Sunday, December 8, 2013

Browned Butter Blondies (Gluten-free, Grain-free, Nut-free)

Tonja here!

Every once in awhile I have this grand idea for something I want to turn into a grain-free treat… most of the time the flavor comes out well, but not the look or texture. And then other times I knock it out of the park. This is one of those times… aren't you guys lucky?

I've also ventured into practicing more with coconut flour - I don't think I have an allergy to nuts, but I notice I don't feel as well when I consume a lot of them. Therefore, this recipe is nut-free as well!

I hope you enjoy :)

Browned Butter Blondies

12 Tbsp (3/4 cup) unsalted grassfed butter
1 cup blonde coconut sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
4 eggs, pastured
2/3 cup coconut flour
2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp sea salt
1/2 cup Enjoy Life chocolate chips
3/4 cup chopped nuts of choice (optional)

Preheat oven to 325 degrees.

To brown the butter, place butter in a small saucepan over medium heat. After the butter melts, continue to cook 5-10 minutes, stirring frequently. Watch carefully as the milk solids start to turn brown - it can happen quick! You don't want to let them burn, just turn a medium brown color. Remove from the heat.

Place coconut sugar, vanilla extract and slightly cooled browned butter into a food processor, stand mixer or bowl with a hand mixer and blend until smooth. If using a food processor or stand mixer, add in the eggs one at a time and continue to mix. If using a hand mixer, give it a go on your own and hope you don't get scrambled eggs ;) Add in the dry ingredients (except nuts and chocolate chips) and continue to blend. Let sit for a couple of minutes until the mixture thickens.

Fold in the chocolate chips and nuts and spread the dough evenly in a 8x8 baking pan lined with parchment paper or greased well with coconut oil.

Bake for 20-25 minutes - BUT DO NOT OPEN THE OVEN DOOR BEFORE 20 MINUTES! You risk the top collapsing too much. Keep an eye on them through the oven window in case your oven is too hot and MAY need to be opened before then. Your blondies are done when the top is deep golden brown and a toothpick inserted comes out mostly clean.

Let cool for 15 minutes before serving.