No Bake Healthy Chocolate Chip Blondies

You know when your body wants something sweet, but you just want none of the guilt? I have those moments all the time, and these Healthy Chocolate Chip Blondies is one of the recipes that comes to the rescue!

How to make healthy no bake desserts

When I think of the foods my body craves, it’s usually salty things like nuts, cheese, olives, hummus… I mean, growing up in Spain that’s what we had for snack regularly, salty things. Like in the afternoons, I’d sit with my grandpa playing cards while shelling peanuts and eating olives.

However, I hate to admit that I’ve developed quite a sweet tooth through recipe development. I try all things, snack on all things, and therefore, eat all things!

I made these blondies for a group of ladies in my boxing class that has so kindly volunteered to be the testers for all my Family KickStart Program recipes and treats. They were all doing their own whole food 30-day programs so my KickStart recipes were perfect for them!

If you’ve never heard of Family KickStart, it’s a 30-day program created with a Whole Food & Whole-Family approach where the entire family eats real foods together while eliminating processed foods and sugars from their diets. Check out Family KickStart here.

I brought a batch to eat from “a Pinterest recipe that I had to modify because I didn’t have half of the ingredients.” Oh, how familiar this was to my ears since I know that sometimes people change things and they don’t always come out as described. Ha!

Making these is a very simple process. Can you mix ingredients in a bowl with a spoon and then press them down into a container? Seriously, it’s that easy. Check out this video where I show you how to make them.

So, back to the blondies. The following week I brought my first batch to my newly found group of taste testers, and they all agreed they were great! Thrilled with my newly found zero-guilt recipe, I now make them from time to time and keep them in the fridge for up to 5 days. They usually don’t last that long since my husband and kids have discovered them as well.

On a final note, I’ve made these with added protein powder, up to 1/4 of a cup, for extra nutrition and been able to reduce the honey in half by removing 1-2 tablespoons of coconut flour. How do you know it’s going to hold together? When the texture in the bowl has the consistency of playdough, and you pinch it, and it holds together. Trial and error I tell you.

Are you a chocolate brownie person or a blondie person?

Healthy Blondies Recipe Substitutions FAQ

There have been many questions regarding this simple recipe about the ingredients and substitutions. Check the answers below if you have any questions regarding substitutions.

Can you use almond butter or cashew butter instead of peanut butter?

You can use any “butter” for this recipe. However, the runnier consistency butters tend to need more time to set or 1 to 2 teaspoons of additional coconut flour.

Can you make these healthy blondies nut-free? 

Absolutely! For a nut-free alternative, use sunflower butter, pea butter, soy butter, or sesame butter.

Can you use another flour in place of coconut flour? 

Unfortunately no. Coconut flour is not really a “flour” it’s ground and dehydrated coconut meat. It also absorbs 10 times its weight in liquid and it does not perform like any other “flour.”

This recipe only works with coconut flour.

Can you freeze this recipe? 

I’ve always found that freezing coconut flour goods changed the texture so I would not recommend freezing these healthy blondies bars. Don’t worry, they are tasty enough and the recipe doesn’t yield enough for an army that you probably won’t have any leftover to freeze anyway!

Can I omit the chocolate chips?

This recipe can certainly be made chocolate-free for a plain blondie. You could also add chopped raisins, dried fruit, or chopped nuts in the same amount as the chocolate chips.

Is there a good replacement for bananas?

If you don’t like banana or don’t have any ripe bananas on hand, try mashed pumpkin instead. The pumpkin texture is “wetter” so you’ll need to add 1 to 2 teaspoons of additional coconut flour.

No Bake Healthy Chocolate Chip Blondies

Healthy No Bake Chocolate Chip Blondies are going to change how you eat snacks!
  • Author: Laura Fuentes
  • Yield: 6 squares 1x
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Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup + 2 tablespoons coconut flour, sifted
  • 1/2 cup mashed banana
  • 1/4 cup peanut butter
  • 1/4 cup honey or maple syrup
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 tablespoons mini chocolate chips

Instructions

  1. Line an 8×4 loaf pan with parchment paper.
  2. In a large bowl, mash the banana, add peanut butter, honey, and vanilla. Once the mixture is cohesive and creamy, add in the coconut flour and combine well. The final step is to add in chocolate chips and combine.
  3. Spread mixture into a lined pan with your hands, pressing down and spreading evenly, to about 1/2 thick. Refrigerate for 1-2 hours until firm.
  4. Picking up the parchment paper, remove from pan and cut into individual squares.
  5. You can wrap them individually or in an airtight container and refrigerate them for a week. They can also be wrapped individually and frozen for up to a month.

Notes

Make sure to measure the mashed banana since coconut flour is not a very forgiving ingredient. You can add up to 1/4 cup vanilla protein powder for an extra protein boost (not included in nutrition facts).

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1 square
  • Calories: 158
  • Sugar: 16g (7 added sugars)
  • Fat: 6.6g
  • Carbohydrates: 22.9g
  • Fiber: 4.2g
  • Protein: 5g
  • Cholesterol: 0
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77 thoughts on “No Bake Healthy Chocolate Chip Blondies”

  1. Malinda says:

    Made these yesterday and love them! Thanks!

