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RAW BLONDIES. YES.

October 21, 2010

I’m glad you’re all enjoying my boyfriend Matt’s guest post about his transition to “heganism”! Keep those comments coming—he’s loving them! Your enthusiasm and encouragement make both of us so very happy.

Today, I’m returning to one of my favorite sweets: blondies. You’ve seen my white chocolate-peanut butter blondies, which I can still assure you are THE best baked blondies OF all time, IN the world, EVER.

Baked blondies.

Leave it to Matthew Kenney (and his fabulous pastry chef Meredith Baird) to come up with a recipe for RAW blondies. Yes. Straight out of Everyday Raw Desserts (incidentally, off the very same page as those Hello Dolly bars), this gem alone is worth the price of the book, and then some. I made them a little different from the book version, though, for ease of preparation.

I’ll let the pictures do the rest of the talking.

Wet ingredients:
¾ cup raw agave nectar
¼ cup Sucanat
¼ cup water
2 tsp sea salt
1 Tbsp vanilla extract
1 tsp lemon juice
1 cup raw cashews, soaked
½ cup raw macadamia nuts, soaked

Dry ingredients:
1½ cups almond meal
1½ cups cashew flour
1 cup coconut flour

In a high-speed blender, combine all wet ingredients except for nuts. Blend until smooth. Add soaked nuts, and blend again until very smooth.

Place all dry ingredients in a food processor and pulse to combine, then add the wet mixture.

Pulse a few times to combine, then transfer to a large bowl and knead the mixture with your hands until incorporated (batter will be very thick). Transfer to a Paraflexx-lined dehydrator tray.

Form batter into a large rectangle, about an inch thick. It doesn’t have to be perfect, just try to make it uniform in thickness.

Dehydrate for 2-3 hours, until firm to the touch. Place a mesh-lined dehydrator tray upside down on top of the blondies, hold onto the two trays, and flip the whole thing over. Remove the top tray and peel off the Paraflexx liner. Here, I decided to cut the blondies into four large squares, to help speed the dehydration a little, but you don’t have to.

I was impatient, you see—they were already looking SO GOOD!

Dehydrate overnight. Transfer the big squares to a cutting board and slice into smaller pieces. Place back in the dehydrator for another hour or two. It’s up to you how dry you want them.

When I saw the finished product, I almost let out a sob of joy. I don’t think I’ve ever (outside of my white choc-PB blondies, of course) seen anything so beautiful. The texture is superb—moist and chewy, yet light and almost fluffy. The taste? Pure, sweet, nutty splendor. And it’s raw, vegan, and gluten-free? File this under “I can’t believe it’s good for me!”

Yield: 24 servings.
Per serving: 188 calories, 12.2g fat (2g sat), 18.6g carbs, 4g fiber, 5g protein.

As you saw before, I have a bit of a penchant for blondie porn (the food kind, you perv!)…so I hope you’re ready.

These were so arrestingly gorgeous on their own, but then what did I have to go and do?

That’s right, baby. I smothered them with my raw chocolate-hazelnut ganache.
This took them from irresistible to OTHERWORLDLY.

Oh god, do you see these rivulets of molten chocolate magnificence trickling down the walls of this leaning tower of blondie brilliance like liquid gold poured by the bucketful by angels in foodie heaven? Do you SEE?!

(After this rendezvous, I related on the Almost Vegan Facebook page that I had “just finished up a photo shoot with three gorgeous blondies, all covered in chocolate syrup and piled on top of one another. Sexxxy.”)

I can’t speak. No, no more, I’m spent.

If you like this, you might also like…
Hello Dolly bars (raw)
White chocolate-peanut butter blondies
Homemade raw chocolate bar

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52 Comments leave one →
  1. October 21, 2010 3:24 pm

    Yep, this qualifies as food porn. Yum!!

    • Amber Shea @Almost Vegan permalink
      October 21, 2010 7:47 pm

      And then some! 😛

  2. October 21, 2010 3:31 pm

    Wow..those look good!

    • Amber Shea @Almost Vegan permalink
      October 21, 2010 7:48 pm

      That’s a vast understatement, my dear 😉

  3. October 21, 2010 4:13 pm

    Mmmmm….oh, what I would give for my own Excalibur!! Thanks for posting…whenever that day comes when I can do the Excalibur happy dance I will make these for sure!

    • Amber Shea @Almost Vegan permalink
      October 21, 2010 7:48 pm

      Haha, the Excalibur happy dance! It will indeed be a joyful day when you procure one 😀

  4. October 21, 2010 4:15 pm

    wow! i am so impressed by all this stuff up you come up with!

    • Amber Shea @Almost Vegan permalink
      October 21, 2010 7:49 pm

      Hehe, thanks, though I can’t take credit for this one. Matthew Kenney!

