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Snickerdoodle Blondies

Okay, you might just gain a pound from reading this post, that is how deliciously naughty these blonde babes are!

Despite what the plate says in the picture, these are anything but tough! Try super soft and chewy to perfection!

This is a totally from scratch recipe, that can also be clean (depending on a few ingredients), but remember eating clean doesn’t mean dieting. This is a wonderful indulgence. Just make sure you cut them in to like 24 small pieces, because even those pieces are about 200 calories each.

I was searching for a from-scratch recipe for chocolate brownies when I came across the idea of snickerdoodle brownies (or blondies, if you prefer). I mean, that is probably my favorite super soft and chewy cookie!

Okay enough drooling, lets get right to the recipe and let your tastebuds do the talking!

Snickerdoodle Brownies
Prep time: 15 min
Cook time: 25 min
Total time: 40 min

Ingredients
2 and 2/3 cups White Whole Wheat Flour (King Arthur’s)
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon sea salt
2 cups packed brown sugar**(see below for clean substitute)
1 cup organic, unsalted butter, room temp***
2 eggs, room temp
1 tablespoon vanilla
Topping
2 tablespoons coconut palm sugar (or granulated white sugar)
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon

**I used brown sugar, so I have not tested this, but my understanding is for brown sugar you can substitute 3/4 the amount with pure honey and 1/16 the amount with molasses. So that would be 1 and 1/2 cup pure honey and 1/8 cup molasses. If you try it out this way, let me know how it goes!

***I know there are plenty of butter substitutes like: applesauce, mashed avocado, greek yogurt, pureed prunes, etc. But I honestly haven’t started playing around with these much yet, so I am unsure what it would do to the texture and flavor. You can always use a brand like EarthBalance that is lower in saturated fats I believe.

1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Lightly grease a 9×13 baking pan and set aside.
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2. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, and sea salt. Set aside.
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3. In a large bowl (I used my blender because I really need to invest in a hand mixer) beat together the butter, brown sugar, eggs, and vanilla until creamed together. Add the flour mixture and blend until well combined.
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4. Spread the batter in an even layer in your lightly greased pan.
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5. In a small bowl combine your sugar and cinnamon. Sprinkle mixture evenly over prepared batter in baking pan.
6. Baking for 25 minutes or until blondies spring back with a light touch. Let cool slightly and cut while still warm.
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7. Eat and fall in love!

These addictive little blondies are great for a special treat or a cool Fall day.

I even think they taste better and just as chewy the next day, and the day after that! (if they stick around that long!)

-Ellie

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3 Ingredient Pancakes

You know how sometimes you just really want to make a certain item, even if you don’t have all the right ingredients? Well this was one of those mornings for me. Except, I had all the ingredients for regular pancakes, but not quite the right one for 3 Ingredient Pancakes.

It all started on Pinterest one day when I was browsing pancake recipes and found some in which you used bananas as the base. Sounds healthier right? (I’m still trying to process that in my mind when one cup of whole wheat flour equals about the same calories as a large banana, but okay! Different nutrients vs same caloric value.)

Anyways, I found this link for 3 Ingredient Pancakes. How hard could that be? Well I would say this morning was kind of a fail.

You can find much better pictures from the original site, but I will still share!

http://www.recipebyphoto.com/3-ingredient-pancakes/

Ingredients: 1 Large Banana, 2 Eggs, and Cinnamon (optional)

It is suggested to use a nice, very ripe banana. This is maybe where I went wrong because all I had were frozen bananas for my smoothies. While I did freeze them when they were super ripe, This might have affected the texture. (I defrosted one before mashing!)

Step 1: Mash the banana in a small bowl.
Step 2: Stir in two large eggs and cinnamon (I honestly just shook some in because the original recipe didn’t specify)
Step 3: Cook on stovetop on lightly greased pan (you can grease with cooking spray or butter; I personally use an olive oil spritzer to avoid the chemicals from cooking sprays like PAM)

Hints: It was suggested to make them small because they are flimsy and don’t hold together well like other pancakes. Man was that right, but I couldn’t help making them big since my batter was so thin and runny it spread out fast no matter how little I added. Maybe you could use a circle egg shaper (so don’t know the technical name!)

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Okay, they turned out decent looking enough photograph wise.

However:

1. They were very, very thin.
2. One side was very brown and the other wouldn’t darken (could have been a problem with my electric stove and heat distribution)
3. Nearly impossible to flip and keep them looking nice
4. Very spongy, bland flavor. Basically tasted like banana flavored scrambled eggs.
5. They get cold very quickly, and I personally love hot pancakes and not cold eggs. =]

I honestly tried to eat them because I told myself with this experimenting and learning about new foods I wouldn’t waste (my biggest fear since we already have a tight budget), but I just couldn’t finish my plate.

In conclusion: This plate probably had around 240 calories before I added toppings. (I am totally roughly basing that on the fact that a large banana is around 100 kcal and 2 large eggs are 140 kcal, nothing too scientific haha) With that said, I would rather find a recipe for healthy panackes using flour (and maybe banana too) and more ingredients in order for it to taste more like the ones I grew up with. I am searching for lower calories, dense in nutrition, not processed, and no flavor sacrifice. That might be a lot to ask, but I am determined I can find that for all my favorite foods!

-Ellie

This recipe was originally found here:
http://www.recipebyphoto.com/3-ingredient-pancakes/

This is simply a review of my experience and my preferences and is not meant to be negative toward the original postee. I have nothing but respect for fellow bloggers! =] I encourage you to try it for yourself and let me know how it turned out for you and any tips you found useful!