These Apple Blondies are a soft and gooey dessert recipe made with healthy and wholesome ingredients! Tasting just like apple pie, these flourless blondies need just 5 ingredients to make.
Apple Pie Blondies
When it comes to healthy apple recipes, I love applesauce cake, applesauce bread, and these apple blondies.
When Fall comes around, I am a fan of adding applesauce to everything and anything. These apple blondies are my current favorite, as they are so simple to make, and are full of warm, fall flavors.
Initially, my intentions were to make a healthy apple pie, but I really couldn’t be bothered making a crust. Besides I already have a fabulous apple pie recipe. Instead, I wanted to try and make a kind of bar dessert, a cross between a brownie and a dessert bar. Enter- These blondies!
Made with coconut flour and naturally sweetened, they are a low carb and healthy dessert recipe. It’s a simple one bowl recipe that is made without butter and without oil, but you’d never tell. Taste wise, they have all the flavors of any good apple pie, minus the crust. The texture is what makes this stand out- Soft, fudgy, and gooey in one.
How do you make apple blondies?
- Unsweetened applesauce- Using a mere 1/2 cup does not provide many additional carbs, making it suitable for a keto diet. Ensure your applesauce is 100% unsweetened.
- Almond butter- Smooth almond butter is perfect for the gooey texture. You can replace almond butter with either peanut butter or cashew butter.
- Keto Maple Syrup- Adds sweetness, but also keeps the blondies gooey and fudgy. If you don’t follow a strict keto diet, you can substitute this for pure maple syrup or agave nectar.
- Coconut Flour- This helps to hold the blondies together. I have not tried a substitution for this.
- Apple Pie Spice- Use either packaged apple pie spice or a homemade version (see below!)
- Granulated sweetener of choice (optional)– Add a sprinkle of your favorite granulated sweetener of choice on top of the bars, as they produce a gorgeous crust!
In a mixing bowl, add your coconut flour and apple pie spice and mix until combined. Next, heat up your almond butter and maple syrup in a small saucepan or microwave safe bowl. Once warm, add it to the dry mixture, along with the unsweetened applesauce, and mix until combined. Transfer the blondie mixture into an 8 x 8-inch pan. If desired, sprinkle with some sweetener. Bake at 180C/350F for 30 minutes, before removing from the oven and allowing to cool completely.
How do you make an apple pie spice?
If you can’t find packaged apple pie spice, easily make your own.
To make– 1/4 cup cinnamon, 2 teaspoons nutmeg, 1/2 teaspoon ground allspice, 1 1/2 teaspoons ginger.
Mix together and store in an airtight container or jar.
Tips and Tricks
- Once you remove it from the oven, it will still look undercooked. Allow it to cool completely and for the absolute best taste, refrigerate and enjoy cold- it tastes incredible this way.
- For added apple flavor, feel free to fold through some diced apples into the batter.
- For thicker blondies, add a little extra coconut flour.
- Drizzle the blondies with some caramel sauce for a delicious caramel apple flavor.
Storing and Freezing Apple Blondies
- To store: Apple pie blondies need to be stored in the refrigerator, to avoid them spoiling. Refrigerated blondies will keep for up to 2 weeks.
- To freeze: Place blondies in a ziplock bag and store in the freezer for up to 6 months.
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- 1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
- 1/2 cup almond butter can sub for any nut or seed butter
- 1/4 cup coconut flour * See notes
- 3-4 tablespoon keto maple syrup can sub for pure maple syrup or agave, if not strictly keto
- 1 tablespoon apple pie spice
- 1/4 cup Granulated sweetener of choice Optional
- Preheat the oven to 180C/350F and line an 8 x 8-inch pan with parchment paper.
- In a large mixing bowl, combine all the ingredients and mix very well until a very thick batter is formed.
- Transfer to the greased baking dish and top with the granulated sweetener of choice. Bake in the oven for 30 minutes, or until the tops are golden.
- Remove from oven and allow to cool completely. Refrigerate for at least an hour before slicing.
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I am a broken record but need to say that you are killing me!
Stefan tests all my stuff except for things with banana. But I take his opinion with a grain of salt. Some things – the portable usually – I bring to the office for further testing. With some things I just rely on my taste buds.
