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Gluten-Free Peanut Butter Blondies

I converted these blondies to be gluten-free so that my family could enjoy a comforting dessert. We were really craving brownies one night, and this cakelike treat hit the spot! They're a great spin on gluten-free peanut butter chocolate chip cookies. —Becky Klope, Loudonville, New York
  • Total Time
    Prep: 15 min. Bake: 20 min. + cooling
  • Makes
    16 servings

Ingredients

  • 2/3 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 2 large eggs, room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup gluten-free all-purpose baking flour
  • 1-1/4 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon xanthan gum
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1/4 cup salted peanuts, chopped

Directions

  • In a large bowl, combine the peanut butter, sugars and applesauce. Beat in eggs and vanilla until blended. Combine the flour, baking powder, xanthan gum and salt; gradually add to peanut butter mixture and mix well. Stir in chocolate chips and peanuts.
  • Transfer to a 9-in. square baking pan coated with cooking spray. Bake at 350° for 20-25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool on a wire rack. Cut into squares.

Test Kitchen Tips
  • You can cut some of the sugar by making this recipe with natural peanut butter.
  • Dark brown sugar contains more molasses than light or golden brown sugar. The types are generally interchangeable in recipes. But if you prefer a bolder flavor, choose dark brown sugar.
  • These desserts are perfect for the devote peanut butter lover in your life.
  • Nutrition Facts
    1 bar: 176 calories, 9g fat (2g saturated fat), 26mg cholesterol, 142mg sodium, 22g carbohydrate (14g sugars, 2g fiber), 5g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 1-1/2 starch, 1-1/2 fat.

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    • jobynne
      Apr 11, 2016

      Light and fluffy and delicious. I used a gf baking flour mix that had xanthan gum in it and it turned out great.

    • cee-jay
      Jan 8, 2016

      What is xanthan gum and where do I find it in the grocery store????

    • mother of 3
      Dec 5, 2014

      I doubled the recipe & baking time in a 9 x 13" dish. Used sunflower seed butter; DH ate 1/4 of the pan. He said it is seriously good! Thanks, Becky! Our fellowship ate the rest of the pan - gf friends really enjoyed!

    • rllewis7
      Aug 26, 2014

      Some gluten free baked goods can be dense, but these blondies are light and moist. The sweet and salty combination from the peanuts and chocolate chips make this the perfect gluten free treat!

    • Queenlalisa
      Jun 7, 2013

      I will be making this again for my niece who has a gluten allergy. Very good for gluten free.

    • smarcroft
      Dec 10, 2012

      Delicious & easy to make. This is a favorite at our house.