These gluten-free blondies are rich & chewy and EASY to make! They’re my go-to dessert when baking a treat for a crowd because they’re portable and only take 1 bowl to prepare.

Based on a long-time family recipe, I’ve been making this recipe for years and it’s always a favorite! Keep reading for all the tips you need to make quick and easy gluten-free blondies. You also might like to try these gluten-free brownies!

A close up of blondies sliced in a sheet pan

Everyone should have a great blondies recipe in their back pocket, and this gluten-free blondies recipe is the guaranteed to be your new favorite!

These easy gluten-free blondie bars are made with simple ingredients and can be tailored to any food allergies and sensitivities, including nut-free and dairy-free. They’re a great alternative to chocolate chip cookies or chocolate fudgy brownies.

I adapted this from my mom’s classic blondies recipe and I’m SO pleased with the results. It’s always a crowd-pleaser!

I know you’ll be turning to this dessert bar recipe again and again, whether you’re baking for a party, family game night, taking dinner to a friend, or have a hankering for something sweet on a weeknight.

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Why You’ll Love this Recipe

  • Rich and buttery
  • Great chewy texture
  • Made with pantry staples
  • Easy to make
  • Adaptable to many food allergies

You also might like these recipes for gluten-free caramel oat bars, gluten-free pizza crust, gluten-free banana bread and gluten-free snickerdoodles.

Ingredients You’ll Need

Here’s everything you’ll need to make this gluten-free chocolate chip blondies recipe taste amazing!

Ingredients for gluten-free blondies spread on a counter top
  • Brown sugar: Brown sugar is made with molasses, which gives the blondies a rich and chewy texture that sets them apart from your average recipe!
  • Sugar: White sugar is also essential to this recipe—I wouldn’t recommend trying to substitute it with coconut sugar or any other type of sugar.
  • Butter: Use REAL, full-fat butter for this recipe. (Unless you’re making them dairy-free. In that case, use vegan butter.)
  • Gluten-free flour: It’s important to use a high quality 1:1 baking flour to get the right texture and best results for these blondies!
  • Baking powder: Baking powder helps the blondies rise and adds chew.
  • Salt: Sea salt balances the sweetness and brings out the flavor of every ingredient in this recipe.
  • Vanilla: Of course, vanilla brownies aren’t complete without pure vanilla extract.
  • Chocolate chips: For this recipe I like to use a combination of white chocolate chips and semi-sweet chocolate chips. You could also use butterscotch chips, dark chocolate, or peanut butter chips if you prefer an alternative to the chocolate flavor.
  • Eggs: Eggs act as a binder and add richness to the blondie batter.

How to Make this Recipe

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and grease a 9×13 baking pan with cooking spray.
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  • Cream room temperature butter and sugar together in a large mixing bowl or medium bowl, or in the bowl of a stand mixer.
  • Add room temperature eggs and vanilla extract.
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  • Add the room temperature eggs and vanilla extract and mix until combined.
  • Pour in the gluten-free flour, almond flour, gluten-free baking powder and salt. Mix on low speed until totally combined and no dry streaks are left. Stir in the chocolate chips and pecans if using.
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  • Spread the blondies batter into the prepared baking dish.
  • Bake at 350 degrees for 25-30 minutes, until golden brown.

Storage Instructions

Store gluten-free blondies in an airtight container on the counter at room temperature, for 3-5 days.

You can also cover them in plastic wrap and freeze them for up to three months. When you’re ready to eat, put one in the microwave for a few seconds, or let it thaw to room temperature.

A close up of blondies sliced in a sheet pan, with one piece placed on top of the others

FAQs

What is the difference between a brownie and blondie?

Brownies and blondies are both dessert bars with a fudgy texture and chewy center. However, classic brownies are made with cocoa powder or melted baking chocolate, while blondies are a vanilla batter with white or regular chocolate chips mixed in.

Why do gluten free brownies fall apart?

If your gluten free brownies are falling apart, you may not be using a high-quality gluten-free flour. The best gluten-free baking flour contains xanthan gum, which acts as a binder to keep the brownies together and add chew.

What is the difference between a blondie and a brookie?

Blondies are a blonde brownie, made with a vanilla batter and chocolate chips mixed in. Brookies are a combination of chocolate chip cookie dough batter and brownie batter, that is swirled together to make a unique dessert.

Why are my blondies so gooey?

If your gluten-free blondies are gooey, you may have underbaked them, or you might not have mixed the batter enough. Blondie batter that is not thoroughly mixed may be dense and result in an under-done texture.

Why are my blondies like cake?

We all know the best blondies are thick, chewy, and have a crinkly top! if your blondies are cakey, it may be because you added too much liquid to the batter, over-baked them, or didn’t stir the batter well enough.

