I’m going to keep this post short and to the point, because there are bigger things happening in the world right now than leisurely reading through a detailed dessert related blog post. Undoubtedly, people will be glued to their TV’s, news feeds, and social media as this unprecedented mid-pandemic election goes down. But, in case you’re looking for a delicious distraction, doing some stress baking, or simply craving a super comforting sweet treat, these healthified PB&J Stuffed Blondies are just the thing.
What do they taste like?
These PB&J Blondies are basically like a peanut butter & jelly sandwich made into a cookie bar. And just like the sandwich, they are perfectly comforting, delicious, and sure to put a smile on your face. These are just all around YUM. A peanut butter spiked blondie ribboned with a layer of peanut butter (or other nut/seed butter of choice) and any jam or jelly you like. Basically like a pb&j sandwich but with blondie “bread”. The peanut butter blondie whips up super quickly, in just one bowl, and made with only 9 ingredients! You’ll probably finish mixing up the batter by the time the oven heats up. Then the PB&J center is made by just drizzling a layer of peanut butter and then a layer of jam on top of half the batter. Then the remaining batter is sprinkled on top of the filling and that’s it! Into the oven it goes. These could be in and out of the oven in just about 30 minutes. Because if there’s ever a time instant gratification via baked good, it’s now.
Some Notes on Ingredients/Variations
Before I get to the recipe, just a few quick ingredient notes.
Paleo/Nut Free Options: While I named these PB&J Blondies, these are easily made nut-free and strictly paleo by replacing the peanut butter with a nut/seed butter of your choosing. Try to select a natural nut/seed butter that is made with only one ingredient (with no added oils or sugars) and is relatively drippy. Whenever baking with a nut/seed butter always mix the butter in the jar before measuring to evenly distribute the oil. If possible, use a newer jar of nut/seed butter and do not use the dry/compacted bottom for baking. Some good substitutes for peanut butter are almond butter for paleo-friendly, or sunflower seed butter for a paleo-friendly and nut-free version. In this recipe I use Once Again’s Creamy Unsweetened Peanut Butter.
Jam/Jelly: Use any jam or jelly you like and fits your dietary needs. You could even use homemade chia jam if you have some handy! Or get creative and use multiple flavors! I used a raspberry fruit spread by Santa Cruz.
No refined sugar, flours, or oils. Easily made paleo-friendly and nut free! These Healthified PB&J Blondies are the perfect sweet treat sure to give you all the feel good vibes and made with ingredients you can feel great about using.
paleo friendly (gluten/grain/dairy free), naturally sweetened, nut-free option
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PB&J Stuffed Blondies
The classic peanut butter and jelly sandwich made into a cookie bar! These are super easy to make, have only 10 ingredients (with the salt!) and are made in just one bowl! Doesn't get any better than that!
If you're avoiding peanut butter you can easily sub for your favorite nut/seed butter!
paleo-ish, gluten/grain/dairy free, refined sugar free
- 3/4 cup coconut sugar (117 grams)
- 1/2 cup avocado oil (109 grams) or sub coconut oil, melted & cooled
- 1/4 cup natural peanut butter (67 grams) or sub other nut/seed butter
- 2 eggs room temp is ideal
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 1 cup cassava flour (130 grams)
- 1/4 cup + 2 tbsp tapioca flour (45 grams)
- 1 tsp baking powder (5 grams)
- 1/4 tsp sea salt (1 gram)
- 1/3 cup jam or jelly (104 grams)
- 1/3 cup natural peanut butter (80 grams) or sub other nut/seed butter
In the bowl of a stand mixer, or a large bowl if mixing by hand, cream together all the wet ingredients until light and frothy.
Add in the dry ingredients and blend until just fully incorporated, scraping down the sides of the bowl once during mixing. Taking care not to overmix.
In a small bowl, microwave the jam or jelly for about 5-10 seconds and stir well so it is easy to drizzle. Set aside.
Pour 2/3 of the blondie batter into the prepared baking dish and spread out into an even layer.
Drizzle the peanut butter all over the blondie batter, it's okay if it does not fully cover the blondie base. Then dollop large gobs of the jam over the peanut butter and filling in any areas where there is no peanut butter.
Spoon the remaining blondie batter over the pb&j filling and gently spread it into another even layer. It's okay if it does not cover the entire pan.
Let cool in the pan for at least 5 minutes before removing and slicing!
Helpful Baking Tools (affiliate links): 8x8 inch pan, rubber spatula, kitchen scale
PB&J Filling Tips:
Nut/Seed Butter - Use any natural nut/seed butter (with no added oils or sugars) you like that is thinner, slightly drippy, and not crazy thick. Look for a jar that has extra oil at the top, this consistency will make it easier to drizzle for the filling. Always stir the nut/seed butter in the jar before measuring to ensure the oil is evenly distributed. Avoid using the compacted/dry bottom portion of the container for baking.
Strict Paleo - Sub the peanut butter for any other single ingredient nut/seed butter, almond butter would be an excellent choice.
Nut Free - To make these nut free & paleo, use a drippy single ingredient seed butter. Some good options are sunflower seed butter or tahini.
Jam/Jelly - Any jam or jelly would do here. Be creative and use more than one flavor. Or use a homemade chia jam if you have some on hand!
These will keep at room temp for 1-2 days. Afterwards, move to freezer for longer storage!
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