Chocolate Chip Pear Blondies or Mini-Loaves

Chocolate chip pear blondies or mini-loaves

Rich with chocolate chips and pears, this melt-in-your-mouth vegan treat is delicious as a dessert or tea bread. They’re especially good with tea as a cool-weather dessert. Easy enough as an everyday dessert, yummy enough for holiday fare (especially around the winter holidays), this might just become your go-to sweet bread.

Makes: 9 to 12 squares, or 3 mini-loaves

  • 2 cups whole wheat pastry flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/3 cup natural granulated sugar
  • 1 cup applesauce
  • 2 tablespoons safflower or other neutral vegetable oil
  • 2 tablespoons unsweetened nondairy milk, or as needed
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 ripe pear, any variety, peeled, cored, and cut into 1/4-inch dice
  • 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped walnuts or pecans

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

In a mixing bowl, combine the first  5 (dry) ingredients.

Make a well in the center of the dry ingredients and add the applesauce, oil, and nondairy milk. Stir together; add additional nondairy milk if needed for the wet and dry ingredients to blend, but don’t overdo it — this should be a slightly stiff batter.

Stir in the diced pear and chocolate chips, then pour the batter into a lightly oiled 9- inch square pan, or three mini-loaf pans. Bake for 30 to 40 minutes, or until the top is golden and a knife inserted in the center tests clean.

Allow to cool to room temperature before cutting into squares, wedges, or slices to serve.


10 comments on “Chocolate Chip Pear Blondies or Mini-Loaves

  1. Nava Post author

    Kay — I should have put this in the recipe — you can substitute a gluten-free flour blend like Bob’s Red Mill in the same quantity for the flour recommended here.

  2. Ally

    Hi, l have been looking up your recipes, especially this recipe catches my eyes :) so wondering what can l use instead of apple sauce? And can l put some peach ?

  3. Nava Post author

    Hi Ally, you can use yogurt, preferably non-dairy. Or some additional oil, like safflower, though that’s the very reason I use applesauce, as it’s a good fat substitute! And yes, peach would be a lovely substitute for pear during the summer months.

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