These easy Grain-Free Honey Blondies are packed with almond and coconut flours and sweetened with honey and coconut sugar. A sweet crowd-pleaser!
With summer in our sights and hopefully some backyard bbq gatherings in our near future, blondies seemed like an appropriate way to welcome summer.
Full disclosure, for me, the shift from spring to summer is always a bit jilting. The end of spring leaves me exhausted as the school year wraps up, and the beginning of summer with no set schedule in sight slightly freaks me out (type A, right here).
So, sweet and easy it is, my friends!
These honey blondies come together effortlessly, and it's the simple whole ingredients I love.
Almond flour and coconut flour make up the protein and fiber-packed base. The egg binds and lifts, and the honey and coconut sugar caramelize for an ever-so-sweet and gooey finish.
The chopped pecans sprinkled on top give these grain-free honey blondies a bit of a pecan praline effect, but if pecans aren't your thing or aren't on hand, go full steam ahead without them.
One thing to note: As honey tends to brown up faster than other sweeteners, I would advise watching your blondies for the last few minutes of baking to ensure they don't go from slightly golden brown to burnt. I haven't had that issue, but something to note, nonetheless!
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Grain-Free Honey Blondies (Dairy-Free, Refined Sugar-Free)
- 8 tablespoons coconut oil melted
- ½ cup honey
- ¼ cup coconut sugar
- 1 large egg room temperature
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- ¾ cup packed almond flour + 2 tablespoons
- ¼ cup packed coconut flour
- ⅔ cup dairy-free chocolate chips I use Enjoy Life brand
- ⅓ cup chopped raw pecans
- Melt your coconut oil. Set aside to cool for a few minutes. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Grease a 9x9 square baking pan and line bottom and sides with parchment paper.
- In a large bowl, add honey, coconut sugar, egg, salt, vanilla extract, and coconut oil. Whisk together until smooth. Add almond flour and coconut flour, stirring with a spatula until incorporated. Fold in chocolate chips.
- Spread the blondie batter into prepared pan, smoothing top with spatula. Batter will be sticky. Sprinkle top with chopped pecans. Bake for 23-24 minutes. Sides and top should be golden and center just set. Honey browns quickly, so watch during the last few minutes of baking to avoid over browning.
- Place baking pan on a wire rack and allow blondies to cool completely before cutting into squares.
Hey! Can I skip the coconut sugar and replace it with more honey? Please let me know and thank you!~
Hi Matt! Unfortunately, in this recipe the addition of more honey would make the blondies too soggy. You could sub in brown sugar, or even cane sugar, although both of those options will be sweeter than coconut sugar.
is there a substitute for coconut oil ?? Can I use oat flour and oats instead of almond and coconut flour??
Hi Kelli! You could sub vegan butter for the coconut oil. I'm afraid oat flour and oats wouldn't sub well since coconut flour is so absorbent. The liquid in the recipe would need to be modified as well.
Would adding baking soda or powder add fluffiness to these? Why was that not included in recipe. ( I’m not a professional baker) Thanks so much!
Hi Tessa, I'm a big fan of your recipes and these blondies have become a real staple in my lunchbox, and have been my ultimate find to satisfy my sweet-tooth urges at an time of day. I love that they're so easy to make, so light and so scrumptious! Do you happen to have the nutritional information as I just wondered?
Hi Kerry! Thanks so much for your note. I am so glad you love the blondies - they are one of my favorites too. I don't have the nutritional information for these but if you are looking for specific nutrition info on the recipe, you could try using this site: https://happyforks.com/analyzer. You copy and paste in the recipe ingredients, put in the number of servings for the recipe, and then it will analyze and break down the info for you at the bottom. I hope this helps!
Two quick questions: Is it scandalous to make these at Christmastime? And is maple syrup an alternative to honey here or would that not work?
Haha, not scandalous at all! ;) I would think that maple syrup should work just fine here, although I haven't tried it. If you do, I'd love to know how it turns out!
These do look such a treat- I can see that chewiness and those pecans are such a wonderful finisher! Hope you are able to catch up on some rest soon. :)
The summer is certainly my time for catching up on all things! Haha. Hope the summer is off to a good start for you and your kiddos!
Every year about this time I question why I didn't get into a job that has Summer's off! I hope you ease in and enjoy your break! I love how easy on the prep/big reward this recipe is. That's totally my style at the moment!
Haha, I know, I think everyone should have summer off. Every year when summer comes around, I am so ready! :) I love how easy prep these blondies are too!! Thank you, Christine - have a great weekend! <3
Absolutely beautiful blondies!
Thanks, Jennifer! :)
Oh Tessa.. These look like the perfect bbq + summer time dessert. Plus all the healthy flours and pecans. So so delicious. <3
jaime // the briny
hot damn, y'all! your baking/food/flavor style is riiight up my alley. seriously everything you make looks amazing and makes me want to run to my kitchen and make a sweet mess! need these in my life SOON xo.
I am SO glad!! It's a constant sweet mess around here. haha. :) The nice thing is about these little blondies is that they are pretty low on the mess factor! Hope you guys are enjoying the holiday weekend! xo.
Rachel @ Baking Up Bliss
These look so delicious! Thanks for the recipe.
Thanks so much, Rachel! I hope you enjoy them!
Pretty sure these were designed for my little! She hasn't had a ton of sweets yet, but now that she's crossed the 1 year mark, honey is a-ok. Definitely bookmarking them for snacktime! :)
Aww, yay! Your little is the just THE cutest. I hope she approves!! :)
Shelly @ Vegetarian 'Ventures
Wishing I had one of these to eat for breakfast right now. Also, jealous of your summer holiday - I'm sure you'll fill the time up in no time!
I can tell you from experience that they work perfectly for breakfast! ;) I am grateful for the summer break - I have spent the last few days making a a schedule for myself, ha!
Mary Ann | The Beach House Kitchen
These are totally up my alley Tessa! I have to say, I love brownies, but I think I love blondies even more. And pecans too? I'm drooling! Perfect for summer parties!
Oh, good!! That's what I like to hear. :) I think I'm going to have these on repeat this summer!
Medha @ Whisk & Shout
These look amazing! Love that they are dairy-free and sweetened naturally with honey- pinning :)
They are definitely one honey-sweet treat! Thank you, Medha! Hope you have a great weekend!
Abby @ Heart of a Baker
Gosh these are beautiful! I'm kind of jealous of your shift in schedule, why can't we all get a summer break?! xo
Thank you!! It should be mandatory for everyone - I do love having summers off. Just takes me about a week to get myself together! ;) xoxo