Every now and then, we find ourselves craving the familiar - classic flavours that are as delicious as they might be nostalgic. Today, we caved to those indulgences with the ever-popular pairing of peanut butter and chocolate.
This recipe for blondies is super simple and comes together in one bowl (because we're all about that minimal dishwashing life). For the uninitiated, a blondie is basically a brownie that forgot to bring the cocoa. We found these ticking all the right boxes on a Sunday: incredibly quick to put together, and, well, delicious. Okay, so we only had two boxes that needed ticking. The cereal mix adds a delightful crunch through the bars, and we sprinkled some over for good measure too.
If you can avoid using storebought peanut butter, do it! Homemade PB is almost too easy to make - just keep blending until it reaches a smooth consistency - and tastes so much better. You can roast the peanuts beforehand (or not), and control how much salt you want to add in. If using storebought stuff, which most likely will be sweet already, maybe reduce the sugar in the recipe by a few tablespoons.
Peanut Butter Cereal Blondies:
1 cup unsweetened peanut butter
3/4 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup butter, melted
2 tsp vanilla
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 cup dark chocolate chips
Preheat oven to 170°C. Grease or line the bottom of an 8 inch pan with parchment paper.
- In a bowl, mix together the eggs, peanut butter, sugar, butter and vanilla. Add in the flour, baking soda and salt and mix, then stir in the cereal and half the chocolate chips.
- Bake about 30-35 minutes, or till a toothpick inserted comes out clean.
- While the bars cool, melt the remaining chocolate chips. Drizzle the melted chocolate over the blondies and top with a few more tablespoons of the cereal mix. Let it cool completely before cutting into bars.