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Gluten-Free Peanut Butter Blondies

Total Time

Prep: 15 min. Bake: 20 min. + cooling

Makes

16 servings

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 an enticing spin on gluten-free peanut butter chocolate chip cookies. —Becky Klope, Loudonville, New York
Gluten-Free Peanut Butter Blondies Recipe photo by Taste of Home

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

  1. 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.
  2. 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 devoted 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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