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Paleo Chocolate Chip Blondies (grain-free)

Posted on Feb 6, 2015 | 4 comments

Paleo Chocolate Chip Blondies (grain-free)

Paleo Chocolate Chip Blondies


This simple recipe for Paleo Chocolate Chip Blondies will amaze you. After you read the ingredient list you may think I have left something out, but it is true, the main ingredient for these little jewels is: cashew butter. It is another super easy, one bowl, one baking pan, magical paleo dessert.


These Paleo Chocolate Chip Blondies are impossible to mess up, so if you are new to paleo baking, making these will boost your confidence. I promise, everyone will love these little gems, whether they are paleo eaters or not.


Cashew butter is my latest, favorite ingredient for baking. After several requests from readers who had nut allergies, I started a quest for a paleo dessert base that did not contain almonds or walnuts. (Cashews are actually a seed, not a nut, and can be tolerated by most people who have allergies to nuts.)


Cashew butter works in baking because of its starch content. I had played around with cashew meal, and found it a bit too gritty in texture when used alone. When I decided to use a jar of cashew butter as my starch base, I was skeptical if it would work. Could it possibly turn into a light, fluffy, cake-like texture when baked? Yep, it worked great, and Paleo Chocolate Chip Blondies were the result.


I tend to like paleo desserts that are less sweet, so sometimes I use cocoa nibs, or I chop up an unsweetened bar of dark chocolate and use that instead of chocolate chips. You can also decrease the maple syrup to 3/4 cup if you’d like a less sweet version of these Paleo Chocolate Chip Blondies.


If you have any family members who don’t like, or are allergic to chocolate, simply omit the chocolate chips in the Paleo Chocolate Chip Blondies. They are equally delicious without them. I’m also thinking dried cranberries might be great with these in place of the chocolate chips.


Let me know in the comment section if you come up with any yummy variations!




Paleo Chocolate Chip Blondies

  • Prep time:  15 minutes
  • Cook time:  35 minutes
  • Servings:  20 (2 inch squares)


  • 2 eggs
  • 3 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 3 TBS. butter or ghee, melted
  • 1 jar (16 oz.) cashew butter (I use Trader Joe’s creamy salted) or may use creamy salted almond butter
  • 1/3 cup cashew meal (I used the Trader Joe’s one), almond meal or almond flour also works
  • 1 cup organic maple syrup, or 1/2 cup maple syrup plus 1/2 cup birch xylitol (this is what I use)
  • 1 cup dark chocolate chips, or Paleo Chocolate Chips


1. Pre-heat oven to 350°.

2. Beat eggs until frothy.

3. Beat in all other ingredients, except chocolate chips, on high-speed until well mixed and creamy.

4. Mix in chocolate chips until evenly dispersed.

5. Pour out batter into an ungreased 9 x 13 baking pan.

6. Bake at 350° for 35-45 minutes, less time for gooey consistency, more time for cake-like.


These Paleo Chocolate Chip Blondies taste as good, or better, the day after you make them, as they tend to get moister as the cashew butter in them cools and settles. Beware, they are very hard to stop eating, so make sure you have someone to share them with. You’re listening to someone who could eat about half a pan on her own! 🙂


Paleo Chocolate Chip Blondies are wonderful in the summer time if you freeze them after they cool, and eat them frozen, yum!




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  1. Megan

    These are my go to for party treats. So easy!
    I always use almond butter (my tummy likes it better)
    They are always the first treat to go, Paleo or not!

  2. admin

    Banting eaters, and anyone else who prefers almonds, can switch the cashew meal and cashew butter to almond flour and almond butter. The Blondies turn out just fine, and are still paleo.

    I’m also excited to try these Blondies using xylitol as the sweetener. I’ll report back on those results.

    ~~ Payton

  3. Megan s

    We didn’t have cashew meal on hand; used almond meal and tasted awesome!
    Thanks for a great valentines treat!

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