Healthier Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Blondies

You all love my healthy chocolate cookies- they’re consistantly the most viewed page of my blog. Fortunately, I love looking for ways to make my sweet, buttery, treats healthier without compromising any of the taste.

Healthier Chocolate Peanut Butter Chip Blondies- With no butter, these sneakily healthy blondies cut calories and add vitamins. |Pixiedustkitchen.com

The easiest way to do this is by swapping butter for avocado. Avocados have a creamy texture that is perfect for adding to baked goods and for creaming with sugar- thanks to all of the healthy fats. In fact, Trader Joe’s goes so far as to call them natures butter. Avocados are also often referred to as “superfruit” due to all of the vitamins and antioxidants they contain. From helping with arthritis related problems to aiding with digestion, avocados deserve their reputation as a superfruit. You can read more of their health benefits here.

Unlike with my chocolate cookies, I used all white flour for a lighter texture and didn’t use any honey- so while they’re not as healthy as the cookies, they’re still pack a healthier punch with the avocado as well as a cut on calories. (So you can eat more, right?)

Healthier Chocolate Peanut Butter Chip Blondies- With no butter, these sneakily healthy blondies cut calories and add vitamins. |Pixiedustkitchen.com

Like I said, if my dessert is going to be healthy, I don’t want to be able to tell that it’s healthy. And that’s the case with these blondies- Light and fluffy, thanks to a Moncler outlet heaping teaspoon of cornstarch. The avocado taste is masked with a cup of sugar, a teaspoon of vanilla extract + 1/2 teaspoon of almond extract (sold in the baking aisle of most grocery stores, or at craft and baking supply stores), and 1.5 C of chocolate and peanut butter chips. You can buy combined bags, or just add 3/4 C of each. If you don’t want to buy almond extract, you can always simply use 1.5 tsp of vanilla, but I recommend using the almond- it just adds a little something extra that you can’t quite put your finger on.

Texture wise, these are like a combination of cookies and blondies- my intention was to make cookies; so I adapted a cookie recipe. I decided to put them in a pan because I didn’t want to wait for dough to chill, and I’m glad I did. They turned out softer, lighter, and more bread-like than cookie bars- just like a blondie.

Healthier Chocolate Peanut Butter Chip Blondies- With no butter, these sneakily healthy blondies cut calories and add vitamins. |Pixiedustkitchen.com

Sneakily healthy blondies full of chocolate and peanut butter chips- what can be better?

Healthier Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Blondies
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Healthier Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Blondies- using avocado instead of butter!
Ingredients
  • 1 medium avocado
  • ¾ C brown sugar
  • ¼ C granulated sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • ½ tsp almond extract
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 and ¼ C flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp cornstarch
  • ¾ C chocolate chips
  • ¾ C peanut butter chips
Instructions
  1. Spray a 7x11 pan and set aside. Preheat oven to 350˚F.
  2. Peel, pit, slice and mash avocado. Cream with sugars and extracts on medium-high speed. Mix in eggs one at a time.
  3. Combine Flour, soda, salt, and cornstarch. Slowly mix into wet ingredients. Fold in chips.
  4. Pour into prepared pan and bake for 20-30 minutes until top is golden brown and sides are pulling away from pan. Let cool before serving.

11 Comments on Healthier Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Blondies

  1. Cathy Pollak ~ Noble Pig
    July 17, 2013 at 9:54 am (4 years ago)

    Love using avocado as a swap for ice cream in a shake but I’ve never tried it in baked goods! Need to do that!!

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    • faithcatherine
      July 17, 2013 at 5:03 pm (4 years ago)

      It’s wonderful and you can hardly tell that the butter has been replaced. Let me know how it is if you try it!

      Reply
  2. Miss Messy
    July 18, 2013 at 4:24 pm (4 years ago)

    Healthy… fantastic! Love that these use avocado! 🙂

    Reply
  3. Liz (Little Bitty Bakes)
    July 18, 2013 at 4:43 pm (4 years ago)

    This is interesting – I’ve never thought to swap out butter for avocado in cookie recipes (even though I’ve done it in quick breads, etc.). I may need to try it! Maybe I could increase the nutrition aspect too by lowering the sugar content – maybe substitute for some stevia?

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    • faithcatherine
      July 18, 2013 at 5:34 pm (4 years ago)

      I love swapping avocado for butter. It’s a way to up the nutrition easily and works in most cases! I’ve made cookies that use honey instead of sugar in them; and agave could certainty be substituted instead. Since there’s no need for spreading, I’m sure stevia could be substituted for white sugar!

      Reply
  4. Regina
    July 18, 2013 at 7:22 pm (4 years ago)

    These look fantastic and sound so delicious. Love your idea of swapping out butter with avocado!

    Reply
  5. rebacox
    July 19, 2013 at 10:30 am (4 years ago)

    UMM avocados! I wonder if you could even add in a scoop of vanilla protein powder in this? Have you ever tried that?

    Reply
    • faithcatherine
      July 19, 2013 at 10:48 am (4 years ago)

      I haven’t tried that; I don’t generally use protein powder. I’m sure it would certainly work! Let me know if you do!

      Reply
  6. crazyforcrust
    July 19, 2013 at 12:23 pm (4 years ago)

    YES! Love swapping avocado for butter. Perfect!

    Reply
  7. BruCrew Life
    July 21, 2013 at 1:15 am (4 years ago)

    Love the avocado in this!! What a great idea!! 🙂

    Reply
  8. Nessa
    July 21, 2013 at 3:13 pm (4 years ago)

    These look super yummy!

    Reply

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