‘Peanut Butter’ Blondies – Gluten Free & Vegan & Ultra Low Sugar

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'Peanut Butter" Blondies - Gluten Free & Vegan, Nut Free A perfect, moist blondie that still manages to contain nourishing ingredients!  I originally stumbled across this recipe in Peas & Thank You, a vegan cookbook written by a witty and honest fellow food blogger.  I needed to make them gluten free, and I also wanted to work with the sweeteners so I felt OK giving them to my kids for snack.  We loved these, and I think YOU will too!

INTERESTING TIDBIT: We use homemade sunflower seed butter almost exclusively since discovering my son has an allergy to peanuts, it is our favorite!  An added bonus is that nutritionally… it is a superior little seed to most nuts and seeds!  It does however, turn green when exposed to akali  (baking soda!)  I kind of like the green color and can have a lot of fun with it around St Patty’s!  The trick to avoid the green and not raise any eyebrows is to reduce any baking powder or soda by half.  Another option is to counteract the akali w/ some apple cider vinegar or lemon juice: acids!!

'Peanut Butter' Blondies - Gluten Free & Vegan & Ultra Low Sugar

Makes 16 bars: 130 calories, 4.3 g protein, 10.9 g carb, 3.1 g fiber, less than 1 g sugar (this nutritional information is  without the chocolate chips)

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'Peanut Butter' Blondies - Gluten Free & Vegan & Ultra Low Sugar
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Serves: 16
  • Wet:
  • ¾ cup favorite nut or seed butter, I used homemade sunflower seed butter
  • ¼ cup coconut oil, softened (could also use butter or margarine)
  • 6 tablespoons palm sugar, or other granulated sugar
  • ½ cup sugar substitute/equivalent (I used Nu Naturals Liquid Stevia, 12 drops)
  • ¼ cup unsweetened applesauce
  • ¼ cup favorite non-dairy milk
  • 2 tablespoons chia meal, or ¼ cup flax meal
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • Dry:
  • ½ cup brown rice flour (teff, oat would be good replacements)
  • 6 tablespoons coconut flour
  • ¼ cup tapioca or potato starch
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup allowed chocolate chips, optional
  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees and prepare an 8 x 8 pan with grease or parchment.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, cream the wet ingredients together.
  3. With the mixer running, sprinkle in the dry ingredients. Alternately, mix the dry ingredients together in a separate bowl and then combine with the wet.
  4. Spread the mixture in your prepared pan and bake in the oven for about 20-23 minutes until a knife inserted in the center comes out just clean.

'Peanut Butter' Blondies - Gluten Free & Vegan & Ultra Low SugarThis recipe was shared on Mostly Homemade MondaysNatural Living Mondays, Totally Talented Tuesdays, Fat Tuesday, Naturally Sweet Tuesday,GF & DIY TuesdaysHearth & SoulTasty TuesdaysWaste Not Want NotWonderful Wednesday, GF WednesdayReal Foods Wednesday, Wellness Wednesday, Full Plate Thursday, Thank Your Body Thursday,  Pennywise PlatterGF Friday,

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When her third child was born with severe food allergies, Tessa took to the kitchen to figure out how to feed her family well. Always up for a culinary challenge, their journey has taken many twists and turns! Lots of Paleo, and lots of top 8 free. Good food for families, that's what she's about!

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36 comments on “‘Peanut Butter’ Blondies – Gluten Free & Vegan & Ultra Low Sugar
  1. Amy says:

    Hi Tessa,
    Do you have a recipe for this PB Blondie?



  2. okay…those look incredible!! i can’t wait for the recipe!! thanks for sharing!

  3. Run DMT says:

    I am always amazed at all the delicious GF goodies people come up with. Those look amazing! Totally pinning this!

    I host a foodie blog hop called Friday Food Fight. I would love for you to link up and share your GF peanut butter blondies. Hope to see you in the ring!


  4. Oh yummmers, these look delish! I too love sunflower seed butter but Im a huge peanut butter lover. Will be trying this recipe!

  5. Johanna GGG says:

    my little girl has allergies to peanuts so I bought some sunbutter but she is not interested in it so I think I need to bake with it like this – these blondies sound delicious

    • It took my kids together into it too…the they did…and in things was tolerated much better! Smoothies was another way I would ge them to eat it initially…good luck, I know all about picky kids!

  6. What does the potato/tapioca starch do in the recipe, and can you substitute anything?

    • It is a texture thing, it add lightness. Other starches can be subbed (corn, arrowroot). Or you could sub another flour, although you will change the texture a bit! Thank you for asking Michaela, and for stopping by!

  7. Hi Tessa. Thanks again so much for linking up to Thriving on Thursdays. You wouldn’t know how to work out the calories for your recipes? I’m really enjoying them but need to watch my calories. Even if you knew of a good online calculator, that’d be great!

    Anne xx

    • Hi Anne, have been counting calories too! I avoided it for a while just because 80% of what we eat, I have to input my own recipe to figure the calories, which is time consuming! When I do figure out one of my recipes, I add the info. In the interim, I have used spark people and now currently use “My Fitness Pal”, which is an app. Do you have a smart phone or iPad? If not, I am sure there are others, but spark people works well enough! It’s an online calorie tracker, free. I’ll try to get the info for you!

