Desserts

September 23, 2019

Fudgy Maple Pecan Blondies

Toasted pecans meet sweet maple flavor all mixed up with some protein and fiber for a delicious yet healthy dessert: Fudgy Maple Pecan Blondies.

I'm going to tell you a secret...

These blondies have beans in them.

Yep, beans. Cannellini beans to be specific. Some of nature's finest, most nutrient-dense creations are secretly blended into these blondies. Beans! They're amazing. They have TONS of fiber which is one of the most important nutrients that we all forget about.

Fiber helps with digestion. It normalizes your whole digestive system. It can help with weight loss and prevent diseases. I could go on and on... But I won't. The bottom line is that fiber is incredibly important and we need to eat more of it. So why not pack it into desserts?

Don't run away yet! When you taste these blondies you'll never guess they have beans or are filled with healthy fiber. All you'll taste is sweet maple flavor, crunchy pecans, and a hint of sea salt. Did someone say fall?

Fudgy Maple Pecan Blondies

Actually, these Fudgy Maple Pecan Blondies get their fudgyness from the beans! They are just moist enough to make these blondies fudgy and delicious without turning them too dense. Yep, that's right. No butter necessary, these blondies get their amazing texture from plants!

And did I already mention the flavor? These blondies are slightly sweet with hints of maple. When you add nuttiness of toasted pecans you get such an incredible flavor. No wonder maple pecan is a thing.

I'm really embracing fall this year with my flavors: Molasses Pumpkin Walnut Cookies,  Amaranth Rice Krispies Treats, Oatmeal Raisin Cookie Bites. Rumor has it that I'm working on a Bourbon Pecan Pie. And that's just the sweet stuff.

Add these Fudgy Maple Pecan Blondies to the mix and we've got tons of fall-themed recipes to devour enjoy!

But let's not get ahead of ourselves. What is a blondie anyway? And what makes these blondies blondies?

What is a blondie?

Honestly, the best definition of blondies is that they are brownies without the chocolate. They definitely aren't cookies (or else they'd be individual cookie shaped). But they kind of have the taste of cookies. You basically take the flavor of the cookie and give it the texture of a brownie. I think it's the best combination!

There isn't one defining feature of blondies, but like I said, most blondies are pretty similar to cookies in flavor and brownies in texture. So, yes, I know they look like they have chocolate in them but I promise these are blondies.

But here's the twist of this recipe (besides the whole vegan, plant-based, oil-free, gluten-free, sugar-free thing). They're maple pecan.

So we've got a brownie-cookie-maple-pecan conglomeration. Sound good? I think so. Let's dive into the ingredient list.

Ingredients

Cannellini Beans: Of course, you already knew there are beans in this recipe. Hellooo fudge texture!

Oats: A versatile ingredient, oats absorb some of the moisture from the beans and add bulk to the blondie batter.

Date Sugar: A whole-food sweetener. I buy so much of this stuff it's crazy. But I love how it's made from real fruit.

Pecan Butter: This stuff is a game-changer. Almost all baking recipes require some fat. And my usual fat source is nuts. Normally, I go for almond butter or cashew butter because they both have neutral flavors. But not this time! Since I wanted these blondies to taste like fall in brownie form I decided to use pecan butter to amp up the pecan flavor. It is so worth it to make some for this recipe. Just throw some pecans in a food processor for 5 minutes and you'll have creamy, dreamy pecan butter. Try not to eat all of it!

Oat Flour: We already added oats, but oat flour just helps absorb more moisture. Oat flour is more dense than other flours so it helps out with the fudgyness.

Date Syrup: Normal maple-pecan recipes might have maple syrup, but we're using date syrup because it's a bit healthier. Date syrup is made from ~shock~ dates. So there's fiber and other nutrients.

Maple Extract: These blondies have to get their maple flavor from somewhere though. A couple teaspoons of maple extract and you'd never know there isn't any maple syrup.

Vanilla Extract: Of course, all good baking recipes have vanilla. It adds another layer of flavor along with the maple.

Baking Powder and Soda: For science purposes. (Thanks AP Chem.)

Toasted Pecans: The actual stars of the show! Make sure you toast your pecans for this recipe because it changes the flavor so much. Regular pecans are good, toasted pecans are incredible. The heat brings out a deep, rich, nutty flavor that you do not want to miss out on.

Fudgy Maple Pecan Blondies

How to make Fudgy Maple Pecan Blondies

Make these blondies by throwing all the ingredients except the pecans in a food processor. Process until the ingredients are combined and there are no whole cannellini beans left.

