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Blueberry Lemon Bars

Blueberry Lemon Bars 3

 

Hi there!

How’s your week been so far? Mine has been buuuussy! It’s been one of those weeks where everything happens or has to get done at once and at some point you just have to laugh because the volume of work is ridiculous and you know next week isn’t going to be half as busy.

I won’t bore you with the details. I’ll just say that I was up at 4:30 this morning and got home from work at 9:30 tonight.

So these bars were necessary.

 

Blueberry Lemon BarsI decided to make these Blueberry Lemon Bars Sunday night after I finished my usual meal prep for the week. I’m so glad I did.

Blueberry Lemon Bars 9The chef was glad I did too 😀

I always consider it a win when I bake something that we both agree is delicious. He has a huge sweet tooth and he doesn’t care whether his treats are healthy or not, so when I bake something I feel good about and he chooses over an oreo, I’m happy.

Blueberry Lemon Bars 4Blueberries and lemon is one of my favorite flavor combinations. It’s just so summery. The lemon zest adds a pop of brightness to the juicy sweet blueberries and a touch of coconut sugar and vanilla just do magical things to these bars.

Blueberry Lemon Bars 5

Like make me feel okay about a 17 hour day.

 

Blueberry Lemon Bars 8Blueberry Lemon Bars

Vegan, Gluten-free

Makes 12 bars

1 15 oz can chickpeas, drained

1/4 cup almond butter

1/4 cup coconut sugar

1/4 cup maple syrup

2 tbsp ground flax seed

2 tbsp oat flour

3/4 tsp baking powder

1/8 tsp baking soda

1/4 tsp salt

2 tsp vanilla

1/2 tsp lemon zest

1/2 heaping cup blueberries

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Soak the rinsed beans in water while prepping other ingredients. Grease an 8 x 8 glass baking dish with coconut oil.

Add all ingredients except blueberries to a high powered blender or food processor. Blend until smooth. Mix in blueberries and pour into the prepared baking dish. Bake for 30 minutes. Allow to cool for 10 minutes and slice into 12 squares. Store in the refrigerator for 3-5 days.

Blueberry Lemon Bars 7Yup, they’re that good.

 

What is your favorite summer fruit? Mine is a tie between blueberries and blackberries.

Any Memorial Day plans? Not gonna lie, mine might involve making another batch of these bars ;D

 

With so much love,

Sam

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Blondies

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Blondies 5Hiiii,

You see that up there? That’s something special, let me tell you. That there is the answer to Mondays, bad haircuts, and armpits in your face on a crowded subway.

I realize I reference the subway quite a bit. A lot of weird stuff happens on the subway. And, I can’t be sure, but I feel like NYC subways are one of a kind.

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip BlondiesJust this past week I witnessed a man on a moving train, between the cars, bang on the door and yell at us to let him in. The door was locked so we couldn’t and he just got angrier and angrier and kept banging. The train pulled into the station and, sure enough the man stomps into our car from the open doors. Fuming, he pushed past a woman, set up a folding chair in the middle of the car and pulled out a large drum from I-don’t-know-where. He announced that he was homeless and asked if we could find it in our hearts to help him. He said, “God bless” and proceeded to play an aggressively loud drumbeat for the duration of our trip.

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Blondies 1He was pretty pissed when no one opened their wallets for him.

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Blondies 3Anyway, I’m getting sooo off topic. THESE BLONDIES!

So freaking good! Moist and tender, they pretty much taste like peanut butter chocolate chip cookie dough. I won’t even suspend the surprise because you already know they’re made with beans! Chickpeas this time, along with flax seed for omega 3’s, oat flour for fiber, and chocolate…

Because, antioxidants.

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Blondies 4Adapted from Chocolate Covered Katie

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Blondies

Vegan, Gluten-free

Makes 12 bars

1 15 oz can chickpeas, drained

1/4 cup peanut butter

1/4 cup coconut sugar

1/4 cup maple syrup

2 tbsp ground flax seed

2 tbsp oat flour

3/4 tsp baking powder

1/8 tsp baking soda

1/4 tsp salt

2 tsp vanilla

1/2 cup chocolate chips

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Soak the rinsed beans in water while prepping other ingredients. Grease an 8 x 8 glass baking dish with coconut oil.

Add all ingredients except chocolate chips to a high powered blender or food processor. Blend until smooth. Mix in chocolate chips and pour into the prepared baking dish. Bake for 30 minutes. Allow to cool for 10 minutes and slice into 12 squares.

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Blondies 2I’d take an armpit to the face for one of those.

 

Any scary or funny subway stories?

Brownies or blondies?

I can’t choose. I love them both 😀

 

Have a great rest of your week friends!

With so much love,

Sam