These gooey blondies will hit your peanut butter and chocolate chip cravings but without all the guilt! They’re gluten-free and vegan but not light on flavor.
I went through a phase where I was hopelessly addicted to Peanut Butter M&Ms. No, not Peanut M&Ms, but it’s far superior counterpart Peanut BUTTER M&Ms. I am whole-heartedly convinced that these candies have been laced with crack, because once you start eating them you cannot stop.
You know those recipes you will never forget? This is one of them. Every once and a while C requests a baked good made of actual butter and sugar and not just air (#glutenfree of course ;)). I was more than happy to oblige, and since I was deep in the throws of my PB M&M/crack addiction there was no question that they would be involved. In fact I can remember the exact day this recipe was born, July 28th 2012.
I have to admit this date is also particularly memorable because I had the worst hangover I have ever experienced in my short life. Generally when I’m hungover I spend half the day talking about how I’m so nauseous and the other half eating ALL THE FRENCH FRIES. On this particular occasion the nausea just wouldn’t go away and I couldn’t stomach the idea of anything until I spotted these beauties from across the room. I promptly polished off 3/4 of the batch and then fell into a coma. When I woke up I was cured. I give full credit to the blondies for saving my life.
I’d like to believe that even without the butter and sugar these Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Blondies still contain superpowers, or at the very least will cure your hangover.
- 1 1/3 cup brown rice flour*
- 1/2 cup potato starch*
- 1/4 cup tapioca starch*
- 1 tsp xanthan gum**
- 1/2 cup coconut palm sugar (or brown sugar)
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1/2 tsp sea salt
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/2 cup all-natural smooth peanut butter
- 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
- 1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
- 1/2 cup dairy-free chocolate chips (I use enjoy life mini chips)
- *Or use 2 cups + 2 T of gluten-free all-purpose flour OR regular flour
- **if using regular flour omit xanthan gum.
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
- Spray a 9 x 9 inch baking pan with non-stick spray or coconut oil.
- Combine all dry ingredients except chocolate chips.
- In a separate bowl combine vanilla, peanut butter, almond milk, and applesauce. Whisk until smooth.
- Stir wet mixture into dry and mix until well-combined.
- Stir in chocolate chips.
- Pour batter into pan and smooth out top.
- Bake for 30 mins.
- Remove from oven and let sit for at least 20 mins before cutting in 12 squares.
- Remove squares and let cool on a wire rack.
- Will keep for several days in an airtight container.