Warning: the batter may form a giant ball and start spinning around your food processor like crazy. This is normal. It means amazing fudgy texture is waiting for you.

After you've gained control of your ball of batter, stir in the toasted pecans. Then press the mixture into a parchment-lined baking pan and bake for 20 minutes.

Remove the pan from the oven, let the blondies cool, cut into squares, and enjoy!

Recipe Prayer

Thank you God for fiber-filled foods. Let us remember that each bite of food helps us nourish our bodies. Amen.

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Fudgy Maple Pecan Blondies

Toasted pecans meet sweet maple flavor all mixed up with some protein and fiber for a delicious yet healthy dessert: Fudgy Maple Pecan Blondies.

Author:

Elizabeth

Serves:

16

Prep:

5

min

cook:

20

min

total:

25

min

Ingredients

  • 1 Can Cannellini Beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1/3 Cup Rolled Oats
  • 1/3 Cup Date Sugar
  • 1/3 Cup Pecan Butter*
  • 1/4 Cup Oat Flour
  • 3 Tablespoons Date Syrup
  • 2 Teaspoons Maple Extract
  • 1 Teaspoon Vanilla Extract
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Baking Powder
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Baking Soda
  • 1/2 Cup Toasted Pecans, chopped

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350. Line a baking pan with parchment paper.
  2. Place all the ingredients, except the chopped pecans in the food processor. Process until all the ingredients are completely combined.
  3. Stir in the pecans.
  4. Pour into the prepared pan and bake for 20 minutes, until a toothpick comes out clean. Let cool and enjoy!

Recipe Notes

*You can sub any other nut butter, but the flavor may change.

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January 16, 2022
Tracy Henry
Made this tonight. Absolutely delicious Elizabeth. You got this one just right!
Oh yay! I'm so glad you enjoyed it :)
January 16, 2022
L Collins
Hi Could you please confirm two things:1. The amount of salt. Seems like too much. 2. The directions say there is lemon juice in the dressing but it’s not listed under ingredients. ThanksL.
Hi there! Confirming that the two teaspoons of salt in the dressing is correct. I didn't salt the cauliflower when roasting it or the salad after it was done, so this amount of salt was perfect. If you're concerned about it you can decrease the amount of salt in the dressing and then add more at the end if you need it. As for the lemon juice, SO sorry about that! It was a typo in my directions and I've removed it now. Hope this helps :)
December 20, 2021
Martha
This looks lovely! Do you have a recipe for the red pepper hummus also? Thank you!
Hi Martha! I don't have a recipe for red pepper hummus on my site. I suggest taking a traditional hummus recipe and blending in roasted red pepper.
November 22, 2021
Amanda J Lehmann
I tried these and they were delicious! A bit dense but flavorful and the "buckeye" blend of peanut and chocolate was on point! Recommend!
Yay! I'm so glad you liked them! -- Elizabeth
December 6, 2021
Grace
Hi, these look amazing. I was wondering, could I used powdered peanut butter in place of creamy for the recipe? thanks
Hi Grace! There is already some powdered peanut butter in this recipe, so adding more might make the texture more gluey. Also, the real peanut butter adds some fat, which helps create flavor. That said, if you want to use powdered peanut butter, I would suggest mixing it with a high-fat liquid like coconut cream and then measuring out 2/3 cup. Hope this helps! Let me know how it goes :) -- Elizabeth
November 15, 2021
Becky
You mention using vegetable broth in your introduction but it isn’t included in the recipe
Hi Becky - thanks for pointing this out. I have removed mention of vegetable broth from this post. You do not need any vegetable broth. The mushrooms will release natural liquid which will prevent any sticking. -- Elizabeth
September 23, 2021
Tracy Henry
Hi Elizabeth, LOVE you recipes. Please keep them coming. :)I was wondering, can you share what is the vegan chocolate bar you used in this recipe?
August 28, 2021
Henry (Hank) Mader
thank you for the oil free recipe. I'm getting introduced to wild Bolete mushrooms here in Colorado, and everyone sautes Bolete's in butter or olive oil. I'm on a veggie, oil free regimen for heart health reasons. and your recipe suggestion may fill the bill. I can't wait to give it a try.
August 13, 2021
Lindsey Kuhn
This is so fun! Loving your creamy photography :)
August 13, 2021
Lindsey Kuhn
This looks incredible! So yummy and pretty photography