Ironically, having a bunch of new food intolerances has given me a new resolve to cook more. I’m excited to be back in the kitchen again, excited with trying out new ingredients, checking out new recipes. It’s like doing the Home Made Challenge, but less stringent because I always have the option of eating out!
Everybody knows that I have a sweet tooth. I’m not going to let these food intolerances stop me from satisfying my undying love for sweets – I am determined to find and develop desserts that will not knock me out.
Enter, coconut lime blondies.
Blondies are essentially white brownies. They have a caramelly buttery taste, and are moist and chewy. These blondies are gluten-free, cane sugar free, and vegan. And they bring together one of my favourite flavour patterns – coconut and lime. (Remember this tart?)
They were a hit with my friends, and I would certainly keep this one in my list. Because not only they are tasty, but they are super fast to make using simple ingredients, and they are so good for my body. These are best consumed the day of, but still good the next few days (though less crunchy on the outside).
Coconut Lime Blondies
Adapted from PowerHungry’s Coconut Blondies
In a blender, place:
- 2 ripe bananas (one of mine was frozen)
- 1/2 cup sunflower seed butter (the original recipe uses tahini)
- 1/2 cup maple syrup
- 3/4 cup coconut flour
- 1 and 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/2 heaping teaspoon baking powder
- 1/4 heaping teaspoon baking soda
- 1/4 heaping teaspoon salt
- Juice and zest of 1 and a half lime
Blend until smooth, and spread evenly in a parchment-lined 9×9 baking pan.
In a small bowl, mix together the following ingredients for the topping:
- 1/4 cup shredded coconut
- 1/4 cup coconut sugar
- Juice and zest of half a lime
Spread the topping evenly on top of the loaf, press down to smooth out the batter, and bake in the oven at 350 F for 25 minutes. It will smell amazing and somehow, buttery. Don’t give in to the urge to eat it right away, let it cool a bit first, or else it will feel uncooked.