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Gooey PB&J Blondies

Like a peanut butter and jelly sandwich

In blondie form.


Recently, a friend asked if I’d make my famous Chocolate-Chip Blondies.

When she wanted to know her daughter’s choice of cake flavors for her birthday party, the little girl answered, “No cake. Chocolate-Covered Katie blondies!”

I have never felt so honored.

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I talked with the birthday girl about what she’d like, and we decided that I’d not make chocolate-chip blondies, but a new flavor: pb and jelly!

Gooey PB&J Blondies

Based off of my Chocolate-Chip Blondies

  • 1 can garbanzo beans (or white beans), drained and rinsed
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter (not unsalted)
  • 1/4 cup quick oats
  • 3/4 tsp baking powder
  • 1/8 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 plus 1/8 tsp salt
  • 2/3 cup brown sugar (feel free to use less or sub some with stevia)
  • 1/2 cup jam of choice

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Blend all ingredients (except jam) until very smooth. Scoop into a greased (or tinfoil-lined) 8×8 pan. (If you want fatter blondies, don’t spread all the way to the sides.) Spread the jam on top and bake for 35-38 minutes.

These are also very similar to the Snickerdoodle Blondies.

Nutrition Info: I haven’t calculated nutritional info, but a commenter said the blondies have 120 calories if cut into 16 squares. Since the first two photos don’t do a good job of conveying the blondies’ beauty, here’s what the final version of the blondies looked like, jelly and all:


Up close, personal, and super gooey.

I wasn’t at the actual party, but my friend said the kids polished off the blondies in record time.



She also served Chocolate Brownie Batter Dip.

When I heard this, I tried not to think about the poor moms whose children attended the party and came home filled with beans.

Question of the Day:

Do you remember any of your childhood birthday parties?

Mine always had a theme: one year was Snow White, another year was 101 Dalmations. And I liked pool parties. My mom would always make an adorable homemade cake to match each year’s specific theme. I’m definitely going to go all out for my future kids’ birthday parties.

Is it a bad thing to want kids just so I can plan their birthday parties? 😉

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Published on August 4, 2011

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  1. Desiree says

    Woohoo! Been patiently (or not) waiting for these! Yum! Can’t wait to make. My mom would also do a cake according to the theme. I’ve had a Barbie cake, school bus cake, a clown cake, you name it. Until I got around 12 when I decided I didn’t like cake anymore (a phase I grew out of), but Pecan Pie! So for a few years I got Pecan Pie for my birthday, still love it, but the once a year at Thanksgiving satisfies me just fine.

  2. Qi Ting @ Misadventures of Fat free Baking says

    I’ve never had a birthday party before. But I love the fact that birthdays are just my mum, my dad, my brother and I. The 3 closest people to me whom I love. That’s really enough. 😀

    Oh my and that dark chocolate brownie batter dip still looks totally awesome. I’ll never get sick of staring at that picture! Great photography! 😀

  3. Jennifer JCD says

    What a lucky birthday girl! I had theme birthday parties too: swimming, sleepover, Rainbow Brite, Space Camp, and my mum always made me a theme cake to go with it. 🙂

  4. Taryn says

    Ok…blondies aside! We need a BABIES BLOWOUT! Ever since your post yesterday I’ve been NEEDING to hear about these Rice Krispie Babies and Skinny Fudge Babies! #impatient

    Ps. The blondies look amazing and I’m sure to try them as I’m positive my 3 year old will fall in love!

  5. Balancing Sylvia says

    These look great and how cute is it that the kids requested your dessert? My mom made this awesome Little Mermaid birthday cake for my little sister one year. It was two tiered with a fountain, lots of blue gel for water and little mermaid characters in between and all over. It was very cool 🙂

  6. Karen @ She Flies With Her Own Wings says

    That’s really inspiring that they wanted your healthy blondies for dessert! It reminds me of the book by Jessica Seinfeld that incorporates a lot of veggies/fruits hidden in recipes to increase kids’ produce intake. I was skeptical of garbanzo beans (not a huge fan) in dessert but I may have to try these…

    • Melissa says

      If you don’t like garbanzo, white cannellini beans work wonderfully, too. I actually prefer them! I love garbanzos and love the blondies with them but the cannellini ones have a smoother texture that is really nice. 🙂

  7. Liz @ IHeartVegetables says

    Oh my gosh, that’s so cute AND it’s a huge compliment. because kids always say what they’re thinking! they’re the most honest judges of food I’ve found!

    My mom used to always make us cookie cakes instead of regular cakes!

  8. Jenny says

    Aww! Love today’s question of the day. Brings back so many fond memories!

