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  • Writer's pictureElise Johnson

Before & After: Guilt-Free Blondies

Updated: Apr 10

How can it be that we conceive those unhealthy, every day foods which contribute to inflammation and diseases normal? While at the same time, healthy foods that protect us against malnutrition, help to decrease inflammation and reduce the likelihood of chronic diseases are considered ‘diet foods.’ This is backwards thinking, wouldn’t you say? It is almost inconceivable to consider that even at my highest weight I was malnourished.

Those who have followed my journey know that I have a sweet tooth. My cravings for sweets have definitely lessened since regulating my blood sugar levels by eating nutrient-dense, whole foods. I still enjoy something sweet now and again. And if you are reading this blog post, I would bet that you enjoy sweets as well. I have great news for you! You can have your cake (or in this case, blondie) and eat it, too!

You will be very surprised when you read the ingredients within this recipe. Don’t let the ingredients fool you — you and your family are in for a BIG treat! I promise you will absolutely fall in love with these delicious blondies — my husband, adult children, and my grandchildren did!

The difference between the ingredients in my before and after blondie recipes are night and day! Let’s take a closer look…

Two columns listing differences between the two recipes. Recipe on the eft is made with ingredients like butter, brown sugar, eggs, etc. Recipe on right includes chickpeas in place of flour and coconut brown sugar, etc
Before and After Recipe

Just look at the difference! My before blondies lacked protein and fiber, were full of saturated fat, high in sugar, left us feeling tired, and were actually greasy! My after blondies left us feeling satiated (a healthy full feeling), gave us energy, and supported our cardiovascular and gut health to boot!

This is one of the easiest baked goods you will probably make. The key to this recipe is a food processor! Blend all of the ingredients very well until they are super smooth (that’s the secret). Pour into a 9x13-inch baking pan that has been sprayed with avocado spray or lined with parchment paper. Smooth the top evenly. Sprinkle a few dark chocolate chips and sesame seeds over top, if desired. These blondies only take 30 minutes in a 350 degree F oven. Allow them to cool and then enjoy! You will have the satisfaction of knowing you fed your family a great dessert that their bodies will not only enjoy, but benefit from on a cellular level! My family was so pleasantly surprised when they learned what the ingredients were. The amount of protein from the chickpeas make these blondies very filling. You will feel satiated, or full, for a long time. Speaking of chickpeas, did you know that chickpeas are high in fiber, protein, and healthy fats? They also have a low glycemic index (GI) which helps control blood sugar, manage weight, and support heart and gut health. Chickpeas are a versatile plant protein that can be added to many savory or sweet meals and snacks just like this one!

Let’s talk tahini, one of my favorite ingredients to use in savory and sweet recipes. Tahini has selenium. It acts as an antioxidant and helps lower inflammation in the body. Studies show sesamol, a natural chemical found in sesame seeds and sesame oil, has antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and anti-aging benefits. Other studies say it also has strong anti-cancer effects. Tahini contains lots of protein and is a rich source of B vitamins that boost energy and brain function. It also contains vitamin E which helps to protect against heart disease and stroke as well as important minerals magnesium, iron, and calcium.

Speaking of before and after, I’d like to share with you this image. What we put into our bodies matter. Our choices matter.

So, what are you waiting for? Bake these today! Your family will thank you.

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