Bar None

May I introduce you to your new sweet obsession?

Every baker dreams of instantly whipping up sure-fire hits every time they turn on the oven, and eaters, no matter how adventurous, always crave certain comforting staples. While the internet hardly needs another plain old blondie recipe, it DOES need this one. It’s the one I always turn to for potlucks, for presents, and for random sweet tooth satisfaction, year in and year out. Something with enough staying power to see that many repeat performances in my kitchen deserves greater attention.

Super chewy, surprisingly buttery, and singing with sweet vanilla essence, they’re simply the best rendition of the classic bar cookie that everyone should have in their repertoire. There’s nothing crazy going on here; no complicated preparation, drawn out chilling or baking times, crazy ingredients, or any other shenanigans. Just tender slabs of caramelized brown sugar sweetness, filled with rich chocolate morsels, ready to be devoured in under an hour.

The only element that may give you pause is the cassava flour, but it’s not so scary as it may sound. It’s made from the yucca root, like tapioca starch, but comes from the entire tuber, thus affording it more fiber and nutrition than the later. If you can’t find it, don’t want to hunt it down, or don’t care about making your treats gluten-free, make it even easier by swapping in good old fashioned all-purpose flour.

In closing, I must apologize for making this introduction. If you had any attachments to particular blondie recipes previously, I’m afraid this fresh suitor will prove irresistible, leading to quite the sordid affair. I’m not sorry, however, for the joy it will create once you surrender to such an inevitability.

Yield: Makes 9 - 12 Servings

Best Vegan, Gluten-Free Blondies EVER

Best Vegan, Gluten-Free Blondies EVER

Searching for the very best blondie recipe? You found it right here. It just so happens to be vegan and gluten-free, too.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 Cup Cassava Flour
  • 1/4 Teaspoon Baking Soda
  • 1/4 Teaspoon Salt
  • 1 Cup Light Brown Sugar, Firmly Packed
  • 1/4 Cup Neutral Oil, such as Avocado, Rice Bran, or Canola
  • 1/4 Cup Aquafaba
  • 1 Tablespoon Vanilla Extract
  • 1/3 Cup Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips

Instructions

  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees and line an 8x8 baking dish with either aluminum foil or a piece of parchment paper, leaving a bit overhanging to use as a single for easier removal later. Lightly grease and set aside.
  2. Simply mix everything together in a large bowl until fully combined. No need to worry about over-mixing because there's no gluten!
  3. Transfer the batter to your prepared baking dish, smoothing it out into one even layer.
  4. Bake for 20 - 24 minutes, until set on top and golden brown all over. It may not look fully baked, but resist the urge to keep it in the oven any longer. It will become firmer as it cools.
  5. Let cool COMPLETELY before slicing into squares or bars, as desired.

Notes

Plain all-purpose flour can be used instead of cassava flour if gluten isn't a concern.

Half or all of the chocolate chips can be swapped out for chopped pecans, walnuts, or almonds, if you're feeling nutty.

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Nutrition Information:

Yield:

12

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 213 Total Fat: 10g Saturated Fat: 2g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 8g Cholesterol: 0mg Sodium: 80mg Carbohydrates: 33g Fiber: 4g Sugar: 18g Protein: 2g
 

 

 

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6 thoughts on “Bar None

  1. We liked this–a definite wholesomeness. As with brownies, don’t overbake! I used 1/3 brown sugar, 1/3 date sugar, and 1/3 coconut sugar with avocado oil and Lily’s mini-chips and it worked perfectly. Thanks Hannah!

    1. I’m so thrilled to hear it! I actually used Lily’s chips too, but I didn’t know they mad minis. I’ll have to check that out.

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