Say hello to the brownie’s good-looking cousin, the blondie. Usually bursting with butter, we’ve made a macro-friendly version by ramping up the protein content, minimising sugar and using only good fats from coconut oil.
And the bonus? You can whip these up in 35-minutes flat!
Makes: 9 blondies
✓ 150g wholemeal flour (sieved) ✓ 100g Impact Whey Protein (Vanilla, Maple or Golden Syrup work well here – you can also switch this up for another of your favourite protein powders*) ✓ ¼ tsp. baking soda (and no more, otherwise your blondies will rise too much) ✓ Pinch salt ✓ 4 tbsp. Coconut Sugar ✓ 8 tbsp. Sugar-Free Syrup (Butterscotch, Golden Syrup, Maple or Vanilla) ✓ 75g Coconut Oil (melted) ✓ 3 eggs (beaten) (or use a vegan-friendly egg replacer**) ✓ 1 tbsp. apple cider vinegar ✓ 4 tbsp. apple sauce (the puréed kind, or purée it yourself in a blender) ✓ 75g raspberries
#1 Preheat your oven to 190°C or 170°C for fan-assisted.
#2 In a large mixing bowl, combine flour, protein, baking soda, salt and coconut sugar and stir well.
#3 In a separate bowl, combine the syrup, coconut oil, eggs, apple cider vinegar and puréed apple sauce and mix.
#4 Next, fold the wet mixture into the dry mixture without overworking it too much, then add half of the raspberries to the mixture.
#5 Pour the mixture into a greased and lined baking tin (about 9”x9”). Set aside.
#6 Next, microwave the remaining raspberries in a microwave-safe dish for about 30 seconds until they release a little juice, then spoon the whole raspberries on top of the blondie mixture. Use a cocktail stick to swirl patterns onto the top.
#7 Bake for 20-25 minutes (dip a knife in and if it comes out cleanish, you’re good to go. You want a bit of gooeyness but not too much!)
#8 Drizzle over a little extra syrup and allow to cool in the tray for 10 minutes. Devour warm or allow to cool completely on a wire rack and save for later!
* If you use a vegan-friendly protein powder instead, be sure to increase the amount of apple sauce to 6 tbsp. instead of 4. Vegan-friendly protein powders tend to absorb a little more liquid than whey.
** To make a vegan egg-replacer, simply combine 1 tbsp. Chia Seeds or Flax Seeds with 3 tbsp. of water per egg in a glass or bowl. Wait 10 minutes for the seeds to plump up and you have your egg replacer.