Dark Chocolate Candied Orange Blondies


Dessert, Gluten-free / Thursday, April 19th, 2018

A buttery and moist blondie balanced out by hints of acidity from the candied oranges, which marries beautifully with the dark chocolate. These blondies are a true treat and a fun change from your basic blondies.

Gluten & Dairy Free Dark Chocolate and candied orange blondies: a buttery and moist blondie balanced out by hints of acidity from the candied oranges, which marries beautifully with the dark chocolate. #glutenfree #dairyfree #blondie #dessert #orange #chocolate #glutenfreedesserts #healthy #easy

For a long time, I never understood the chocolate-orange obsession. I thought, oranges are meant to be eaten as oranges, and chocolate can be reserved for more classically sweet treats. I’m not sure what changed, perhaps an openness to new things? haha either way, reasons for my change in heart set aside, now I absolutely cannot get enough. There’s something so refreshing about the acidity and sweetness that an orange adds to the intense, rich chocolate flavor.

I think the first time I really realized that this flavor marriage was for me was when I bought chocolate covered oranges around Christmas time. I was in the mood to buy some fun Christmas chocolate, but not just regular-plain old chocolate! I wanted something fun and festive, like I saw all of my friends and co-workers eating. Something with fruit, or nuts, or filling in it. I wanted to feel apart of the Christmas Chocolate Festivities, not just a bystander envying everyone else’s chocolate.

The chocolate covered orange slices just so happened to be some of the only “fun” chocolate I could find that didn’t have gluten or dairy in it. So I thought, why not give them a second try.

I have a distinct memory of me sitting on the red chair in my living room one evening while watching the french news, opening the box of orange slices. I reached into the box and took out my first slice. They were semi-circular in shape, and perfectly glossed with dark chocolate. I carefully bit into it, feeling the crunch of the chocolate breaking against my front teeth. I began chewing and the hard outer-chocolate layer quickly melted in my mouth and blended with the soft, sweet, and acidic candied orange. Two foods that were once separate unified to create one beautiful combination. What was once just a tangy orange was enhanced with the more rustic bitterness of the dark chocolate. I plopped the rest of the orange slice in my mouth, taking in this wonderful moment. I was part of the Christmas tradition, thanks to a little piece of chocolate. Not only my belly was warmed, but so was my heart.

After this lovely encounter with chocolate and orange, I’ve been much more open to this flavor combination. Which brings me to today’s recipe. As you may know, I absolutely love chocolate chip cookies, which naturally means that I also love blondies. They’re basically like chocolate chip cookies, only thicker… so what’s not to love?! I wanted to spice up the traditional blondie recipe though, so I thought, why not add candied orange peels? Candied orange peels are kind of a specialty in France. They’re like oranges in candy form. No need for store-bought manufactured candy when you can just eat candied real fruits! The candied orange adds a freshness to these blondies that awakens them. You think you’re just eating a classic blondie, and then, bam! you get a little hint of tang that completely changes the experience.

I shared these bars with a French family I stayed with. I brought them out after our meal as a thank you for letting me stay with them. They were very excited to try my creation, after all, la gourmadise is a big part of French culture. After the dad had one bite, he commented, “these are amazing, they’d go so well with un café.” As he continued to eat the rest of the bar, he kept on making remarks about the bar, “these would be really great with un thé” or “these would be really great as a mid-morning snack”. We all laughed, agreeing that they would really be great any time of the day. His words, not mine, but these bars are délicieuxThey have the French stamp of approval. So, don’t waste anytime, and make these bars tout de suite! After all, they are great at any time of day 😉

Gluten & Dairy Free Dark Chocolate and candied orange blondies: a buttery and moist blondie balanced out by hints of acidity from the candied oranges, which marries beautifully with the dark chocolate. #glutenfree #dairyfree #blondie #dessert #orange #chocolate #glutenfreedesserts #healthy #easy      Gluten & Dairy Free Dark Chocolate and candied orange blondies: a buttery and moist blondie balanced out by hints of acidity from the candied oranges, which marries beautifully with the dark chocolate. #glutenfree #dairyfree #blondie #dessert #orange #chocolate #glutenfreedesserts #healthy #easy

 

Dark Chocolate Candied Orange Blondies

A buttery and moist blondie balanced out by hints of acidity from the candied oranges, which marries beautifully with the dark chocolate. These blondies are a true treat and a fun change from your basic blondies. 

Course Dessert
Cuisine bars, blondies, dairy free, gluten free dessert, gluten-free, grain free, healthy, paleo-ish
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 12 bars
Calories 225 kcal

Ingredients

  • 1/3 cup vegetable shortening
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup agave nectar
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup almond butter
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 cup almond flour
  • 2 tbsp coconut flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 100 grams dark chocolate chopped into chunks
  • 1/2 cup candied orange pieces finely chopped

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 F. In a large bowl, mix the vegetable shortening, brown sugar, agave, and egg until smooth. Then add in the almond butter and vanilla and mix until smooth.

  2. Next, add in the almond flour, coconut flour, baking soda, and salt. Mix until smooth.

  3. Lastly, add in the chocolate chunks and candied orange pieces and spread evenly throughout mixture.

  4. In a parchment lined 8 x 8 baking sheet, evenly spread the batter and place in the oven for 30 to 35 minutes. The bars will have risen quite a bit by the end and will have a light golden brown color on top when they're done. Let cool for at least 15 minutes before tasting. Bon appétit! 

Version Française:

 

Blondies aux pépites de chocolat et oranges confites

Des blondies beurré et moelleux, avec de l'orange confite qui apporte un peu de fraîcheur, vous allez adorer ces blondies!

Course Dessert
Cuisine blondies, blondies aux pépites de chocolat, brownie, chocolat, manger bien, manger sain, oranges confites, sans gluten, sans lactose, sans lait
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 12 blondies
Calories 225 kcal

Ingredients

  • 85 grammes de beurre végetal
  • 85 grammes de sucre roux de canne
  • 80 grammes de sirop d'agave
  • 1 oeuf
  • 55 grammes de purée d'amandes
  • 1 c. à café d'extrait de vanille
  • 120 grammes de poudre d'amandes
  • 16 grammes de farine de noix de coco
  • 1/2 c. à café de bicarbonate alimentaire
  • 1/4 c. à café de sel
  • 100 grammes de chocolat coupé en morceaux
  • 70 grammes de lamelles d'orange haché

Instructions

  1. Préchauffez le four à 180 C. Dans un saladier, mélanger la beurre végétal, le sucre roux de canne, le sirop d'agave, et l'oeuf jusqu'à consistance homogène. Puis ajoutez la purée d'amandes et la vanille. Mélangez bien. 

  2. Ajoutez la poudre d'amandes, la farine de coco, le bicarbonate alimentaire, et le sel. Mélangez bien. 

  3. Ajoutez les morceaux de chocolate et les oranges confites. Mélangez bien. 

  4. Étendre la pate dans un moule carré de 23 cm tapissée de papier sulfurisé. Faites cuire entre 30 et 35 minutes. Les blondies seront doré quand ils sont prêts. Laissez-le refroidir pendant au moins 15 minutes. Après... bon dégustation!

Products to help make the magic happen:

  • I recommend using a vegetable shortening such as the Earth Balanced Original Buttery Spread. I originally made this recipe in France with a very similar vegetable based butter I found in France.

                    

 

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