KRISTIN CAVALLARI’S ZUCCHINI ALMOND BUTTER BLONDIES

ZUCCHINI ALMOND BUTTER BLONDIES via True Roots by Kristin Cavallari • essellesse

I recently ordered Kristin Cavallari’s recent cookbook, True Roots, on Amazon & I am OBSESSED.

You can ask Erik, I’m CONSTANTLY TALKING ABOUT IT.

Her book is so inspiring to me because we have a VERY similar take on food & cooking.

Think lots of unprocessed foods, no refined sugar, no gluten {I’m not gluten free at all or celiac but I don’t cook with it often}, or dairy {with the exception of some butter and some cheese}.

Her recipes are GOOD & honestly, so simple and easy.

Basically we both cook with pure ingredients with LOTSSSSS of flavour.

ZUCCHINI ALMOND BUTTER BLONDIES via True Roots by Kristin Cavallari • essellesse
ZUCCHINI ALMOND BUTTER BLONDIES via True Roots by Kristin Cavallari using Guittard chocolate chips • essellesse
{ my favourite brand of chocolate! }

One thing about me is that I don’t have a huge sweet tooth at all. As mentioned here, I’m VERY MUCH into savory but can’t do sugary sweet. That said, every now and then I get “sweet” cravings.

One of my all time favourite flavours is vanilla. I can’t get enough of it. It’s comforting but not too sweet. I also think it’s the most complex flavour and scent of them all. This may be controversial but I’d take vanilla over chocolate ANY DAY, no question.

For that reason, I am a HUGE blondies fan. Basically think brownies – minus the chocolate.

As I was reading her book, this recipe VERY MUCH stood out to me. Not only did it sound delicious but it was shockingly easy & dare I say it sounded healthy enough?

ZUCCHINI ALMOND BUTTER BLONDIES via True Roots by Kristin Cavallari • essellesse
ZUCCHINI ALMOND BUTTER BLONDIES via True Roots by Kristin Cavallari • essellesse

It also has a secret ingredient.. shredded zucchini! I know that may sound strange but it really makes them moist… plus it’s not too weird! It’s a squash after all & many desserts are made with squash.

These also get better and better as they sit. I’ll admit, the “squash” flavour is a bit noticeable when you first make them but the next day it goes away COMPLETELY.

I personally think these are better when they are fully cooled vs straight out the oven but to each their own.

The recipe calls for creamy almond butter but I’m sure any creamy nut butter will work! I just got the generic one from Whole Foods since almond butter can get a bit pricey.

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I also LOVE that this uses coconut sugar!!! I feel like I need to do a whole blown post on coconut sugar but it is THE ONLY sugar I use. I talk about it more here. Not only is it a healthy option but it seriously tastes amazing… think a toffee / brown sugar taste. It’s sweet but not overly sweet. Really, a perfect complement to vanilla.

& to satiate a chocolate tooth, these have some chocolate chips… but you can easily omit that if you want! I think it would be fun to make with coconut too.

This would also be DIVINE served with vanilla bean ice cream.

Kristin Cavallari’s Almond Butter Zucchini Blondies

ZUCCHINI ALMOND BUTTER BLONDIES via True Roots by Kristin Cavallari • essellesse
recipe via True Roots

makes: ~16
cook time: 30 mins

ingredients

1 cup creamy almond butter

1 egg

1/2 tsp pink Himalayan salt

1/2 tsp baking soda

1/2 cup coconut sugar

1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract {i like to do 1 tsp!}

1/2 cup dark chocolate chips {i love love LOVE Guittard}

1 large zucchini, grated

directions

preheat oven to 350 degrees f. Line 8×8 baking dish with parchment paper -or- grease with coconut oil or butter

in a large bowl, mix the almond butter, egg, salt, baking soda, coconut sugar, & vanilla until combined. Fold in chocolate chips or zucchini. Pour into dish and press down to spread

bake for 25 – 30 minutes {mine took 30!} or until golden brown & toothpick comes out clean. Let cool & serve!

ZUCCHINI ALMOND BUTTER BLONDIES via True Roots by Kristin Cavallari • essellesse

ZUCCHINI ALMOND BUTTER BLONDIES via True Roots by Kristin Cavallari • essellesse

Erik & I LOVED these. They are on constant rotation in our kitchen!

They are so filling, satiate any sweet cravings, healthy-ish… & not to mention plain ole delicious!

Give it a go!! & let me know what you think. & again, I canNOT recc True Roots enough! It’s my fave at the moment. Another recipe of hers that I’ve been making like crazy are the sunchokes bravas… sooo GOOD! I’ll bring it here soon 🙂

Buy her cookbook True Roots here – also here are all my favourite cookbooks!

Any other cookbooks you recc, let me know!

xx SLS

ZUCCHINI ALMOND BUTTER BLONDIES via True Roots by Kristin Cavallari • essellesse

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