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Every Monday evening I have a group of ladies gather in my home. We having been meeting together, for just about every Monday night, for quiet a few years now. We laugh, we study God's word, and we enjoy a good snack or two.
I often have to apologize or explain my concoctions to my friends though. They usually know my recipes are different from your 'normal' recipes, so they are usually quick to ask 'what's in it?' before taking a bite. I don't blame them though, I tend to use them as my foodie guinea pigs every now and then, but I don't think they seem to mind because they keep coming back.
This past week I decided I wanted to try out a new Blondie recipe. I had received some Butter Flavored Coconut Oil from Barlean's and I wanted to try it out. I had had some chocolate cravings early in the day, so Blondie's came to mind. They are easy to make and are a one dish dessert recipe which I like.
[caption id="attachment_16289" align="aligncenter" width="540"] Gluten Free and Dairy Free Blondies ~ With Butter Flavored Coconut Oil[/caption]
Yes, Butter Flavored Coconut Oil Can Taste Amazing
I came upon Barlean's Butter Flavored Coconut Oil about a year or so ago. Before I even started working with them as a blog ambassador, I was already a huge fan.
That didn't happen right away though. I'll be honest, when I first heard about 'Butter Flavored Coconut Oil' I was more then a little leery. The name 'flavored' always gets my healthy antennae's up, but as I did a little research I was pleasantly surprised to find out that not only was it organic, but that the flavoring was from botanicals. Nothing harmful to my body at all.
Our dairy free Butter Flavored Organic Coconut Oil offers all the healthy benefits of organic coconut oil, with the rich taste of butter. Great on toast, popcorn, baked potatoes or cooked vegetables, it's also a perfect for baking and sautéing, too.
We sustainably harvested organic coconuts, then add butter flavoring that comes only from botanical extracts.
Getting That Buttery Flavor Without The Dairy
Baking without dairy can be a little tricky sometimes. Finding a substitute that won't take away from the flavor of what you're cooking is hard. Barlean's Butter Flavored Coconut Oil though takes away that issue. It has become my go to butter substitute in baking and is always the topper to the many popcorn bowls we have going in my home.
I am thrilled to finally be able to enjoy some really great tasting meals and desserts that are allergy friendly and healthy for me and my family.
Playing Around With Other Substitutes
With this Blondie recipe, I decided I wanted to try and find a different kind of sugar substitute. I usually use organic sugar, so I don't think about it too much, but this time I wanted to try something new.
I have used dates in other recipes as a sweetner, so I figured there had to be a way to try them in this recipe too. After a little digging on the internet, I found that if you take 1 cup of pitted dates and add 1/2 cup of hot water to them, it will make a great paste.
Putting It All Together
With all my favorite ingredients in hand, I set out to put together a delicious, chocoaltey Blondie recipe.
[caption id="attachment_16284" align="aligncenter" width="1024"] Gluten Free and Dairy Free Blondies ~ With Butter Flavored Coconut Oil[/caption]
Gluten Free and Dairy Free Blondies ~ With Butter Flavored Coconut Oil