At the beginning of the year, I undertook a personal challenge – to promote happiness in my life, everyday. And more importantly, to notice what it is that makes me happy. The basic idea is to share a photo of whatever it is that makes you happy, for 100 consecutive days. Sharing can be as public (Instagram) or private as you want it to be! 

Peanut Butter Blondie BarsI have always been a staunch believer in the concept that each person’s happiness lies entirely in their own hands. To this end, the 100HappyDays challenge must be undertaken only for ONESELF. It has been about 90 days into the challenge, and apart from a few hiccups (such as lack of internet), I am proud to have (almost) succeeded in this challenge. What my friend and I smartly did was, in addition to emailing the photographs daily, we also CCed each other on it, as a reminder not to forget to send the email, and as a way of sharing our happiness with each other. Sign up for it today, the only result of which will be happiness! 

Peanut Butter Blondie BarsHere are some things that made/continue to make me smile:

Peanut Butter Blondie Bars
And lastly, these amazing almost healthy peanut butter blondies. I say almost because it depends on what type of peanut butter you use – the best being simply processing some roasted peanuts at home with a dash of honey and peanut oil. The rest of the recipe is a great treat for people who want to eat something that doesn’t skimp on taste, but does maintain that skimpy waistline. It is surprisingly rich is flavour, due to the coarseness of the wheat flour and the peanut butter chunks, but all this in the best possible way! The version I made uses 1/2 cup of Demerara sugar, but I think you can go down to 1/3 cup without any adverse result. 

Peanut Butter Blondie Bars

Peanut Butter Blondies
made with the whole goodness of wheat flour
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  1. 2/3 cup peanut butter (I like the chunky kind)
  2. 1/3 cup coconut oil
  3. 1/2 Demerara sugar
  4. 1/4 cup zero fat milk
  5. 2 tsp vanilla extract
  6. 1 cup whole wheat flour, sifted
  7. 1/2 tsp salt
  8. 1/2 tsp baking powder
  9. 1/3 cup coarsely chopped roasted peanuts (no skins)
  10. 1/3 cup dark chocolate chips
  1. Line an 8" rectangular baking tray with parchment paper. Preheat the oven to 180*c.
  2. Whisk together the oil, sugar and peanut butter with a whisk. You needn't get out any machinery for these blondies, just a little muscle goes a long way here. In a few minutes, you will be left with an unpleasant looking slurry. Fret not.
  3. Splash in the milk and vanilla and give it another little whisk. Now add in the flour, salt, baking powder and combine using a spatula. You should have a thick-ish dough.
  4. Transfer the dough into the prepared baking tray, and sprinkle with peanuts and chocolate chips, pressing down gently so that they stick to the dough. Bake for 25 minutes, until golden on top.
  5. Leave to cool on a cooling rack, and thereafter transfer to chill in the refrigerator for 6-8 hours or overnight, before cutting.
  6. Once the blondies come to room temperature, they tend to crumble and break, so I would suggest storing in the refrigerator even after they have been cut into squares.
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Peanut Butter Blondie Bars

4 Comments on Peanut Butter Blondie Bars

  1. noreen
    April 1, 2014 at 10:41 pm (6 years ago)

    i LOVE blondies! these look fab!

  2. Kiran
    May 19, 2015 at 4:16 pm (4 years ago)

    Is there a substitute for the coconut oil? And if not then which brand of coconut oil should be used? Also, is parachute coconut oil edible?

    • Puja
      May 19, 2015 at 4:24 pm (4 years ago)

      Hi kiran, I like the Conscious Food’s coconut oil, which is quite easily available at any health store or grocery chain. I wouldn’t use parachute, just because I only associate it with childhood forced hair oiling! 🙂

      • Kiran
        May 19, 2015 at 4:36 pm (4 years ago)

        Yes so do I.. It did sound a little funny when someone suggested it. Thanku so much Puja


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