Friday, June 19, 2020

Strawberry Blondies-Gluten Free and Vegan

If you like blondies, you will love these hearty strawberry blondies that I made with local organic strawberries that were big, plump, sweet, and juicy.

I bought 2 pints yesterday and after eating quite a few of them, I decided to bake my strawberry blondies for my grandkids who are coming to dinner tonight. (We will be eating outside on the deck and six feet apart.)

You may be familiar with cookie or brownie recipes that call for peanut butter. This recipe actually calls for sesame tahini! I have to admit that this is an unusual, yet very tasty recipe.

I only make this recipe during the strawberry season when strawberries are reasonable and plentiful.

Like all of my recipes, this recipe is easy to make and doesn't require a mixer. I blend the wet ingredients in my blender and then pour the wet ingredients into the dry mix and then mix with a fork.

It bakes in a brownie pan and makes 12-18  blondies. I use this baking pan (affiliate link) which is nonstick and divided for me.

I don't bake often, but when I do I really appreciate the ease of using a special brownie pan (affiliate link). I use it for brownies, cakes, and instead of cupcakes.

These blondies are so good that the only way I think you could improve the taste would be to add some chocolate chips to the batter. Yum! They are dense as opposed to white flour light and fluffy cakes. So if you like higher fiber foods, these blondies are for you.

Don't let the tahini scare you off. It gives the brownie a nice moist texture and the flavor is very mild. In fact, I cannot detect the taste of the tahini at all.

Tahini is a staple in many Middle Eastern countries.

2 tablespoons of ground flaxseed or chia seed
6 tablespoons of water
3 bananas
1/2 cup of nut milk
1/4 cup of tahini
1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
2 cups of gluten-free flour (I used Bob's Red Mill all-purpose flour)
1/4 cup of gluten-free organic peanut butter powder
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 and a half cups of sliced strawberries

Preheat oven to 375 degrees
Since this recipe is vegan, I first make a "vegan egg" which can be made using ground flax or ground chia seeds. Combine 2 tablespoons of ground seeds to 6 tablespoons of water in a mug and allow it to sit for about 10 minutes until it becomes gel-like.

While the "vegan egg is developing," add bananas, nut milk, tahini, and vanilla to a blender and blend until smooth and set aside.

In a large mixing bowl, add gluten-free flour, being a powder, peanut butter powder, and mix well with a fork. Then add the blender mixture and the "vegan egg" to the dry ingredients and mix with a fork until blended but not overly blended.

Pour into a brownie pan lined with parchment paper and bake for 35 minutes.
Remove from oven when a toothpick comes out clean-allow to cook before removing from the pan.

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  1. I definitely love the combo of flavours of these blondies. Tahini and local strawberries sound really amazing together.

    1. Yes, it is a dense dessert but with an interesting flavor and very tasty.

  2. I cannot get enough strawberrti4es, but the trouble is, I buy way too many and then they run the risk of going bad. This looks like a recipe to try. Thanks!

    1. If I worry about not using some fruit up , I freeze it for smoothies.

  3. I'm not gluten-free but I am a baker and I love your idea to use strawberries in the bake. Very, very cool idea.

    1. Before my diagnosis for gluten intolerance, I used to be quite the baker! I've learned a new way of baking for celiac ( gluten free) and my now vegan lifestyle. I don't bake too frequently because I don't want to be tempted. I keep eating them!

  4. No need to reassure me that I won't taste tahini -- I love it! I have made tahini cookies topped with sesame seeds from a recipe much like classic peanut butter cookies. Blondies with strawberries sound great, though I'm not gluten-free so I would use my regular recipe.

    You suggested that local strawberries were less expensive than the much-less-tasty ones from far away -- not true here, the local ones cost double (but they are worth it!)

    be well... mae at

  5. I never heard of a brownie pan, so cool. I'm off to buy one!!

  6. I want that brownie pan! I didn't know such a cool kitchen pan existed. Blondies are a favorite of ours but I never thought about adding strawberries. Brilliant.

  7. I too have never heard of brownie pan. I think I might "need" one. LOL

  8. They look so good! I love tahini and imagine that with it and the fresh berries they would be so moist. I love the chocolate chip suggestion too.

  9. I do like the sound of those blondies! Probably I'll give it a try with blueberries though, since that's what I have at the moment.

  10. I have never seen a brownie pan like that. I might need to get one....right now.


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