Healthiest Blondies Ever

I’ve had these babies on my Pinterest board for ages, but couldn’t bring myself to make them because I was wary of its secret ingredient.

healthiestblondieseverThe secret ingredient?

CHICKPEAS!

They look delish though, so you don’t even need to close your eyes in order to trick your senses.

From now on, whenever I need some guilt free sweet stuff, I’m going to pull out a can of garbanzo beans.

You should try them. I swear that if I like them, you will too!

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These blondies were inspired by Chocolate Covered Katie’s.

Recipe makes an 8x8in pan.

Ingredients:

  • 1 can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup ground flax seed
  • 1/4 cup peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup dark chocolate chips

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350°F.

Mix all ingredients except chocolate chips until very smooth (I used a hand mixer).

Fold in chocolate chips.

Pour into 8x8in pan.

Sprinkle a few chocolate chips on top of the batter.

Bake for 30 minutes.

Don’t worry if they look a little undercooked – they will harden up once they cool.

healthyblondies4healthyblondies3Thanks as always to Jenn @ Peas and Crayons for hosting What I Ate Wednesday!

Training Tunes

I did okay with my first week of training. Going from running two days a week to four days a week is a big increase for me, but so far my legs feel fine – it’s just the difference of putting more time in.

Here’s how the Week #1 went:

Monday: 3 mile run

Tuesday: yoga and 8-minute abs (cross)

Wednesday: 2 mile run (supposed to be 3 but trying to use the 10% rule)

Thursday: rest (supposed to be 3 miles) WHOOPS

Friday: rest

Saturday: 4 mile run

Sunday: rest

Of course a new training cycle means a new playlist. Though there are some oldies, (I get attached to running songs) I added a few too. Here are the tunes I’m training to right now:

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What songs are on your current running playlist r?