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Maple Macadamia Vegan Blondies

Maple Macadamia Vegan Blondies | A Couple Cooks

Maple Macadamia Vegan Blondies | A Couple Cooks

Maple Macadamia Vegan Blondies | A Couple Cooks

Maple Macadamia Vegan Blondies | A Couple Cooks

This post was created in partnership with Roxbury Mountain Maple. All opinions are our own. 

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Have you ever wished that you could visit your past self? What would you tell that person as “Future Me”? Recently I stumbled across a blog post I wrote almost 2 years ago. It was for a recipe with maple syrup, but the words were about what was on my mind at that moment. Reading these lines today makes me feel a tingle, like looking into a window in the past (a quote from this post):

“Alex and I are in a long season of squirm-inducing uncertainty, waiting to be matched with a baby who will be our forever child. There’s no roadmap; we could get the call at literally any time. And it’s the weirdest thing, to be waiting for a baby to fall out of the sky… We wait with a boxed crib in an empty room, and try to distract ourselves from wondering, who this little one will be? Is it true, that a little human will someday inhabit that room, whose piercing cries will remind us of his or her existence in the wee hours of the night? That he or she will have a name, a spirit, a humanity that will be etched indelibly on our hearts?”

Double shiver! How I wish I could have called out as Future Me to assure Past Me that everything would be okay. Yes, Alex and I would go through the incredible heartache of three failed adoptions. But over here as Future Me, I know that it was all worth it. All the pain and waiting and uncertainty was worth it the day we got to meet our baby boy. So YES—there is a human living in that nursery, sometimes with piercing cries in the wee hours of the night. And YES—he has a name and is overflowing with spirit. He’s Larson Ames, and he’s the spunkiest, happiest, busiest, sweetest 9-month-old boy. And now we no longer live our lives holding our breath, at least for the moment. We’re constantly chasing after our little tornado—and wondering how there ever was a world where Larson Ames didn’t exist.

And we’re still making recipes: lots of them! Having a babe around hasn’t slowed us down in the least, and we love creating recipes that work for Larson, too. This blondies recipe is a vegan holiday treat that works for various diets. And it’s our very first truly crowd-sourced recipe! After offering 4 recipe choices in a poll over on Instagram, maple blondies was the winner. In our recipe testing, we found brown sugar is essential to the blondie flavor and texture, so we’ve kept that instead of replacing with maple syrup or another natural sweetener. The traditional egg is replaced with apple sauce, and the butter with coconut oil. Chopped macadamia nuts give the interior some texture, and to bring in the maple flair, the blondies are topped with a drizzle of maple cream.

The maple cream we used is from Roxbury Mountain Maple, a New York-based family business. It’s pure maple syrup that’s boiled until it reduces into a cream. Roxbury is starting to become known for the stuff, and we find the organic creamy spread is very, very good. In this recipe, we’ve used the Dark and Strong maple cream. It’s worth purchasing a jar, for this recipe or just for spreading on toast or dipping fruit. And, it’s perfect for holiday gifts and stocking stuffers! In honor of the holidays, Roxbury is offering a fun giveaway: see below for details. (PS Hear Ben from Roxbury on our podcast a few months ago.)

Giveaway Rules: We’re giving away 1 pint of pure, Grade A dark maple syrup, 1 12-ounce container of maple cream, and 1 large shaker of maple sugar. Up to 2 entries per person, U.S and Canada residents only! Leave a comment on this post relating to any of the themes in the post. For a second entry, follow us on Instagram and leave a comment on the giveaway post. Commenting will close on Wednesday, November 29, 2017 at 6:00 pm, EST. Make sure you provide your email address in the comment form (we promise to keep it confidential!).

About the company: Roxbury Mountain Maple is a family business based in the Catskills of New York that produces all-natural, organic maple syrup and maple cream. Supporting Roxbury Mountain Maple promotes family farms, local community, sustainable farming, forest preservation, and your health. For more about the company, see the Roxbury Mountain Maple website.

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Vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free, plant-based, and dairy-free.

