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.
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.”
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!
- 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*
- Preheat oven to 350°F. Line an 8x8” square baking pan with parchment paper and spray with nonstick spray. Set aside.
- 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.
- Spread evenly in prepared pan and bake for about 20 minutes, or until lightly browned.
- Cool completely, and then cut into 16 squares.