Peanut Butter Banana Honey Granola Blondies – Fill the Cookie Jar

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Oh my gosh, is it almost fall???  And where the heck did summer go?  I spent most of my summer broken.  Literally.  I broke my little baby toe on a baby gate the morning of my oldest son’s 6th grade graduation!!!  I literally hobbled around on crutches with my toe buddy-taped until the ceremony was over so I could get to the doctors.

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And then, wouldn’t you know, they just buddy taped it again.  Of course, after they “set” the bone.  Did you know they could do that for a toe?!  Then after a week of it feeling a bit better, I finally get to see the podiatrist, only to hear I had to have surgery on it because it was that bad!

So ten days after this little toe stub, which led to a darn LETTER L toe, which led to a reset toe and then surgery, I had a pin sticking out of my toe.  It was broken AND fractured in 3 places.

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I’m all better now.  But my toe is a bit crooked.  And it swells randomly.  And then I remind myself that at least I have a toe.  So I basically went from the end of the school year to the beginning of the school year, with no fun to be had all summer.

Peanut Butter Banana Honey Granola Blondies | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

I’ve been missing my kitchen and baking, and I may have lost some of my creative mojo.  Hey, I said some.  These Peanut Butter Banana Honey Granola Blondies had my kids returning to the kitchen over and over and over and over and …well you get the picture.

Peanut Butter Banana Honey Granola Blondies | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

And the icing on top (literally the icing on top-badumcha!) tastes like a peanut butter cup.  So much so, that my oldest decided to have more bars after school with a side of actual peanut butter cups.  Boy, I hope he runs that off tomorrow during gym class.

Peanut Butter Banana Honey Granola Blondies | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

I had one of these after they came out of the oven and they were so tender and moist.  I especially love how the icing sets up on the top. I decided on these bars because I really just wanted to make something with brown sugar and brown butter. And then I had ripe bananas. And I love peanut butter. And I have lots of granola from last year’s winning of Golden Girl Granola. (I’m in the top 8 again this year!) And of course fall brings school lunches, which brings PB sandwiches and granola bars. So yea, that’s what I came up with.

Peanut Butter Banana Honey Granola Blondies | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

But today my son let me have a nibble of them straight from the fridge.  Oh-my-word!  The banana flavor was insane!  After a night of sitting in the refrigerator, that banana really took center stage.  So delicious!!!  I could eat these warm or cold, but either way I gobble it up, I’ll take it with a cold glass of milk.

Peanut Butter Banana Honey Granola Blondies | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

And now, my contribution to this month’s Fill the Cookie Jar, led by the lovely Cynthia.  Check below for more fall cookie and bar recipes from other bloggers too!

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Pour browned butter mixture over brown sugar.

Peanut Butter Banana Honey Granola Blondies

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Total Time: 40 minutes

Number of servings: 16

Per Serving 226 calories

Fat 10 g

Carbs 31 g

Protein 4 g

16

Peanut Butter Banana Honey Granola Blondies

Ingredients

    For the Blondies

  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter (one stick)
  • 2 Tb creamy peanut butter
  • 1 Tb honey
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 large over ripe bananas, mashed
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 cup honey granola
  • For the Peanut Butter Icing

  • 2 Tb creamy peanut butter
  • 3 Tb milk
  • 1 cup powdered sugar

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350F. Line a 8"×8″ baking dish with foil and spray with cooking spray.
  2. In a small sauce pan, melt the butter with the peanut butter and bring to a low boil, stirring constantly. Stir in the honey and continue to stir until golden brown, about 5 minutes, over medium low heat.
  3. Add the brown sugar to a large bowl and stir in the butter mixture. Mix well. Add the bananas and mash well with a fork to incorporate. (A few chunks are okay.) Stir in the egg and vanilla and mix until smooth.
  4. Add the flour and granola and stir until combined. Pour the batter into the foil lined pan and bake for 25-30 minutes until set and golden just around the edges. Remove from oven and cool slightly.
  5. In a small bowl melt 2 Tb peanut butter in the microwave for 30 seconds. Stir in 3 Tb milk. Whisk in the powdered sugar until smooth. Spread onto slightly cooled bars. Cool completely before cutting into 16 bars. Note-lift foil out of pan to cut easily.

Notes

Store in refrigerator up to one week, in a covered container.

Orange Ginger Blondies a la Mode with #Spicely Chocolate Drizzle #TripleSBites

Orange Ginger Blondies with Spicely Chocolate Drizzle | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

À la mode. Just the words sound sexy.

Orange Ginger Blondies with Spicely Chocolate Drizzle | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

A softly spiced blondie under a mound of vanilla bean ice cream. Yes, that desert screams romance.

Orange Ginger Blondies with Spicely Chocolate Drizzle | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

Spicy ginger by Gourmet Garden and sweet orange with a hint of cardamom are laced in the blondie and topped with ginger infused sugar crystals, to create a taste you won’t forget and a dessert your honey will thank you for. Drizzled with a sweet chocolate shell created from Spicely Organics caramel infused chocolate, this is one memorably romantic dessert.

