This may be one of the quickest, easiest desserts to throw together and bake. And it's delicious – rich and fudgy, lots of peanut butter flavor – not too sweet. Just a few tips to keep in mind… Oh yeah. It's vegan. No dairy or animal products used in the ingredients.
So here's the tip …
The blondie will be very moist. And if you use a natural peanut butter that needs to be stirred, like I did, the oil from the PB will make an even more moist blondie. After it cools, pop it in the freezer in the same pan you baked it in, well-covered with plastic wrap. The blondie will become cold, of course, but will not freeze, and will take care of the oil issue. I froze this for two days then served it at work – it absolutely did not taste frozen or "day old".
Peanut Butter Blondies
Compliments of JennaDish
from Vegan Cookies Invade Your Cookie Jar by Isa Chandra Moskowitz & Terry Hope Romero
3/4 cup peanut butter (see note)
1/3 cup oil (I used canola)
1 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup nondairy milk (I used unsweetened vanilla almond milk)
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
1 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/3 cup peanuts
Preheat oven to 350oF. Lightly grease a metal 8 x 8-inch baking dish.
In a mixing bowl, use a fork to vigorously mix together peanut butter, oil, and sugar. Stir in the nondairy milke and vanilla. Stir in the flour, salt, and baking powder. Once you get the flour somewhat mixed in, it's easier to just use your hands to knead the dough until soft. It will be very very thick and won't spread on its own. Transfer dough to the baking pan and press it into place. Springkle on the peanuts and lightly press them into the top.
Bake for 22 to 25 minutes; the blondie edges should be just barely darkened. The top will appear soft, and that's okay. Remove the blondies from the oven and cool completely before slicing.
NOTE: The authors used a salted, no-stir creamy peanut butter but offer that a very well stirred natural peanut butter in which the oil has been incorporated should work as well. You can use chunky PB also.