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Love Blondies

by Courtney on December 16, 2011

About a week ago, I received an email from the lovely folks over at Love Grown Foods. The email, which was sent to all of us Love Bloggers, announced that they were going to be hosting another LOVE Blogger contest to help celebrate the upcoming holidays.

Celebrating? Contests? I was intrigued…

Then, I saw what the contest challenge was: COOKIES.

Celebrating? Contests? AND cookies? Count me IN!


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As I read through the email, I didn’t see where there was a requirement to incorporate some “Love” into my cookies of choice, but I decided to do it anyways…and I knew exactly the recipe to use it with.

Some of you may remember my Granola Blondies. Some (most) of you may not, since this is a recipe that goes wayyy back. Nonetheless, this is actually one of my favorite recipes for bar cookies and I knew it would work perfectly with some Love Grown goodness mixed in.


These blondies are both soft and chewy yet crunchy and sweet, thanks to the granola. Basically, they’re awesome. So much so that my Christmas bears were totally eyeballin’ them this morning. ;)




Typically, I cut these blondies into bars, but considering that they’re made with Love Grown granola and all, I found it rather fitting to cut them into hearts.


These are not going to last long in my house. No way at all.

But I suppoooose that if I win the contest then I’ll be able to justify the extra blondie consumption…right? ;)

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1 Claire @ Live and Love to Eat December 16, 2011 at 1:05 pm

These look incredible! Not too unhealthy, either. :)
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2 Nikki December 16, 2011 at 1:07 pm

Wow these look delicious!! I have seen a lot of people using the Love Grown Granola and I was wondering if you can purchase it in stores?


3 Courtney December 16, 2011 at 2:38 pm

I *think* it may be in some stores, but I know it’s not near me


4 Jenny December 16, 2011 at 1:09 pm

Those looks so delicious aaand the ingredient list is so simple!! I made blondies the other week and my recipe included butter but I browned the butter before hand. Really added this caramel flavor that was so delicious. Shoulda cut them into hearts though ;)
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5 Coco December 16, 2011 at 1:09 pm

About to go on my lunch break, and now I am craving blondies in a bad way!!!
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6 Gina @ Running to the Kitchen December 16, 2011 at 1:13 pm

Usually blondies are like a heart attack on a plate but this recipe looks pretty good in the health department AND delicious! :)
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7 janetha December 16, 2011 at 1:28 pm

The cuter the food is, the better it tastes.. right?
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8 Courtney December 16, 2011 at 2:37 pm

Definitely :)


9 Katy December 16, 2011 at 1:31 pm


I’m a loyal reader of yours and ive noticed you switched from the sweetened vanilla almond milk to the unsweetened vanilla. Do you notice a big difference, particularly in your smoothies/shakes? What’s it like compared to the other?



P.S. Keep writing! Love the blog ;)


10 Courtney December 16, 2011 at 2:36 pm

Hi Katy! Yes, I did switch recently and honestly, I can’t tell the difference when I use it in smoothies or oatmeal. The only time I can taste a difference is if I’m having it as-is, like in a bowl of cereal, and it’s slightly less sweet. It’s still just as creamy, with less calories (from sugar) and is delish. Thanks so much for reading! :)


11 Julie H. of Spinach and Sprinkles December 16, 2011 at 1:36 pm

Delicious! A contest full of love is the perfect reason to bake!
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12 Hope December 16, 2011 at 2:01 pm

Wow! These are so cute! I love them! The hearts make them even that much more special :)
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13 Khushboo December 16, 2011 at 2:02 pm

Wow you are a culinary genius!!!
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14 Courtney December 16, 2011 at 2:35 pm

LOL and you are very generous with your compliments ;)


15 Lena @Fit on the Rocks December 16, 2011 at 2:22 pm

Can you believe I’ve never had a blondie? I must live in a baked goods cave lol
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16 Courtney December 16, 2011 at 2:34 pm

REALLY?!? Oh girl, you need to make these, stat! ;)


17 Claire December 17, 2011 at 3:30 pm

I haven’t ever had a blondie either! I am missing out!!
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18 Heather December 16, 2011 at 2:32 pm

have you seen Love Grown available at any of the stores in the CDNY?
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19 Courtney December 16, 2011 at 2:34 pm

No, not yet :(


20 Amanda December 16, 2011 at 4:42 pm

I bought some on Amazon. It’s sold in 3 packs, I think for about $12. Really not bad, at least compared to other granola prices in my NYC stores. And SO DELICIOUS!


