Thursday, February 23, 2012

smart blondes

Naturally blonde. 
"So, this blonde walks into a juice bar..."

I've been a towhead all my life. So I've heard, endured – and gleefully shared – more than my share of dumb blonde jokes. [Not to mention Polish jokes. Oh, and let's not forget the ever-popular vegan jokes.]

But seriously, folks. These formidable little blondies are no laughing matter. They're smart. Real smart.

Why? First, they're plant-based – no animal products, no cholesterol, no cruelty. Second, they contain only simple, pronounceable ingredients you're more likely to find in your pantry than in a science lab. Third, they're slightly lower in fat than most blondies. Okay. Counting in at 7 grams per bar, they won't pass muster with strict nutritarians [whom I admire]. But compared to the full-fat, cholesterol-laden alternative, they are positively angelic. For me, they strike a happy balance between prudence and decadence.

I'm dedicating this recipe to some smart blonde vegan cookies--who are probably too smart to ever eat blondies: Kris Carr of CrazySexyLife, Susan of FatFreeVegan, Amber of Almost Vegan,  and JL of JL Goes Vegan,

Happy baking, kids.

Smart Blondies

  • 4 oz applesauce
  • 4 T canola oil
  • 1/4 cup non-dairy milk
  • 1 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 1/4 cup whole-grain flour [I recommend part spelt flour, part whole-wheat pastry flour
  • 2 T soy flour
  • 1 T baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 cup dark chocolate chips
Makes 9 blondies

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease a 9" x 9" pan.

Mix wet ingredients in a medium bowl.

Mix dry ingredients in a large bowl. Add wet ingredients to dry and stir until just combined.

Bake for 25-25 minutes or until a cake tester comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes before cutting.

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JL goes Vegan said...

Two things, my lovely:

1) I most definitely WILL eat these, you genius chef!

2) My hair is grey and I love you SO MUCH for considering me blonde! Good salt and pepper genes + a clever stylist (who highlights my grey with silver strands) keeps everyone guessing! ;)


Bryanna Clark Grogan said...

Mmmm...those look great, Dynise! I could tell you some blonde jokes! My husband's oldest stepdaughter is a, shall I say, slightly bossy, blonde and a tenured professor, so she gets mercilessly teased in their big family!

urban vegan said...

@JL: I thought you were blonde. This sounds like fodder for some dumb blonde jokes. Buy seriously. You look so BLONDE.

Amber Shea @Almost Vegan said...

Aww, thanks for the "tribute"!

Too smart to eat blondies? There's no such thing! Blondies are actually my signature dessert, so I eat more than my share of them ;) I'm going to "pin" yours to try next!

Susan Voisin said...

Aw, thanks for including me, though I suspect I'm officially more redheaded than blonde (at least this year). I have to admit that I haven't had blondies since before I was vegan, but I would love to have one of these!

Allyson said...

What a fun post! I've been a towhead (and Polish) all my life too and have heard ALL the great jokes, so I truly feel you on this one. good times, indeed.

But these pretty blondies look Mensa worthy to me... so lovely.

ps: I must mention that I also thought JL was a blonde!!

Mattheworbit said...

They look great. And so easy! Definitely something I will be trying over the weekend.

And shamefully, with my dark, dark features - I used to bleach my hair as a teenager! Oh, the horror!!

Thanks for the recipe.

Julie Hasson said...

These look amazing Dynise! I'm going to bake up a batch tomorrow!

Mattheworbit said...

Dynise, I can report back that I just made these with 60/40 spelt/wholewheat and they are fabulous, fluffy & moist. And the sweetness is subtle, just right. What a winning recipe!

urban vegan said...

@Susan: You were blonde when I met you, so I guess that stuck in my head. (I was a redhead once, too!)
@Matthew: So glad you liked them.

Amber said...

Yes!!! I love it!

Theresa said...

I've never been a blonde, but I would definitely eat these. They looks great.

MeShell said...

These look and sound delicious! I'm both blonde (and polish) so I've heard quite the collection. I haven't heard any vegan polish blond jokes yet though.

I also thought JL was blonde. :D

Veganosaurus said...

Ooooh they look super yummy!!

By the way, even I thought JL was blond! :)

Anonymous said...

Does no one notice that the addition of dry MILK makes these definitely NOT vegan??

urban vegan said...

Dry milk? Not in this recipe. Always a courageous anonymouse.

Urbans Mommy said...

These are Uh-MAZING! I sprinkled some coconut on top and added walnuts. Soooo tasty!!!

Zoe said...

These look so yummy!

Jared said...

Possibly a little late to the party, but I can let you know I've made these three times and they have never missed. Really great flavor, not too sweet, and I appreciate that they are lower in fat. Thanks for a great recipe!