Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Blondies… aka The Magically Disappearing Dessert

I suppose there wasn’t anything particularly magical about the way it disappears. It goes to the usual place via the usual methods, but it’s just so fast! I’ve made this twice in one week, and the second pan is almost gone already. This is why I don’t make sweets very often, people. Agh! They go straight to my hips.

I originally found the recipe at Baking Bites and adapted it slightly based on my needs, desires, and the comments on the original post on Authentic Simplicity. I reduced the sugar quite a bit, used white whole wheat flour, replaced the pecans with chocolate chips, and used flax gel instead of the egg. I’ve left the egg in the recipe below, though, because if you can eat eggs, then you might as well use an egg! No point in making the flax gel if you don’t have to!

I also used freshly ground spices, which I think makes a great deal of difference in the flavor of the final product. Fresh ginger, grated straight from the root, finely crushed cloves, and freshly grated nutmeg. Of course, you can use the dried equivalents, and they will still be delicious, but if you have the fresh stuff, go ahead and use it!

You can increase the sugar up to a whole cup if you want, but I found it was really not necessary. At first, my DH said they weren’t sweet enough… then he realized that he was just as addicted as I was, so they must not have been as terrible as he first imagined. I think the next time I may experiment with honey.

Bar cookies are a great QUICK treat any time of year, but especially during the busy school season. This dessert is ready to go in well under an hour, start to finish.

Very EASY, too, just like brownies or regular blondies.

Pretty CHEAP for a snack, I’d say. No special expensive ingredients, unless you count the chocolate chips, which you can simply omit if you want.

These are a relatively HEALTHY dessert (although perhaps not at the rate I eat them!), with the reduced sugar and whole grains. To make them even healthier, replace the chocolate chips with nuts (I think pecans or walnuts would be delicious) or dried cranberries. Because they are so moist to begin with, they really do very well with the white whole wheat flour! Some baked goods tend to get dry or tough with 100% whole wheat flour, but I found this recipe was just as delicious with the whole grains.

~I’m excited to announce that I’ve teamed up with a few other bloggers to bring you some delicious and creative ways to fight the flu this winter. Come back on Wednesday for the details!~