I’ve been thinking about blondies for a little while now. The kind of blondies that are gooey and fudgey and really soft. The ones where you sink your teeth into them and then you can feel the soft, rich flavor seep into your mouth, slowly melting and pleasantly surprising and delighting all your taste buds.
Maybe chocolate – like a rich fudge, or a really gooey brownie. But then we’re getting into brownies. I think I’m into blondies. Just blondies that have chocolate in them. And caramel.
You know how you decide on what to eat or what to make based on a flavor profile? Like you think in your head that you really feel like something that tastes like blueberry pie, and then you create a blueberry pie flavored thing (like me and smoothie bowls. Although most notably, I think I’m all for the pumpkin pie!). Or you think to yourself that you want something that has flavors of caramel and chocolate and peanut butter and you attempt to merge them altogether in one amazingly delicious caramel, chocolate, peanut butter thing. Kind of like when you buy coffee and it says “Notes of hazelnut, dark chocolate and caramel.” That’s how my mind thinks sometimes: in notes of what I want the food to taste like.
And with these blondies, I played this notes tune in my head for a very long time. Notes of peanut butter, almond butter, tahini, coconut, caramel, white chocolate, dark chocolate, sesame seeds, cinnamon, liquorice. I seriously went through all of these and then some as I dreamt visions of these blondies. Literally daydreaming in the kitchen, and every place in between, formulating these for over 3 days before I finally came up with a conclusive blondie recipe idea.
I didn’t want just a remake of all the other heaps of blondie recipes available that use peanut butter or almond butter. While they’re delicious, and totally achieve that desirable texture, I wanted something different. And I’ve totally been into caramel. Date caramel. So let’s make it salted, and combine it with heaps of healthy ingredients and make blondies out of that. Because we all know that good desserts require chickpeas.
And so we’re sitting here now eating Salted Caramel Chocolate Chip Blondies, that are sweetened with date caramel, made fudgy and delicious with chickpeas and coconut cream, and that are held together with coconut and oats. Just wait until you make them. Then you’ll be convinced.