Almond Flour Blondies are soft and chewy with a rich butterscotch flavour and plenty of dark chocolate chips. They’re also gluten-free and dairy-free, made without any grains or butter!
I’ve tested so many different combinations of ingredients for this almond flour blondie recipe. I wanted to keep the standard elements of brown sugar and vanilla, but I didn’t want them quite as sweet as typical blondies. I also wanted to make them dairy-free, which met eliminating butter, a key blondie ingredient.
In place of butter, this recipe calls for almond butter and coconut oil, and after several recipe tests, I finally landed on the right ratio. And combined with the other ingredients, these blondies have the perfect texture. They’re chewy, moist and golden brown, and you’ll never miss the butter.
What is a blondie and how is it different from a brownie?
Blondies are often referred to as blond brownies. While they’re both dense and chewy bars, brownies contain chocolate – either in the form of cocoa or melted chocolate. Blondies, on the other hand, have a caramel-like taste with an emphasis on brown sugar and vanilla as key ingredients.
For me, I think of blondies as less like brownies, and more like chocolate chip cookie bars, especially since my favourite way to enjoy them is loaded with chocolate chips.
After you try this blondie recipe, if you’re craving brownies, I highly recommend these salted almond butter brownies!
Ingredients to make gluten-free blondies
Brown sugar – It helps create a rich butterscotch/caramel flavour and a moist and chewy texture.
Cane sugar – Just a quarter of a cup for added sweetness. You can use granulated sugar if you don’t have cane sugar.
Almond butter – There’s half a cup of natural almond butter in this recipe, so you could really call these blondies almond butter blondies. It’s used in place of butter and adds some healthy fats.
Coconut oil – Just two tablespoons work with the almond butter to replace the butter in this recipe.
Eggs – Two large eggs for added moisture and some leavening.
Vanilla – A full tablespoon of vanilla extract works with the brown sugar to enhance the butterscotch flavour.
Almond flour – Not only does it keep these blondies gluten-free and grain-free, but it keeps them moist and chewy.
Coconut flour – Just a tablespoon works to balance the moisture of the almond flour.
Baking powder – For leavening to help the blondies rise.
Salt – Kosher salt in the batter and sea salt sprinkled on top before baking.
Chocolate chips – I used dairy-free dark chocolate chips but other types of chips work nicely too.
How to make almond flour blondies
- Step 1: Add your sugars, almond butter and coconut oil to a large mixing bowl and, using an electric mixer, beat until the ingredients are well combined.
- Step 2: Beat in the eggs, one at a time, and then the vanilla. Continue to beat on high until the mixture turns a lighter colour. This may take a few minutes.
- Step 3: In a small bowl, whisk together the flours, baking powder and salt. You may need to sift if your coconut flour is lumpy.
- Step 4: Gradually add the dry ingredients to the wet mixture, beating on medium speed until just incorporated. Don’t over mix.
- Step 5: Stir in most of your chocolate chips, reserving some for the top of the batter.
- Step 6: Spread the batter out into an 8-inch square pan that has been greased and lined with overhanging parchment paper. Add more chocolate chips to the top and a sprinkle of sea salt. Bake on 350F for 27-29 minutes.
Frequently asked questions
Are blondies supposed to be gooey? You don’t want your blondies undercooked and gooey, but you want them soft and chewy. So taking them out of the oven when the middle is still a little tiny bit gooey is a good idea. The bars will continue to set up in the pan as they cool. If you leave the blondies in the oven until they are fully baked in the middle, they will be too hard and dried out once they cool.
How do you know when blondies are done? Blondies are ready to come out of the oven when the edges turn golden brown and start to pull away from the sides of the pan. You can also insert a tooth pick in the middle, and if it comes out almost clean, they’re ready to come out of the oven.
Do blondies need to be refrigerated? No, they keep best at room temperature in an airtight container.
How long will they last? If stored properly, these blondies will last for 5-6 days. The almond flour keeps them moist, so even after a few days, they won’t taste stale or dried out.
Can you freeze them? Yes. Just store the blondies in a single layer in a freezer safe container, or in between sheets of wax paper. They should last for up to 3 months. Let them defrost at room temperature before enjoying.
Additional recipe tips and substitutions
- Make sure your cold ingredients like the almond butter, eggs and even almond flour (if you store it in the refrigerator) are brought to room temperature so they mix together easily.
- I used brown sugar in this recipe as it’s a key ingredient in blondies. I don’t normally bake with refined sugars, but I tested this recipe with coconut sugar and it just didn’t have the same texture as the brown sugar version.
- There are two different kinds of salt in this recipe – kosher and sea salt. The kosher salt goes in the batter. If you don’t have any, you can use table salt. Sea salt is more of a finishing salt, so I don’t recommend using table or kosher salt as a substitute.
- These blondies were made in an 8-inch square pan. You can also use an 9-inch square pan, but you will need to decrease the bake time as the blondies will be thinner.
- Make sure you let the blondies cool before cutting into them. They need this time to set up and they will also cut into squares more neatly. Of course, if you like melty chocolate and a gooey middle, feel free to cut into them!
Other almond flour cookies you might enjoy
If you make these almond flour blondies, I’d love to hear what you think in the comments below!
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Almond Flour Blondies are soft and chewy, with a rich butterscotch flavour and plenty of dark chocolate chips. They’re also gluten-free and dairy-free, made without grains or butter.
- 3/4 cup packed brown sugar
- 1/4 cup cane sugar
- 1/2 cup natural almond butter, room temperature
- 2 tablespoons virgin, cold pressed coconut oil, softened (not melted)
- 2 large eggs, room temperature
- 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
- 1 3/4 cups almond flour
- 1 tablespoon coconut flour
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1/2 + 1/4 cup dairy-free dark chocolate chips, divided
- 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
- Preheat oven to 350F. Grease an 8-inch square pan and line it with overhanging parchment paper.
- In a large mixing bowl, add the brown sugar, cane sugar, almond butter and coconut oil and, using an electric mixer, beat on high until the ingredients are well combined.
- Beat in the eggs, one at a time, and then vanilla. Continue beating the mixture on high until it turns a lighter colour. This will take a few minutes.
- In a small bowl, whisk or sift together the almond flour, coconut flour, baking powder and kosher salt.
- With the mixer on medium speed, gradually add the dry ingredients to the wet mixture and beat until just incorporated.
- Stir in 1/2 cup of chocolate chips.
- Spread the batter out evenly in the prepared pan. Scatter the remaining 1/4 cup of chocolate chips on top and press them lightly into the batter. Sprinkle on the sea salt.
- Bake for 27-29 minutes, or until the edges are golden brown and start to pull away from the pan. A tooth pick inserted into the centre should come out almost clean.
- Let cool completely on a wire rack and cut into 16 squares. Store in an airtight container at room temperature and enjoy within 5-6 days.
- Make sure your cold ingredients are brought to room temperature so they mix together easily.
- You can use granulated sugar if you don’t have cane sugar.
- This recipe calls for both kosher salt and sea salt. While you can use table salt to replace the kosher salt, sea salt is more of a finishing salt, so I don’t recommend using table or kosher salt as a substitute.
- Be sure to check out the FAQ as well as the tips and substitutions section above the recipe for more detailed advice and suggestions for making this recipe.
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