These are truly the best vegan blondies I’ve ever had! Super rich and gooey, naturally gluten free, nut free, one bowl, and only 7 ingredients, these “buttery” blondies are so easy to make and eat!

Best Ever Vegan Blondies (Gluten Free and Nut Free!)

What’s the difference between a blondie and a brownie?

Have you ever had a blondie? If not, then you’re in for quite a treat!

We all know what a brownie is: super fudgy and rich, gooey and moist chocolate squares with a deliciously irresistible crinkle top.

A blondie is like the blonde cousin of a brownie! It’s filled with buttery vanilla and rich brown sugar, and typically includes chocolate chips and/or butterscotch chips. Blondies are just as gooey and moist as the classic brownie, only much like a chocolate chip cookie in bar form!

stack of vegan blondies

But don’t worry; just because these are vegan blondies doesn’t mean you’re missing out on any of the taste. In fact, this blondie recipe in particular tastes identical to a classic blondie, only entirely egg free and dairy free!

Easy Gluten Free Vegan Blondies ready in 25 minutes!

You are just going to love these vegan blondies, for a few reasons.

These blondies are naturally gluten free (we’re using oat flour, but you actually have a few flour options below, including if you don’t need gluten free!) and nut free at that, making these cookie bars highly allergy friendly.

Not to mention, these blondies are so incredibly and quick to make: just one bowl, 7 ingredients, and 25 minutes. The hardest part obviously is the waiting for them to cool part 😉

close up of sliced vegan blondies

In terms of tastes, these deliciously vegan blondies are:

  • Buttery” thanks to the melted vegan butter
  • Super soft
  • Gooey
  • Rich without feeling heavy
  • Chewy yet melt-in-your-mouth

Now let’s get to making these blondies!

How to make vegan blondies from scratch

As I mentioned above, you don’t need much to get started with these chocolate chip cookie bars, making this a wonderful recipe for not only beginning bakers, but beginning vegan bakers as well.

Just a reminder that the full recipe and measurements are found at the bottom of this post in the recipe card. However, we’ll go over the brief instructions here, along with any ingredient swaps!

sliced vegan blondies

For ingredients, you’ll need:

  • Vegan butter: we’re melted the vegan butter here. This gives these eggless blondies a much richer and “buttery” taste rather than creaming the butter. You can also use coconut oil, but you won’t get that buttery taste. There are many nut-free and soy-free vegan butters on the market now, so definitely check out your local grocery store!
  • Coconut sugar: this replaces the brown sugar typically found in a blondie, and keeps this recipe entirely refined sugar free. Coconut sugar tastes very similar to brown sugar, which is why it works here and in my vegan chocolate chip cookies. If you don’t need/want refined sugar free, you can still swap in brown sugar!
  • Unsweetened applesauce: I use unsweetened to keep the sugar content still on the lower side. The applesauce replaces the eggs found in the classic blondie recipe, which helps these to be entirely vegan and egg free.
  • Vanilla extract: you can also use vanilla bean seeds or vanilla bean paste.
  • Oat flour: I’ve tested this gluten free blondie recipe with both oat flour and gluten-free 1:1 baking flour (along with all-purpose flour). All three work here. The only time I would recommend one over the other is a) if you don’t have a gluten allergy and prefer not to eat gluten free, you can use all-purpose flour and b) if either oat flour or gluten free 1:1 baking flour is more accessible to you, use the one that’s easiest.
  • Baking powder: just to help them rise a bit!
  • Vegan chocolate chips: some of my favorite brands are Enjoy Life and Lily’s Sweets. For a zero sugar chocolate chip, you can use Pascha Organics 100%.
gluten free blondie ingredients

Now let’s get to baking these blondies! I’m sharing the full video Reel to Instagram, but here’s a quick overview! To start:

  1. Preheat your oven to 350F and line a square pan with parchment paper.
  2. Next, you’ll make sure that the vegan butter is melted but not hot. This prevents any issue in terms of texture and flour. Even though we’re using oat flour, heat creates a gumminess to the flour, and that’s not what we want with these blondies.
  3. Whisk together the vegan butter and coconut sugar. Then add in the applesauce and vanilla, and keep whisking until everything is combined.
  4. Fold in the flour and baking powder until you reach a dough consistency.
  5. Then fold in the chocolate chips!
  6. Press the dough into the pan and bake!
how to make blondies from scratch

That’s truly it; you don’t need a hand mixer or a stand mixer. Just a whisk, bowl, and rubber spatula or spoon!

