Recipe Makeover: Blondies Made Better

Half the calories, 100% whole grain, and full of buttery brown sugar goodness—that's the new blondie.

Butterscotch Blondies
Photo: Becky Luigart-Stayner

Rich and chewy on the inside and golden crisp around the edges, blondies are the seductive cousins of the more aggressive chocolate brownie. Though lighter in color, they're still heavy-weights in calories—285 in one square, plus nearly 9g saturated fat. That fair complexion comes from way too much light brown sugar and melted butter.

We wanted to go beyond a calorie and fat makeover and introduce some whole-grain goodness here, too. That can get tricky because not all baked goods are successful candidates for a whole-wheat makeover. Regular whole-wheat flour can compromise a delicate texture. However, the finer texture of whole-wheat pastry flour works well with the buttery-sweet profile of these bars, yielding a tender crumb. Butter has its place here, too—just less of it, paired with canola oil and butterscotch chips, which we melt into the batter for silky texture and rich flavor. These lightened bars even had room for a few chocolate chips. With nearly half the fat and calories of the original, these whole-grain treats are easy to make and fun to eat.

Classic

  • 285 calories per square
  • 13.3 grams total fat
  • 88 grams saturated fat

Makeover

  • 154 calories per square
  • 7.6 grams total fat
  • 487 grams saturated fat

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  • Baking Better Blondies

    • Whole-Wheat Pastry Flour: This nutrient-packed flour adds 100% whole-grain goodness, boosting fiber to 1.3g per square.
    • Canola Oil: We replaced half the butter with this heart-healthy oil to save 3g sat fat per blondie while keeping them supermoist.
    • A Duo of Morsels: Melted butterscotch subs in for some of the butter to save 2.5g sat fat and add flavor. Chocolate chips add extra yum.

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