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Maple Macadamia Vegan Blondies


  • Author: a Couple Cooks
  • Yield: 16

Ingredients

  • 6 tablespoons coconut oil, melted
  • 2 tablespoons peanut butter
  • 1 cup organic light brown brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup applesauce
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 pinch kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup chopped macadamia nuts
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons Roxbury Mountain Maple organic maple cream

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F.
  2. Melt the coconut oil. In a large bowl, mix the warm coconut oil and peanut butter, then stir in the sugar until it melts. Add the applesauce, vanilla and salt (if the coconut oil seizes up and becomes chunky, you can place the bowl in the oven for a moment to remelt it if it is oven safe, or microwave for a few seconds until it is smooth again). Brush a 9 x 9 pan with the remaining coconut oil.
  3. Add the baking powder and flour and mix it all together until a sticky dough forms. Stir in the macadamia nuts.
  4. Place the dough in the pan and spread evenly with a spatula (the dough will be very dense). Bake for 25 to 30 minutes or until a tester inserted into the center comes out clean. Allow to cool completely.
  5. In a glass measuring cup, gently heat maple cream in the microwave for about 10 seconds or so until melted, then drizzle it onto the top of the blondies. Refrigerate for a few minutes until hardened, then cut into pieces and serve.

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64 Comments

  • Reply
    Victoria Harris
    November 27, 2017 at 1:39 pm

    Just made the Bliss Bites….truly a little bit of heaven ♥️ Hope to make these maple vegan brownies tomorrow!

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    Sharon
    November 27, 2017 at 2:35 pm

    Maple flavor is my favorite, plus I’m always looking for chocolate free goodies.

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    Teresa
    November 27, 2017 at 4:49 pm

    Love maple anything, but the maple cream looks especially yummy!

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    Siouxzy Johnson
    November 27, 2017 at 4:53 pm

    This looks like heaven!

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    Emily
    November 27, 2017 at 5:06 pm

    Can’t wait to try these – I’ve never heard of maple cream, but sure do love maple syrup!

  • Reply
    Melissa S.
    November 27, 2017 at 5:07 pm

    These sound delicious! I am drooling…

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    Taylor
    November 27, 2017 at 5:10 pm

    I have definitely wished that I could get past me to relax a little bit and tell her to enjoy the journey. Totally have been there! :)

    Maple cream sounds really intriguing. Is that anything like creamed honey? Honey is my go-to for sweeteners but I am trying to become more maple friendly as that’s more accessible than local honey in my area.

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      Sonja
      November 27, 2017 at 5:44 pm

      Maple cream is kind of like creamed honey! It’s very strong, almost like double typical maple syrup. We now tend to use maple syrup more than honey these days. Not only do I find the flavor to be better at sweetening (instead of tasting distinctive like honey), it’s also easier to get out of the jar, haha!

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        Taylor
        November 28, 2017 at 4:15 pm

        It’s funny you say that…I find maple to have a way more distinctive flavor! Must be the kind of honey I use. :) But major points for it being easier to get out of a jar! I’ll definitely have to give it a try. :)

  • Reply
    Nathalie
    November 27, 2017 at 5:15 pm

    I can totally relate to the theme of trusting, in the PRESENT, that things will work out. I broke my ankle quite severely last November, and though I knew that God would use this as part of His plan for my life, some days were still difficult . . . sometimes are STILL difficult . . . as the recovery continues. I know that eventually, I’ll be able to look back on last year and see a more complete picture.

    As for now, I’m thinking that winning this giveaway would make a lovely little sidebar to my story, don’t you, because I’m sure there’s some science somewhere that correlates ankle recovery to maple cream.

    Just sayin’.

    • Reply
      Sonja
      November 27, 2017 at 5:47 pm

      Haha!!! There’s got to be a correlation :)

  • Reply
    Laura
    November 27, 2017 at 5:22 pm

    These sound delicious!

  • Reply
    Eve Lipsyc
    November 27, 2017 at 5:24 pm

    Love maple syrup and would love to try maple cream!! 🇨🇦🇨🇦

  • Reply
    Leanne
    November 27, 2017 at 5:37 pm

    Looks delicious! The world needs many more maple syrup recipes :)

  • Reply
    Shelby
    November 27, 2017 at 5:47 pm

    Running home to make this ASAP! Yum!

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    Daniela
    November 27, 2017 at 7:08 pm

    I totally relate with the me from the future reassuring me from the past of what’s to come. In all of my seasons of difficulty and trial, I have been amazed again and again by God’s faithfulness and the good things (good beyond what I could ask, hope or imagine) that he always has in store for me! I hope that you have an extra special holiday season!

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    Courtney
    November 27, 2017 at 7:20 pm

    Adoption is such a blessing. My nephew was adopted as a baby into our close family. Sometimes folks will say he’s so lucky to have you all but I’ve slways felt like we’re the lucky ones. He’s blessed us!
    I would really like to make these blondies with this maple package! Hope I win!

