Nigella Lawson’s Blondies

Here’s a tricky sort of question that I grapple with from time to time: does adding a bucketful of [insert an ingredient that is beneficial to your health. In this instance, it is oats] into a sweet treat make it healthy? What about healthier? Nevermind.

These delicious squares of oatmeal and chocolate chips will be sent to school tomorrow, along with my daughter, for a mid-morning snack for her classmates. The recipe comes from Nigella Lawson’s book, Nigella Kitchen, and she calls them blondies. Chewy and toothsome from the oats, mild and chocolatey from the condensed milk and chocolate chips. I think a small square will make for an energy-boosting snack for the kids.

As my children can firmly vouch, I am not the kind of mom that bans sugar from my kids’ diet. Heck, I can’t even do it for my own diet, it would be hypocritical of me to do it to my kids. However, I make it up to my children by making them eat disgusting stuff like flax seeds, wild rice, quinoa, seaweed, kale and tofu.

Everything balances out nicely in the end. That’s what I like to believe.

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