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?

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

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

 

Leave a Reply 66 comments

Molly - March 22, 2017 Reply

When you add the vanilla protien powder do you need to make an adjustment to the amount of coconut flour you add?

Thank you!

    Laura Fuentes - March 22, 2017 Reply

    No. I just add 1/4 cup of vanilla protein powder to the recipe as written. Now, if my bananas are on the small side, I might add a tablespoon of water. You’ll feel the texture. I hope it helps!

Emilia - March 23, 2017 Reply

These look great! I’m always looking for healthy and sweet snacks. Thanks for sharing!

Lisa - March 26, 2017 Reply

Have you tried using almond butter or cashew butter instead of peanut butter?

    Laura Fuentes - March 27, 2017 Reply

    Yes, and both work wonderfully!

Eileen - March 26, 2017 Reply

If coconut flour is not an option, is there anything else you would recommend as a substitution, and how would it affect the measurements of the other ingredients?
Thanks!

    Laura Fuentes - March 27, 2017 Reply

    If coconut flour is not an option, I suggest you look at another recipe that uses traditional flour. I have not tested it with other substitutes. sorry!

      Jen - April 21, 2017 Reply

      I used wheat flour, they were good

        Laura Fuentes - April 21, 2017 Reply

        🙂

        Faiza - November 9, 2018 Reply

        Wouldnt raw unroasted/uncooked wheat flour cause stomach ache?

Heidi - March 26, 2017 Reply

If I don’t have coconut flour, can I use another type of flour?

    Laura Fuentes - March 27, 2017 Reply

    Unfortunately no. The recipe was developed with coconut flour and not tested with traditional flour.

Molly - March 26, 2017 Reply

Why coconut flour? Can you use whole wheat flour?

    Laura Fuentes - March 27, 2017 Reply

    Unfortunately no. coconut flour is not really a “flour” and it absorbs a lot more than regular flour.

RW - March 26, 2017 Reply

What can I use if I do not have coconut flour? I have wheat flour and flaxseed meal.

    Laura Fuentes - March 27, 2017 Reply

    Unfortunately those won’t work. coconut flour is not really a “flour” and it absorbs a lot more than regular flour.

Hm - March 26, 2017 Reply

Why coconut flour? Can I use a different flour?

    Laura Fuentes - March 27, 2017 Reply

    Unfortunately no. coconut flour is not really a “flour” and it absorbs a lot more than regular flour. This recipe was designed to be lower carb and GI than using traditional grain flours.

Lauren - March 26, 2017 Reply

Do you think almond or cashew butter would work? My kids can’t have peanuts.

    Laura Fuentes - March 27, 2017 Reply

    absolutely!

Natalie - March 26, 2017 Reply

What can I substitute for peanut butter? (We are allergic to soy too)

    Laura Fuentes - March 27, 2017 Reply

    there is a no-nut butter made with sunflower seeds and another with yellow peas. I hope this helps!

Nina - March 26, 2017 Reply

Hi Laura,
sounds and looks amazing! Would it be possible to substitute almond butter for peanut butter?
Thank you!

    Laura Fuentes - March 27, 2017 Reply

    Absolutely!

Sandy - March 27, 2017 Reply

My daughter is allergic to coconut. Is there another option for flour? Also, with flour I was under the understanding that flour needed to be heated/cooked to make sure to kill any bacteria before consuming. Is this not true?

    Laura Fuentes - March 27, 2017 Reply

    this recipe was developed to be used with coconut flour only. sorry!

Jacquie - March 27, 2017 Reply

Can you you subsitute Almond flour for the coconut flour and app;e sauce for the bannana and Agava for the honey

    Laura Fuentes - March 27, 2017 Reply

    Unfortunately no. coconut flour is not really a “flour” and it absorbs a lot more than regular flour.

Autumn - March 27, 2017 Reply

Could you substitute AP flour for coconut flour? I know it wouldn’t be as healthy, but it’s usually what is on-hand.

    Laura Fuentes - March 27, 2017 Reply

    Unfortunately no. coconut flour is not really a “flour” and it absorbs a lot more than regular flour.

Danielle - March 27, 2017 Reply

`Hi Laura,

I only use pea protein, will that work? And if i add it do I still use the same mount of coconut flour or will it make the bars too dry?

    Laura Fuentes - April 3, 2017 Reply

    there is no substitute for coconut flour in this recipe. Sorry!

Julie - March 29, 2017 Reply

Laura, you mentioned you could halve the honey by removing a tablespoon or two of coconut flour. Would I do that to the recipe as written above or is the recipe written with that modification already? These look great! Will try them soon. Thanks!

Jodi - March 31, 2017 Reply

This was a great recipe! My kids & I loved it and it was very easy. I was also very excited because I’ve had this bag of coconut four in my cabinet for months and was so confused about how to use it! Perfect 🙂

Rebecca - March 31, 2017 Reply

One of my kids is allergic to banana. Oftentimes you can substitute applesauce for banana. Do you think applesauce would work?

    Laura Fuentes - April 3, 2017 Reply

    I’ve never tried it for this recipe. sorry!

Felisha - April 14, 2017 Reply

Allergic to coconut. Is there a substitute

    Laura Fuentes - April 17, 2017 Reply

    This recipe does not have a substitute for coconut. Sorry!

lisa franklin - April 22, 2017 Reply

on the healthy chocolate blondies:
love this! i did very little honey – just a few drizzles – and added more banana and lots more peanut butter

Malinda - June 1, 2017 Reply

Made these yesterday and love them! Thanks!

    Laura Fuentes - June 1, 2017 Reply

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

Melissa - July 4, 2017 Reply

Do you think these would freeze well?

    Laura Fuentes - July 5, 2017 Reply

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

Holly - July 20, 2017 Reply

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

    Laura Fuentes - July 21, 2017 Reply

    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!

BobbyJoeTheDolphin - December 5, 2017 Reply

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

    Laura Fuentes - December 6, 2017 Reply

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

Carmen - January 13, 2018 Reply

How many carbs do these have?

    Laura Fuentes - January 14, 2018 Reply

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

Delia - February 26, 2018 Reply

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

    Laura Fuentes - February 26, 2018 Reply

    I hope you enjoy these Delia!

Ander - March 23, 2018 Reply

What are the nutrition facts Laura?

    Laura Fuentes - March 25, 2018 Reply

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

Amy Carnrick - September 7, 2018 Reply

Great idea. Can’t wait to try. Thanks!

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Laura - December 3, 2018 Reply

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

    Laura Fuentes - December 3, 2018 Reply

    were any substitutions made?

      laura - December 4, 2018 Reply

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

        Paula Rollo - December 5, 2018 Reply

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

Susan - January 4, 2019 Reply

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.

    Laura Fuentes - January 5, 2019 Reply

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

Jess - January 12, 2019 Reply

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

    Laura Fuentes - January 16, 2019 Reply

    pumpkin!

LL - January 15, 2019 Reply

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!

    Laura Fuentes - January 16, 2019 Reply

    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.

Alexis - January 16, 2019 Reply

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

    Laura Fuentes - January 18, 2019 Reply

    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?

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