21 Clare @ Fitting It All In December 16, 2011 at 3:12 pm

These look AMAZING!


22 Mary @ Bites and Bliss December 16, 2011 at 3:18 pm

Awww so cute! The quickest way to a guy’s heart is through his stomach..might as well make what he’s eating heart-shaped too! :)
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23 Mallory @ Have Your Cake and Eat it December 16, 2011 at 4:07 pm

adorable! i cant believe there’s no butter in the recipe..when i saw that first pic I thought WOW those look buttery & rich! They look so delicious! you really are an amazing baker!
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24 Courtney December 16, 2011 at 4:47 pm

Thanks, Mallory! :)


25 Amanda December 16, 2011 at 4:40 pm

Thanks to your blog I just bought a 3 pack of the chocolate Love Grown on Amazon…might have to whip these up with some of that!


26 Courtney December 16, 2011 at 4:46 pm

Wow, really?!? I had no idea it was on there…that’s awesome!
Now you’re going to make some love blondies with it, right? ;)


27 Amanda December 19, 2011 at 9:17 am

If I can pry it out of my hands long enough!


28 Kristen @ notsodomesticated December 16, 2011 at 5:13 pm

How cute are those?? I love blondies … however, the one time I made them, they were an epic fail. I may need to try your recipe out, instead! :)
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29 Clare @ SweetnSimple December 16, 2011 at 5:17 pm

I love blondies too.. these look amazing!! The heart shapes are so cute :)


30 Shannon December 16, 2011 at 5:18 pm

I have never, ever eaten a blondie before. Yours look delicious! I really want to try them soon.


31 Brandi @ Faith Fitness and Laughter December 16, 2011 at 6:20 pm

There are so many goodies on the blogs this week! I feel my pants gettin tight just looking at all the recipes! lol…:) These look amazing and I love cranberries in just about anything.

Have a great night!
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32 chelsey @ clean eating chelsey December 16, 2011 at 7:21 pm

How cute!!! I love them!
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33 Erica @ For the Sake of Cake December 16, 2011 at 9:09 pm

These look fantastic! And the heart shape is too cute!
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34 Lauren @ Fun, Fit and FAbulous December 16, 2011 at 10:21 pm

Those sound and look delicious! I love the heart shape! :)
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35 Val December 16, 2011 at 11:00 pm

These look so good! And so cute in the heart shapes!!
I also really like that you put the pin it button right there under the pic, great idea!
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36 Colleen @ Jimmy Choos on the Treadmill December 17, 2011 at 9:15 am

I never would have thought to put granola in blondies! Love the heart shape!
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37 Shana December 17, 2011 at 10:23 am

What a great idea! The heart shape is extra awesome!
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38 Kim @ The Family Practice December 17, 2011 at 11:10 am

Those are adorable and they sound amazing. I’ve never had a blondie or even heard of them before… Apparently I’m super out of the loop
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39 Lauren December 21, 2011 at 4:46 pm

I made these for my neighbors today as a brown-nosing gift! hahaha. they better be good, lady! If I find them back infront of my front door, you got some ‘xplainin to do! ;-)
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40 Mary December 23, 2011 at 12:24 pm

I made these last night & they are so yummy! I did use egg substitute & half whole-wheat flour. Thanks for the great recipe!


41 melissa May 7, 2012 at 3:53 pm

how many calories are in these?


42 Courtney May 7, 2012 at 5:12 pm

I’m sorry, I never calculated that. But if you go to, I know they have a recipe calculator where you could plug in all the info if you’d like!


43 Susan May 27, 2013 at 12:28 pm

Anyone ever make these with the Carrot Cake Love Granola? I am going to try them this evening I think! :) I couldn’t get the raisin almond crunch one here. :(


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