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For the Chocolate-Chip Blondies

(based on 15 squares)

  • Calories: 95
  • Fat: 2.5 g
  • Carbs: 15 g
  • Fiber: 3 g
  • Protein: 2.5 g

Thanks to the flax, these blondies also offer omega-threes.

Even-Lower-Calorie Options:

The Snickerdoodle Blondies are a little lower in fat and calories than the chocolate blondies, thanks to the applesauce. You can sub applesauce (in a 1-to-1 ratio) for some of the pb in the regular blondies as well.  Of course, you can also sub all of the pb with applesauce… a few readers have done this and liked the results. But don’t blame me if you don’t like the fat-free version; everything tastes better with pb! (The blondies will also be even lower in calories if you use stevia in place of some or all of the brown sugar. But, once again, be warned that you might not like the taste. Many people don’t like the taste of stevia.)

If you don’t have flax:

You can use an equal amount of quick oats. A few readers said you can sub flour. One reader simply omitted the flax and liked the result (another who omitted the flax said they were a bit gooey, but still good). Two readers subbed in protein powder and liked the results. And one reader used chia seeds and said they work as well. (I’m also thinking that maybe oat bran would work? But I can’t personally vouch for any of these substitutions, as I haven’t tried them. So take the ideas with a grain of… flax!)

Katie is the baker, photographer, and author of the popular blog Chocolate-Covered Katie. Her favorite food is chocolate, and she believes in eating a balanced diet that includes dessert every single day. More about Katie—>