Chocolate Chip Cardamom Oat Blondies

I have been something of a baby lately.

Chocolate Chip Cardamom Oat Blondies

As you may know, I have been on a medical scavenger hunt for almost two months now.  I have already endured numerous tests, trips to the emergency room, and visits to doctors and specialists.  For as long as I can remember I have hated doctors.  I may in fact have a slight ‘white coat’ phobia, despite all my doctors being lovely people who make me feel as comfortable as possible.  The culmination of all these medical adventures of the last month reached a fevered pitch last week when I learned I would need even more tests to get a firm diagnosis on my pain.  In a fit of very pouty and slightly tearful temper, I swore to never visit a doctor again – EVER!

It is very safe to say I overreacted, and as of Tuesday (the day my funk officially ended) I booked appointments for both the unpleasant tests that I was refusing to undergo last week.  The moral of this little interlude is as follows:  The worst part of being an adult is submitting to things you would rather not do.  The BEST part of being an adult is self medicating with baked goods (and a cocktail or two)!  These provided me a great deal of ooey-gooey comfort, but I would make these even of I did not specifically need to find solace at the bottom of a crumb covered baking pan.

Chocolate Chip Cardamom Oat Blondies

These little beauties are loaded with unique flavors and textures.  On the texture front you have the buttery soft bar, chewy rolled oats, and gooey melted chocolate chips.  For flavor I added a little floral honey, which also serves to keep these bars extra moist, that combines seamlessly with the spicier flavor of the cardamom.  One of my intrepid taste tasters suggested that some shredded coconut would be good in these bars, and I suspect he is right.  Really, you can add whatever you like to these bars, but for me some tempting bittersweet chocolate chips and hearty oats did the job quite nicely!

Chocolate Chip Cardamom Oat Blondies      Yield 18 bars

2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon cardamom
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup packed light brown sugar
1 cup butter, at room temperature
2 teaspoons vanilla
2 eggs
1/4 cup honey
1 cup rolled oats (not instant)
1 cup chocolate chips

Heat the oven to 350 F and spray an 8×8-inch square pan with non-stick cooking spray.  Line the pan with parchment paper, leaving a three inch overhang on either side of the pan, and spray the paper with non-stick cooking spray.

Chocolate Chip Cardamom Oat Blondies

In a medium bowl combine the flour, baking powder, cardamom, and salt.   Whisk until well blended.

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In a separate bowl combine the brown sugar, butter, vanilla, eggs, and honey.  Whisk until well combined, then pour the wet ingredients over the dry and stir until just combined.  The mixture will be lumpy.

Chocolate Chip Cardamom Oat Blondies

Add the oats and chocolate chips and fold to combine, about 5 folds.  Do not over-mix.

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Spread the mixture into the prepared pan and bake for 20 to 25 minutes, or until the blondies are golden brown all over and puffed.  Cool completely in the pan then, using the overhanging parchment, remove the blondies from the pan and slice into 18 bars.

Chocolate Chip Cardamom Oat Blondies

Enjoy!

Chocolate Chip Cardamom Oat Blondies

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Author: Kelly

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  • http://www.heathersdish.com Heather (Heather’s Dish)

    a good batch of blondies is hard to find – these look so incredibly moist and delicious! i’m sorry you have to undergo the yucky tests but the good news is that you’re that much closer to a diagnosis!

  • http://www.evilshenanigans.com Kelly

    Heather – Thank you! Yes, I am very close, I hope! Knowing what is wrong means a lot.

  • http://www.crunchycreamysweet.blogspot.com Anna

    Ohh man! These looks perfectly gooey and chewy for me! These are bound to make you feel better anytime. Bookmarked!

  • http://www.savorynotes.com Cathy @ Savory Notes

    I completely understand what you’re going through. For the last 3 years I’ve been seeing doctors about my stomach pain, getting tested here and there, and then my gallbladder almost exploded and hey look! They finally found the cause of my pain! I know after a long day at the doctors office, nothing is more comforting than something delicious. These bars sound super tasty, I can’t wait to try them. And I hope you’re feeling better soon!

  • http://ravienomnoms.wordpress.com/ RavieNomNoms

    I hope that things turn around for you soon! I have never really been one much for the doctor either. It is no fun especially when you have to get tests done.

    These blondies look like JUST the thing to give you an added boost. They look absolutely delicious. Ooey and just the right amount of gooey goodness!

  • http://www.pateachew.com Mary Ellen @ Pâte à Chew

    I’m glad these lovely bars helped you feel better. The addition of cardamom is unique and I’m guessing absolutely delicious!

  • http://www.healthyfoodietravels.net Kiri W.

    Oooooh these look so dense and moist :) I love the idea of using cardamom in these – in fact I may have to whip up a batch immediately!

  • http://lifeonfood.blogspot.com/ Emily @ Life on Food

    The last few months have been rough for me too and I determined it stinks to be an adult. Although you are completely right the dessert and alcohol decision making is definitely a bonus. Your blondies look amazing. I love the ooey gooey look of them.

  • http://vanillabeanbaker.wordpress.com Paula

    As difficult as all the tests and all the waiting is, it will at some point lead to a diagnosis. Then at least you know what you are dealing with and can take things from there.

    These blondies, amazing! Use them to bribe the technicians to bump your wait time for results.

    Seriously, best wishes with everything.

  • http://bakeyourday.net cassie

    these look amazing. i’m a fool for blondies!

  • http://noblepig.com Cathy @ Noble Pig

    First off, these are LIKE BEAUTIFUL! Second, sorry for your medical issues, we are nothing without our health. As a winemaker…yes…cheers yourself tonight and I will cheers you too:).

  • http://atasteofmadness.blogspot.com/ ATasteOfMadness

    These look too good to be true!
    I’ve never even HEARD about blondies until I started a blog. I’ve yet to try one. This is about to change ;)

  • Hannah

    These look so perfect!! Xx

  • http://torviewtoronto.blogspot.com torviewtoronto

    delicious looking blondes wonderfully done

  • http://thelittleloaf.wordpress.com thelittleloaf

    Blondies can be so hard to get right but yours look perfect – just the right combination of chocolate and squidge!

  • http://thechocolatecult.blogspot.com/ The Chocolate Priestess

    I can completely relate. We are now pushing 6 months that I’ve been struggling with my arm. Currently it is not a problem for The Chocolate Cult but I am four months behind on the third book in a trilogy I’m contracted to write. Luckily my publisher has been kind and I’ve now found a typist but this really affects my creativity and self-esteem not to mention the expense that isn’t covered by insurance.

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  • http://www.icancookthat.org Kaitlin

    Wow they look so moist and delicious! I love the flavors too!

  • http://olyaw.livejournal.com/ olyaw

    Thank you very much for the recipe, it’s very tasty!

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