Today I decided to venture into new territory: the blondie. Now, I’ll admit I haven’t really been into blondies before. Often they’re just too tooth-achingly sweet, without the bitterness of chocolate to balance it out. But I gave it a try, because I love oatmeal so much.
They turned out really nice and chewy, kind of like a giant oatmeal cookie crossed with a fruit-stuffed blondie. This blondies recipe is so chock-full of fruit, nuts, and oatmeal, that it seems almost healthy! These blondies would make a great quick breakfast with a tall glass of milk or a nice hot cup of tea. They could also be a great way to get your kids to eat oatmeal and fruit!
Banana Apple Oatmeal Blondies
- 1 cup all purpose flour
- 1/2 cup granulated sugar
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
- 8 tablespoons of unsalted butter at room temperature
- 1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
- 1 egg
- 1 cup of oats 3/4 cup for the batter, 1/4 cup for the topping, divided
- 1/3 cup chopped pecans or walnuts optional
- 1/3 cup crushed apple chips
- 1 medium banana
- Preheat oven to 350 F and prepare a 8 inch pan by lining it with foil or parchment paper.
- In a medium bowl, combine flour, granulated sugar, baking powder, salt, and cinnamon. Whisk together until well combined.
- In a large bowl, cream butter and brown sugar together until fluffy. Add the egg and beat on low speed until combined. Add the dry ingredient mixture a little at a time, beating on low speed, until just combined.
- Stir in the 3/4 cup of oats, crushed apple chips, and nuts (if used). Scrape half of the batter into the pan and smooth it out to completely cover the bottom of the pan.
- Peel the banana, then cut thin round slices from the banana and place them over the first layer of batter until it is mostly covered. Don't overlap the slices.
- Spoon the remaining batter over the top of the banana slices and smooth it out until the banana slices are no longer visible. Sprinkle the remaining 1/4 cup of oats over the top and press in the oats gently with your fingertips.
- Bake for 30 minutes, or until top is lightly browned all over and a toothpick inserted in the middle doesn't come out with batter on it.
You may use different fruits and/or nuts, or simply omit the nuts, if you prefer. If you use a soft fruit, bake it in the middle layer; if you use a dried fruit, it may be mixed into the batter.