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Orange Ginger Blondies a la Mode with Spicely Chocolate Drizzle

Ingredients:
2 cups flour
1 tsp baking powder
3/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp baking soda
1 tsp cardamom
zest of 2 oranges
1 tsp Gourmet Garden ginger paste
2 large eggs
2 tsp vanilla
10 Tb unsalted butter
2 cups packed brown sugar
1 1/2 Tb white sugar
1/2 tsp Gourmet Garden ginger paste
4 1/2 cups vanilla bean ice cream
2 Tb Spicely Organics chocolate with black tea
1 tsp coconut oil

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Directions:
For the blondies, preheat the oven to 350F. Grease and flour an 8 inch square baking dish. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cardamom and orange zest. (Tip: Use the Kitchen IQ Spice Grater to zest the oranges.)

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Melt the butter in the microwave or saucepan, and pour it in a stand mixer. Add the brown sugar and beat well. Add the eggs, vanilla and ginger and mix until smooth.

Orange Ginger Blondies with Spicely Chocolate Drizzle | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

Slowly beat in the flour mixture on low, scraping down sides of bowl. Do not over mix. Spread the mixture into the prepared baking pan.

Orange Ginger Blondies with Spicely Chocolate Drizzle | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

Combine the 1 1/2 Tb white sugar with 1/2 tsp ginger paste and mix well. (Ignore my poor manicure.)

Orange Ginger Blondies with Spicely Chocolate Drizzle | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

Sprinkle the infused sugar over the blondie batter.

Orange Ginger Blondies with Spicely Chocolate Drizzle | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

Bake for 30-35 minutes until a toothpick inserted 2 inches from the edge comes out clean. Cut the blondies into nine squares and serve each with a scoop of vanilla bean ice cream. To make the chocolate drizzle, place 2 tablespoons of Spicely Organics chocolate in a Ziploc bag with 2 teaspoons of coconut oil. Microwave for 2o second intervals until chocolate is melted, squishing with your fingers in between. Cut a small corner of the Ziploc bag and squeeze over ice cream. Serve immediately.

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Now isn’t that something you can sink a fork into and spice up your romantic evening!?

*Inspired by various Applebee’s blondie recipes I found on the web. 😉

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This post was sponsored by Gourmet Garden, Kitchen IQ and Spicely Organics. I received fresh herbs and pastes, a spice grater and chocolate samples from the sponsors for participating in #TripleSBites. No additional compensation was received by me. All opinions, text, images, and recipe are my own. Feel free to substitute the branded ingredients as needed with a like for like product. *This post contains affiliate links.

 

Orange Ginger Blondies a la Mode with Spicely Chocolate Drizzle

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 35 minutes

Total Time: 50 minutes

Number of servings: 9

Per Serving 589 calories

Fat 22 g

Carbs 92 g

Protein 7 g

9

Orange Ginger Blondies a la Mode with Spicely Chocolate Drizzle

Weight Watchers PointsPlus®: 16

*Nutritional value may vary depending upon which ingredients are used.

*PointsPlus® calculated by Famished Fish and in no way endorsed by Weight Watchers International, Inc.

Ingredients

  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 3/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp cardamom
  • zest of 2 oranges
  • 1 tsp Gourmet Garden ginger paste
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 10 Tb unsalted butter
  • 2 cups packed brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 Tb white sugar
  • 1/2 tsp Gourmet Garden ginger paste
  • 4 1/2 cups vanilla bean ice cream
  • 2 Tb Spicely Organics chocolate with black tea
  • 1 tsp coconut oil

Instructions

  1. For the blondies, preheat the oven to 350F. Grease and flour an 8 inch square baking dish. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cardamom and orange zest.
  2. Melt the butter in the microwave or saucepan, and pour it in a stand mixer. Add the brown sugar and beat well. Add the eggs, vanilla and ginger and mix until smooth.
  3. Slowly beat in the flour mixture on low, scraping down sides of bowl. Do not over mix. Spread the mixture into the prepared baking pan.
  4. Combine the 1 1/2 Tb white sugar with 1/2 tsp ginger paste and mix well. Sprinkle the infused sugar over the blondie batter.
  5. Bake for 30-35 minutes until a toothpick inserted 2 inches from the edge comes out clean. Cut the blondies into nine squares and serve each with a scoop of vanilla bean ice cream. To make the chocolate drizzle, place 2 tablespoons of Spicely Organics chocolate in a Ziploc bag with 2 teaspoons of coconut oil. Microwave for 20 second intervals until chocolate is melted, squishing with your fingers in between. Cut a small corner of the Ziploc bag and squeeze over ice cream. Serve immediately.

Notes

Feel free to substitute the branded ingredients as needed with a like for like product.

 

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Cashew Chocolate Chip Blondies with Oatmeal Streusel Topping

Cashew Chocolate Chip Blondies with Oatmeal Streusel | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

I’ve never made blondies-ever. I’ve always wanted to though. I mean, the same chewy goodness as a brownie, with the sweet simplicity of brown sugar sweetness baked into every soft bite.

