Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Banana Peanut Butter Blondies

Banana Peanut Butter Blondies











Sometimes recipes are inspired by necessity and this recipe killed three birds with one stone. 

I had some people coming for dinner and needed a quick easy dessert.  I also needed a dessert that didn’t require refrigeration since the fridge was packed to the gills with an over ambitious load of groceries occupying every square inch.  And then there was those seemingly ever present over-ripe bananas in the fruit bowl that were ruining the whole aesthetic of the arrangement on my coffee table.

The dessert I’d create needed to utilize the offending bananas without requiring refrigeration when it was done.  Also keeping in mind the half gallon of chocolate peanut butter swirl ice cream nestled in the freezer I tried to think of something that might compliment that ice cream. 

And so the notion of these banana peanut butter blondies was born.  If the warm chewy blondies wasn’t enough, I knew that a scoop of that chocolate peanut butter ice cream would elevate both humble desserts to new levels of deliciousness. 

And with the overripe bananas are gone from my fruit bowl this turned out to be an all-around winner for sure. 

Banana Peanut Butter Blondies
Prep time: 15 min
Cook time: 35 min
Servings: 12-24

Ingredients:
  • ½ cup butter
  • ¾ cup peanut butter
  • 1 ½ cups dark brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 2 mashed bananas
  • 2 cups gluten free flour that contains xanthan gum (I used Bob’s Red Mill 1 to 1 baking blend)
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • ½ cup mini chocolate chips

Glaze Ingredients:
  • ¾ cup confectioner’s sugar
  • 1 heaping tablespoon unsweetened cocoa
  • 2-3 tablespoons milk

Video Tutorial: 


Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F (or 175 °C) and line a 9x13 inch pan with parchment sprayed with nonstick spray.
  2. In large microwave safe bowl add the butter and peanut butter then microwave in 30 second increments, stirring after each session until the butter is melted and the two ingredients are stirred together well.
  3. Add the brown sugar, vanilla and eggs and mix until combined then stir in the mashed banana.
  4. Stir in the flour and salt and mix until the batter is smooth then stir in the mini chocolate chips until evenly dispersed throughout.
  5. Spread the batter in the prepared pan and bake for 35 minutes or until the center looks set.
  6. Let the blondies cool in the pan for 5 minutes then lift them from the pan and transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.
  7. To make the glaze stir together the confectioner’s sugar, cocoa, and milk until you have a smooth glaze.  Drizzle the glaze over the blondies and allow it to set for about a half an hour then slice into desired sizes and serve.



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