The other day I made White Bean Burgers, which are awesome by the way, and had a lot of beans left over. Sure, more burgers would have been great but what fun is that?! That is why I'm presenting you with these white bean blondie bars. Don't go yet! Hang with me for a minute. These bars, I promise you, are one of the best things I've made. I'm working on eating the whole batch.
When I first heard of using beans is desserts I was kind of skeptical.. okay very skeptical. But there comes a time when you just have to take the plunge and give it a shot. I'm sure glad I did! They're so soft, gooey, flavorful, addicting, etc. I made a special chocolate peanut butter frosting for these lovely bars as well. This frosting... these bars... both delicious. Perfect way to start you weekend :)
Gooey Vanilla Bars
makes 12 bars
1 1/2 cup white beans; drained, rinsed
1/4 cup oats
3/4 cup pitted dates
1/4 cup + 2 tablespoon almond milk
1 tablespoon coconut oil
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon baking soda
3/4 teaspoon baking powder
2 teaspoon vanilla
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Place beans, oats, dates, and milk in food processor blending until everything is mixed together. Add coconut oil, cinnamon, baking soda, baking powder, and vanilla; blending again until ingredients are completely mixed. Place batter into a greased pan or parchment paper lined pan. Bake for 20 minutes. Remove and let cool. While your bars are cooling you can make your frosting.
Peanut Butter Chocolate Frosting
makes enough for one batch of Gooey Vanilla Bars
2 tablespoons cacao
3 tablespoon peanut butter
3 tablespoon almond milk
2 tablespoon maple syrup
Mix everything together until it forms a fluffy frosting texture. I did this by hand.
Spread onto cooled bars.