Gluten-Free Peanut Butter Blondies

Gluten-free Peanut Butter Blondies

These Peanut Butter Blondies are gluten-free, sugar-free, dairy-free and make a great snack when you are craving for a sweet treat and need something quick!

Gluten-free Peanut Butter Blondies

Don’t you think naming your own recipes is really hard? Especially if it is not as straight forward as a triple chocolate cake or birthday yellow cake. How does one name recipes? Do you just list all the main ingredients? Do you list the ingredients that you can actually taste? OR do you list the ingredients that are optimized (for getting more likes)? Now all those things can be different. Like say banana greek yoghurt chocolate chip muffin which also has peanut butter in it and is also gluten free and sugar free.

I struggled with this one – should it be apple peanut butter blondies? OR almond peanut butter blondies? Or gluten free peanut butter blondies? Are they even blondies since there is no butter and sugar in there? I don’t think I want to go down that lane because then it will turn into a Sporkful episode of Is Cereal a Soup? Or Is Cheesecake a Pie? Those arguments are endless with no clear winning party! So anyway, I like short and simple titles (mostly) so I just named them gluten-free peanut butter blondies although I don’t think it really captures the essence of this Gluten-free, Sugar-free, Dairy-free, Apple Almond, Peanut Butter Blondies. Reading Hubspot’s article on this dilemma was helpful. It also says to brainstorm so if you have tips on how to name your blog-posts please do share.

Gluten-free Peanut Butter Blondies

I should say, that I not only struggled with the name but also with developing this recipe. After the success of the One Bowl Breakfast Brownie (ahem.., success with myself mainly, because I love having those around for breakfast or snacking), I was on a determined mission to make healthier blondies. I made three different versions and while one of them was rubbish, two of them tasted not bad – they were too dense and oily from too much peanut butter or tahini and the absence of flour. I love fudgy consistency, however, it just didn’t feel right with these bars. On my third failed attempt, I was about to give up on this when Steve’s mom suggested I try adding grated apple. And that brought it all together! Thumbs up to kitchen instinct from years of baking.

The challenge here was not simply to make gluten-free, sugar free goodies. The challenge was to make these using ingredients that someone who doesn’t follow that sort of a diet can easily make on days when you feel a little guilty but still want a treat because your damn sweet tooth is a pest that won’t shut up! We don’t have any dietary restrictions so I don’t ever stock gluten-free flour or other specialty flours. So, I wanted to make these using almond meal. This morning reading Claudia from The Brick Kitchen’s post about mindful eating and moderation, made me think, that we all struggle from similar dilemmas. If you tend to crave sweet often, do you just completely give up and be sad? I for one cannot do that. So, I will try to include some healthier baked goods in my repertoire for just those days when your waist is screaming louder than your sweet-tooth.

Gluten Free Peanut Butter Blondies

Gluten-Free Peanut Butter Blondies 

Ingredients – Makes one 6inch square
¼ cup peanut butter
1 large egg
¼ cup maple syrup
salt (if using unsalted peanut butter)
½ tsp baking pwd
½ tsp vanilla extract
¼ cup almond meal
¼ cup quick oats – finely ground
1 cup or 1 medium apple – peeled and grated
black sesame seeds (optional)


Preheat oven to 350F.  Line a 6-inch square pan with parchment and spray lightly with oil.

In a medium sized bowl, whisk peanut butter, egg and maple syrup vigorously till smooth.

Stir in baking powder, salt is using and vanilla extract

Add almond meal and finely ground oats and stir till combined well.

Lastly fold in the grated apple. Pour batter into prepared pan. Sprinkle over some sesame seeds if using and bake for 20 – 23 mins till toothpick inserted comes out clean or with a few crumbs.

I enjoyed eating this with some Greek yoghurt and honey.

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  1. Geeze, I am title naming challenged for sure. Today, I was trying to create a post title for some chocolate chip easter cupcakes and I wrote in ‘chippy.’ What’s wrong with me? I get in my own head and think that doctoring an ingredient name into a morphed human is a good idea. Nope, bad idea. So sorry, I don’t have any good advice. But, I love your homemade peanut butter blondies (rolls off my tongue perfectly) and the addition of yogurt and honey is perfect.

  2. Right? Me too! You don’t taste the apple. It is basically there for moisture.

  3. You know I actually resisted putting chocolate in there, because I wanted to see if they actually taste good.. and chocolate clouds my judgement and makes me biased!! Talk about chocolate love 😀

  4. hahaha naming the recipe is the WORST part, I’m so with you there!! but these look gorgeous, peanut butter is amazing in all things. I think I’d probably chuck in a bunch of chocolate chunks too – but I’m a bit of a chocolate fiend haha! <3

  5. Names are tough. There’s also SEO to consider. Still the name needs to sound delicious. These blondies sound delicious. So win/win, right? GREG

  6. Thanks Jolina. I suck at sticking to my exercise schedule. So I really need to do more than that. Although it doesn’t help when I am eating 5 pieces of blondies just coz they are healthier!!

  7. I know right!! ohhh the pressure of getting things right! Phewww… well atleast it is encouraging to know that we all face similar problems 🙂

  8. I do love your way though because it is beautiful story-telling 🙂 It makes me want to read the post. Well these don’t taste like the buttery delicious real blondies, but they are pretty good for the healthy stuff.

  9. Hahaha I do love your way though because it is beautiful story-telling 🙂 It makes me want to read the post. Well these don’t taste like the buttery delicious real blondies, but they are pretty good for the healthy stuff.

  10. Sugar is so much fun right!! Why are the all good things a little bad for you?? So unfair.

  11. I hear ya! Both on the naming of the recipe (I mean, it can’t all be “Delicious XXX” lol) and trying to eat healthier when you have a sweet tooth (and boy do I have that!). I personally don’t have a clue (yet!) how to make recipes healthier so I just compensate by exercising or eating salad haha. These look phenomenal. Love the addition of black sesame seeds!

  12. I loved reading this post! But I do feel the struggle with naming things and/or coming up with catchy headlines! Sometimes I feel like it’s one of the most difficult parts about blogging, and then people come along saying that it’s the most important part?! I’m like, well, thank you for the stress :’)

  13. I am useless when it comes to naming things I usually opt for names that are for how I was feeling when I made the darn thing up like “Keeping the Blues at Bay Tart” (aka blueberry frangipane tart) and “afraid Ill never fall in love torte” (aka bitter dark chocolate cake). It makes them mine but it also means I am not using Seo or doing good blogging so they stay invisible but eh. Now onto these blondies and how flipping delicious they look. I am finding I love blondies more than brownies these days. Your addition of black sesame is awesome!

  14. These look SO good! And yeah, naming recipes is a constant struggle for me. Sometimes I want to include EVERY ingredient because they all seem so important but I end up with a paragraph instead of a title :). I also struggle with the whole craving sugar ALL the time thing! I try to bake without refined sugar once in awhile but sugar is just so much fun!

  15. Yes! Totally. In fact that is how I finished all of my trial blondies 🙂 Thanks Maria

  16. Hahaha totally and that is why we need yummy treats in our life 🙂 Thanks Dawn!

  17. I know what you mean! Sometimes it’s difficult to come up with a blog post name. It’s like you want it to be descriptive, but not too long. But, you don’t want to leave key ingredients out of the name. The struggle is real, right 😉 ?

    These look so delicious and moist and that certainly was a great suggestion with the grated apple!! I totally believe everything in moderation. These look indulgent, but are kinda guilt free, which I love. My kinda treat for sure 🙂

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