What the heck was wrong with me!?! Why didn’t I make these sooner??? A friend of mine that had the pleasure of tasting these told me she would buy these from a bakery. Love it!

Cashew Chocolate Chip Blondies with Oatmeal Streusel | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

Well the fall is almost here. And it’s about time I Fill the Cookie Jar-with these Cashew Chocolate Chip Blondies with Oatmeal Streusel Topping.

Cashew Chocolate Chip Blondies with Oatmeal Streusel | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

Why these cookies? Because Fall is my  favorite time of the year and it means pure comfort. And I am always comforted by a soft chocolate chip cookie, which is exactly what these blondies reminded me of! And of course, the oatmeal streusel topping adds a nice crisp cinnamon touch.

Cashew Chocolate Chip Blondies with Oatmeal Streusel | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

Cashew Chocolate Chip Blondies with Oatmeal Streusel Topping

Ingredients:

Blondies:
1/2 cup butter
1/2 cup brown sugar, packed
1/3 cup sugar
1 egg
1 tsp vanilla
1 cup flour
1 tsp salt
3/4 cup chocolate chips
1/2 cup chopped cashews

Oatmeal Streusel Topping:
1 1/4 cup rolled oats
2 Tb flour
1/3 cup brown sugar, packed
1 tsp cinnamon
6 Tb cold butter, cut into chunks

2 Tb chocolate chips, melted

Recipe derived from Once Upon a Chef

Cashew Chocolate Chip Blondies with Oatmeal Streusel | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

Preheat the oven to 350F.

Melt the butter and add the sugars. Beat well with a mixer.

Cashew Chocolate Chip Blondies with Oatmeal Streusel | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

Add the egg and vanilla and beat well.

Cashew Chocolate Chip Blondies with Oatmeal Streusel | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

Then add the flour and beat until combined. Be careful not to over mix the batter.

Cashew Chocolate Chip Blondies with Oatmeal Streusel | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

Stir or beat in the nuts and chocolate chips.

Cashew Chocolate Chip Blondies with Oatmeal Streusel | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

Spread the batter in a 8×8 square baking dish that has been lined with parchment paper and sprayed with cooking spray.

Cashew Chocolate Chip Blondies with Oatmeal Streusel | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

Prepare the oatmeal streusel topping by combining the oatmeal, flour, brown sugar and cinnamon. Mix until combined.

Cashew Chocolate Chip Blondies with Oatmeal Streusel | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

Beat in the cold butter chunks until the mixture is crumbly.

Cashew Chocolate Chip Blondies with Oatmeal Streusel | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

Sprinkle the streusel topping evenly over the blondie batter.

Cashew Chocolate Chip Blondies with Oatmeal Streusel | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

Bake for about 30 minutes, until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean.

Heat the 2 Tb chocolate chips in the microwave at 50% power for about 30-60 seconds until melted.

Using a fork, drizzle the chocolate over the entire pan of blondies.

Cool completely.

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When the blondies have cooled, carefully lift them out of the pan by the parchment paper handles and cut into 16 squares.

Store in a covered container in the refrigerator up to 2 weeks.

Cashew Chocolate Chip Blondies with Oatmeal Streusel | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

Don’t forget to share these with your friends-you won’t want to keep them all in the house!

Cashew Chocolate Chip Blondies with Oatmeal Streusel Topping

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Total Time: 50 minutes

Number of servings: 16

Per Serving 295 calories

Fat 16 g

Carbs 36 g

Protein 4 g

16

Cashew Chocolate Chip Blondies with Oatmeal Streusel Topping

Weight Watchers PointsPlus®: 8

*Nutritional value may vary depending upon which ingredients are used.

*PointsPlus® calculated by Famished Fish and in no way endorsed by Weight Watchers International, Inc.

Ingredients

    For the Blondies

  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar, packed
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 3/4 cup chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup chopped cashews
  • For the Oatmeal Streusel Topping

  • 1 1/4 cup rolled oats
  • 2 Tb flour
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar, packed
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 6 Tb cold butter, cut into chunks
  • 2 Tb chocolate chips, melted

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350F. Prepare a 8×8 square baking dish by lining with parchment paper and spraying with cooking spray. Allow some parchment paper to hang over the edges for easer cutting later.
  2. Melt the butter and combine with the sugars in a large bowl or stand mixer. Beat well. Add the egg and vanilla and beat well. Then add the flour and beat until combined. Be careful not to over mix the batter. Stir or beat in the nuts and chocolate chips.
  3. Spread the batter in the prepared baking dish.
  4. Prepare the oatmeal streusel topping by combining the oatmeal, flour, brown sugar and cinnamon. Mix until combined. Beat in the cold butter chunks until the mixture is crumbly. Sprinkle the streusel topping evenly over the blondie batter.
  5. Bake for about 30 minutes, until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean.
  6. Heat the 2 Tb chocolate chips in the microwave at 50% power for about 30-60 seconds until melted. Using a fork, drizzle the chocolate over the entire pan of blondies.
  7. Cool completely before cutting into 16 even squares, using the parchment paper to lift the bars out of the pan.

Notes

Store in a covered container in the refrigerator up to 2 weeks.