Best FUDGY Vegan Blondies

These healthy vegan blondies are super fudgy, chewy, gooey on the inside, and perfectly crunchy on the outside! They are made with whole-food ingredients and are dairy free, gluten free, and totally plant-based. 

Fudgy, Chewy, Perfect Vegan Blondies

 

There’s something really special about a brownie. The crunchy, slightly crackled top, and then the decadent, ooey-gooey, chewy, fudgy inside. Did you know this exact texture is totally achievable with a “blondie” too? These vegan blondies are so delicious with the most incredible flavour and texture, and to top it off, they are made with healthy, whole food ingredients!

Whether you are craving a sweet snack, or want to Wow a crowd, these blondies are a must. 

What is a blondie?

 

Everyone has heard of a brownie, but a blondie? Maybe not! 

No, we aren’t talking about hair color here. A blondie is essentially a vanilla version of a brownie, with all the fudgy goodness and less or no chocolate involved. This tasty dessert bar often contains similar ingredients as a brownie including flour, butter, eggs, and baking powder, but it has a lighter appearance, and can also contain added ingredients like nuts or chocolate chips. 

Vegan blondies are made without the eggs and butter, but can be just as unhealthy as a traditional blondie depending on the other ingredients used. My vegan blondies are made with unrefined, whole food ingredients… but you’d never know they are healthier! 

Ingredients for Vegan Blondies

 

These delicious and incredibly easy vegan blondies are made with only 7 main ingredients. That’s it, that’s all my friends! While I’m sure you could find a ton of variations for vegan blondies out in the blogosphere, I think keeping it simple is sometimes the best approach.

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Blanched almond flour
  • Tapioca starch
  • Coconut palm sugar
  • Smooth almond butter
  • Baking powder
  • Dark chocolate chips (dairy free, vegan)
  • Fine sea salt
  • Water

 

The almond flour and tapioca create a chewy and fudgy consistency and the coconut palm sugar brings in the perfect amount of unrefined sweetness. The almond butter adds extra fudgy richness to these blondies and the added dark chocolate chips are the “cherry on top”.

Blondie Add-Ins or Swaps/Substitutions:

 

I love how versatile these simple vegan blondies are. If you are a fan of extra texture or different flavours you can play around with the optional additions or swaps below!

  • Swap the almond butter for peanut butter or cashew butter
  • Swap smooth almond butter for crunchy almond butter for extra texture
  • Add in 1/4 cup crumbled walnuts for a nutty twist
  • Add in 1/4 cup hemp seeds for extra protein and texture 

How To Make Vegan Blondies

 

Making these delicious blondies is a really easy process. There are only a few simple steps to follow and you don’t need a whole lot of time. 

Here’s what you’ll do:

1. Preheat the oven and line a, 8″ loaf or square pan with parchment paper. 

2. Whisk the almond flour, tapioca starch, coconut sugar, baking powder and salt in a large bowl.

3. Add in the almond butter and water and mix well.

4. Fold in the chocolate chips.

5. Press the blondie batter evenly into the pan, pressing the top lightly.

6. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes until golden brown and a toothpick pulls clean at the centre. 

7. Remove from oven and cool completely before cutting and enjoying!

These blondies are seriously so incredible! If you are a fan of sweet treats, you’ll absolutely love this twist on a traditional brownie!

 

Do you have an extra 15 minutes to whip up these blondies today? Tell me how they work out in the comments and be sure to pin the photo below the recipe to save this one for later!

Close up of Best FUDGY Vegan Blondies from the side

Best FUDGY Vegan Blondies

Yield: Makes 8-10 blondies
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes

These incredible vegan blondies are gluten free, grain free, whole-foods focused, and totally plant based! Perfect for a healthier treat!

Ingredients

  • 2 cups blanched almond flour
  • 2 tablespoons tapioca starch
  • 1/2 cup coconut palm sugar*
  • 1/3 cup smooth almond butter
  • 4 tablespoons water
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 cup dark chocolate chips, vegan
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt

Instructions

    1. Preheat the oven to 350F.
    2. Line a small loaf pan (for thicker blondies) or an 8-inch square pan (for thinner blondies) with parchment paper (the size of pan you use depends on how thick you want your blondies).
    3. In a bowl, whisk the almond flour, tapioca starch, coconut sugar, baking powder and salt.
    4. Next, add the almond butter and water and mix well until a thick batter/dough is formed.
    5. Fold in the dark chocolate chips.
    6. Press the dough evenly into the prepared pan, smoothing the top evenly.
    7. Bake in the pre-heated oven for 15 to 20 minutes until golden brown and set at the centre (a toothpick pulls clean).
    8. Remove from the oven and let cool completely, then use the parchment paper lining to remove the blondies from the pan and cut into squares.

Notes

*You can swap the coconut palm sugar for brown sugar (note: brown sugar is not healthy as it is not unrefined like coconut palm sugar. )

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Christal // NITK

Author: Christal Sczebel

Christal is the creator of Nutrition in the Kitch. She's a Certified Nutritional Consultant, twice published author, gluten and dairy free recipe developer, food photographer, speaker, wife, and mama. Christal loves good food, all things wellness, and loves to travel. Her wellness philosophy is centred around balance and sustainable health, life's way too short for boring diets and restriction!

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  • I’d like to try these, they look delicious! I like to use homemade date paste as a sweetener whenever possible – could I substitute this for the coconut palm sugar? Would I need to make any other adjustments? Thanks

    • Hi Kathy! Hmmm, date paste is a great healthy sweetener but it’s totally different than granulated coconut sugar (which is also low glycemic like date paste!). I honestly don’t know if it would work as it might end up making these blondies too dense/wet on the inside. If you want to give it a try I would go with equal parts date paste to coconut sugar. Let me know how it goes!