One-Bowl Peanut Butter Carrot Blondies (vegan + gf)
These One-Bowl Peanut Butter Carrot Blondies are rich, super fudgy, and seriously delicious! Made with just 8 real food ingredients and in one bowl, too boot! Egg free, vegan, gluten free, dairy free, but a total crowd pleasing treat for all eating styles!
Guys, I dreamed up this recipe about a little over a week ago….and have already made it 7 times.
And 7 times…these blondies disappeared in record time before I could properly document them for you.
Why? Because they are awesome. Seriously sweet tooth-satisfying, melt-in-your-mouth awesomely delicious. My family inhaled them. One of my best friends harassed me for the recipe after I brought a few over for her crew to taste. And all of you guys who fall me on Instagram are filling up my DM box with requests for when it will be out.
So here they are, loves! Your’s for the baking. For the loving. For the devouring. And for the veggie-loading.
People sometimes think it’s strange that I veggie-loaded my desserts, but to those people I say
Veggies are not just for the dinner table. And they are not something to be endured or suffered through. Veggies are awesome and add so much to any meal. Nutrient wise but also flavor wise.
Like these blondies! The carrots in these suckers give the perfect amount of moisture to make them melt in your mouth but also give the blondies a really great texture that I couldn’t get enough of. The carrots don’t overpower the blondies, but they enhance them in so many special ways that I just don’t know why you wouldn’t add them into the mix!
And these veggie-loaded beauties are so easy to make! And I can promise that almost everyone will go crazy for them!
Since the carrots give a little extra moisture umph to these blondies, a chia “egg” is all that is needed to keep them together….making them the perfect egg-free and gluten free treat to serve up to a crowd with different dietary needs or eating styles!
- Make them with an egg! If egg-free isn’t needed and/or you don’t hav chia seeds in the house, you can totally make these with an egg instead of the chia + water mixture.
- Make them Paleo! Sub the peanut butter with almond butter and BAM, you have a vegan and Paleo treat that the crowd will go nuts over.
- Reduce the chocolate chips…if that’s your thing. I am a chocolate girl, so the more the better in my book. But feel free to reduce the chocolate chips in this recipe if you want. We can still be friends.
Wondering how to store your carrots so they stay fresh as long as possible? Check out my post on How to Keep Cut Carrots Fresh and get the most out of your produce buck!
Other recipes you are going to love
- Flourless Peanut Butter Carrot Zucchini Cookies
- No-Bake Peanut Butter Carrot Balls
- One-Bowl Paleo Carrot Chocolate Chip Muffins
One-Bowl Peanut Butter Carrot Blondies (vegan + gluten free)
- 1 tbsp chia seeds
- 3 tbsp water
- 3/4 cup smooth natural peanut butter
- 1/4 cup honey/maple syrup
- 1 tbsp pure vanilla
- 1/2 tsp baking soda
- 1/4 tsp salt , (if using salted peanut butter, leave out)
- 1 cup grated carrot
- 1/2 cup chocolate chips , + extra for sprinkling on top (optional)
- Preheat your oven to 350℉ and line a 8×8 pan with parchment paper.
- In a medium bowl, combine the water and chia seeds. Mix and let stand to “gel” for about 5 minutes.
- Once the “chia egg” has gelled, add peanut butter, honey/maple syrup, vanilla, baking soda and salt (if using) to the bowl. Stir until very smooth and everything is well combined.
- Fold in shredded carrots.
- Finally, fold in chocolate chips.
- Spread the mixture evenly in the prepared baking dish and sprinkle on extra chocolate chips (if using)
- Bake for 25 minutes. When the blondies are done baking, they will still seem soft. This is normal and they will firm up as the cool.
- As hard as it may be, allow the blondies to cool COMPLETELY before slicing into them. They will taste amazing regardless, but will hold together much better when chilled a bit.
- Once totally cool, slice into 16 blondies and enjoy. Store leftovers in an air-tight container in the fridge for up to 5 days or in the freezer to enjoy whenever your sweet tooth calls your name.