I didn’t know blondies existed until I was in ninth grade. A girl brought a huge tray of what looked like cookie bars to play practice and gave everyone a piece. After all, nothing brings people together like free food.
“Want a blondie?” a friend offered me.
I asked what those were, and she replied, “You’ve never had a blondie before? It’s like a brownie but without the chocolate.”
Well, how was I supposed to know about blondies if I never tried one? Perhaps you, whoever you are, have no idea what a blondie is either. Meanwhile, others can be thinking, “seriously? How could you not know?”
I could say the same about a guy who was ignorant about s’mores.
I was working in an open-concept office when a colleague named Joy* came with a grocery bag.
“Anyone wants Pop Tarts?” she said, as she passed around two boxes. “I didn’t eat breakfast yet. We have a toaster here, right?”
“We should,” said Carter, examining one of the packages. “I’ve never had one of these before. What flavors are these?”
“I got one chocolate and the other is s’mores,” said Joy.
“What’s are s’mores?” asked Carter.
The table exploded. “How could you not know?” “You don’t know what s’mores are?” “Are you serious?” Poor Carter had no idea what hit him.
I quickly explained that a s’more is a sandwich of two graham crackers with toasted marshmallow and melted chocolate in the middle. (If you, like Carter, never heard of them, now you know.)
It’s strange that everyone had such a strong reaction to Carter’s confession. If he had gone through life without ever trying s’mores, I’m sure he’ll be fine. In the grand scheme of things, s’mores and blondies are not that important. There are probably a million things people will never experience in this life because it’s uncommon in their culture and environment.
S’mores are something basic in the American cuisine. I mean, come on! It’s s’mores! But to all the people sitting around that desk, including myself, calm down. Just calm down.
We demean other people and their opinions all the time, therefore there’s no need to scorn in a situation where the topic is insignificant and out of the person’s control. We shouldn’t belittle contradicting opinions about more important subjects either.
Debating and criticism can be constructive, but being incredulous and condescending when others opinion differs from yours is counterproductive and rude. …I’m getting on my soapbox here, so I’m just gonna sign off.
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*Names changed to protect Tess’s and Xander’s identity.**
**Also not their real names.
Flourless Peanut Butter Blondies
- 28 oz of chickpeas (3 1/2 cups)
- 1 cup natural peanut butter
- 3/4 cup maple syrup
- 2 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1/2 tsp baking powder
- 3/4 cup dark chocolate chips
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
- Grease a 9×9 pan and set aside.
- Blend the chickpeas and peanut butter in a food processor until the chickpeas are smooth.
- Add the rest of the ingredients except the chocolate chips and process until creamy.
- Stir in the chocolate chips.
- Smooth the batter into the prepared pan and sprinkle extra chips on top, if desired.
- Bake for 55-60 minutes until the top is crusted and golden and the blondies pull away from the sides.
- Cool and slice into squares.
- These blondies are best when kept refrigerated.
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