    1. Laura Fuentes says:

      I’m so glad! thanks for trying my recipe!

  2. Melissa says:

    Do you think these would freeze well?

    1. Laura Fuentes says:

      I’ve always found that freezing coconut flour goodies changes the texture.

  3. Holly says:

    How many calories are in a serving of this? Looks yummy!

    1. Laura Fuentes says:

      Hi Holly, we don’t count calories on our recipes (at the moment) but you can plug it into any calorie counter and you’ll have it!

  4. BobbyJoeTheDolphin says:

    What do you do if you don’t have any chocolate chips? I did not plan ahead when making this.

    1. Laura Fuentes says:

      you can make blondies without them, no biggie. add chopped raisins?

  5. Carmen says:

    How many carbs do these have?

    1. Laura Fuentes says:

      Hi Carmen, you can easily calculate the nutritional information for this recipe on any fitness/nutritional app.

  6. Delia says:

    OOooh! These look both yummy and doable! I will make as directed because they sound so yummy but will also try with sunflower butter because if I could get my daughter to eat them I could send them to day care where no nuts are allowed.
    I was happy to see how easy this recipe looks because I saw a different snack bar recipe somewhere else recently and was horrified by the mass quantities of stuff (peanut butter and coconut milk – Whoa! high calorie and fat) for just 18 servings. It sounded delicious but like I should use it to fuel me as I run from coast to coast (haha! if only I would do such a Forrest Gump thing. hint: I would not.) So I was pleasantly surprised to see these as I can easily see myself making these. And I have coconut flour already! yay!
    Keep up the good work! (I love your non-dairy, gluten free and vegetarian recipes).
    Delia

    1. Laura Fuentes says:

      I hope you enjoy these Delia!

  7. Ander says:

    What are the nutrition facts Laura?

    1. Laura Fuentes says:

      Hi Ander, the recipe has been updated to include the nutritional data. Enjoy!

  8. Laura says:

    Tried to make these yesterday but sadly they still haven’t set! Not sure where Iv gone wrong!

    1. Laura Fuentes says:

      were any substitutions made?

      1. laura says:

        No substitutions were made- it still hasn’t set ‍♀️

        1. Paula Rollo says:

          I am sorry but I really don’t know. I make these bars every week almost and they set every time.

  9. Susan says:

    Hey there. My son is allergic to all nuts but this recipe sounds and looks amazing. Could I use soybutter?? I saw the other comments on nutbutter. Soybutter is pretty running though.

    1. Laura Fuentes says:

      Absolutely. Use soy butter for this recipe. There’s also Sesame Butter (Amazon) and I love it. not as runny. Enjoy!

  10. Jess says:

    If I don’t have mashed bananas, what can I use as a substitute?
    Thanks!

    1. Laura Fuentes says:

      pumpkin!

  11. LL says:

    I tried this with almond flour and it never formed up. I also wasn’t measuring how much almond flour I was using, though. However, the taste was just fine! I’m just going to use it as a dip!

    1. Laura Fuentes says:

      That is because almond flour is not recommended for this recipe. The recipe uses coconut flour which is essential to absorb the moisture. Glad you were able to use it as a dip! I bet that fruit tasted amazing.

  12. Alexis says:

    I tried this recipe and it came out kind of bland and chalky, what do you suggest?!

    1. Laura Fuentes says:

      It’s far from bland. were any substitutions made? What brand of coconut flour did you use? and what type of nut butter was used?

  13. These look so good. I can’t wait to make them. I am always looking for quick no bake snack ideas and we love anything with chocolate chips. 🙂 I found this on Pinterest and it had been saved over 100k times. Figured I better check it out.

    1. Laura Fuentes says:

      Thanks for trying them Stacy!

  14. Erin says:

    Planning on making these tomorrow . Do I need to have over-ripe bananas? Or will normal, yellow bananas work fine

  15. Alex K Levine says:

    How many grams of coconut flour is needed? I prefer to weigh ingredients when possible to make sure I have the right amount. Thanks!

    1. Laura Fuentes says:

      80 grams approximately.

  16. sara says:

    Can you substitute oat flour instead of coconut flour? Thanks!

    1. Laura Fuentes says:

      Unfortunately, no. The oat flour does not absorb the 10:1 ratio like coconut flour. sorry! You’d have to add more to the recipe.

  17. Michelle says:

    Hello, I made this recipe exactly as it is written and the bars won’t set. Is there anything I can do to salvage them? Any tips would be appreciated. Thank you!!

    1. Laura Fuentes says:

      Michelle, I’m sorry you’re having trouble with the bars. This is a coconut flour issue. Add a little more, that should do it!

  18. Taysom Garside says:

    I work for my university’s wellness center where we help students learn to eat healthier. I was wondering if if would be okay with you if I used your photo as an example to the students of a healthy treat they can make? We will make sure to give you photo credit and leave the water mark on it so people know it is your photo.

    1. Laura Fuentes says:

      Sure thing. Thanks Taysom!

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