I always try to post a dessert recipe on Fridays. I figure most people strive to eat their healthiest during the week and are ready for a little splurge by the time the weekend comes. Plus, kids are home on the weekend and no doubt scavenging the kitchen for something sweet.
When I posted the lasagna rolls with macadamia nut cheese on Monday, it opened up a macadamia nut craze for me all week. I love macadamia nuts. Although they’ve gotten a bad wrap for their high fat content, it is a good fat – about 3/4 of the fat is monounsaturated fat which is the kind that is good for your heart and lowers cholesterol. Macadamia nuts also have a certain type of monounsaturated fat called palmitoleic acid, which helps to speed up fat metabolism, and like other types of nuts, they are rich in vitamins, minerals, and other important nutrients. So don’t let the fat and high calorie content in these babies scare you off. They are a little bit of buttery heaven that are a good addition to a healthy diet.
Today, I decided to pair macadamia nuts with what goes so perfectly with them – white chocolate. White chocolate is actually cocoa butter, or the fat that is pressed from a cacao bean. The result is a creamy white semi solid that when sweetened tastes nothing short of amazing. To avoid fake vanilla and other unnatural ingredients, choose Sunspire White Chocolate Chips available online or at Whole Foods. Or, if you are avoiding dairy (pretty much all white chocolate chips contain dairy), you can try a vegan white chocolate chip like King David Kosher Vegan White Chocolate Chips.
I went to my flourless chocolate peanut butter bars for a guide when making these blondies. I used almond butter instead of the peanut butter and substituted white chocolate chips and macadamia nuts for the dark chocolate chips. Because the batter is very thick and will not pour, I pressed it into an 8×8 baking pan. I baked them for just a little over 20 minutes, and they turned out perfect!
- 1 cup almond butter
- ½ cup honey or agave nectar
- 1 egg
- ½ teaspoon baking soda
- ¼ teaspoon sea salt
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- ½ cup macadamia nuts
- ½ cup white chocolate chips
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- In a medium mixing bowl, stir together almond butter, honey, egg, baking soda, salt, and vanilla.
- Fold in macadamia nuts and white chocolate chips.
- Press into a greased 8x8 pan.
- Bake for 20 – 25 minutes.