    My birthday parties ALWAYS had themes, too! My mom created some true magic when she planned my parties with/for me. (I was involved in decision-making, of course, but I think we all know that the moms are the ones putting in a lot of, if not most or all of, the work in the execution of the party!) I think my campfire-themed birthday party was my favourite. We had a sleepover in tents, roasted marshmallows over a bonfire, told stories around the fire… Good times!

    I agree with Lauren W: PB&J Blondies are truly the perfect dessert if, for some incomprehensible reason, you don’t feel like chocolate! And you’re right as well – it IS a huge honour to have a kid pick one of YOUR recipes and ask YOU for help. It just goes to show how amazing you, your personality, and your desserts are. 🙂

  9. Cait @ Cait hates Cake says

    My mom always did a fabulous job with our birthday parties. I have never liked regular cake, so she had to get creative every year with my “birthday cake”. I had things ranging from truffle brownies to cheesecake.

  10. Jesse says

    These look delicious, I can’t wait to try them! I have a black bean brownie recipe that I love but I never thought to make blodies with white beans, such a good idea. I just might have to add beans to my caramel blondie recipe!

  11. Amber K says

    PB & J blondies sound amazing, but after I made black bean brownies once (BLECH) I just don’t know if I could get down with these… maybe one day I’ll be brave enough to try again.

  12. Ragnhild says

    <3 That is really a honor! And that kid is so lucky to have you! I would love for you to bake for my birtday too 😀
    My future kids MUST have theme birthdays! I have always wanted to host them, so they have no choice 😉

  13. Michaela says

    Have you ever thought of founding your very own party catering company? I am serious.
    I remember lots of my childhood birthday parties. My parents always created fun games and stuff. We all had a ball. I even liked my birthday cake on my 5th birthday, though my fringe caught fire 😀

  14. Tricia says

    Yummy 🙂 I recently had plenty of Pb and j’s when i went to cross country camp, but i certainly wouldn’t mind them in blondie form 😉
    I think i had like one birthday party when i was six, and I’ve always been in love with carrot cake as a birthday cake, though last birthday, a vegan restaurant actually made me a vegan chocolate cake for my birthday. It was so special 🙂

  15. Alexandra (Veggin' Out in the Kitchen) says

    That’s so sweet that the girl wanted YOUR blondies for her birthday! I don’t blame her 😉

    These look incredible!! They’re officially going on my chocolate-covered to make list. (Right now I have pineapple floats, your ranch dressing – which I’m making today!!, and snickerdoodle dip.) And I LOVE how you wrapped the blondies in ribbons for the pictures – too cute! 😀

    My birthday parties were always very simple – a few friends over at my house, games, and cake 🙂 Although for my 16th (back in April), I went bowling! Haha, I did terrible, but it was fun anyway! But what was really sad was there was this guy next to us who got nine strikes in a row! It was great for him and all, but it made us feel REALLY bad, lol 😉
    My cakes are definitely what I remember most about my parties. My favorite was my Piglet cake when I was really little (either one, two, or three… I don’t remember hardly anything about those years except that cake!), and my second favorite was this adorable penguin cake my mom made. I also loved the cake she did based on a picture of a horse that I drew – it was such a neat cake! 😀

    And it’s definitely not bad to want kids just to plan their birthday parties… or if it is, we can both be held responsible 😉

    Oops, sorry for the long comment!

    <3 <3

  16. Kate says

    It is so nice to find these recipes! My boyfriend is severely allergic to dairy and all of its components — these recipes allow for us to be more healthy and eat desserts. We are most thankful!

  17. Alyssa says

    One of the best things about having kids is throwing the birthday parties, lol!
    I’m hoping to have some time next week to make a few more recipes. Maybe my picky little eaters will eat veggies disguised as dessert.

  18. Sarah says

    OK. So. Guess what? That whole im-gonna-pout-and-not-sing-in-the-shower-if-there’s-no-cookie-recipe episode (temper tantrum?) Remember that? Yeah, well, thats not working out so well. Im sorta loving these blondies. My heart is getting warmer. what about my cookie dream? my FLOURLESS cookie dream. oh well, my heart just melted for Pb &j blondie. who would have guessed?

  19. Emily says

    Ohmygoodness. I just made a batch of your guilt free cookies (and ate the whole thing for lunch) but now I wish I would have waited to make these! There is no way I’m turning on the oven again today though.
    I always had themes too! I remember The Little Mermaid and a Luau specifically. My friend’s birthday is Monday and I’m in charge of the cake. She wants a cookie cake so I think I’ll make your cookie pie! My friends are fully aware that anything I make will include “hippie” ingredients as they like to call them, so the beans will be awesome.

  20. Lyza says

    LOL aw 🙂 Kids are so cute. That is an honor!!

    The photo at the top was almost my desktop background because it’s so prettyful. LMAO except I know it’d drive me crazy because it’s so yummy looking, so maybe I’ll save it for if there’s a chance I need to go on a weight-gain diet or something!!

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