Vanessa’s classic chocolate brownies are legendary. She makes them for all kinds of events, takes them to dinner, makes them to cheer you up when you’re down, or for pretty much any celebration! But I wanted to use fresh raspberries & white chocolate, especially as the raspberry bush in our garden has been bearing the most delicious fruit on it! So Vanessa came up with this utterly decadent & delicious variation. I present to you, Raspberry, White Chocolate & Pecan Blondies!!!
What makes a Blondie different to a Brownie I hear you ask?
Well, the difference is that there is no cocoa powder, so the mixture is a creamy caramel colour, (blonde!) rather than deep brown like a brownie. As with Vanessa’s classic Brownie recipe (You need this recipe in your life: You can find it here!),the brownie can be adjusted to your own tastes. Love strawberries? Add them instead of the raspberries. Want to chuck in some walnuts. Or leave out the nuts altogether? By all means do so!
The one thing you mustn’t skimp on however is the amount of ground linseed (flaxseed). This lovely seed serves to bind the blondies instead of eggs, and creates the deep fudgy texture that you really need for a successful blondie.
We discovered that Sainsbury’s ‘Free From’ range has the best white chocolate for cooking (and sneaking into your mouth!) (This isn’t an ad. We just REALLY like their white chocolate). If you are not in the UK, you can substitute any other vegan white chocolate (or in fact, any chocolate that is good for cooking!)
So. Why should you make these delicious Raspberry, White Chocolate & Pecan Blondies? Well, they are sweet & gooey, but rich and tart all at the same time! We were lucky enough to be able to use the fresh berries from my raspberry canes in this recipe, but if it is deepest darkest winter, you can also use the same weight of frozen berries. It won’t really make any difference to the flavour, however they may take a little longer to cook through.
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Utterly delicious vegan variation on the classic blondie recipe with added raspberries & white chocolate
- 200 g plain flour
- 1.5 tsp baking powder
- 150 g brown sugar or coconut palm sugar
- 2 tsp sea salt
- 85 ml / 100g sunflower oil
- 5 tbsp milled (ground) linseed mixed with 10 tbsp water
- 2 tsp vanilla essence
- 150 g vegan white chocolate chopped (this is available in the ‘Free From’ section of Sainsburys
- 80 g pecans chopped
- 150 grams fresh or frozen raspberries
Preheat oven to 180 C.
Mix together the flour, baking powder and brown sugar.
In a different bowl combine the milled linseed with water (this should look like a jelly-type substance), sunflower oil and vanilla essence. Then add this to the flour, baking powder and brown sugar mixture. Make sure all ingredients are fully combined.
Next mix in the pecans and white chocolate. Combine well.
Add the frozen raspberries. Mix in carefully so they don’t break up too much.
Transfer the mixture to a lined and greased brownie tin.
Bake for 25-30 minutes or until a clean skewer emerges.