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 😉 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.
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
- Preheat the oven to 350F. Line a square (9x9x12) baking sheet with parchment paper.
- Whisk together dry ingredients (gluten-free all purpose, coconut sugar, baking powder, sea salt) in a large bowl.
- 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.
- Add wet ingredients to bowl with dry ingredients. Fold in dairy-free chocolate chips and raw chopped almonds.
- 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.
- Bake 24-27 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the middle comes out clean.
- 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
- Peanut Butter & Chocolate Pie
- Chewy Almond Flour Cookies
- Pistachio & Cranberry Dark Chocoalte Bark
- Healthy & Delicious Rice Crispy Squares
- Maple Oatmeal Flax Cookies
- Almond Butter & Chocolate Cookies
I want to know! What are your favourite holiday desserts?