Gluten-free Blondies

Just in time for the holidays - my gluten-free blondies! You wanted holiday treats and not only did I deliver but to be honest, I think these will be a hit all year round ๐Ÿ˜‰  They turned out perfectly!

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Many of you also asked  how you can maintain your healthy habits over the holidays and one simple way is to bring a few dishes with you. That way you can be sure there are a couple of healthy dishes that you can feel good about eating - like sweets!

I admit I love a good Blondie, so I was pumped about giving this classic treat a healthy makeover. This recipe is gluten-free, dairy-free and soy-free. 

ICYMI: Last week I shared my recipe for  Naniamo Bars - another classic dessert recipe that I revamped. 

 

Gluten-free Blondies

Ingredients (Yields about 12 squares)

1/3 cup coconut oil, melted
1 1/2 cup gluten-free all purpose
1/3 cup coconut sugar
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp sea salt
1/3 cup pure maple syrup
2 chia egg substitutes (Add 6 Tbsp hot water to 2 Tbsp ground chia seeds, stir & let it sit for 15 min.)
1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1 cup dairy-free chocolate chips (I buy Enjoy Life brand)
1/2 cup raw almonds, chopped
unsweetened almond milk - as needed, see NOTE below

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350F. Line a square (9x9x12) baking sheet with parchment paper. 
  2. Whisk together dry ingredients (gluten-free all purpose, coconut sugar, baking powder, sea salt) in a large bowl.
  3. Prepare a small bowl with wet ingredients (maple syrup, chia egg substitute, vanilla extract) and whisk. Gently melt coconut oil over low heat. Add to bowl of wet ingredients. 
  4. Add wet ingredients to bowl with dry ingredients. Fold in dairy-free chocolate chips and raw chopped almonds. 
  5. NOTE: The consistency of the batter should be that of cake/pancake batter. IF the consistency of the batter seems more like muffin batter, whisk in a tablespoon of almond milk at a time until you get the desired consistency. I usually need to add about 2 Tbsp worth of almond milk. 
  6. Bake 24-27 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the middle comes out clean. 
  7. I store my blondies in a sealed container in the fridge. 

I rifled through the blog archives to bring you more healthy holiday recipes - in case you're on the hunt! Have a look:

Holiday Treats: Recipe Roundup

I want to know! What are your favourite holiday desserts?

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