How long will blondies keep?

If stored in an airtight container at room temperature, blondies will last 3-5 days. You can also wrap them in plastic wrap and store them in the freezer for several months.

Is xanthan gum gluten-free?

Yes, xanthan gum is naturally gluten-free, and an important ingredient for gluten-free blondies and other baked goods. (It adds chew and structure!)

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Expert Tips & Tricks

  • Make it nut-free: The almond flour gives these blondies a great chewy texture, but you can swap it out and add an additional ⅓ cup gluten-free 1:1 baking flour to make the recipe nut-free.
  • Make it dairy-free: Use vegan butter and 2 cups of dairy-free chocolate chips and in place of the semi-sweet and white chocolate chips to make this recipe dairy-free.
  • Other add-ins: You’re welcome to add 1/2 cup chopped pecans to this gluten-free blondies recipe, if you’d like. Or you can swap the chocolate chips for peanut butter chips or butterscotch chips. Feel free to get creative!
  • Brown the butter: Want to add even more richness and depth of flavor to your gluten-free blondies? Try browning the butter and let it cool to room temperature before creaming it with the sugar. This will give the blondies a more carmely flavor!

More Gluten-Free Recipes

I hope you love this gluten-free blondies recipe as much as we do! If you try these blondies, be sure to leave me a comment/rating below. I’d love to hear from you!

A close up of blondies sliced in a sheet pan, with one piece placed on top of the others
5 from 8 votes

Easy Gluten-Free Blondies

Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 25 mins
Total Time 40 mins
Servings 16 servings
These gluten-free blondies are rich & chewy and EASY to make! They're my go-to dessert when baking a treat for a crowd because they're portable and only take 1 bowl to prepare.
Based on a long-time family recipe, I've been making this recipe for years and it's always a favorite! These can easily be made dairy-free and nut free as well.

Ingredients

  • ½ cup butter softened
  • ¾ cup brown sugar 160 grams
  • ¾ cup granulated sugar 150 grams
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 1 cup gluten-free 1:1 baking flour 160 grams
  • ½ cup blanched almond flour 56 grams (or 1/3 cup more gluten-free flour)
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1 cup white chocolate chips
  • ½ cup chopped pecans optional

Instructions 

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and lightly grease a 9×13 baking pan with cooking spray. I like using a light metal pan for this recipe.
  • In a large mixing bowl or in the bowl of a stand mixer, add the butter, brown sugar and granulated sugar. Mix on medium-high for 2-3 minutes until light and fluffy.
  • Add the eggs and vanilla extract and mix until combined.
  • Pour in the gluten-free flour, almond flour, gluten-free baking powder and salt. Mix on low speed until totally combined and no dry streaks are left. Stir in the chocolate chips and pecans if using.
  • Spread the blondies batter into the prepared baking dish.
  • Bake for 25-30 minutes, until golden brown. Let cool before slicing. Enjoy!

Notes

RECIPE TIPS
  • Make it nut-free: The almond flour gives these blondies a great chewy texture, but you can swap it out and add an additional ⅓ cup gluten-free 1:1 baking flour to make the recipe nut-free.
  • Make it dairy-free: Use vegan butter and 2 cups of dairy-free chocolate chips and in place of the semi-sweet and white chocolate chips to make this recipe dairy-free.
  • Other add-ins: You’re welcome to add 1/2 cup chopped pecans to this gluten-free blondies recipe, if you’d like. Or you can swap the chocolate chips for peanut butter chips or butterscotch chips. Feel free to get creative!

Nutrition

Calories: 335kcal | Carbohydrates: 38g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 19g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 6g | Trans Fat: 0.2g | Cholesterol: 39mg | Sodium: 142mg | Potassium: 187mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 31g | Vitamin A: 218IU | Vitamin C: 0.1mg | Calcium: 68mg | Iron: 1mg

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Hi, I’m Erin!

BS Food Science,

MS Nutrition

I believe you can make amazing, gluten-free food with everyday ingredients that everyone will enjoy. I’m here to share my tried-and-true recipes with you!

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Comments

  1. 5 stars
    My husband was recently diagnosed with celiac and he almost never eats baked goods anymore (and misses them!). I saw this recipe on Pinterest and gave it a try, and we both agreed that these were the best blondies that we ever had and you would never know that they are GF if not told. Thanks for the recipe!

  2. 5 stars
    One of our favorite family treats! These blondies are so easy to make and they turned out to be rich and delicious. Love yo have these on our next family picnic. Exciting!

  3. 5 stars
    Super tasty and really comforting! Thank you so much for sharing this blondies recipe! Will have this again! Loved it!

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