Almond Butter Blondies (Paleo, Gluten-free, Refined Sugar-free)

Sink your teeth into these fudgy Paleo Almond Butter Blondies speckled with dark chocolate chips. These easy one-bowl almond butter bars are gluten-free and made with wholesome ingredients. No refined sugar, no dairy!  #dairyfree #paleodessert #healthydessert #refinedsugarfree

Sink your teeth into these fudgy Paleo Almond Butter Blondies speckled with dark chocolate chips. These easy one-bowl almond butter bars are gluten-free and made with wholesome ingredients. No refined sugar, no dairy! 

healthy gluten-free almond butter blondies on a kitchen counter

 Paleo Almond Butter Blondies – Girl, you’ve got to sink your teeth into these! These blondies are chewy, fudgy, perfectly sweet and just the most amazing blondie I think I’ve ever tasted. ADDICTIVE as can be and you’re going to be making them over and over again. Trust me!

If you’re looking for an easy dessert for a big crowd, party, movie night or bake sale – something simple yet DELISH, this is your recipe! Just dump all the ingredients in one bowl and mix away. And if you’re feeling sassy, add chocolate chips! For me, that’s not even a question. It’s literally the first ingredient I measure out. Of the essence, in my opinion!

Make a big batch and take them to a potluck or picnic – rave reviews, big smiley faces and recipe requests guaranteed!

These little fudgy bars of bliss are made in one bowl and only take 30 minutes from start to finish.  They are paleo, refined sugar-free, gluten-free, and require only a few simple ingredients.

overhead shot of fudgy paleo almond butter blondies studded with dark chocolate chips

Ingredients for making Paleo Almond Butter Blondies

Obviously, the first and most important is almond butter. I  like the creamy kind and mine is very smooth and drippy.   Obviously, most kinds of nut or seed butter would work here as long as they are nice and drippy– you can use all-natural peanut butter (here’s my recipe)  but then your blondies won’t be paleo.  Maybe even go for something fancier, like sun butter, pumpkin seed butter, pecan butter, macadamia or cashew butter. Just make sure whatever you’re using is 100% nuts – no weird additives, aromas, oils or artificial sweeteners, please.

The combination of eggs, coconut sugar, and coconut flour ensure these bake up perfectly fudgy while holding up just like regular fudgy blondies!

Along with the coconut sugar, I use pure organic maple syrup as an additional natural sweetener, but I am sure honey or agave syrup would also get the job done if you prefer the flavor or if it’s what you have.

three stacked paleo almond butter blondies with melty dark chocolate chips

We use a tiny bit of coconut oil to hold the bars together and add some moisture. For flavor, I recommend using refined coconut oil as this doesn’t have any coconut flavor.  That subtle almond butter can easily be overridden which would be a shame, right?

I personally love to add some chocolate chips for an extra gooey and melty chocolate boost. Thankfully, dark chocolate is allowed in moderation on the Paleo diet! Most chocolate chips don’t pass as Paleo, but some do. To keep this dessert bar recipe paleo, I recommend ‘Enjoy Life’ brand chocolate chips which are free from all the nasties.

How to make Healthy Almond Butter Blondies

PrepPreheat oven to 350F/190C. Line an 8×8 inch baking dish with parchment paper. I like to spray the dish with a bit of oil to make the paper stick to the dish. Set aside.

picture collage demonstrating how to mix batter for paleo almond butter blondies

Step 1, 2 &3 – In a large bowl, add all the ingredients except chocolate chips. Stir until well combined. Add the chocolate chips.

almond butter blondies batter being poured into a baking dish

Step 4 – Stir until the chocolate chips are well distributed in the batter.

Step 5  & 6- Pour the batter into a prepared baking dish and spread it to the edges. Sprinkle with a few chocolate chips.

healthy paleo almond butter blondies being cut into squares

Step 7 & 8  –  Bake for 20 to 25 minutes or until the top is golden brown and a toothpick comes out clean. It won’t be perfectly clean but it’s ok. Let the blondies sit for at least 15-20 minutes before cutting and serving them.

How to store gluten-free blondies:

You can leave these out at room temperature for a day or two, but then you should store them in the refrigerator. They’re actually pretty delicious straight from the fridge as the chilling seems to up the fudge factor.

overhead shot of paleo almond butter blondies with chocolate chips cut into squares

Tips & Substitutions for making Almond Butter Blondies:

  • If you want to make vegan almond butter bars, you could try two flax eggs (but I haven’t tested this version myself). Please let me know if you give it a try in the comment section.
  • To keep this strictly paleo, use Enjoy Life’s dark or semi-sweet chocolate chips. Otherwise, white chocolate chips or butterscotch chips would also be delicious.
  • You could add chopped dried fruit instead of chocolate chips. Think dried cherries, cranberries, even apricots or crystallized ginger.
  • Chopped nuts are another great addition. You can press them into the batter in the end or use a mix of 1/4 cup chocolate chips and 1/4 cup dried nuts in the batter.
  • If you want to give these a seasonal twist, add 1 tsp of cinnamon, chai or pumpkin pie spice. Delicious!
overhead shot of healthy almond butter blondies on a kitchen counter
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Almond Butter Blondies

Sink your teeth into these fudgy Paleo Almond Butter Blondies speckled with dark chocolate chips. These easy one-bowl almond butter bars are gluten-free and made with wholesome ingredients. No refined sugar, no dairy!  

Course Dessert, Snack
Cuisine American, Vegan
Keyword almond butter bars, almond butter blondies, healthy blondie recipe
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 16 servings
Calories 166 kcal
Author Marie

Ingredients

  • 1 cup all natural almond butter make sure it’s a very smooth, drippy one
  • 2 large eggs at room temperature
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tbsp coconut oil melted (I use refined to avoid the coconut taste)
  • 1 tbsp coconut flour
  • 1/3 cup coconut sugar
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • pinch of salt
  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips + more on top

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350F/190C. Line an 8x8 inch baking dish with parchment paper (I like to spray the dish with a bit of oil to make the paper stick to the dish). Set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, add all the ingredients except chocolate chips. Stir until well combined.
  3. Fold in chocolate chips and stir until well distributed in the batter.
  4. Pour batter into prepared baking dish and spread to the edges. Sprinkle with a few chocolate chips.
  5. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes or until top is golden brown and a toothpick comes out clean (it won’t be perfectly clean but it’s ok).
  6. Let the blondies sit for at least 15-20 minutes before cutting and serving them.

Recipe Notes

  • If you want to make vegan almond butter bars, you could try two flax eggs. Please let me know if you give it a try in the comment section.
  • To keep this strictly paleo, use Enjoy Life's dark or semi-sweet chocolate chips. Otherwise, white chocolate chips or butterscotch chips would also be delicious. 
  • You could add chopped dried fruit instead of chocolate chips. Think dried cherries, cranberries, even apricots or crystallized ginger. 
  • Chopped nuts are another great addition. You can press them into the batter in the end or use a mix of 1/4 cup chocolate chips and 1/4 cup dried nuts in the batter. 
  • If you want to give these a seasonal twist, add 1 tsp of cinnamon, chai or pumpkin pie spice. Delicious! 
Nutrition Facts
Almond Butter Blondies
Amount Per Serving (1 /16)
Calories 166 Calories from Fat 99
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 11g 17%
Saturated Fat 2g 10%
Cholesterol 21mg 7%
Sodium 59mg 2%
Potassium 135mg 4%
Total Carbohydrates 13g 4%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Sugars 9g
Protein 4g 8%
Vitamin A 0.8%
Calcium 6.9%
Iron 3.9%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Recipe inspired by Ambitious Kitchen’s Blondies

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