Paleo Chocolate Chip Blondies

No one would guess that these Paleo Chocolate Chip Blondies are actually healthy! They’re gluten free, refined sugar free, and come together in a few minutes.

 No one would guess that these Paleo Chocolate Chip Blondies are actually healthy! They're gluten free, refined sugar free, and come together in a few minutes.I started doing something new in my house a few weeks ago. I grabbed one of my old notebooks, placed it next to the cake plate in the kitchen that holds whatever baked goods are around, and I listed sections for each of the baked goods that I had around at the moment. Then I told my housemates to go write their comments.

Even I can get bored of describing new recipes, because there’s only so many ways to describe a cookie or a cake. So now, I can bring you comments, straight from the voices of my housemates and the other various college-aged individuals who pass through my house and try my baking. So far, results are good.

 No one would guess that these Paleo Chocolate Chip Blondies are actually healthy! They're gluten free, refined sugar free, and come together in a few minutes.When I made these Paleo Chocolate Chip Blondies, I purposely left out any mention of the Paleo-friendly, gluten and sugar free, healthy aspect of these bars. I just wrote chocolate chip blondies and waited to see if anyone noticed. The first comment:

“HOLY CRAP THESE ARE GREAT”

With a heart next to it. I had mentioned to someone when I was making them though that they were healthy, so the next comment was, “I don’t believe that these are healthy…” which got an arrow pointing to it accompanied by a, “what she said.”

No one would guess that these Paleo Chocolate Chip Blondies are actually healthy! They're gluten free, refined sugar free, and come together in a few minutes.So, I would say they went over well. Now that you know these blondies are totally delicious, let’s talk about what’s in them. To keep them super fudgy and chewy, I used almond butter. You can’t even taste it, but it does so much for the texture. They’re sweetened by coconut sugar which lends to their darker color, and gives them the crispy edges. I used almond flour to keep these paleo and gluten free. And of course, dark chocolate. I chopped up 4 ounces of dark chocolate, but if you’re strict Paleo try making your own Paleo chocolate chunks to use.

These bars got devoured super quickly, and no one even realized they weren’t made with refined sugars and flours. If you’re just venturing into the world of healthier baking or want to try it out, this is the recipe for you! These bad boys taste deceptively like cookie dough and you won’t be able to resist going back for more. Thankfully, you can do that guilt free. Enjoy!

 No one would guess that these Paleo Chocolate Chip Blondies are actually healthy! They're gluten free, refined sugar free, and come together in a few minutes.

Paleo Chocolate Chip Blondies
 
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Serves: 16 bars
Ingredients
  • ½ cup almond butter
  • ¼ cup coconut oil, melted
  • ¾ cup coconut sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup almond flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ¼ teaspoon kosher salt
  • 4 oz. dark chocolate chunks*
Directions
  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Line an 8x8” square baking pan with parchment paper and spray with nonstick spray. Set aside.
  2. In a bowl, whisk together the almond butter, coconut oil, coconut sugar, egg, and vanilla extract until smooth and combined. Stir in the almond flour, baking soda, and salt. Fold in the chocolate chunks.
  3. Spread evenly in prepared pan and bake for about 20 minutes, or until lightly browned.
  4. Cool completely, and then cut into 16 squares.
Notes
To keep these strict paleo, make your own Paleo dark chocolate.

 

Comments

  1. I love finding new gluten free desserts! This one sounds awesome, and looks super gooey and just fabulous! Pinned!!!
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  2. I was craving something sweet and was just thinking what quick dessert I could do. These are perfect! I love that they are Paleo too, and no refined sugar! A winner! Thanks for sharing this recipe, Rachel! I m definitely making these today. :)

  3. I love the idea of these healthier blondies, and they’re full of ingredients I love! I definitely need to try these…pinned!
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  4. haha I love the notebook / comment idea!! And that one cracked me up – these must have definitely gone over well! :) They sure do look fantastic!
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  5. Judging by your photos, I would never guess these are healthy! I am always in such awe of you baking bloggers who can create delicious food without gluten or refined sugar…amazing!
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  6. What a fantastic idea to leave a notebook out and ask for feedback on baked goods, I would totally have said the same thing, these sound (and of course look) fantastic! I can’t believe they’re paleo!
    Phi @ The Sweetphi Blog recently posted…Breakfast hash for twoMy Profile

  7. Ahhh love these Rachel! When I’m recipe testing I usually leave off the “…and they’re healthy!” until after I get a review from my taste tester. Love your idea of the notebook!

  8. I love finding new paleo recipes, especially ones like this! These blondies look amazing, Rachel! Love how thick and fluffy they are. I think I could devour these for breakfast!
    Gayle @ Pumpkin ‘N Spice recently posted…No-Bake Mint Oreo CheesecakeMy Profile

  9. You have NO idea how flipping excited I am to try these, Rachel! I love love LOVE that they’re paleo. Which means I can have 10 and not feel the guilt. ;) Pinned!
    Sarah@ Whole and Heavenly Oven recently posted…Biscuit Chicken Pot Pie CasseroleMy Profile

  10. These look absolutely fantastic! I need to try these because I need some gluten free options and I need to taste this coconut sugar business.
    Jocelyn (Grandbaby cakes) recently posted…Bananas Foster Bread PuddingMy Profile

  11. I love that notebook-for-comments idea, Rachel!

    And OMG these blondies look incredible. They don’t appear to be healthy at all… which is totally a good thing :D
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  12. Your pics and recipe make me so hungry. I would try them immediately.
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  13. Ok, this is amazing Rachel! I almost can’t believe these are paleo. I cannot WAIT to make these! And I love that you leave a notebook out for people to leave you comments. That is so fun!
    Natalie @ Tastes Lovely recently posted…Orange Almond Salad with AvocadoMy Profile

  14. Wow!! These look amazing! I love those giant chunks of chocolate! The almond butter and almond flour sounds great too, we use peanut butter ALL the time so this would be a nice change up!
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  15. Mariah @ Mariah's Pleasing Plates says:

    OMG these look awesome Rachel! I am still in shock that they are on the healthier side! Pinned!

