Caramel Apple Blondies {oil & refined sugar free}

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

When it comes to chocolatey treats, I can really take or leave them, there's nothing wrong with chocolate (believe me) but, given the opportunity, I'll always go for a fruity or caramel-y option instead because, lets be real, who doesn't love caramel?! So, when it's time to reach for a sweet treat to go with my afternoon cuppa, blondies are definitely my cup of tea - all the fun of brownies, only without the chocolate! Sweet, gooey and with plenty of cinnamon, these caramel apple blondies make the perfect afternoon snack, lunch box treat or, served warm with vegan ice cream, a delicious dessert!

You will need:
- 175g self raising flour
- 75g oat flour
- 1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
- 150g coconut sugar
- 2 teaspoons cinnamon
- 1 handful pecans
- 2 medjool dates
- 3 medium apples
- 1 flax egg
- 150ml coconut milk
- 2 tablespoons peanut butter

Start by pre-heating your oven to 175 degrees Celsius and lining a brownie tin with baking paper.

Then peel and roughly chop two of your apples and place in a pan with a little water and simmer for 5-10 minutes, until soft. Once soft, drain the apples then add to a food processor or blender with a little water and blend to form a smooth puree.

As the apples simmer, combine your oat flour, self raising flour, bicarbonate of soda, cinnamon, and coconut sugar in a bowl.

In a separate bowl, combine your apple puree, coconut milk and peanut butter then add the wet ingredients to the dry and combine to form a batter.

Peel and finely chop your last apple, and roughly chop your dates and pecans.

Add the chopped apple, dates and two thirds of the pecans to the batter and stir well.

Pour the batter into the lined brownie tin and sprinkle the top with your remaining pecans and a little coconut sugar, then place in the oven to bake for 30 minutes.

Once baked, allow to cool slightly before slicing into 12 pieces, then you're ready to pop the kettle on and devour a cuppa and a sweet, sticky blondie (or two).

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