Hello, hungry ones! This next recipe was posted more than a year ago. I am reviving them because they need to be seen and experienced again. Also, I am doing this to pay homage to the old website. That website inspired me to pursue and learn about blogging and the internet in depth. I won’t be here without it, and thanks to Alex, Matt and Ash for the support on that. This Banana Pili Blondies is for you, and if we ever have the chance to be together (spotlight: the lone girl in Java), remind me of this post. It won’t disappoint, like you never disappointed. Like you, it’s made of real stuff. And like you, it’s something that makes you feel that everything is going to be all right. Okay, cheesy bits but hey, this girl knows how to be grateful.
I’m pretty sure you’ve heard of brownies. If you haven’t – email me – I want to have a chat with you. I’m sure you’ve been living in a different dimension, and that’s awesome in a very Lovecraftian fashion. Which is to say, fuck, where do you live?
But on the other hand, I may have issues. I just heard of brownies’ cousin, blondies. And no it doesn’t have anything to do with Debbie Harry, although they both look good. It’s basically brownies slash the cocoa, hence it’s not… brown. It’s… blonde. Ish. Anyway it’s very easy to make with just one bowl, and fast too. Denser than cookies and more versatile than brownies as you can customize it with coconuts, pecans, apricots, marshmallows, lemons, and whatever elso you can think of, this recipe is a keeper.
For this recipe, I added banana and pili nuts to the basic recipe to give it a twist. It is fantastic. The velvety crunch of the pili and the sweetness of the banana are perfect for your bittersweet dark coffee.
What you need (Basic Recipe):
- 1/2 C butter
- 1 C flour
- 1 egg
- 1 C brown sugar
- 1 tsp vanilla
- pinch of salt
Add-ons (if you want):
- 1/2 C roasted nuts (I used pili nuts for this)
- 1/2 C white-chocolate chips/butterscotch chips
- 1/2 C mashed bananas (Cavendish works best)
- 1/2 C dried fruit (cranberries and cherries work best)
- 2 T powdered coffee
- pinch of cinnamon
What to do:
- Grease your 8×8 pan with butter.
- Cream butter and sugar together. Add egg and vanilla and continue to mix.
- Add salt, flour and any additions.
- Pour into the prepared pan and bake at 350 °F for 20 minutes or until set in the middle. I always check on the 20 minute mark for these kinds of recipes as I want them moist. Nobody complains!
- Cool on a wire rack, slice and enjoy!