Blondie Babies

GERD DIETS

Heartburn-inducing foods include high fats, chocolate, and mint. That means dessert can be a no-no for those who suffer from GERD, or Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease. This blondie is a higher fiber, lower fat treat that saves the day when that sweet tooth acts up. It’s got plenty of flavor, texture and sweetness too – without super-high calories. Try mixing in ½ cup of chopped walnuts or pecans for crunch (these ingredients are not included in the nutritional analysis). Freeze the portions individually so you always have something “safe” when you want dessert.


NUTRITIONAL INFORMATION:
PER SERVING

Calories 98
Total Fat 3.5 g
Satfat 1 g
Monofat 1.2 g
Polyfat 1 g
Protein 1 g
Carbohydrate 16 g
Fiber 1 g
Cholesterol 13 mg
Sodium 136 mg

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Serves 16, one piece each



INGREDIENTS

½ cup unbleached white flour
½ teaspoon baking powder
⅛ teaspoon baking soda
½ teaspoon salt
⅓ cup lower fat margarine with 8 grams fat per tablespoon and no trans fat
¾ cup packed dark brown sugar
1 large egg, higher in omega-3 if available
1 tablespoon vanilla extract


PREPARATION

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Coat a 9-inch nonstick round or square pan with cooking spray.

2. In a large bowl, whisk together the flours, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Set aside.

3. Melt the margarine in a small, nonstick saucepan over medium heat. Stir in the brown sugar and continue to cook for about a minute until sugar in incorporated into the margarine. Remove from the heat and allow to cool.

4. Place brown sugar mixture, egg and vanilla in a large mixing bowl and use an electric mixer set on medium-low speed to blend the ingredients well. Lower the speed and beat in the flour mixture, a little at a time, until it’s all just blended. Stir in the optional nuts. Spread the mixture in the prepared pan.

5. Bake for 20 - 25 minutes. The longer you bake them the drier they’ll be. Allow to cool in the pan for 10 minutes before cutting them into 16 squares.







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