Healthier Chocolate Chip Blondies
These Chocolate Chip Blondies are my latest addiction! These bars are soft, chewy and packed with oats and almond butter, making them a healthier blondies recipe!
One thing I do pretty much every weekend is bake! These Chocolate Chip Blondies are the perfect easy baking project. You guys. I’m so addicted to this healthier blondie recipe. They are soft, chewy, and have a subtle caramel flavor thanks to the brown sugar in the batter. What makes these blondies is the brown sugar instead of cocoa powder that you might find in a cookie bar. The light brown sugar gives this blondie a subtler flavor that complements the oats. If you prefer a richer flavor try using half dark brown sugar!
Instead of peanut butter, I use almond butter in many recipes including this one. Almond butter has a little less sugar and fat than peanut butter too!
You can also make these gluten-free blondies by using gluten-free oats and chocolate chips that are gluten-free (many are!)
If you don’t have oat flour you can make your own oat flour in your blender or food processor, and I’ve included a note about that below the recipe.
These blondies bake in the oven for 15-20 minutes. Spray the pan well or line the pan with parchment for easy removal.
I’ve made batch after batch of these healthier blondies and they are my favorite treat right now. When I’m craving a little something sweet in the afternoon or after dinner hours, these hit the spot perfectly.
Chocolate Chip Blondies
- 1 cup almond butter
- ¼ cup 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
- ¾ cup packed light brown sugar
- 2 large eggs
- 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
- ½ cup oat flour*
- ½ teaspoon baking soda
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ½ cup old-fashioned oats
- ¾ cup chocolate chips
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line an 8x8- or 9x9-inch square pan (I used a 9x9-inch metal pan) with parchment; lightly spray the parchment with cooking spray.
- Using an electric mixer, beat the almond butter, melted butter and brown sugar until well combined. Add eggs and vanilla and beat until combined.
- With the mixer on low speed, mix in the oat flour, baking soda, and salt.
- Stir in the oats and chocolate chips.
- Spread the batter evenly in the prepared pan with a rubber spatula. Bake in the preheated oven for 15 minutes. After 15 minutes, check blondies for doneness. If they are browning too much cover them with foil. Bake about 5 minutes more, until a tester inserted in the center comes out nearly clean. Let cool completely before cutting into bars.
Thanks for posting this recipe. I was looking for a healthy snack to bake for my kids since they’re out of school now and are usually waiting for me to get home from work to cook dinner.
Gina, you are welcome! I hope your kids love these! They do have a fair amount of sugar but are definitely healthier than the typical blondie. 🙂 When you have time, you should also check out my other snack recipes!
If you find a way to make the weekends last longer, let me know! Because 2 days is just not long enough! I am loving this almond butter blondies. And healthy too!
People get the Monday blues, mine starts Sunday late afternoon. That’s when it hits me that the weekend is ending I that I have to physically and mentally get ready for work the next morning. By Monday morning, I’m good as I have already resigned myself to another week of work. These blondies look delicious! I love that you used oat and almond butter to make it a little healthier.
I’m the same way, Thao! Sundays are my challenge, as I always feel frustrated that the end of the weekend is nearing!
Those blondies look delicious! And I love that you used almond butter in them – yum! 🙂
These blondies look delicious and I love the oats and almond butter! Pinning 🙂
Hey Kristine, if I am in a high altitude place (like 7600 ft), should I bake these differently? It seems things don’t bake the same as they should.
Thanks and I love your blog!
Hi Janet, thanks so much for your kind comment! I don’t have much experience with high altitude baking, but I did find this informative article on Epicurious. For this recipe, my guess is that you would just have to watch the blondies closely and possibly adjust the baking time? If you make them, let me know how they work out. 🙂
Hey Kristine, thank you for your reply and link to the website for high altitude baking. I did make the blondies and they turned out great! I increased the baking temp to 375 and added 1 more egg. Everything I have read on high altitude baking is kind of different, so I just winged it. The blondes were very cake like and not dry at all. They also didn’t collapse in the center. I got thumbs up from everyone who tried them. Thanks again for your help!
I’m so glad you enjoyed these! I really appreciate you letting me know. I think I’ll be making another batch soon myself. 🙂 Have a great week!
I love the idea of technology-free Sundays. What a great way to start the week more relaxed.
I buy almond butter all the time to spread on toast or eat with a banana, but I never think to bake with it. This bars look fabulous!!
I’ve wanted to try technology-free Sundays for a while but have never actually made myself do it! You should try baking with almond butter! My daughter doesn’t like peanut butter but she enjoys almond butter in baked goods and smoothies so it’s a great alternative. 🙂
One day to make the weekend longer could be to call in sick at work on Monday :)..But that again would not work every week!
At times I feel the same, there is so much expectations for the weekend, where in fact we could also enjoy some good day during the week. Weekends if they are full activities are fun, but then there is still the grocery to do, cleaning, cooking…Agree we need more days!! 🙂
Those chocolate chips look delicious!!!
That would be one way to make the weekend last longer! 🙂 Thank you for stopping by!
These look so perfect! I love blondies and I love the addition of almond butter! Yum!
I definitely wish there was a way we could make weekends last longer – love the idea of down time and family outings. These blondies would make the perfect snack. They look fantastic and I love the almond butter!
These blondies look so good, Kristine! Love the almond butter flavour! 😀
Some days I crave chocolate, but I don’t want the standard chocolate chip cookie or Cadbury fruit/nut bar. On those occasions, I’ll be referring to this recipe.
Thanks for sharing & Happy Sunday, Kristine 🙂
Haha, I need to know a trick for that too! Weekends always seem to go by way too fast! As much as I love peanut butter, I always get so excited when people use almond butter for desserts instead! These sounds delicious 🙂
These blondies look delicious, Kristine! I love that you used almond butter in here! It sounds like it gives this such great flavor. This would make the perfect breakfast or snack! Yum!
I wish I knew a way to make weekends last longer. Time seems to go too fast all the way around, really! I’ll take some of these bars and relax the weekend away — I love all of the ingredients you used, Kristine!
I hear you! It is so hard, the weekend just flies on by. My friend takes Sunday totally off, saying the Lord didn’t give us a day of rest for nothing 🙂 She always picks a new book to read or game to play or place to visit after church. I agree with you and her, I think it would be good to have a full day of rest, especially sans the technology.
And these blondies look incredible! They are all my favorites in one recipe. Almond butter is my life, it’ SO good. Love these blondies Kristine!
My GF husband will love these, Kristine!
So we do one digital-free day a week. It’s actually because of religious restriction, but boy, I love that day. We play games together, go on walks, read, take naps, talk. We really connect with our kids and our friends that day.
And I hear you about weekends. If we don’t try harder, Sunday becomes grocery store day. So we work in splash parks, or mini golf, or anything just to make it special!
Your digital-free day sounds amazing! I am going to try it, I just need to convince my husband. 😉 Have a wonderful 4th of July!
I’ve been making these in muffin tins. I did fudge the recipe by doubling it by adding two tablespoons coconut flour 1/4 cup almond meal and 1/4 cup oat flour with chia Flax and hempseeds. I then added two extra eggs I used a 1/2 cup coconut oil no butter and maple syrup and sweetened coconut in place of sugar. They can actually be eaten for breakfast they are so healthy still sweet enough and chewy. Even though I fudged a lot the first time I made them was the exact recipe and either way they are great!
I just made these for the first time. They are sooooo good (and easy)! I didn’t have oat flour and it was super easy to make as well. Thanks for sharing your recipes and your well written instructions.