Updated: Feb 3, 2020
If you’ve never had a blondie before, first off, we’re sorry to hear that. But basically, they’re the vanilla cousin of a brownie. SO GOOD. Of course, we had to find a way to have a delicious blondie without it being loaded with refined sugar, butter, or processed flour. So we made these.
We made this recipe not so incredibly healthy that it’s hardly dessert but healthy enough so that you can feel good eating it (and afterwards). These are a great option for a sweet treat without completely getting you off track or eating far off from your typical diet.
We personally will experience bloat and sometimes a flare in IBS symptoms if we eat things heavy in sugar, dairy, or gluten. So it’s unfortunate when we treat ourselves to a dessert and suffer but issues. No o one deserves to be punished for enjoying an indulgence!
These blondies are made with almond butter, sun butter, almond flour, and coconut sugar, making them naturally gluten free, dairy free, and refined sugar free and slightly sweet with a dose of healthy fats. We don’t like to calculate nutrition information (especially not calories), because when you feed yourself real food and listen to your body, you don’t need to. However, we estimate that they’re little treats have only about 5g or less of sugar per square.
Don’t worry, they’re tested and approved for brother, dad, and husband/boyfriend (and we already knew our mom and sis would love them).
**see substitutions for nut/free below
**see disclaimer about why yours might turn green below (don’t worry- it’s harmless!)
¼ cup coconut oil ¼ cup sunbutter** (sunflower seed butter)
¼ cup almond butter** ½ cup coconut sugar 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 2 eggs
1½ cups almond flour**
1 tsp vanilla bean powder (optional) 1 teaspoon baking soda 1 teaspoon baking powder ½ teaspoon sea salt or pink salt 2-3 generous dashes of cinnamon
1 generous dash cardamom (optional)
¼ cup dark chocolate chunks for top
1. Preheat the oven to 350.
2. In a large mixing bowl, mix or whisk together all wet ingredients until smooth.
3. Mix in all dry ingredients, except the almond flour and chocolate chips.
4. Add in the almond flour a little at a time and mix until smooth.
5. Pour batter into a lightly greased 8x8 pan or lime with parchment paper. If you grease, we recommend you go with coconut oil, grass fed ghee, or avocado oil.
6. Top the batter with chocolate chips and additional sprinkle of cinnamon and/or vanilla bean powder if you’d like.
7. Bake 20 minutes.
8. Let cool, cut into squares, and enjoy!
**If you’re nut-free or allergic to nuts, simply replace the almond butter for all sunbutter!
**And may sub the almond flour for 1 C + 2 Tbsp oat flour
**if your blondies turn green at all, don’t panic. “The chlorogenic acid (chlorophyll) in sunflower seeds reacts with the baking soda/powder when baked, causing the green color when the baked goods cool. This is completely harmless! Depending on the recipe, a splash of lemon juice may also help,” per the Sunbutter website. You may also sub all almond butter if you want to avoid the potential green ;)
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