Chocolate Chip Blondies (GF, DF)

Chocolate Chip Quinoa Blondies (GF, DF)

Recently, I’ve been a little busy, and when I asked my sister to write a blog post for me, she said it would be one line long “This is yummy. Try it.” Now, that’s a pretty good endorsement from my gluten-eating, baking-loving, and honest sister.

Chocolate Chip Blondies (GF, DF)
Chocolate Chip Blondies!

While this is by far the best gluten free dessert we have going so far, it didn’t quite start out that way. This was our first time baking with quinoa flour, and it doesn’t smell very good. In fact, it made the batter smell so funny, my sister didn’t initially want to waste perfectly good chocolate chips on these blondies. But, with the magic of the oven, the blondies turned into pure deliciousness. Chocolate Chip Blondies (GF, DF)

Lesson: Don’t eat the dough, but be prepared to enjoy this dish!

Now, my amazing sister found, modified, baked, typed up the recipe, and even took some of the pictures for this recipe. So, all the credit goes to her! And, without further ado, here’s the recipe for my favorite dessert!

Chocolate Chip Blondies (GF, DF)
Be sure to share with your friends and family too. I certainly did!

Chocolate Chip Quinoa Blondies (GF, DF)*

Allergens: Contains eggs and almonds (tree nuts).


Chocolate Chip Blondies (GF, DF)
All you’ll need!
  • ¼ cup Earth Balance Vegany Butter, softened
  • ¾ cup smooth or crunchy natural almond butter
  • 2 eggs
  • ¾ cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ¾ cup quinoa flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1 ½ cup semisweet chocolate chips


  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Grease and line an 8-inch-square baking pan with parchment paper.
  2. Beat Earth Balance and almond butter in a mixing bowl with an electric mixer until creamy.

    Chocolate Chip Blondies (GF, DF)
    Nice and Creamy
  3. Beat in eggs, brown sugar, and vanilla.Chocolate Chip Blondies (GF, DF)
  4. Whisk quinoa flour, baking powder, and salt in a small bowl.

    Chocolate Chip Blondies (GF, DF)
    Don’t smell the quinoa flour!
  5. Mix the flour mixture into the wet ingredients until just combined.
  6. Stir in chocolate chips.

    Chocolate Chip Blondies (GF, DF)
    Chocolate Chips, My Favorite!
  7. Spread batter evenly into prepared pan.

    Chocolate Chip Blondies (GF, DF)
    All ready to bake!
  8. Bake 25-35 minutes (until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean with just a few crumbs on it). Do not overbake.
  9. Let cool in pan.
  10. Cut into serving size, and enjoy with friends!

    Chocolate Chip Blondies (GF, DF)
    Almost Ready!
Chocolate Chip Blondies (GF, DF)
Chocolate Chip Blondies (GF, DF)
All ready to share!

*Adapted from Eating Well Magazine

That’s it from here! Thank you so much to my sister who always takes great precautions when cooking for me by using our dedicated GF, Kaila allergy friendly kitchen. (Always check about the measures someone with celiac disease and/or food allergies takes before trying to surprise them with a treat.)

My sister also made me these cookie dough cupcakes!
My sister also made me these cookie dough cupcakes and tons of other treats in the past!

I’m of course bringing this meal over for my Fiesta Friday friends to enjoy! This week’s party is co-hosted by Michelle and Aunt Juju.

Have a wonderful weekend!

33 thoughts on “Chocolate Chip Quinoa Blondies (GF, DF)

  1. Good thing you did not go by “smell” alone – I might have thought the flour was bad ! I have tried to get more quinoa in my diet and what a great way to add it – in a dessert. Great to see a “healthy” dessert – Happy FF 🙂

    1. Thanks, it’s one of my favorites! We eat a lot of quinoa in our house, just not quinoa flour. Fortunately, the smell is more distinct than rancid. Although, it’s definitely got some bitter hints. (And, everyone else thinks it smells the same way- the benefit of having the Internet.) We gave this dish to our friends and family at a graduation party last weekend and they all enjoyed it too! (And, they’re the gluten eating crowd.)

  2. I am happy to know that you proceeded with the baking, Kaila. If I was the one who made this and smelled ‘funny’, I would have thrown the batter. 😐 Good thing this came out awesome. Thanks for sharing and hello to your sister. 🙂 Happy FF. xx

    1. I think we’re pretty used to things having odd textures at least, so that helps. Plus, if you look it up online, nobody thinks that quinoa smells very good. Fortunately, it’s more bitter than rancid. And, the end result is delicious! I just wanted to forewarn people before they gave up on the batter. Seriously, my favorite treat so far. (They’re all gone too!) Happy FF, and enjoy your weekend! 😀

  3. These look fantastic! I’ve never tried baking with quinoa flour, so I’m glad to have the warning/reassurance that the dough may smell a bit strange. Yum!

  4. These are awesome Kaila! I’ve never tried quinoa flour before but I’ve seen a few yummy looking desserts made with it so I definitely believe these taste as good as they look! Kudos to your sister!

    Thanks to both of you for bringing them along to Fiesta Friday this week!

    1. Thanks, Michelle! I was so glad that she experimented with a new type of flour. I can’t wait to try out some new recipes with the quinoa flour we have left. And, thanks for co-hosting this week! Hope you have a wonderful weekend! 😀

    1. Thanks, Amanda! I don’t know if any of my desserts are healthy, but I try to make them tasty! (Although quinoa flour has a lot of good qualities, I’m sure. I just don’t quite know them.) Plus, you can never go wrong with chocolate. Ever. Happy FF, and have a marvelous weekend!

    1. Thanks! And, right?! We love experimenting with all types of flours! And, by “we” I currently mean my sister, since I’m memorizing muscle charts over here (at least in theory). It’s also good because my mom can’t have the Garbanzo and Fava flour that I use in a lot of my baking. Hope you’re having a fantastic weekend! Miss you! 😀

  5. Oh wow, Kaila… Now you got me wanting to bake these… They sure look good and if the only taste half as good… YUM! 🙂
    I’ve never used quinoa flour either so might have to give this a shot, despite the funny smell… 😀

    1. Thanks! I figured it’s a good warning to give because a lot of people aren’t used to cooking with quinoa, not to mention quinoa flour. 🙂 And, thanks! They’re super tasty. Let me know if you give them a try, and any modifications you may make. Hope you had a fantastic weekend! 😀

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