Coconut Flour Blondies (vegan, nut-free, grain-free, Paleo)

coconut blondie baked pan

I’ve received a lot of requests for more coconut flour recipes since publishing my coconut flour cupcakes, and because I am loving baking with it, I’m happy to oblige.

Two additional requests have accompanied the coconut flour requests: egg-free and nut-free recipes. The egg-free request is tricky: coconut flour does not work like other flours–it absorbs far more liquid than grain flours–so simple substitutions (e.g., flax eggs in place of a regular eggs) can literally fall flat. But I’m finding that with some experimenting, some incredible treats can be made, treats that are healthy, incredibly easy, and free of grains, gluten, excess sugar and even eggs.

For example, my Banana Blondies. Quick and easy to make (blend, spread, bake), packed with wholesome ingredients, incredibly delicious, and kid approved (double thumbs up from the Nickster),  they are just what we all need on hand to feel energized, satisfied and happy in the days and weeks ahead. And because they are Paleo, grain-free, gluten-free, nut-free, and vegan, you can share them with almost everyone on your list.

Did I mention that you can eat the batter? I schmeared my sleeve from wrist to elbow reaching to the bottom of the blender for the final scrapings of coconutty-butterscotchy-gooey goodness. It was worth it.

A quick note about texture: even if you love a warm, gooey blondie, these benefit from cooling completely before removing from the pan and cutting. They have a fudge-y texture that is amped up by a few chocolate chips. But honestly, these are so good you don’t even need the chocolate (yes, I said that). Enjoy!

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Coconut Flour Blondies (vegan, nut-free, grain-free, Paleo)
 
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Recipe type: Cookies, dessert, blondies, bars
Serves: 16
Ingredients
  • 2 large bananas (very ripe!), peeled
  • ½ cup tahini (well-stirred) or smooth sunflower seed butter
  • ⅓ cup pure maple syrup (or honey, if not vegan)
  • ⅓ cup coconut flour
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon baking soda
  • ¼ teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 3 tablespoons semisweet miniature vegan chocolate chips (e.g., Sunspire)
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350F. Line an 8x8-inch baking pan with parchment or foil.
  2. Place all of the ingredients except the chocolate chips into a blender or food processor. Process, using on/off pulses, until mixtures starts to blend into batter (pulse to avoid overloading the machine). Process on High for 15-30 seconds until smooth.
  3. Spread batter into prepared pan, smoothing top. Sprinkle with chocolate chips, if using.
  4. Bake in preheated oven for 24 to 28 minutes or until golden brown and surface feel dry. Transfer to a cooling rack and cool completely in pan.
Notes
(1) You can use another liquid sweetener like agave nectar or coconut nectar in place of the maple syrup.

(2) Any other creamy nut or seed butter can be used in place of the tahini--it's up to you and your dietary needs.

(3) Store the bars in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 1 week.
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 1 square Calories: 98 Fat: 5 g Saturated fat: 1.1 g Carbohydrates: 12.6 g Sugar: 7.4 g Sodium: 48 mg Fiber: 1.9 g Protein: 1.7 g Cholesterol: 0

 

 

 

Comments

  1. Raed says

    I was initially very excited to find this recipe! Grain AND nut free.

    I am having an incredibly hard time finding dessert/breadie like recipes that are both grain and nut free. I have severe reactions to seeds of all things. That means no wheat, no nuts and….. No tahini.

    Would this work with just omitting the tahini and maybe replacing with a little coconut oil?

    It’s a bummer that usually when a recipe is grain free, they sub in nuts or seeds instead. Sigh.

    • Camilla says

      Hi Raed–I’ve sent you an email message. Coconut butter could work in place of the seed butter!

  2. Anne says

    I made this with tahini and it was very bitter! I’ve never had tahini, but I tried making it myself, by grinding up sesame seeds and a little olive oil. I was hoping it would taste better in the brownies, but I had to toss them. I tried making it again with sunbutter and it was delicious! Maybe I did something wrong making the tahini?

