This blondie recipe was born out of my desire to incorporate baking into my culinary repertoire. And what a perfect recipe with which to start: sweet, but not too sweet, hearty, but not heavy, these blondies are a great dessert or anytime snack (for the record, my boyfriend ate all nine squares in a two-hour period). I happen to think they'd be a great accompaniment to a springtime brunch, if that's your thing. However you serve them, I hope you enjoy them as much as we have!
Vegan Cookie Recipes: Vanilla Fig Blondies
Recipe Type: Sweets
YIELDS 9 squares
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and lightly oil an 8" square baking pan. 2. Mix together flax seeds and water and let sit for 5-10 minutes. 3. Boil two cups of water and pour over figs. Let sit for 15-20 minutes, or until the figs are soft. 3. Meanwhile, mix flour, baking powder, salt, and sugar in a bowl. In a separate bowl, mix together melted coconut oil, applesauce, milk, 1 teaspoon of the vanilla extract, and flax egg. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry and mix until fully incorporated. The consistency should be close to a pourable brownie batter; if too thick, add milk by the tablespoon. 4. In a blender or food processor, add drained figs, lemon juice, brown rice syrup, the rest of the vanilla extract, and water. Blend until the mixture has reached a thick, spreadable consistency. 5. Pour batter into baking pan. Then, gently scoop fig mixture into the center of the batter. Using a toothpick, swirl the fix mixture through the batter, making sure it reaches the sides and corners of the pan. 6. Bake for 30-35 minutes, or until the top is golden and a toothpick inserted comes out clean.
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