Gooey Granola Blondies

This is a recipe I 'adapted' from Simply Recipes for Blondies. I say 'adapted' in quotes, because really it is my inability to follow/understand directions and a lack of ingredients that leads to my own recipe.  Once in a while I am able to adapt something based on personal preference... but it is usually just total confusion.  For examples, this particular recipe calls for regular flour and walnuts or chocolate chips, none of which I have.  So I created Granola Blondies out of necessity for some crunch.  And the bread flour makes these nice and gooey!

Here are the steps I actually performed while creating these.  I'll add the *recommended* steps at the end.

Gooey Granola Blondies

1/2 cup butter
1 cup (dark) brown sugar
1 egg
1 tablespoon vanilla
1 cup bread flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup granola (check out my sweet buttery granola recipe)

Step 1: Invite the mini-muffins in for some baking fun!

Step 2: Figure out how to 'butter and flour an 8x8 baking pan'.  I decided that this meant rub the square glass dish with a stick of butter and then spread flour on it.

Step 3: Decide to let the mini-muffins do this part.

Step 4: Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Step 5: Enforce turn-taking with the butter.

Step 6: Melt butter.  I like to cut it up to help it melt. 20 seconds is not long enough in the microwave.

Step 7: Turn-taking fail, give out hugs.  Fix the 8x8 pan so it is *actually* covered in butter and flour.

 Step 8: Make toast for a snack.

 Step 9: Ask everyone why they are still crying.  Get out juice cups.

Step 10: Dump butter and brown sugar in the mixer and turn it on.

Step 11: Send mini-muffins in the other room with their toast and juice snack.

Step 12: Quickly dump egg and vanilla in mixer.

Step 13: Get out cheese sticks, since the toast was not actually what they wanted.

Step 14: Break down and turn on the 'babysitter.'

Step 15: Dump flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt in mixer.

 Step 16: Go in and ask mini-muffins why everyone is still crying.  "I dunno, mom.  Maybe next time I will try to be nice."

Step 17: Enforce toast eating, and fix the 'babysitter.'

Step 18: Dump batter into 'buttered and floured' 8x8 pan.  Although pan is the wrong word because mine was a dish in my opinion, as it was glass.

Step 19: Hope that the pan-ness of the pan is not a key feature in this recipe.

Step 20: Spread batter out evenly.  This is very difficult.  Keep trying.

Step 21: Get out a better spatula.  Keep trying.

Step 22: Dump granola on top. Also spread evenly. Ha.

Step 23: Stick it in the oven for 20 (5, 3, 2)  minutes.

Step 24: Sit down and feed baby-muffin.

Step 25: Dump baby-muffin in the bouncy seat and get those things out when the oven beeps using a bib as a oven mitt.

Step 26: Put them back in if the toothpick doesn't come out clean.

Step 27: Repeat steps 23 - 26 until done.

Step 26: Let them cool on top of the oven in their 'pan'.

Step 27: Answer the phone.  Frantically dress children because gramma-muffin is on her way over.

Step 28: Wonder why all the granola appears to have sunken to the middle.

Step 29: Cut and serve! "Do these have chocolate? I think I don't need any cookies."

Step 30: Put mini-muffins to bed.  Vow never to cook again before nap time. 

**Recommended steps:
1. Pre-heat oven to 350.
2. Melt butter & mix with sugar.
3. Dump in vanilla and egg.
4. Dump in flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt.
5. Pour into floured and buttered 8x8 pan.
6. Cook for 30 minutes.
7. Cool and serve.

You may notice that I went from 28 steps to 7 steps here.  That is how much you can learn from reading this blog! Or from not having any mini-muffins around.  You can choose.

Love blondies? You'll love:
  1. Banana Choc Chip Cookie Bars
  2. Bacon Butter Cookies
  3. Chocolate Chip Cookies


  1. A recipe with chocolate that I can pass as healthy?! Count me in! :)

    Love your blog. I subscribed, and cannot wait to see what else you come up with. Thanks for visiting my blog and subscribing. Yay for new bloggie friends!


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