Maple Pecan Blondies | Grain Free, Vegan

Need some ooey-gooey, sweet and salty goodness in your life? These Maple Pecan Blondies are the ticket and I am giving you all the secrets to making these as healthy as possible.

Before I get to the recipe, let me apologize to my faithful readers for being very sporadic in posting for the last year. I just happened to glance at my blog list and realized that in the last year, I have posted exactly four times. This is not acceptable and while there isn’t a great excuse, I do want to explain what happened in one brief phrase: 2018 was a very traumatic year personally. That said, at the beginning of this year, I decided that 2019 would be my year of recovery and restoration to overcome the hijacking of what was supposed to be a monumental birthday year for me. (Let’s just say it was a decade birthday and leave it at that, Um-kay?)

So…as of March 1, I have decided to transition from having a location dependent business of being a health-driven private chef to establishing myself as a wellness and healthy cooking coach and take my business primarily online. That means you will be seeing a lot more of me and on a much more regular basis.

What does this have to do with Maple Pecan Blondies?

Well, nothing, but I knew I needed to make amends and I also want you to know that there are lots of good things to come:

  • Weekly Posts first and foremost to give you lots of tips, techniques and other fun things related to living a healthy lifestyle.

  • More Recipes, both sweet and savory. (Although I’ve been on a baking bender, so be prepared for several grain free and vegan baked goods!)

  • Webinars and other resources to help you get healthy real food on the table quickly and within a real life budget

  • A broader perspective on health and wellness. I have learned that while food is a starting point, once you’ve changed your diet, you will want to clean up other elements of your life as well.

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Maple Pecan Blondies

Grain Free, Vegan

Note: You can use the flax egg if you don’t tolerate eggs or are vegan. If you want to use a real egg instead, the blondies will stand a little taller and be a little less ooey-gooey, but still taste great. If you want to double this recipe, use a 9x13 pan and bake for 25-30 minutes.

1 cup pecans

1 flax egg (1 tbsp ground flax seeds mixed with 2.5 tbsp water)

or 1 egg

1 cup almond butter

1/2 cup maple syrup

1 tsp vanilla

1/4 tsp sea salt

1/4 tsp baking soda

  1. Toast the pecans in a 350 degree oven until you can smell a toasty pecan fragrance. Set aside to cool.

  2. Make the flax egg and set aside to thicken (if using a real egg, simply mix it in with remaining ingredients.)

  3. Mix together egg (flax or real), almond butter, maple, vanilla, sea salt and baking soda.

  4. Fold in toasted pecans.

  5. Bake for 20 minutes.

  6. Let stand for at least 30 minutes before cutting into squares.