During winter, training can be a demoralizing experience. You’re either out running, battling driving winds and rain, and chilly extremities, or you’re out braving the elements on a bike, trying to remember what it feels like to have toes, and wondering how many miles are left to go until the cafe stop, where it may or may not be socially acceptable to spoon the radiator (shut up, you’ve probably done it too). With weather like this, I think it’s important to have something tasty waiting at home for you.
I’m not going to claim these peanut butter & white chocolate blondies are perfect recovery food, because the ingredients list isn’t the healthiest ever, but unlike most cakes they have a hit of protein and some fibre, and if you teamed one up with a glass of milk and a banana, or even ate it warm with a big dollop of vanilla yoghurt, it’d be a pretty indulgent but balanced recovery snack. The sweetness of the white chocolate is balanced out by the slight saltiness of the butter and the gloriously crunchy peanut butter. Yum!
- 100g softened salted butter
- 150g good quality crunchy peanut butter*
- 175g soft light brown sugar
- 3 large free-range eggs (because happy chickens make for better cake. Fact.)
- 1tsp vanilla extract
- A pinch of salt
- 125g plain wholemeal flour
- 200g white chocolate, chopped into small chunks
Preheat your oven to 170 degrees C/Gas Mark 3 & line the bottom of a 20x20cm brownie tin with greaseproof paper.
Cream together the softened butter & the yummy crunchy peanut butter, followed by the sugar, and then beat in the eggs, vanilla extract and salt.
Add the flour and mix thoroughly, then gently fold in the big pile of white chocolate (and try not to eat it all. I promise it’s worth it.)
Pour into the lined tin and bake for 35-40 minutes, until a knife inserted into the middle just comes out clean- if anything, you want these delights slightly gooey in the middle.
Devour! These also make a pretty good pud if you warm them through & serve with vanilla ice cream 😉
*A note about the peanut butter
You’re probably already aware of MyProtein as a source of dietary supplements & protein powders, but they’ve expanded their horizons and now offer a pretty good Women’s Fitness section of the website, that’s a lot less all about ‘dem guns and more about the right nutrition for your chosen sport- including whole foods, like this peanut butter. I try to buy PB that is just made from nuts and nothing else, but it’s normally pretty expensive (Whole Earth, I’m looking at you!), so was really happy to see pure peanut butter sold by the kilo at pretty good prices on their site. Happy days!
(I was given store credit for the MyProtein website in return for trying some products from the Women’s Fitness section of the site and writing about them, but the content and blondies are allllll mine!)
Recipe adapted from here (her Chocolate Orange Brownies are to die for too!)