I have a confession. I’ve been trying to hide this little secret, but it is coming to the point where you will figure it out, so I’m going to spill the beans…
Raise your hand if you guessed I was pregnant? You know like everyone else I know in life and stalk in fake internet life? That’s always the first thing people assume when I say I have a secret. You see, I’m an old married lady now who posts obnoxious pictures of her 4 legged kids all over the internet, so everyone seems to think it’s the “next step”. Sorry to disappoint (I’m not pregnant). In fact, my secret is pretty lame.
I haven’t been eating dessert. That’s the whole secret. (See? Tolda ya I was lame.) You see, this whole going on 2+ months of no running has been doing me no favors, and I’ve gotten to a, um, less than ideal place with my weight. Nothing crazy, but nothing I wish to continue. So I’m trying to be pretty diligent about my eating, and kick my sugar addiction to the curb. This means I only got one tiny bite of these soft, gooey, sweet and drool-worthy blondies. Life is hard sometimes, friends.
I had to take just the tiiiiiniest bite to make sure they were good, and so I could tell you all about them, and holy cow, they are beyoonnnnd good. I used my favorite graham cracker crust, topped it with smooth and creamy white chocolate blondie, then topped the whole thing with browned marshmallows for my favorite white chocolate and marshmallow lover.
So things might get a little dinner and savory heavy over here until I am back to double digit long runs that burn off all the cookies, but I promise to test a few more sweet bites like this one, so that you guys can still get your health(ier) dessert fill. 🙂
For the crust:
- 8 oz old fashioned graham crackers
- 3 tbsp coconut oil, melted
For the blondies:
- 5.5 oz white chocolate, melted and cooled
- 1/2 cup nonfat vanilla yogurt
- 3/4 cup brown sugar
- 2 eggs + 1 egg white
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 2/3 cups white whole wheat flour
- 2 cups mini marshmallows for topping
- Preheat oven to 350. Spray a 9″ square pan with nonstick spray. Set aside.
- To make the crust, place graham crackers in your food processor and pulse until fine crumbs. While food processor is running, stream in coconut oil and continue to process until combined. Press crust mixture into the bottom of your pan and bake until lightly browned and set, about 12 minutes.
- To make the blondies, in a large bowl mix together white chocolate and yogurt. Beat in brown sugar until combined. Add eggs 1 at a time, beating until combined. Add vanilla. Add flour and mix until just combined.
- Transfer blondie batter to prepared crust and bake until golden and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out with just a few moist crumbs, about 30 minutes.
- Remove blondies from the oven and turn to broil. Evenly spread mini marshmallows on top, and return to oven to broil for about 5 minutes until the marshmallows have browned. Cool completely before serving. Blondies are best the same day, but can be kept in an airtight container for up to 5 days.
Averie @ Averie Cooks says
Ari…CONGRATS!!!!!! I had no idea and this is such wonderful news. Congrats to you and your hubby and if there was ever a time to celebrate with a blondie or two, now is the time 🙂
Elaine @ Cooking to Perfection says
I’ve been trying for the longest time to cut back on my sweets and it’s so hard when you have a food blog! Blogging about savory dishes isn’t as fun, so I always find myself gravitating towards sweet treats and baking those. Makes for a very hard time to eliminate sweets. I certainly admire your dedication and persistence. Meanwhile, I’m now craving these delicious blondies. I am a sucker for anything s’mores!
sally @ sallys baking addiction says
i have a confession too.. i had dessert before dinner last night. 🙁 Oh well! If s’mores are involved, that’s always ok right?! Seriously girl you do so much exercise and running, you deserve a treat. your body can’t maintain marathon training status! Give yourself a little break. 🙂 Which I know you are doing! All of those toasty marshmallows, too – they look phenom!
Jamie @ couchtoironwoman says
Those do look good! Haha I didn’t think you were pregnant, that’s not on my radar either, but sorry to hear you aren’t eating dessert (I’ll eat more for you). Mike and I stopped eating dessert for a long time when we were first trying to lose weight, it definitely helped!
You can indulge every once in awhile, though!
Kristi @ lifesprinkles says
you must have intense willpower lady because these look amazing! wishing you well with the recovery (both running and sugar addiction 🙂 ) – if you need any support let me know!
Christine @ Love, Life, Surf says
haha. It’s so true – I always assume the “news” is that there’s a baby on the way. But come on Ari, you’re killing me with these blondies!! I’m trying hard to step away from the sweets which I can’t seem to do especially when I see amazing creations like this. OK, it’s not totally your fault. It’s my lack of willpower 🙂
Laura Dembowski says
Those bars look incredible! Marshmallows are probably my favorite thing in the world. I hope you are feeling better and back to running in no time. I have been down with runners’ knee for almost 2 months. Luckily I can do the elliptical – I’d go crazy without it. I also play Wii boxing and tennis, which isn’t a terrible workout and at least keeps me moving. Cutting down of food has also been a huge part of things. I’ve been eating dessert for breakfast and just a piece of fruit for lunch, along with a healthy dinner and things have been going quite well.
Excellent will power Ari! They look so yummy, I don’t think I could have stopped at one bite. I really do think sugar is the devil sometimes :)Hope you’re back to long runs soon.
GiGi Eats Celebrities says
Your S’more is giving me a suggestive nod… I am not quite sure what to do with myself.