I am cautious with the spicy recipes. I’ve seen people’s eyes nearly pop out of their sockets when I spice up my food with hot sauce. So I guess my tatse buds are not to trust in this case!
Right? My God my spice tolerance is ridiculous…ly awesome.
Thank goodness for my kids for quality control! If you published a 4 ingredient cookbook I’d buy it, just saying 🙂
Hahaha i’m aiming for a standard cookbook, I’d run out of ideas for 3 and 4 ingredient recipes!
I love anything with cinnamon in it during the fall. Apples are my favorite though! For the applesauce, can you use homemade or is unsweetened applesauce from the store better?
Either would work- I’ve been lazy in making my own but homemade applesauce = AMAZING.
Besides the 1-minute paleo hummus crusted coconut flour Brussels sprouts mug cake you made me last night, this is probs my favorite recipe of yours. I use garlic hummus as the topping but that’s just me. Taste, always taste.
You should try splenda mixed with hot water- It’s legit like ice cream frosting!
These sound fantastic! Alex is my taste tester, when he is allowed. but years of working in restaurants taught me how to distinguish between my tastes and other’s. I know what I like but I’m also very proficient at cooking for others.
YESSSS. Dying over that syrup still…
These look delicious! I want to try them, like now!!
Swap you for curry or else!
Riley’s my taste tester. If I make something healthy I just can’t use the word “healthy” because it’ll automatically lose 10 taste points in his mind. He’s ridiculous.
Hahahahaha he’s like Niki! she’s like…oh yum! then I tell her it’s healthy and she’s like…urgh.
Alexis has an awesome job as a taste tester, jealous! Im in love with apple pie everything so i wouldn’t mind eating this whole batch! My favorite spice right now is nutmeg and making egg-nog flavored things with it!
YES! Come visit, you’d be a great taste tester!
I trust my taste buds but my son is a really good taste tester too – when he likes something, I know it’s good and that others would love it too. These bars look awesome!
YES. I swear people under the age of 15 are the best taste testers!
Wait. Since when has this blog become “family-friendly”? That’s it. I’m stopping reading your blog right now. I only read adult-friendly blogs. Haha…just kidding! As long as you keep posting recipes with apples, I guess I’ll keep on reading. 🙂 NUTMEG!!!!
This blog is PG13 and once baby spice comes, it will be baby proof too!
Ahhhhhhh…my presentation must ,I can not stop myself,consider COLOR ( ie.my favorite long fall skirt for ehhh…. years)just saying ,so cashews/cranberries/grande mariner liquer(orange or limoncello)/ CHOCOLATE. cashew but but butter,yep.. I am thinking……muffin/quickbread(faster to grazing , the better)……arman,take my list & run,skip with it. Oooooooooomaybe a healthy baked donut? MSM
YES! A baked donut is in the works- Thanks Susan! 🙂
What an honor!! I love taste testing all of your goodies! Thank you 🙂 Your blog is my go-to when I need something sweet, healthy, and easy! I’ve made the PB rice crispies, a couple mug cakes, and will be making these among many others! I’m so glad Alexis introduced me to your blog!
Hahaha thanks Nikki- Your tastebuds > Alexis 😉
Poor Alexis!!! Except that she gets to taste all your yummy stuff first. So I don’t feel so bad for her after all. These Apple Pie Blondies are amazing Arman. Just amazing. I love coming here and seeing what you are up to in the kitchen. These are gorgeous and yum! Have an awesome weekend!
Hahaha right? Thanks Allie- You are so kind!
These look delicious! They might be making an appearance on Thanksgiving! 🙂 I pretty much trust my taste buds, but when in doubt I run it by my boyfriend, Anthony’s taste buds!
YES! I will make you a turkey brownie…actually no. That sounds heinous! I hope Anthony didn’t polish off those vanilla pancakes- I shot gun them!
Dear Arman, I always get a big kick out of you…I think my daughter would be in complete agreement with you about the spices…I know I am! 😉 …I have a feeling these blondies would be a lot of fun to eat…they look so gooey and delicious. Have a wonderful weekend my friend, Catherine
hahahah thanks Catherine! You have a smart daughter!