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CAN DO Woman Recipe – Blonde Chick Bar Cookies

What’s with CAN DO Woman Recipe – Blonde Chick Bar Cookies?

Let me begin by saying I’m not a blonde and have never thought of myself as a “chick.” But when a recipe produces a lovely light-colored bar cookie that is made with chick (wait-for-it) peas, I thought the title for this CAN DO Woman Recipe would be just perfect.

CAN DO Woman Recipe with CAN DO Attitude

My passion for making desserts (lots of desserts) started a few years ago. We used to try to celebrate each person’s birthday as close to the actual date as possible. We now celebrate family birthdays twice a year. Even for a small family, it got to be too much to get everyone together for every birthday — even just the Oregon family.

So along the way, we decided to celebrate birthdays that occur between January 1 and June 30 all on one day and then celebrate the July through December birthdays later in the year. No one got featured and no one got ignored.

But Which Dessert to Make?

With multiple birthdays being celebrate on one day, how would I choose what dessert to make?

Everyone had her or his favorite — apple pie for one, flourless chocolate cake for another, thumbprint cookies for a third, fresh strawberry cupcakes for a fourth, and the list goes on.

Then I got an idea. An idea that only a slightly crazy CAN DO Woman would get.

A Dessert for Each Person (Shareable, of course)

Surreptitiously, I found out the favorite dessert for each person. I intended to learn the favorite cookie, but then things almost got out of hand as nobody knew why I was asking. Hence a list that included cakes and pies and cookies.

But that was just fine. I really did want each person to feel special with individual attention and not just my own favorite dessert.

Six Desserts. REALLY!

That meant I now prepare six desserts for each of these events. And once that became the pattern, I found it hard to resist having multiple desserts for all kinds of get togethers. Even today, as we anticipate the visit from Arizona family, I’m trying to restrict myself to three desserts — Nutella Stuffed Chocolate Cake (the favorite of our Arizona son who soon has a birthday), Fresh Strawberry Cupcakes (the favorite of our only granddaughter but a dessert that is now a favorite of several family members), and Blonde Chicks Bar Cookies. I am holding back on several more only because I am running out of time and still need to finish cleaning the house.

CAN DO Woman Recipe – Blonde Chick Bar Cookies

CAN DO Woman Recipe for Blonde Chicks Bar CookiesI created the Blonde Chick Bar Cookies for a family get together a few months ago. I wasn’t sure if anyone would like them. But when someone asked, “Is it all right if I eat the last one?” I know I had a winner.

Enjoy. 

If you make the recipe, please let me know if you like them.

Substitutions?

Sure. You can use any nut butter you like or any seed butter if you are avoiding nuts. I like the combination of almond butter plus almond flour plus almond oil. But you can make substitutions. Peanut butter is a stronger flavor and will take over the bar cookie. But that can be good too.

Almond oil? This is just a small conceit. Any mild flavored oil will work. You only use 1 tablespoon, after all. But when I open a new container of almond butter, there is always a lot of almond oil on top. Rather than mixing it in, I often pour off most of it into a small jar. That’s what I use in this recipe.

As you know from some of my previous recipes, I continue to be influenced by my mother. In this case, I can almost hear her say, “Waste not. Want not.”

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CAN DO Woman Recipe - Blonde Chick Bar Cookies

Yummy bar cookies. Easy to make. Vegan and gluten free
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time22 mins
Total Time32 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Bar Cookie Recipe, Almonds, Easy to make, Vegan, Gluten Free
Servings: 12

Ingredients

  • 1 can chickpeas
  • ½ cup almond butter
  • ½ cup maple syrup
  • 1 tbsp almond oil
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • ¼ cup almond flour
  • ¼ cup tapioca starch
  • ¼ tsp soda
  • ½ tsp baking powder
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • ¼ cup slivered almonds Dry roasted preferred

Instructions

  • Add chickpeas, almond butter, almond oil, maple syrup, vanilla to food processor and blend until smooth
  • Add almond flour, tapioca flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt and blend.
  • Pour into lightly oiled 8 inch square pan.
  • Add dry roasted, unsalted, almond slivers in a pattern over the top.
  • Bake for about 22 minutes until dry and slightly "cracked" on the top.
  • Remove from oven, cool, cut into 12 or 16 pieces.

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  • Yolanda - August 7, 2021 reply

    Looks like a good recipe. I love making bar recipes — less time than making individual cookies! (OK. I am a bit of a lazy cook.) My daughter cannot stand chocolate (so what’s wrong with her?) and this should be a big hit with her. Thanks.

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