I didn’t know blondies were a thing until I started blogging.
I also didn’t know about the power of things like browned butter and Nutella. Seriously, you put those two together and BOOM, the internet world is mind blown for a while.
Oh and throw the words secret ingredient in a recipe and title and have readers eating out of your hand. You’ll be the pied piper of the blog world, trust me.
I have learned many things while blogging and blondies have been one of my favorites. That and almond butter. Be still my heart.
But blondies; my bar dessert world had been basically just brownies and then our best ever spice bars. Blogging opened up a whole new world. Who knew a 9×9 pan could be so wonderful??
I have a major thing for streusel and I hope you do too. When you have buttery, crunchy, and cakey all in one topping, it’s bound to be good. These blondies are made with whole wheat and oats, making them heartier than your average blondie but also deceptive while baking. Don’t cheat these blondies of their baking time, they’ll appear baked sooner than they really are because of their whole grain ingredients. Also, since the streusel is made with cinnamon, whole wheat, and hazelnuts, the darker theme continues. It wasn’t intentional but I for sure noticed that while photographing these.
The blondies are soft and fudgy, the streusel is crumbly and crunchy and on a rainy morning, these work really well with coffee. Just saying.
- ½ cup butter, softened (I used vegan butter)
- 2 eggs
- 1 cup brown sugar
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 1 cup flour (I used half whole wheat, half all purpose)
- ¾ cup old fashioned oats
- ⅓ cup whole wheat flour
- ½ cup old fashioned oats
- ¼ cup brown sugar
- ¼ cup pure maple syrup
- ½ cup hazelnuts
- Preheat oven to 350. Lightly grease a 9x9 pan.
- In a large bowl, beat butter, eggs, and brown sugar together.
- Stir in baking powder, salt, flour, and oats.
- Spread into prepared pan and set aside.
- In a food processor, combine all the streusel ingredients and pulse until combined.
- Streusel will pull together into a ball; just break up over blondie batter and press into batter slightly. Sprinkle more hazelnuts and oats, if desired.
- Bake for 35 minutes or until toothpick inserted comes out clean.
- Let cool completely before cutting. Enjoy!