan, refined sugar-free.
Ingredients
  • 2 overripe bananas, mashed
  • ½ c. creamy peanut butter
  • ⅓ c. pure maple syrup
  • ¼ c. gluten-free oat flour
  • ¼ t. baking powder
  • ¼ t. baking soda
  • ½ c. gluten-free rolled oats
  • ¼ c. + 2 T. mini vegan chocolate chips
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Grease an 8 in. square baking dish w/ cooking spray.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, combine the bananas, peanut butter, and maple syrup.
  3. Stir in the oat flour, baking soda, and baking powder until combined.
  4. Fold in the oats and ¼ c. of the chocolate chips.
  5. Pour the batter into the prepared pan and spread evenly.
  6. Sprinkle the top w/ the remaining 1 T. of chocolate chip.
  7. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the bars comes out clean.
  8. Let cool completely, slice into squares, and serve.

MANGIA!!!