Who doesn’t love the classic Blondie? And here is a way to make it vegan, Paleo AND refined sugar free. And best of all, it is loaded with health benefits and so easy and fast to make.
Tahini, in its purest form, is made from toasted sesame seeds, which are ground down into a paste. Tahini has a smooth, peanut buttery flavor. It is rich in antioxidants, contains anti-inflammatory compounds, and just one teaspoon provides over 11% of the daily values in: Thiamine, Vitamin B6 and phosphorus. Best of all, it has anti-aging benefits and anti-cancer properties.
Cacao, AKA “super food” is another ingredient in this recipe, which is also loaded with health benefits. Cacao is cocoa beans in its purest form. It is also rich in antioxidants and is one of the highest sources of magnesium, calcium, zinc, copper and selenium. Cacao is known to have anti-stress and anti-anxiety properties (and who doesn’t need those benefits during this pandemic?). Cacao is also rich in fiber (9 grams of fiber in only 1 ounce!) which aids in controlling blood sugar and lowering cholesterol. I encourage you to throw these nibs in smoothies, parfaits and in any baking recipe.
Now that we know the benefits, let’s bake away!
- 5 cups blanched almond flour
- 2 large organic/cage free eggs (if vegan, use egg substitute)
- ½ cup unsweetened cacao nibs
- ¾ cup of pure tahini (I buy at Trader Joes)
- ¾ cup of coconut sugar (raw honey or maple syrup will work too)
- 5 tsp baking soda/powder
- 5 tsp vanilla extract
Pre-heat the oven to 375 degrees. Line an 8×8 baking pan with parchment paper and set aside. In a large bowl, add all of the above ingredients and mix well. Pour the mix into the lined pan and bake for 25-30 minutes, until fully cooked. Let it cool off and then dive right in! Pair with a cold glass of almond or cashew based milk.
Lisa A. Bloom resides in New York with her husband and three wonderful daughters. She graduated from the University at Albany with majors in English and Psychology and received her law degree from Hofstra University. When she isn’t working, Lisa enjoys spending time with family, writing, hot yoga and cooking Paleo. You can follow her on Instagram @Paleoworkingmama