Whole Wheat Blondies with Pecans

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Well friends, I had fun travel plans scheduled for this upcoming weekend, but I think they might be foiled by the ridiculous blizzard that’s about to hit the east coast.

Tomorrow morning, I am supposed to fly to Washington DC to visit my BFF Emily, who is getting married in 9 short months! The plan was to do some wedding dress shopping and snuggle up on the couch with a good bottle of wine and catch up all weekend long. Now I am worried that all this snow will mean my flight will be cancelled, but I am keeping my fingers crossed that I can get out of LA tomorrow!


Anyway, if you happen to be stuck inside all weekend from the snow, I’ve got a delicious baking project for you!

Whole Wheat Blondies with Pecans Recipe l www.littlechefbigappetite.com

I found a recipe for Whole Grain Blondies from Cooking Light, and after a couple of tweaks, I finally perfected them and made them my own.

These blondies are buttery and sweet, just like a traditional blondie recipe, but this recipe calls for whole wheat flour and waaaaaay less butter than usual.

Dear 2016 Resolutions, you’re welcome.

Whole Wheat Blondies with Pecans Recipe l www.littlechefbigappetite.com

If pecans aren’t your thing, I think mini chocolate chips would be DELISH. Travis requested that I try that next time.

Whole Wheat Blondies with Pecans Recipe l www.littlechefbigappetite.comWhole Wheat Blondies with Pecans Recipe l www.littlechefbigappetite.com


Whole Wheat Blondies with Pecans
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Serves: 16
  • ¼ cup canola oil
  • 6 Tablespoons unsalted butter
  • ¾ cup packed brown sugar
  • 2¼ teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 large eggs, room temperature
  • 1.5 cups white whole wheat flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ⅓ cup chopped pecans, toasted
  • 16 toasted pecan halves (optional)
  1. Preheat oven to 350. Grease an 8x8 inch square pan with unsalted butter or cooking spray. Set aside.
  2. In a small saucepan, warm the oil, butter and brown sugar. Cook until the butter is melted, stirring constantly, about 1 minute. Remove from heat. Pour into a large bowl. Add the vanilla extract and eggs to the sugar mixture. Stir to combine.
  3. In a separate bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, and salt. Whisk to combine. Add the flour mixture and the chopped pecans to the sugar mixture and stir until all ingredients are thoroughly combined.
  4. Using a rubber spatula, scrape the mixture into the prepared baking dish. Arrange the pecan halves in 4x4 rows (as seen in the photos).
  5. Bake at 350 degrees for 22-24 minutes. Cool completely on a wire rack (at least 30 minutes) and then cut into 16 squares.
Recipe adapted from Cooking Light.

Whole Wheat Blondies with Pecans Recipe l www.littlechefbigappetite.com


  • rachel @ atheltic avocado
    January 22, 2016 - 7:28 pm | Permalink

    These look amazing! I love the addition of pecans! Yum!

    • Rachel (littlechefbigappetite)
      January 23, 2016 - 10:13 am | Permalink

      Thanks Rachel!!

  • Jess @hellotofit
    January 23, 2016 - 8:56 am | Permalink

    I love blondies 🙂 tried adding beans to mine for a GF option and they turned out great!

    • Rachel (littlechefbigappetite)
      January 23, 2016 - 10:13 am | Permalink

      I’ve totally done that and it’s delicious!

  • Chrissa - Physical Kitchness
    January 25, 2016 - 9:27 pm | Permalink

    Did someone say blondies? Because YES they are such a sweet decadent treat for me, I literally dream about them. These look SO good. I love the pecan touch – everything is better with pecans!

    • Rachel (littlechefbigappetite)
      January 26, 2016 - 8:39 am | Permalink

      Haha, thank you Chrissa!!!

  • January 26, 2016 - 11:05 am | Permalink

    Blonds will forever have the most fun 😉 ha ha ha ha haa h!

    • Rachel (littlechefbigappetite)
      January 27, 2016 - 9:54 am | Permalink

      Haha, Gigi you’re the best!

  • Dani @ Dani California Cooks
    January 28, 2016 - 9:20 am | Permalink

    These look so delicious! I love that each one has their own pecan on top – makes for easy slicing :).

    • Rachel (littlechefbigappetite)
      January 28, 2016 - 12:39 pm | Permalink

      Hehe, so glad you noticed that Dani! 🙂

  • February 9, 2016 - 10:45 am | Permalink

    These look SO good! The little pecan at the top is a nice touch. 😀

    • Rachel (littlechefbigappetite)
      February 9, 2016 - 3:53 pm | Permalink

      Thanks Sam!

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