  5. October 21, 2010 4:22 pm

    Shame on you! These are sinfully good-looking yum! I NEED to get a dehydrator sooooooonnnnnn!

    • Amber Shea @Almost Vegan permalink
      October 21, 2010 7:50 pm

      Quite right! In a way, they ARE sinfully delicious…but then you remember what’s in them, and you realize they’re sinLESSly healthy for you!

  6. October 21, 2010 4:23 pm

    wow, i love it.

    • Amber Shea @Almost Vegan permalink
      October 21, 2010 7:51 pm

      Heh, thanks!

  7. October 21, 2010 4:24 pm

    It is becoming obvious to me that the purchase of a dehydrator is in my future. WANT!

    • Amber Shea @Almost Vegan permalink
      October 21, 2010 7:53 pm

      I put it off for a long time, thinking I wouldn’t get enough use out of it, but you’d be surprised! I seem to have something in there most days of the week. It can be as labor-intensive or complex as something like these, or as simple as sliced fruit, or nuts tossed with agave & curry powder (which is what I have in there right now!).

  8. Lindsey permalink
    October 21, 2010 4:28 pm

    Amber, those blondies look soooo yummy! Maybe if you become my family’s personal chef, you could make them all the time! LOL. =)

    • Amber Shea @Almost Vegan permalink
      October 21, 2010 7:53 pm

      DEAL! You may advise your parents that they can have blondies ON DEMAND if they hire me. 😉

  9. October 21, 2010 4:41 pm

    Seriously? These ARE sexy. Wow. Definitely A++ for the food porn post! Wow. They look incredible! You are SERIOUSLY talented my friend.

    • Amber Shea @Almost Vegan permalink
      October 21, 2010 7:55 pm

      Aww ::blush:: thank you! My new camera is being verrry good to me. Although honestly, I think these blondies would look sextastic whether they’re photographed with a fancy camera or a Polaroid!

  10. Tracy permalink
    October 21, 2010 4:47 pm

    I seriously need to get a dehydrator!!

    • Amber Shea @Almost Vegan permalink
      October 21, 2010 7:54 pm

      Like I told Alayna above, I think it’s a great investment. It’s likely you’ll get more use out of it than you even think you will!

  11. October 21, 2010 5:50 pm

    oh. my. gaw. these look amazing…i wish i’d seen this when i was baking earlier, because they’d have been done and done! well, probably not so fast since it takes hours upon hours to dehydrate, but…you get the picture.
    that and, i don’t have a dehydrator…but where there is a will, there is a way!
    thanks for sharing 🙂

    • Amber Shea @Almost Vegan permalink
      October 21, 2010 7:57 pm

      Hehe! You know, I don’t see why you couldn’t bake these in a normal oven, now that I think about it. Enzymes be damned! You could try baking them at 325 degrees; check them after maybe 20 min and then play it by ear from there. Worth a try!

  12. October 21, 2010 6:53 pm

    Holy dang, these look amazing!! I wish I had a dehydrator. 😛

    • Amber Shea @Almost Vegan permalink
      October 21, 2010 7:58 pm

      Thanks Kelsey! Like I said above, you could certainly try baking them in a conventional oven. I think they’d still turn out heavenly. 🙂

  13. Deanna permalink
    October 21, 2010 7:41 pm

    Wowsers. I just got a dehydrator (for 9 bucks at Goodwill) yesterday. This may well have to be my first dehydrator dessert. Thank you!

    • Amber Shea @Almost Vegan permalink
      October 21, 2010 7:58 pm

      WOW! Score! Damn, that is a GREAT deal. You’ll get your money’s worth out of it with the first recipe you make! Especially if it’s this one 😉

  14. October 21, 2010 7:51 pm

    Those are some very sexxxy blondies right there! I need to make this stat.

    • Amber Shea @Almost Vegan permalink
      October 21, 2010 7:59 pm

      Ohh, you should! I’d love to see someone else make (and LOVE) them!

  15. October 21, 2010 8:11 pm

    You so crack me up! I’m so much more of a words than a pictures person, and that totally hit my spot.

    Sounds quite delectable, sexy too. And those photos are pure porn 😉 Makes the dehydrating worth waiting for, and the two-appliances deal (with washing afterwards – you’re right: living without running water makes you think twice about that kind of thing – but in a good cause, right…)

    love
    Ela

    • Amber Shea @Almost Vegan permalink
      October 22, 2010 4:12 pm

      Yeah, this one’s a little equipment-heavy, but well worth the work.

      Glad you enjoyed the photos! 🙂

  16. October 21, 2010 8:49 pm

    Oh. My. Goodness. I’m salivating over here! I’m making those next week for sure and I will definitely be adding chocolate!

    Thanks for a fantastic recipe (you and MK).

