Paleo Vegan Blondies
Sometimes you just need a treat. In fact, I'm one of those people that "needs" one on a regular basis. However, since first going SCD and then paleo, my tastes have changed quite significantly. At first, I would say for the first 6 months to 1 year, I craved all of my previous comfort foods: pizza, ice cream, and treats with real sugar. I had had a sweet tooth my whole life (just ask my parents!), so I honestly didn't think those cravings would ever go away.
I did my best, made SCD friendly treats, which back then, by the way, were not anywhere near as good as the recipes that are out there now. It was right before Against All Grain, Nom-Nom Paleo, PaleOMG, and others, came onto the scene. So, because my treats back then weren't that good, and I didn't know what I was doing in the kitchen with this type of baking, I would sometimes cheat. It would always be with something gluten free, but it would be a cheat, and I would honestly feel pretty sick after. I was still healing from serious Ulcerative Colitis, and cheats back then really affected me.
However, after about 1 year, we went to my favorite cupcake shop in Seattle. I ordered a gluten free cupcake, thinking this would be another "cheat day". However, I bit into that amazing looking cupcake, and all of a sudden, it did not taste so good to me. It was way too sweet, and I actually couldn't finish it! This day marked a shift in my tastes. Since then, I still enjoy eating treats, but not treats with sugar. Of course, honey, maple syrup, coconut sugar, and similar natural sweeteners should still be eaten sparingly, but when I eat nutrient dense treats, I am able to stop after 1 serving.
All I can say is, if someone like me can stop craving sugar, then ANYONE can!
So, back to needing a treat. This one is especially great! And it is honestly one of the easiest treats you'll ever make. It is way better than any blondie that I ever used to make in my pre-paleo days. My husband and kids never get tired of them, either!
Paleo Vegan Blondies
Preheat 350 F
Makes: 12-14 squares
1 16 oz jar cashew butter
2 tbsp ground flax seeds
6 tbsp water
2 tsp vanilla extract
1 1/4 cups coconut sugar
1 tsp baking soda
3/4 tsp sea salt
1 cup 85% dark chocolate chips
In a small bowl, combine the 2 tbsp of ground flax seeds and 6 tbsp of water and let stand until it thickens.
In a stand mixer, combine the cashew butter, flax/water mixture, and vanilla extract, and mix well. Then add in the coconut sugar, baking soda and sea salt, and mix until just combined. Finally, add in the chocolate chips and mix in.
Grease a 9 x 9 inch square baking dish with coconut oil. Evenly spread the batter over the baking dish. Bake at 350 for 22 minutes, or until edges are slightly brown.
Let cool for 30 minutes before serving, then enjoy!