These Almond Butter Oat Chocolate Chip Blondies are my latest addiction! They’re soft and packed with oats and almond butter, making them a healthier cookie bar!
I know we’re in the middle of the week right now, but let’s talk about weekends for a minute. Does anyone have any tricks for making the weekends last longer? I feel like one minute we’re celebrating the fact that it’s Friday, and the next it’s already Sunday night and time to start a new week. And I’m left wondering where the weekend went.
I’ve been thinking about how we spend our weekends and have come up with a few ideas that I’d like to try to help get the most out of them.
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For one, I find that if we go on an outing or two during the weekend it feels like our time was spent in a meaningful, fun way. This summer I’m making a list of all of the places in our area that I’m hoping to visit with the kids, from the train museum to new parks to the zoo. I’m making a goal to go someplace as a family each weekend. However, I’m a person who needs my downtime at home, so weekend outings aren’t always grand adventures. Even treating ourselves to lunch or dinner out or taking the kids to the park makes the weekend feel longer because we remember the fun we had.
Sometimes our weekends feel like a rush of grocery shopping, Costco runs, housecleaning, and laundry. It’s no wonder they disappear and we’re left wondering what happened! We do have to get some chores done on the weekend, but if we allow ourselves some downtime to not think about our to-do list we can slow down and enjoy the moment we’re in. When I can, I try to get laundry and errands done during the week, so we can allow ourselves to “accomplish less” on the weekends.
I haven’t tried this next idea but I’ve wanted to for a while. Have you ever instituted a technology-free day in your home? Like, a day where you don’t use your computer or phone or whatever device drains your time away without you even realizing it? I have a feeling that if I was able to get into a routine of technology-free Sundays, I would find myself a lot more relaxed come Sunday night. I’ll let you know how it goes if I try it!
Lastly, it’s not just the weekends that we can enjoy! Plenty of fun can happen during the work week if we only let it. It’s all about attitude, I think. 🙂
One thing I do pretty much every weekend? Bake! These Almond Butter Oat Chocolate Chip Blondies are the perfect easy baking project. You guys. I’m so addicted to these healthier blondies. They are soft, chewy, and have a subtle caramel flavor thanks to the brown sugar in the batter.
If you make these Almond Butter Oat Chocolate Chip Blondies with gluten-free oats and chocolate chips, these dessert bars are gluten free as well. I’ve used a combination of oat flour and old-fashioned oats in these bars, along with plenty of almond butter. You can make your own oat flour in your blender or food processor, and I’ve included a note about that below the recipe.
I’ve made batch after batch of these Almond Butter Oat Chocolate Chip Blondies and they are my favorite treat right now. When I’m craving a little something sweet in the afternoon or after dinner hours, these hit the spot perfectly!
What do you usually do on the weekends? Do you have any tips for getting the most out of them? Please share!
- 1 cup almond butter
- ¼ cup (4 tablespoons) unsalted butter, melted
- ¾ cup packed light brown sugar
- 2 large eggs
- 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
- ½ cup oat flour*
- ½ teaspoon baking soda
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ½ cup old-fashioned oats
- ¾ cup chocolate chips
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line an 8x8- or 9x9-inch square pan (I used a 9x9-inch metal pan) with parchment; lightly spray the parchment with cooking spray.
- Using an electric mixer, beat the almond butter, melted butter and brown sugar until well combined. Add eggs and vanilla and beat until combined.
- With the mixer on low speed, mix in the oat flour, baking soda, and salt.
- Stir in the oats and chocolate chips.
- Spread the batter evenly in the prepared pan with a rubber spatula. Bake in the preheated oven for 15 minutes. After 15 minutes, check blondies for doneness. If they are browning too much cover them with foil. Bake about 5 minutes more, until a tester inserted in the center comes out nearly clean. Let cool completely before cutting into bars.