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    Lisa
    November 27, 2017 at 7:29 pm

    I love maple and would love to try these! Speaking of past self I would love to have been able to tell myself that my relationship life would work out as it should and every step gets you closer to the right person. Now I have 9 year old twin girls I’ll have to impart wisdom upon…but thankfully not quite yet!!

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    Terry Kuhnau
    November 27, 2017 at 7:32 pm

    I am so happy that you are including some vegan recipes in your blog. As new vegans, we can use all the help we can get. These Maple Blondies sound amazing!

  • Reply
    Eilidh
    November 27, 2017 at 7:33 pm

    These look so good! One of my favourite writing assignments that I assign my students is to write a letter to their younger self from the future. Twelve and thirteen year olds can give themselves some profound advice! :)

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      Sonja
      November 27, 2017 at 7:48 pm

      That is the cutest assignment ever! I would love to read some of those essays :)

  • Reply
    Stephanie
    November 27, 2017 at 7:47 pm

    These look amazing!

  • Reply
    Nicole
    November 27, 2017 at 7:51 pm

    Thanks for the recipe! And yay for adoption! I think I’ll make these for a work party. It will please my vegan co-workers! :)

    • Reply
      Sonja
      November 27, 2017 at 7:53 pm

      Oh fantastic! We hope you like them!

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    Emily W
    November 27, 2017 at 7:56 pm

    These look ah-mazing but my real comment is all the heart eyes for sweet Larson Ames and God’s good plans even in pain!

    • Reply
      Sonja
      November 27, 2017 at 8:17 pm

      You are too kind! All the heart eyes back :)

  • Reply
    Bianca T
    November 27, 2017 at 9:05 pm

    those blondies look to DIE FOR :)

  • Reply
    Amy Sarazen
    November 27, 2017 at 9:50 pm

    Really impressed that your cooking and baking is still going full speed even with a little one. My little guy isn’t quite old enough to help in the food making process yet, but I can’t wait till he is! I know that introducing him to baking/cooking will likely be messy at first, but that’s just how we’ll have to start it out!

  • Reply
    Erica B
    November 27, 2017 at 10:50 pm

    Can’t wait to try these! My family is a huge fan of maple & this will be perfect for the holidays

  • Reply
    Natasha
    November 27, 2017 at 11:54 pm

    These look delicious! I feel like a Canadian failure because I don’t think I’ve ever actually HAD maple cream before. I’ll need to give these a try.

  • Reply
    Anthony
    November 28, 2017 at 12:01 am

    These look amazing! The maple cream really puts it over the edge.

  • Reply
    Jill
    November 28, 2017 at 12:40 am

    What a hopeful reflection that you shared. Thank you. And also thank you for this delicious recipe. Can’t wait to try it out!

  • Reply
    Ashlee
    November 28, 2017 at 12:48 am

    I love maple- finding out about maple cream could be dangerous! These look amazing.

  • Reply
    Mimi
    November 28, 2017 at 1:40 am

    Maple cream sounds so interesting! Would love to bake with it!

  • Reply
    Penelope
    November 28, 2017 at 6:05 am

    That maple cream looks incredible! I use maple syrup all the time, but have never tried the cream.

    I ordered your cookbook today…can’t wait for the big dinner party!!

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      Penelope
      November 28, 2017 at 6:08 am

      PS I love your comment about wondering how there was a World when Larson didn’t exist…I feel the exact same way about our 5 month old, Vivienne. She used to be this brand new little being in our house, and now I can’t quite remember that we were once a family without her! Wishing you continued joy in the days ahead with your adorable boy! 💙

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    Luana Mitten
    November 28, 2017 at 6:43 am

    My grandmother won a recipe contest with her coconut blondes made with lots of brown sugar. They’re a family favorite. Can’t wait to try them with this twist. Got a jar of maple butter in the fridge, time to bake!

  • Reply
    Grace
    November 28, 2017 at 10:18 am

    Definitely making these tonight!

  • Reply
    Ruby
    November 28, 2017 at 10:18 am

    These sound absolutely amazing! Maple is such a nostalgic flavor for me- my “past self” used to love getting those maple sugar leaf candies in my stocking every Christmas. Actually, my current self still loves that! I can’t wait to try this recipe for the holidays back home. So wonderful that you guys are still able to cook and bake so much and put so much love into it all <3

  • Reply
    Michelle
    November 28, 2017 at 10:42 am

    Love maple syrup…it’s my go to for sweetener!!! Never tried maple cream, sounds very intriguing!

  • Reply
    Mary
    November 28, 2017 at 12:00 pm

    This stuff looks soooo goood (both the maple cream and the bars)!!!

