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Tuesday, 02 May 2017 12:53

Key-Lime Blondie Bars

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Key-Lime Blondie Bars Key-Lime Blondie Bars Nicole Van Hoey
A recent phone conversation with my brother: Me: "So, I have to go; I'm putting key lime bars in the oven." Him: "What are those?" Me: "They're like key lime pie but without the eggs." Him: "So you're still not eating that stuff, huh?" Me: "Yep." Him: "Well, I'm allergic to eggs but I eat them all the time." Me: "That's nice, but we're going to have key lime bars without them." Him: Well, at least cover them with powdered sugar instead of icing so they taste good." These are first-try bars, using an 8x8 blondie bar recipe in a 9x13 pan just for kicks...because I had to feed an early-release school crowd! They're not bad. I'm sure to tweak the recipe some more---to get something cakier, perhaps. For now, though, they are pretty good topped with powdered sugar, in fact, and have just enough taste of summer to make me smile. If you try the recipe, let me know what you think and how you would change it up.

  • Ingredients: 1/3 cup canola oil
    1 cup key lime pie mix
    4 Tbsp unsweetened, jarred applesauce
    2 Tbsp tapioca starch (or cornstarch)
    1 Tbsp water
    1/4 tsp salt
    3/4 tsp baking powder
    1/2 tsp baking soda
    12 tsp lemon juice
    1-1/2 cups flour
  • Instructions: Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
    Grease a 9-13 glass casserole/cake pan.
    In a large bowl with a wooden spoon, combine canola oil and pie mixture.
    Stir in the applesauce, tapioca starch, and water.
    Add the salt, baking powder, and baking soda, then add the lemon juice and whisk to incorporate evenly through the batter.
    Slowly stir in, by 1/2-cups, the flour. The mixture will become stiff and spreadable.
    Pat the batter into the prepared pan, spreading it evenly into the corners.
    Bake for 22 minutes on a middle rack.
    Cool completely before slicing into squares.
  • Serves: at least 20
  • Cuisine: American (general)
  • Cooking method: Bake
  • Special ingredients: no dried fruits, no fresh / raw fruits that don't get cooked by the end of the recipe, no fermented / pickled foods, no seeds, no beans / legumes / pulses, no dried / ground spices, no meat / poultry, no alcohol
  • Just right for...: Great for kids, Crowds/parties, Picnics, Summer favorites, Holiday Sweets & Treats
  • Top 8 allergens?: dairy-free, egg-free, fish-free, shellfish-free, nut-free, peanut-free
  • Active/prep time: 0-15 minutes
  • Total time (inc active/prep): 15-30 minutes
  • Substitution ideas: If you like to avoid box mix products because of soy allergies, dye sensitivities, etc, try replacing the key lime pie mix with 3/4 cup white sugar and 1 tsp of lime (or your favorite) flavoring oil.
  • Specialty Diets: Vegan, Vegetarian
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