These blonies are made with whole wheat flour but all-purpose can easily be substituted if you prefer. These contain half the calories of a traditional blondie since they use less butter and 30% less sugar but believe me when I say you will never miss it. The best part is that these can be customized any way you’d like. Change out the add-ins and the combinations are endless.
Preheat oven to 350°F. Line a 9-by-13-inch baking pan with parchment paper or foil, allowing it to slightly overhang opposite edges. Coat with cooking spray.
Melt butter in a large saucepan over medium heat. Cook, swirling often, until fragrant and starting to brown, 4 to 5 minutes. Remove from the heat. Whisk in brown sugar; let cool for 15 minutes.
Meanwhile, whisk flour, baking powder and salt in a medium bowl.
Whisk eggs and vanilla into the cooled butter mixture until well combined. Add the flour mixture in two additions, gently folding until just combined. Reserve 2 tablespoons each bacon, chocolate chips and dates; fold the remaining bacon, chocolate chips and dates into the batter. Evenly spread the batter into the prepared pan. Sprinkle the reserved bacon, chocolate chips and dates on top.
Bake the blondies until light brown around the edges, 18 to 22 minutes. They will appear slightly underbaked in the center but will firm up as they cool. Let cool completely in the pan on a wire rack, about 2 hours. To cut, grab the overhanging parchment or foil and transfer the whole batch to a cutting board, then cut into 24 bars.
Cover and store airtight for up to 3 days; freeze for up to 3 months.Try white whole-wheat flour in place of all-purpose flour in baked goods. It’s made from hard white wheat berries, which makes it lighter in color and flavor than regular whole-wheat flour, but with the same nutritional properties. Look for it near other whole-grain flours. For the best flavor, store it airtight in the freezer.For the best flavor, toast nuts before using in a recipe. To toast sliced (or chopped) nuts, place in a small dry skillet and cook over medium-low heat, stirring constantly, until fragrant, 2 to 4 minutes.To Cut Perfect Bars: Grab the overhanging parchment or foil and transfer the whole batch to a cutting board, then cut into bars.
Bacon Date Blondies
Amount Per Serving (1 bar)
Calories 123Calories from Fat 63
% Daily Value*
Saturated Fat 3g15%
Trans Fat 1g
Vitamin A 142IU3%
Vitamin C 1mg1%
Vitamin D 1µg7%
Vitamin E 1mg7%
Vitamin K 1µg1%
* (Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.)
Nutritional information is provided as a courtesy, and is sourced from the USDA Food Database.