Paleo Raw Blondies!
So, of course for my first recipe ever on my blog I had to make none other than my very own Raw Blondies!! I mean, how could I not? I’m definitely not a baker, I’m really not. I do love baking and it’s so much fun for me to do, but I either follow a recipe I found on another blog or I whip up something on my own and never pay attention to quantities, so then I can never recreate it.
The recipes I intend to create here are not going to be amazing or out of this world, but they will be made from whole foods and paleo based! I intend to create recipes that are paleo based and easy to make. Mostly desserts, because that’s what I do when I’m bored and they’re easy to share with friends! It’s important to indulge sometimes- it’s good for the soul. But when I want a treat, I want to know I’m still straying from harmful ingredients and that my body won’t hate me the next day. If ya know what I mean. Hopefully the recipes I create you can take to your own kitchen and tailor them to your desires by maybe switching from honey to maple syrup or from coconut flour to almond flour, etc. Easy peasy. I am 100% taking these to work tomorrow so I don’t eat the whole pan. Let’s hope that doesn’t happen before tomorrow. Won’t be mad if it does.
On another note, today started off beautifully. This morning I was watching Cassy from Fed and Fit’s Instagram story where she talked about how Monday was her favorite day, because it gives you the opportunity to set intentions and make it a positive week. We’re all so habituated into hating Sundays and Mondays because now the weekend is so far away and the looming of a long work week ahead. But let’s change that mindset. I used today to smash out my work emails, prepare my coursework for class, meal prep, and get in a great workout in the morning to set the day. I even added in a little self care by enjoying the weather and taking one hour to read and listen to a podcast I’ve been putting off for a while now.
I know not everyone can make this a Monday routine. I have a really weird work schedule where I work some weekends and sometimes my days off fall on a Monday or Tuesday, but whatever day(s) you have off, take some time to set intentions for that upcoming work week, even if it’s as simple as, “get 15 mins extra sleep each night this week.” Maybe even making a short Monday morning routine before work where you set the week off on a positive note. Make a great breakfast, take a longer shower, get in some movement, listen to a great podcast during your commute- whatever it make be, make this week a great week!
And if you still decide you want to hate Mondays, try making this recipe to make it a *little* better.
100% Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Soy Free, Raw and Vegan (by omitting the honey)
Yields 6 from a 7x7 baking dish
Use a larger baking dish for thinner layers
You will only need a Food Processor and Baking Dish
For the First Layer:
-7 Pitted Medjool Dates
-1 TBSP Shredded Coconut
-2 TBSP Raw Almonds
-2 TBSP Raw Cashews
-2 TBSP Raw Walnuts
-2 TBSP Raw Pecans
-¼ Cup Melted Coconut Oil
-1 TBSP Boiling Water
For the Second Layer:
-2 Cups of Either Almond or Coconut Flour (I used a mix)
-3 Thrive Tribe Paleo Cookies: Pecan Shortbread
-2 TBSP Raw Honey
-¼ Cup of Coconut Sugar
-¼ Cup of Melted Coconut Oil
-Handful of Enjoy Life Chocolate Chips
How to Make:
Start by placing all the ingredients for the first layer in a food processor. Make sure the dates are pitted if you are buying them with the pits. You can add more dates for more sweetness. Blend until well combined and the nuts are finely chopped. You should have a sticky consistency. If ingredients are not binding, add in more melted coconut oil or another date.
Once everything is processed, scoop into a baking dish and pat down with the back of a measuring cup to evenly spread. Then, place into the fridge while you make the second layer.
If you are worried the layer will stick to the bottom, spread some coconut oil on the bottom of the dish.
For the second layer, you will combine all the ingredients into a food processor, as well. If the consistency is too grainy, add in more honey or melted coconut oil. You want the second layer to have a bit of moisture and combine together. Once everything is mixed together, take your pan out of the fridge and add the second layer from the food processor on top of the first layer. Even if your first layer has only been in the refrigerator for 5 minutes, it should still be set enough to add your second layer. Pat down the top layer in the same fashion, with the back of a measuring cup to evenly spread.
Then, feel free to top your bars with more chocolate chips and an optional almond butter drizzle. Set aside in the fridge or freezer for at least 30 minutes. For storage, keep in the fridge or freezer. Enjoy!