Paleo Chocolate Chip Blondies

These Paleo Chocolate Chip Blondies have amazing crispy edges, a soft, chewy center and tons of dark, melted chocolate chunks! You’ll go crazy for these paleo, gluten-free and refined sugar free blondies.

These Paleo Chocolate Chip Blondies have amazing crispy edges, a soft, chewy center and tons of dark, melted chocolate chunks! You'll go crazy for these paleo, gluten-free and refined sugar free blondies.

***2017 UPDATE!!!*** Since I first posted these on March 1st, 2015, they’ve been SO loved by so many of you. They’re incredibly gooey, rich, and delicious, and they come together so quickly and easily you won’t believe it. The original post photos were lackluster for how deliciously amazing these are, so I’m giving them a new 2017 update.

I’m keeping the original 2015 post written below though – for nostalgia’s sake, and all that. Throwback to my good old days living with all my best friends in college! ❤️ Hope you enjoy the new photos and delicious recipe!

These Paleo Chocolate Chip Blondies have amazing crispy edges, a soft, chewy center and tons of dark, melted chocolate chunks! You'll go crazy for these paleo, gluten-free and refined sugar free blondies.

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 the baked goods to come out of my kitchen. So far, results are good.

These Paleo Chocolate Chip Blondies have amazing crispy edges, a soft, chewy center and tons of dark, melted chocolate chunks! You'll go crazy for these paleo, gluten-free and refined sugar free blondies.

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”

These Paleo Chocolate Chip Blondies have amazing crispy edges, a soft, chewy center and tons of dark, melted chocolate chunks! You'll go crazy for these paleo, gluten-free and refined sugar free blondies.

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 and college-student approved, let’s talk about what’s in them.

These Paleo Chocolate Chip Blondies have amazing crispy edges, a soft, chewy center and tons of dark, melted chocolate chunks! You'll go crazy for these paleo, gluten-free and refined sugar free blondies.

To keep them super fudgy and chewy, I used a hearty dose of almond butter. You can’t even taste it, but it does so much for the texture – it adds so much richness, and makes the blondies totally melt in your mouth. They’re sweetened by coconut sugar which lends to their darker color and caramelly flavor, and gives them the most incredible crispy edges.

I used almond flour to keep these paleo and gluten free, and I love the nutty flavor it adds to these blondies. And of course, can’t forget about the 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 Paleo Chocolate Chip Blondies have amazing crispy edges, a soft, chewy center and tons of dark, melted chocolate chunks! You'll go crazy for these paleo, gluten-free and refined sugar free blondies.

These Paleo Chocolate Chip Blondies got devoured incredibly quickly, and no one even realized they were made without any refined sugars or 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 relatively guilt free :) enjoy!

These Paleo Chocolate Chip Blondies have amazing crispy edges, a soft, chewy center and tons of dark, melted chocolate chunks! You'll go crazy for these paleo, gluten-free and refined sugar free blondies.

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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.

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These Paleo Chocolate Chip Blondies have amazing crispy edges, a soft, chewy center and tons of dark, melted chocolate chunks! You'll go crazy for these paleo, gluten-free and refined sugar free blondies.

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!
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  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!
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  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!
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  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.
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  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!
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  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 :)
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  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!
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  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!
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  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! :)
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  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!
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  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!
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  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!
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  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!

  37. Deidre Black says:

    Delicious! They have 173.5 calories and 11.8 carbs per serving when cut into 16 servings.

  38. Sierra Glass says:

    So frustrating! I live in Utah where it’s high altitude and tried all the tricks , and mine still turned awful. Holes at the top and hard, and completely unbaked in the middle . Any suggestions? I also tried at 350 and 325 , and two different pans. One glass and one non stick.

    • Hi Sierra, I’m so sorry about that! I’ve lived pretty much at sea level for my whole life, and so I’m not too familiar with high altitude baking and I don’t know what could have gone wrong. Did you try adding some extra almond flour? I found this article online, too: agirlworthsaving.net/2015/07/making-high-altitude-baking-a-breeze.html – not sure which tips you’ve tried, but there might be a few new ones that are helpful on there! So sorry for all the trouble, I know how frustrating it is when recipes don’t work out right.