  16. Your desserts KILL me, seriously….Always so insanely delicious looking.

  17. Mmm those bars looks amazing!! So gooey and chocolate, and I can’t believe they’re paleo!! Pinned :)
    Christina @ Bake with Christina recently posted…Double Chocolate Chip Cookie Skillet.My Profile

  18. Love having alternates to baking healthy. I try to bake at dog gatherings to keep things fun and social but so many people have food restrictions it makes it difficult. These are going to be my next go to baked item for such an occasion, however I will have to try them out first. Yeah for a yummy recipe.

  19. I would have never guessed that these are paleo. Blondies are my favorite and these look delicious, Rachel!
    Jen @ Baked by an Introvert recently posted…Chocolate Avocado BrowniesMy Profile

  20. Do you have nutritional facts for these?

    • Hi Monica. I have not calculated the nutritional facts for these but there are a number of recipe nutritional calculators online that you can plug the ingredients into to get the information.

  21. These blondies look so amazing, Rachel! I love everything you put into these, I always have most of the ingredients on hand. I’m definitely giving these a try!
    Danielle recently posted…Mint Chocolate Cookie CupsMy Profile

  22. What a great idea for your roommates to leave you comments about your baked goods! I’m jealous they get to eat all of your creations. I never would know any of your stuff is gf/paleo if you didn’t write it in these posts! These look fab! :)
    Beth @ bethcakes recently posted…Rosemary Grapefruit Bourbon SmashMy Profile

  23. These blondies have my name written all over them. These are incredible DELICIOUS!!
    Pinned!
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  24. I’m not one that follows the “paleo diet” and have alwasy tended to stay away from any paleo recipes but after seeing these blondies – you are making me reconsider my aversion! They look incredible Rachel.

    • Thanks, Thalia! I was totally the same way until I started having to bake Paleo out of necessity for my sister, and now it’s so much fun to play with the ingredients and try to get them to taste like they’re regular baked goods.

  25. What a great way to get some creative feedback. I used to do that with my housemates, too, and it ended pretty much the same way! And the fact that they passed the delicious test? Healthy or not, I want in!
    Sarah | Broma Bakery recently posted…Salted Caramel Chocolate TartMy Profile

  26. You’re killing me! These look amazzzzing!
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  27. What a cute idea with the comments! Love that! These blondies sound SO delish, and I love all the clean, healthy ingredients!
    Jess @ Flying on Jess Fuel recently posted…Orange Creamsicle CookiesMy Profile

  28. Oh gosh, there is nothing like a gooey chocolatey blondie. These look perfect!

  29. I can’t believe these blondies are guilt-free. They look so amazing!
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  30. I’m having that “Holy crap these are great” moment just looking at the photos – so gooey!

  31. Oh man, those comments have me sold! Now I just need to get my hands on some coconut sugar!
    Meriem @ Culinary Couture recently posted…Strawberry Banana Pancakes #OXOCookwareMy Profile

  32. I seriously need to get some coconut sugar because I MUST make these blondies!! I love em!!!

  33. Beth Bond says:

    Vanilla extract is often not gluten free, really. It doesn’t naturally contain gluten, but if you are serving these to someone that has Celiac Disease, you should note that gluten free vanilla is available.

  34. These bars sound great! What adjustments would I have to make if I bake these in a brownie pan??

    • Hi Claudia, what do you mean by a brownie pan? If you mean a regular 9×13″ pan, the recipe would have to be doubled to fit that size pan. Hope that’s what you meant!

  35. If I want to make this with stevia instead of coconut flour, what are the measurements I use? LOOKS SO GOOD! GONNA TRY THIS RECIPE OUT SOON :)

    • Hi Diana. Stevia is a sweetener, whereas coconut flour is used for absorption so you won’t be able to substitute one for the other. If you meant to ask how to substitute stevia for the coconut sugar, I’m actually not sure as I never use stevia in my baking and it depends what form your stevia is in – powdered or liquid. I would follow the instructions from the stevia company, or follow your tastebuds as your making the batter and just add it to taste. Hope this helps!

  36. So after making these for the fifth time I just had to comment – these are so delicious! Like, my husband’s favorite dessert of all time (I’ve only been eating paleo a few months because of my breastfeeding son’s food sensitivities so that’s saying something)!!! Thank you Rachel for helping me get through this year when I thought my beloved baked goods were out of the question! I’ll still be making these after I go back to my regular diet, they are that good!

    • Thanks so much! I’m so happy you took the time to comment – you totally made my day! I’m so glad this recipe is a hit with your family, Lori.

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