I have to preface this post by admitting that the name of this recipe is a bit of a misnomer. While they are perfectly pumpkin, I mean perfect. Not like, an obscene amount of pumpkin spice used to hide the fact that there is no pumpkin, kind of pumpkin, but straight pumpkin! PERFECTLY pumpkin, but they are technically not a blondie. A true blondie contains brown sugar and butter which creates a rich butterscotch flavor. These bites have neither butter nor brown sugar, but the texture is such that when I took my first bite I was taken back to Austin, sitting outside Picnik with my dear friend Kiersten of Vibrant Life Army Wife, enjoying their amazing Blondies and a Dirty Chai. I don’t know what magical warlocks they have working in their kitchen but those blondies are incredible and they use copious amounts of grass-fed butter and coconut sugar which creates magic! Melt in your mouth, leave you wanting more, incredible magic! If you have not had one, do yourself a favor and book your trip now. They are worth it, trust me!
Needless to say, these are perfectly pumpkin bites, so my accuracy rate in terms of a recipe name is basically spot on. Three out of four words accurately describing this deliciousness is not bad, right? Plus, this is my blog and my recipe so I do what I want to do and what I want to do is name these tasty little nuggets blondies! So there! I made these bad boys with my favorite flour alternative, Otto’s Naturals Cassava Flour. If you haven’t tried this stuff yet DO IT, NOW! If you want more information about this amazing flour you can read about it here and here and I am sure in future recipes that I haven’t even come up with yet because I am always trying to use this versatile flour anywhere I can! The combination of pumpkin, almond butter, coconut flour, cassava flour and maple syrup in this recipe creates a moist little bite of lusciousness without being too sweet. That is probably one of my biggest complaints about pumpkin flavored baked goods, they are often too sweet to taste the pumpkin which is the most important part, in my opinion. I love the starchy, hardiness of pumpkin. I love that the smell and taste transports me to a place of warmth and reflection. One simple bite can bring me to a table full of family, laughter and love. That is what pumpkin; real, tasty, mildly sweet pumpkin does for me.
I topped these scrumtrulescent little bites with my Maple Glazed Pumpkin Spiced Pecans. The pecans added just the right amount of crisp sweetness to the dish. They are also a great holiday snack so do yourself a favor and whip up a batch. If you are not in the mood to do so you can simply top these bites with chopped pecans and call it a day, but why would you do that when it only takes a mere 8 minutes to create a baking sheet full of deliciousness? I’m just saying, you have options! The first time I made this recipe I didn’t add any chocolate because I wanted to gauge the true “pumpkinness” of them before I got crazy and started throwing more richness into the mix. Most recently I made these for a Thanksgiving party and decided to throw in some Enjoy Life Mega Chunk Chips and they did not disappoint, let me tell you! Either way, you are going to love them. So bake on!
- ½ cup almond butter
- ½ cup pumpkin puree
- ¼ cup coconut flour, sifted
- ¼ cup Otto's Naturals Cassava Flour, sifted
- 3-4 Tbsp maple syrup
- 1 Tbsp pumpkin spice blend
- 1 Tbsp Maple or Coconut Sugar
- ½ Tbsp pumpkin spice blend
- 15 Maple Glazed Pumpkin Spiced Pecans
- Preheat oven to 350
- Mix all ingredients together
- Pour into greased loaf pan
- Place Maple Glazed Pecans on top in a 3 by 5 formation
- Sprinkle topping mixture on top
- Bake for 35 minutes
- Let cool for 30 minutes before cutting into bites
- I serve these cold
- Store in refrigerator.
What is your favorite Thanksgiving treat?
To a nourished life,