  8. I’d love your homemade sunflower butter recipe! wow!thank you for linking with Kids in the Kitchen! love having you!

  9. Yum! That’s all that needs to be said!

  10. Melanie says:

    These look wonderful! I’m excited to try them. I bake gluten free, egg free and nut free for my little girl so these fit us perfectly! She is also allergic to coconut, do you have any suggestions on substituting the coconut flour? Thanks!!

    • Hi Melanie! I would go ahead and replace with about 1/2 cup favorite gf flour! Coconut flour is more absorbent, and had a slightly sweet flavor, so you may want to add a bit more sweetener (a tablespoon maybe). Coconut is one thing we CAN have….how ironic!

  11. Tessa, your recipes always sound just scrumptious! Thank you for sharing ☺ My pile of ‘must try’s is building. I’m going to have a busy winter in my kitchen!

  12. wowsers tessa, These look AmaZING. We like to use sunflower seed butter too. I haven’t had any green changes though, so thanks for the heads up! Thanks for sharing it with us at Whole Food Wednesdays.

  13. April Harris says:

    I did not know that sunflower butter turned green when exposed to baking soda. These wholesome and delicious Blondies look so good!

  14. Heathy @ Sweetly Raw says:

    Tessa, I have to tell you that I’ve made these peanut butter blondies 3 or 4 times!!! (with peanut butter but I think I ought to try with sunflower butter one day soon). Everyone I feed them to (it’s been many people as I’ve taken to parties, potlucks, etc) LOVES them! I’ve even doubled the recipe on 2 of the occasions. Thanks for a new favorite :)

  15. Lisa Lynn says:

    These look delicious! Thanks for sharing them on Wildcrafting Wednesday!

  16. Wow, much healthier than your average blondie. These looks delicious! Thanks for joining Healthy 2Day Wednesday :-)

  17. Thanks for sharing your recipe for blondies on Wild Crafting Wednesday this week. Yum. They look delicious.

  18. Jennifer says:

    Oh YUM!!!!
    I haven’t done many sweets since going vegan-ish…mainly because I am NOT a baker and I don’t have options in my area but this sounds awesome :)

  19. Laura says:

    holy moly i have to make these right away! i love the idea of using sunflower butter instead of peanut butter, too…i haven’t had any blondie-type of dessert since going paleo, so this needs a try for sure. i think i’ll use almond flour instead of brown rice and eggs instead of chia…i’ll let you know how it goes! thanks for the idea!

    • PLEASE do that Laura!! I too am doing mostly Paleo…the crux is my son can’t have any nuts, so many baked goods I make or adapt are out for him. I most recently made these specifically for him, but was thinking this would easy to convert to Paleo. I would love it is you could test it out for me! My hunch is, especially with the eggs it should be just great! I might even try all coconut flour/tapicoa or arrowroot with the chia eggs so my son CAN have them! Please report back!

  20. I have never had a blondie. Should I even admit that? LOL These look and sound great!
    Thanks for linking up at our Gluten Free Fridays party! I have tweeted and pinned your entry to our Gluten Free Fridays board on Pinterest! :)

    On the Gluten Free Fridays tab we have new badges for you to display on your blog. There are a few different choices for you. There are varying sizes as well. If you’ve had a featured recipe in the past, feel free to grab one of those badges as well! They are free for the taking; use as you wish! Thanks for supporting our GF community and spreading the word!

    Thanks for linking back to the Gluten Free Fridays post!

    See you at the link up this week!

    Cindy from vegetarianmamma.com

  21. Hi Tessa! This recipe is being featured on Healthy Vegan Friday this week as one of the most popular recipes! Congrats! Hope to see you again this week :)

  22. I like that these are low sugar! Thanks for sharing with Simple Meals Friday! I hope you join us again today!


  23. Aimee says:

    Just found your blog. Adding it to my blogroll!
    Have a nice weekend! xo

  24. Thank you for your submission on Nourishing Treasures’ Make Your Own! Monday link-up.

    Check back tomorrow when the new link-up is running to see if you were one of the top 3 featured posts! :)

  25. amber says:

    Hello My Friend,

    How are you my long lost blogging buddy!!!

    Tessa, this is perhaps one of my favorite looking recipes of yours. I am going to make these on Thursday. They look just incredible. I will let you know how it goes. I can’t decide between teff, millet or sorghum. We shall see. As always, I have all the ingredients on hand. Can’t wait.

    Happy New Year. Hope everything is great with you and your family.

    Big Hugs,

  26. amber says:

    Hi Tessa,

    I made these…as cookies. Love them. You are the baking queen my friend. Have a fab weekend.


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  27. Miz Helen says:

    Hi Tessa,
    I need one of your awesome Peanut Butter Blondies to go with my afternoon tea. Hope you have a great weekend and thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday!
    Come Back Soon,
    Miz Helen
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