Vegan, Gluten-Free Blondies

Last weekend, my sister, my mom, and I got our hands dirty, tackling another recipe from the Babycakes cookbook: gluten-free blondies. Actually, there wasn't much tackling going on because, as long as you have the ingredients, this recipe is actually really easy to make and the blondies turned out great! And I don't mean great for a vegan, gluten-free dessert. I mean great, period. I know that there are varying opinions of Babycakes out there and I'm not saying that all their recipes hit the spot, but these were good. More like mini chocolate chip muffins then blondies, but, hey, I like mini chocolate chip muffins, so that was okay by me. Besides, Zooey Deschanel likes them, so they must be good! :-)

You can find the complete recipe after the jump.


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1/2 cup GF Garbanzo Fava Flour
1/2 cup Brown Rice Flour
1/2 cup Potato Starch
1/4 cup Arrowroot Starch
1 1/4 cups Evaporated Cane Juice
2 tsp Baking Powder
1/4 tsp Baking Soda
1 tsp Xanthan Gum
1 tsp Sea Salt
1/2 cup Coconut Oil or Canola Oil
1/3 cup Applesauce, unsweetened
2 Tb Vanilla
1/2 cup Hot Water
1 cup Vegan Chocolate Chips

Preheat the oven to 325°F. Lightly grease three 12-mini-muffin tins* with oil.

In a medium bowl, whisk together the flours, potato starch, arrowroot starch, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, xanthan gum and salt. Add the 1/2 cup oil and the applesauce, vanilla and hot water and stir until batter is smooth. Using a plastic spatula, gently fold in the chocolate chips until they are evenly distributed throughout the batter.

Using a melon baler, scoop the batter into each prepared mini-muffin cup. Bake on the center rack for 9 minutes, rotating the tray 180 degrees after 5 minutes. The finished blondies will be golden brown and firm to the touch.

Let the blondies stand in the tins for 10 minutes. To maintain freshness, leave the blondies in the muffin tins until ready to serve. Cover remaining blondies with plastic wrap and store at room temperature for up to 3 days.

*If you do not have mini-muffin tins, a greased 9 x 13-inch pan will work just fine. When using this method, bake blondies for 25 minutes.