  39. These have been my go-to dessert for the past year. Yesterday, I made a double patch for a superbowl party and they were gone in minutes! No one could believe they were gluten-free and everyone kept raving about how amazing they were. Thanks so much for all your amazing recipes!

    • That puts a big smile on my face!! I’m so glad you’ve been loving them and that they were such a hit yesterday – thank you so much for sharing your feedback with me Diana!!

  40. Vanessa Anton says:

    These are so sweet and delicious! I’m new to gluten free baking and Ive lost 10 lbs just from making the switch from eating processsed packaged junk to home made goods. My husband and I love these. I can’t wait to try your other recipes :)

  41. These look absolutely DREAMY! That melted chocolate…
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  42. These look extremely addictive!

  43. These look so rich, chocolatey, and delicious! I’ve never baked with almond flour before, and I’ve always wanted to try it out. :)
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  44. Could I sub multi purpose flour for the almond? Or what about oat? I’ve got like 4 boxes of King Arthur multipurpose and I don’t have any recipes to use it in lol :/

  45. Violett says:

    Rachel, just made these and they’re delicious! i was wondering what the best way to store the leftovers (if you have any!). Can I leave them on the counter for a couple days or should I refrigerate right away?

    • I’m so glad you’re enjoying them, Violett! You can keep them at room temperature for a day or two, but I prefer keeping them in the fridge for longer storage – and I love the fudgy texture they get when they’re cold!

  46. Can you use a dark GLASS baking dish in place of a metal baking pan? If so, is there a difference in the recipe, or in the cooking time, or the cooking temperature? THANK YOU!!!

    • Hi C, that should be fine. I don’t use glass baking pans so I’m not sure exactly how it would differ since I haven’t tested that way. I’d just start checking the blondies around 15 minutes to make sure they don’t overbake.

      • Hi Rachel
        I just made these. I purchased a regular baking pan to avoid problems with the glass. The batter came out like HARD cement. I could barely fold in most of the chocolate chunks. A lot of the coconut oil also separated from the batter in small pools. I finally had to take the batter out by hand and form it into the pan. Do you know what I did wrong? I purchase unblanched organic almond flour. I did not sift the flour. Is this what I am missing. So sad and disappointed. Please help.

        • Hi C, that’s so odd! The only thing I can think of that would’ve made that happen is if your almond butter was really stiff and not oily…was that the case? That could’ve made the batter firm up like that. Let me know and I can help you troubleshoot.

          • Thanks! I used MaraNatha Organic Roasted Almond Butter (creamy) from a jar. It was not SUPER runny, after I stirred up all the separated oil. It seemed like a good creamy consistency. My blondies turned out pretty dark, probably because the almond butter was roasted. In the end, my spouse like the taste of the middle pieces, but found it too strong on coconut flavor. The edge pieces did not get any chocolate chips, so he found those not quite sweet enough. I used Trader Joe’s Organic virgin coconut oil. This was the first time I have baked with almond flour. Do you have tips on how to measure or if sifting is needed?

          • Hmm, how odd. For measuring almond flour, I pretty much always weigh it (96g per cup) and break up any clumps with a whisk. If you don’t have a kitchen scale, make sure you’re not packing the almond flour in the cup. I’d use the spoon and level measuring technique.

  47. I have an issue with nuts right now due to mast cell and histamine issues, so though I love most of your recipes when you use almond flour I am wondering what I can substitute that will be a good replacement and still be gluten free and nut free. Is coconut flour the way to go, or should I look at something else, oat flour?

    Thanks, your site has been so great for me as I deal with my food issues and find things I can eat.
    Sherry

    • Hi Sherry! So glad you’re liking my site. Sorry you’re having issues with nuts! Coconut flour can be finicky and is hard to use as a replacement due to it being much more absorbent than other flours. Oat flour would be a better way to go, or if you can handle seeds, you could make a sunflower seed flour by pulsing sunflower seeds in a food processor until they’re similar in texture to almond flour. Hope this helps!

  48. The drool dripping down my face is not all that attractive BUT….. I am owning it! LOL!
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