Now for cooling, I personally prefer to eat these blondies warm, so I only give them about 10 minutes to cool in the pan. Just make sure that your pan isn’t still hot!

For storing, you can easily freeze them for up to 3 months in an airtight baggy or container. To thaw, simply heat on a baking sheet in the oven at 300F for 5 minutes!

What flour should I use for gluten-free blondies?

I’ve tried these vegan blondies with both gluten-free oat flour (store bought) and with gluten free 1:1 baking flour. These will also work with homemade oat flour, but will be a bit “oatier,” as our home food processors and blenders don’t grind everything into such a fine powder as store bought!

For oat flour and gluten free 1:1 baking flour brands, I recommend the Bob’s Red Mill brand for both, Arrowhead mills for oat flour, and King Arthur for the gluten free 1:1 baking flour.

stack of three eggless blondies

Blondie Add-Ins

Of course, my go-to are the vegan chocolate chip blondies, but some other add-ins you might love:

  • Chopped nuts: walnuts, almonds, cashews, macadamia nuts, etc. If you’re nut-free, you can use seeds, such as pumpkin seeds!
  • Dairy free butterscotch chips
  • Vegan chocolate gems: the ones I typically use are by Unreal, and they’re dark chocolate. I used them to make the noses on my vegan Reindeer cookies!
  • Dairy free white chocolate chips: I recommend Pascha Organics.
  • Dried fruit: raisins, craisins, and apricots are wonderful!
  • Coconut chips
  • Vegan candy bars: turn these into Halloween blondies by adding in your favorite leftover vegan Halloween candy!
three gluten free vegan blondies on book page

I hope you absolutely love these super soft and gooey vegan blondies as much as I do! They’re seriously such a treat- just wait until you try!

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As always, I absolutely love to see your beautiful creations on Instagram and Pinterest so be sure to tag me there!

Happy blondie baking!

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Best Ever Vegan Blondies (Gluten Free and Nut Free!)
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The Best Ever Vegan Blondies (Gluten Free)

  • Author: thebananadiaries
  • Prep Time: 5
  • Cook Time: 20
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 16 1x
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: American
  • Diet: Vegan

Description

These are truly the best vegan blondies I’ve ever had! Super rich and gooey, naturally gluten free, nut free, one bowl, and only 7 ingredients, these “buttery” blondies are so easy to make and eat!


Ingredients

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  • 1/2 cup vegan butter or coconut oil, melted and cooled
  • 3/4 cup coconut sugar or dark brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup unsweetened applesauce, room temperature
  • 1 tbsp vanilla extract 
  • 1 2/3 cup oat flour, gluten free 1:1 baking flour, or all-purpose flour (if not GF)*
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 2/3 cup vegan chocolate chips

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350F and line an 8×8″ baking pan with parchment paper.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together the melted vegan butter and coconut sugar.
  3. Add in the applesauce and vanilla extract, and mix together thoroughly.
  4. Add in the flour and baking powder, and use a rubber spatula to fold the dry ingredients into the wet until it becomes a sticky dough.
  5. Fold in the chocolate chips.
  6. Spoon the dough into the baking pan, and use a rubber spatula to press the dough to reach the edges of the pan. Sprinkle on more chocolate chips if desired.
  7. Bake the blondies in the oven for 20-22 minutes, or until the tops of the blondies are “set” and lightly golden.
  8. Remove from the oven and allow the blondies to cool in the pan for 10 minutes before slicing. Slice and serve. Enjoy!

Notes

Flour:  you can use oat flour, homemade oat flour, or gluten free 1:1 baking flour, such as Bob’s Red Mill. If you aren’t gluten-free, you can use all-purpose flour. 

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1 blondie
  • Calories: 183
  • Sugar: 15 g
  • Sodium: 10.6 mg
  • Fat: 9.4 g
  • Saturated Fat: 5.4 g
  • Carbohydrates: 23.2 g
  • Fiber: 1.4 g
  • Protein: 2.3 g
  • Cholesterol: 15.3 mg

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