I love a solid baking or cooking challenge – veganizing and freeing of gluten are two that I do frequently. With food allergies and diet preferences abundant in my circles, I have come to embrace this style of preparing food.
I made these during the month of crazy-busy April. I wrapped up a grad class, an art class, a presentation at work, and working on some other big changes all in one month. I made time for some fun around Eric’s birthday weekend though. We got together with some friends to grill out one evening, and I brought these lovelies along for dessert. The swapping of a few ingredients made them no less delectable, I promise!
To make these vegan, I swapped out butter for coconut oil and chia seeds for eggs. I decided that while I was it, I may as well swap out the brown sugar for coconut sugar. It made them a little less sweet tasting but kept the chewy goodness.
This is the fantastic meal prepared by our friend, Ben, which preceeded the dessert. I’m drooling just looking at this image – please start a food blog!
Q proceeded to work on his tag – making these diagonal pink lines all over the sidewalk, steps, hose, himself… Yup, those are my wedding shoes, they are still going strong. More on the rest of April later – I have been busy creating, just not posting/sharing busy.
Vegan Blondie Bars – adapted from Better Homes & Gardens Cookbook
- In a small bowl combine: 2 tablespoons chia seed with 6 tablespoons water. Stir and allow to sit for 30 minutes to an hour or till thickened and gel-like.
- Grease 13x9x2 inch baking pan with dairy-free shortening. Microwave 2 cups coconut sugar and 2/3 cup coconut oil until oil is melted. Stir until mixture is smooth. Cool slightly. Combine with chia seed and water mixture and 2 teaspoons vanilla.
- Stir in 2 cups all-purpose flour (or 2 cups Cup 4 Cup mix, for gluten-free option!), 1/4 teaspoon baking soda, and 1 teaspoon baking powder. Mix in 1 cup semi-sweet, vegan chocolate chips.
- Spread batter into prepared pan. Bake in a 350° oven for 25-30 minutes or till a knife inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool slightly. Cut into bars while still warm.