    • Camilla says

      Hi Anne! I have never made homemade tahini so I am not sure how that would work in these–but maybe the olive oil made them taste bitter? I know sesame seeds can go rancid very very quickly, too, so perhaps the seeds were a bit off? So glad you tried again with the sunbutter!!! :)

    • Marlene says

      The bitter flavor would be due to the olive oil. Did you use EVOO? – that lends a bitter taste to e.g. homemade mayo too. I would suggest using a milder flavored oil…
      Good luck

  3. Charlotte says

    Hello! I just found this recipe via Google and thought id try it out. I have a batch in the oven right now but already I can tell they look different to yours :( The batter was quite thick and spread thin in the pan. I just hope they taste yum!

    • Camilla says

      Hi Charlotte! Oh, no, hope they turned out! The batter should be quite thick, as pictured (you can really see how thick it is in the photo with the yellow spatula). If using the 8 x 8 inch pan, they are about 1/2-inch thick in the pan, at most–the photo of the single blondie is a close-up–the blondie is only about 1/2 and inch thick. With it being vegan plus the use of coconut flour, you actually would not want them to be much thicker or they would be super-gooey. I hope that helps!!! :)

  4. Charlotte says

    I have to write back to let you know they were yummy! Perhaps a bit on the dry side, but, since they were a hit, I tried to make them again today. I added a little water to the mix, and did half honey half coconut sugar. And sprinkled sunflower seeds on top (first ones I did plain – I have no chocolate :( ). Much better! I ate 3 pieces over the course of the afternoon, haha whoops. Anyway, thank you for the great recipe :)

  5. Kristyn says

    I am making these for the 4th time today. I use half tahini, and half of my homemade pecan/coconut butter. Sprinkled with some enjoy life chocolate chips. They are soooooo good! I can’t wait to pull them out of the oven now!

    • Camilla says

      WOWEE, 4th time???!!! So glad you are loving them, Kristyn! And oh my goodness, homemade peca/cocnut butter? Have mercy!

  6. Amber says

    Hello!!

    Is there anyway next time you could make the measurements in a larger font??

    ~Amber

    • Camilla says

      Hi Amber! I’ll see if I can– it’s an automatic recipe template, so I’m not sure, but if will try! Sorry for any inconvenience.

  7. Kristyn says

    Ok, making them AGAIN!! :) It is much easier with an immersion blender. The batter is pretty thick for a blender. Even my high-tech Vitamix.

  8. rebecca Nicodemus says

    Hi! This recipe is amazing!! It’s like a delicious banana bread. And it’s AIP compliant if you sub with coconut butter and no chocolate (which it doesn’t need). Eileen from Phoenix helix has a recipe round up for AIP recipes and this would be amazing to share! Thank you again!

    • Camilla says

      Thanks, Rebecca! ooh, so glad you tried it with the coconut butter :) You are welcome to share it; I only ask that you provide the link back to my blog. Cheers! :)

  9. sandra says

    My blondes are in the oven now but if they taste any where near as good as the batter they will be great. I have a very restricted diet (gluten, dairy, soy, egg, sugar free) so it’s great to find a recipe that isn’t overloaded with sugar (i actually used just a little rice syrup) anyway can’t wait until they are cooked.

    • Camilla says

      Yay! I know, isn’t the batter yummy? Love the perk of being able to eat batter when the recipe is vegan :)

    • Camilla says

      Hi Keira! I have not tried anything else, but based on other baking like this, you could probably sub unsweetened pumpkin. You’ll need to add a bit more sweetener (since the bananans add a lot of sweetness). Unsweetened applesauce could work, too–just keep in mind that I have not tried this before :)

  10. Casey says

    I made these with traditional toasted tahini, pumpkin puree (1 cup) instead of banana and aded pumpkin pie spice and 13 drops stevia – they were a big hit and reminded me of a peanut butter cookie :) thank you for the recipe!

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