Fudgy Caramel Vegan Blondies Recipe (Paleo, Gluten Free)

This is another gluten free dessert recipe I shared on my Instagram profile awhile ago, but have yet to share on the blog...but this vegan blondies recipe is so delicious, I knew I needed to correct that oversight ASAP!

Fudgy Caramel Vegan Blondies Recipe (Paleo, Gluten Free)

Before I tried these vegan blondies, I had never tried the lighter counterpart to brownies. But if you're a fan of caramel, fudge or banana baked goods, these vegan blondies are sure to blow you away. They come out crispy on the edges, super soft in the middle, and after being cooled in the fridge overnight, their texture is perfect for fans of fudgy desserts!

Ready to make these vegan blondies for yourself? Here's what you'll need...

Ingredients For These Super Fudgy Vegan Blondies

1 package of Julie’s Real Paleo Caramel Vanilla Blondie Mix
1 gluten free vegan egg substitute by Bob’s Red Mill
1 ripe banana, mashed
1/4 cup of nut butter of your choice
A few tablespoons of water or dairy free milk, if needed

The Special Ingredients For These Vegan Blondies

You may notice that these gluten free blondies have a very similar ingredient list to the paleo brownies recipe I posted a few months ago...and that's because both recipes have very similar special ingredients. Bob’s Red Mill’s vegan egg substitute is seriously the BEST egg substitute I’ve ever tried and it has worked flawlessly in every recipe I’ve adapted so far. Meanwhile, this recipe is specifically designed around Julie's Real Paleo Caramel Vanilla Blondie Mix.

I am an ambassador for Julie's Real - so you can get 20 percent off online orders by using the code collegeceliackcJR20 at checkout! - but that's not coloring my judgment when it comes to the taste of this blondie mix. The vanilla and caramel flavors shine through without the blondies tasting too sugary, and the banana I add to the original recipe is a scrumptious twist.

Fudgy Caramel Vegan Blondies Recipe (Paleo, Gluten Free)

Like with Julie's Real's paleo brownie mix, their blondie package calls for an egg and coconut oil. However, I've adapted that recipe to make these blondies vegan and a little lower and fat.

How to Make Your Own Paleo Brownies, ASAP!

Once you get your hands on these two ingredients, the rest of the steps for making these vegan paleo blondies are quite simple.

First, preheat your oven to 350 degrees and create your vegan “egg.” Add one tablespoon of Bob’s Red Mill’s egg substitute to two tablespoons of water, and let it thicken for a few minutes before mashing your banana in the same bowl.

Next, add your nut butter and the baking mix. Any nut butter will work, though using a nut butter with additional spices or flavorings - like vanilla or cinnamon - really takes these blondies to the next level, flavor-wise.

Mix all of these ingredients together, followed by a tablespoon or two of water or dairy-free milk if necessary to get a stirrable texture. Then pour into a parchment-lined baking tray (I have always used a 9x9 square) and pop your fudgy vegan blondies into the oven for 20 to 25 minutes.

Fudgy Caramel Vegan Blondies Recipe (Paleo, Gluten Free)

Because I’ve made these blondies vegan and the mix is already gluten free and paleo, they are VERY moist and fudgy. So for best results, let your blondies cool and then store them in the fridge to further solidify into a fudge-tastic gluten free dessert. I also want to mention that if you're baking in high-altitude, this recipe may not be the best choice for you. When I tried making this recipe at my parent's home in Colorado, they were equally delicious but a lot more flat...so you may try one of my many other gluten free dessert recipes instead (like these vegan buckwheat banana bars or these superfood chocolate banana brownies).

Yes, You Can Freeze and Defrost Your Blondies

Like with Julie's Real brownies, you can also freeze and defrost these vegan blondies. I'm a big fan of baking in bulk and then freezing extra for when I want a sweet treat mid-week and don't have time to bake after work. I just store the blondies in a sealed plastic bag and then let them defrost overnight in the fridge. Wala - just as delicious as when they were freshly baked!

I'll admit that I'm not sure which I love more: blondies or brownies. However, I DO know that these vegan blondies are one of my favorite desserts lately, and I don't plan on taking them out of my regular rotation anytime soon...

Have you ever tried blondies? Are you a brownies or a blondies fan? Tell me in the comments!


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