  • Reply
    Jessica M.
    November 28, 2017 at 12:31 pm

    You have definitely inspired me to incorporate maple more in my baking and cooking!👌🏻👍🏻

  • Reply
    Denise Johnson
    November 28, 2017 at 1:24 pm

    This recipe looks delicious! I just love anything with maple syrup.

  • Reply
    Beth
    November 28, 2017 at 1:29 pm

    This maple cream looks amazing – I need to find this locally or just order it online :)

  • Reply
    Elizabeth
    November 28, 2017 at 3:18 pm

    These blondies look amazing!!! Thanks for sharing

  • Reply
    Kristen
    November 28, 2017 at 5:52 pm

    I love maple flavored anything! These blondies look so yummy!

  • Reply
    Genevieve Crum
    November 28, 2017 at 6:16 pm

    I have had such an appreciation for maple syrup ever since your podcast about it!

  • Reply
    Katie Yarian
    November 29, 2017 at 9:29 am

    Will be making these for a friend whose daughter is named Maple 💕 they are vegan too, so this works beautifully! 🍁❤️

  • Reply
    Rebecca
    November 29, 2017 at 9:58 am

    These look so deliciously Canadian.🇨🇦
    I love to cook but don’t really bake but this recipe makes me want to BAKE. 👩🏼‍🍳Love your instagram account❤️

  • Reply
    Amanda
    November 29, 2017 at 3:22 pm

    Love maple cream. I would tell myself in the past that I need more sleep. 3-4 hours a night for 9 years will not work out well for you.

  • Reply
    Krista
    November 29, 2017 at 3:32 pm

    Bliss bites are seriously the best dessert ever! Now I need to make these.

  • Reply
    Jo
    November 29, 2017 at 4:40 pm

    I’m so happy for you and baby Larson. He seems like the happiest little boy and that’s something to be cherished. Adoption is such a complicated thing for all parties but hopefully, when it works well for all, it ends with a happy family. ♥️

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    Samantha
    November 29, 2017 at 5:26 pm

    I don’t think my husband will ever get over how amazing the Bliss Bites were, but I’d be willing to bet these will be a close contender. This one is going on my to-do list!

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    Rebecca
    November 29, 2017 at 5:30 pm

    Maple has become an every day go-to these days, but mainly just for my coffee! I love adding freshly grated nutmeg and maple syrup for a fall flavor… reading a bit about maple cream, though… my gosh I think that might just transform my world! It sounds amazing! I’d love to try it with my challah French toast!

  • Reply
    Hannah
    November 29, 2017 at 6:31 pm

    I’m so intrigued to try the maple cream!

  • Reply
    Chris
    November 29, 2017 at 6:44 pm

    Love hearing your joy as parents. Beautiful💕. And love that maple goodness!

  • Reply
    Eva-Elizabeth
    November 29, 2017 at 6:50 pm

    i grew up loving sugaring season….tapping trees, checking the buckets, boiling the sap and smelling all the maple goodness filling our kitchen. Thanks for sharing your heart and your kitchen with us!

  • Reply
    jacquie
    December 4, 2017 at 10:56 am

    the bars look great. I had never heard of maple cream before so thanks for making me aware of it.

  • Reply
    Maggie Girard
    December 4, 2017 at 10:14 pm

    I love maple and have no doubt these would be super delicious– always on the lookout for new vegan desserts to try. I am thrilled for you two and for Larson that you are together, despite the heartbreak and waiting. I hope your first Christmas together is terrific!

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    Tara | Treble in the Kitchen
    December 5, 2017 at 5:50 pm

    These sound delicious and absolutely perfect for the season! And so glad you are looking at your Past Self saying everything turned out ok…I have many of those moments myself!

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    Tina
    December 7, 2017 at 9:01 am

    Does it matter if Dark & Strong or Golden & Delicate maple cream is used? I’m guessing the 1st since it will be baked. Thanks, I’m going to order some of this & make these ASAP!

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      Sonja
      December 7, 2017 at 9:24 am

      Great question! The cream is just drizzled on the top, so it actually doesn’t matter which one. We used the dark and strong, but you could use the delicate if you’d like too! It will have a milder flavor!

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    Avin
    January 22, 2018 at 12:48 pm

    Can you use pumpkin instead of applesauce?

    • Reply
      Sonja
      January 23, 2018 at 6:39 pm

      Great question! We haven’t tried it but I think it would be very similar. You’re welcome to try and let us know if it works!

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