    • Amber Shea @Almost Vegan permalink
      October 22, 2010 4:13 pm

      Oh, I hope you do make them! You’ll LOVE them, I can’t even tell you how much. Please let me know how they turn out! 😀

  17. October 21, 2010 8:50 pm

    Oh. My. God. I’m speechless. Looking at the ingredients, and thinking about how I don’t have a dehydrator… do you reckong I could get away with rolling the mixture into balls and keeping them in the fridge as “no-bake blondies” instead? Particularly seeing as I love raw “normal” batter so much anyway 😉

    • Amber Shea @Almost Vegan permalink
      October 22, 2010 4:15 pm

      Definitely!! I ate a pretty good-size chunk of the batter, myself. Since it’s so thick, it’d be PERFECT for rolling into balls and refrigerating. You could even roll them in that ganache and THEN refrigerate, and the coconut oil in the chocolate would make it harden into a shell, and then you’d have…a BLONDIE TRUFFLE. Oh my god…that is genius. If I make these again, they might not make it into the dehydrator at all.

  18. October 22, 2010 3:16 pm

    You’ve got to be kidding! These look amazing 🙂 I’m a complete blondie nut…I absolutely love them! I’ve even tried chickpea blondies. Unfortunately we can’t get coconut flour or cashew flour at any of the grocery or health stores in my town. Maybe I could sub in all almond meal for that part, and add some coconut flakes?

    Thanks for sharing!

    • Amber Shea @Almost Vegan permalink
      October 22, 2010 4:18 pm

      Thank you! And me too! I’ve always loved blondies, more so than brownies, even.

      You could definitely sub in almond flour for the cashew flour—I didn’t put this in there, because it was kind of spontaneous, but I actually ended up subbing in about 1/2 cup brazilnut flour for cashew because I needed to use it up. So the nut flours are very flexible. For coconut flour, you could take unsweetened, dried, shredded coconut flakes and whiz them in dry food processor until they’re as powdery as you can make them. Ta-da—coconut flour! 😀

  19. John B permalink
    October 22, 2010 4:43 pm

    Wow Amber, those look fantastic. I’m on hiatus from anything sweet right now, but the pictures of them covered in the ganache almost did me in. Well done!

    • Amber Shea @Almost Vegan permalink
      October 22, 2010 4:47 pm

      Well, they ARE free of refined sugars…so it’d be safe to indulge 😉

  20. October 22, 2010 8:37 pm

    You are KILLING me with those blondies!! They look awesome!!

    Need some…

    • Amber Shea @Almost Vegan permalink
      October 22, 2010 10:20 pm

      Hehe, thank ya! I mean, I don’t want to kill anybody, but I’ll take that as a high compliment 😛

  21. October 23, 2010 11:22 pm

    Well done Amber! I will be trying these for sure. 🙂
    Thank you.

    • Amber Shea @Almost Vegan permalink
      October 24, 2010 12:06 pm

      Thanks, Monica! I hope you try them and love them as much as I did. 🙂

  22. October 25, 2010 2:57 pm

    Now I REALLY want a dehydrator. Wow, do those look amazing! I wonder if I just froze them instead….or put them in the oven (although they wouldn’t be raw anymore). Hmmmmm….

    • Amber Shea @Almost Vegan permalink
      October 25, 2010 5:27 pm

      Thanks Tanya! I think you could make these just fine without a dehydrator. You could try baking them or, if you want to preserve their raw status, you could roll the batter into balls, or press into a flat square, then cut, then refrigerate. If you roll it into balls, you could then coat them with the ganache, which will harden in the fridge and create a sort of blondie truffle!

  23. Matt permalink
    October 25, 2010 7:54 pm

    Just wanted to confirm the yumminess. I had some. You can all be jealous now. Carry on…

    • Amber Shea @Almost Vegan permalink
      October 25, 2010 8:30 pm

      I’m now retrospectively jealous of us! I want MORE! 😛

  24. Gauri Radha गौरी राधा permalink
    May 7, 2011 2:16 am

    Those look amazing!!
    (I can never resist vegan desserts.)

    • Amber Shea @Almost Vegan permalink
      May 7, 2011 9:50 am

      Thanks, Gauri! Me neither 🙂

  25. trisha permalink
    September 25, 2011 1:57 pm

    How long do you soak the nuts for?!

    • Amber Shea @Almost Vegan permalink
      September 25, 2011 2:16 pm

      Since I use cashew and macnut pieces (as opposed to whole nuts), I just soak them for about 2 hours.

  26. November 5, 2011 9:34 pm

    Hahahaha, Amber you crack me up! Food porn – LOL! Those raw blondies looked heavenly on their own and then you took it to a whole other level with the chocolate ganache. Simply masterful!

    • Amber Shea @Almost Vegan permalink
      November 5, 2011 9:38 pm

      Hehe! Glad you found that amusing 😉 Can’t go wrong with blondies + chocolate!

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