Gluten Free Chocolate Chip Blondies

These Gluten Free Chocolate Chip Blondies will satisfy your sweet tooth! With the perfect balance of chocolate and vanilla, you won’t even notice the secret ingredient that makes these blondies chewy and brownie-like: cannellini beans!

Dessert is my jam. Is it 19 degrees outside, but you’re craving a trip to the ice cream parlor? I’ll drive. Feel like baking a pie, but not sure who to share it with? I’m on my way over. Want to make an impromptu trip to Paradox Pastry? Already there doing blog work.

This week’s Foodie Friday theme is “Pinterest Curiosities”, and I was mighty curious about making desserts with a hidden vegetable/legume. Among the select “pinned”, there are beets in brownies (ahem, these from Fit Mitten Kitchen) and chickpeas in blondies. Well, I didn’t have beets in the fridge but I did have a can of cannellini beans in the pantry. So, blondies it is!

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This recipe, adapted from Ambitious Kitchen’s Flourless Chocolate Chip Chickpea Blondies with Sea Salt, grabbed my attention like woah. I specifically remember thinking, “There’s no way this actually tastes good!” when pinning it to my Pinterest page. Well, let me just tell you that the result was a very pleasant surprise. The household of roommates – and Ray – approved!

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Since we are still going strong with lunch and snack prep throughout the week, these were a perfect food item to add into the mix. The batter took me no more than five minutes to whip together, and they baked for just 20-ish more! I could’ve baked a second batch, though, because these only lasted us a couple of days, they were so tasty Smile with tongue out.

About the beans…you may be wondering:  But does it TASTE like beans?! Would I take a bite and think, “there are totally a can of cannellini beans in these blondies”? Why would I make these over classic flour and butter blondies?

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The reality is, you don’t HAVE to make these over traditional blondies. Life is about balance, and if you want a flour-y, buttery, blondie, eat one without guilt! But life is also about balance in the sense that if I want real, creamy ice cream later, I’m probably going to choose this gluten free chocolate chip blondie. If it’s the weekend and I’m taking a day off of working out, I might decide to reach for THIS blondie rather than a “real” blondie. You get the point.

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In case you’re STILL curious about the fact that flour is replaced with beans and nut butter, hakuna matata! These blondies have a very similar texture: you still bite into a chewy, “doughy” bar of of goodness. The chocolate chips and chunks add an extra umph of texture (and flavor), and I wasn’t shy about the vanilla extract. The flavors are there, and you don’t even have to tell your family and friends that there are beans in the dish. Just kidding, honesty the best policy. But you can tell them afterwards, right?

Gluten Free Chocolate Chip Blondies | Hello to FitIf you live on the East Coast, prep for the big snow by whipping up a batch or three of these gluten free chocolate chip blondies, but don’t forget to save yourself a square – they go quick!

Gluten Free Chocolate Chip Blondies | Hello to Fit

Gluten Free Chocolate Chip Blondies | Hello to Fit

Gluten Free Chocolate Chip Blondies

Serves 9     adjust servings


  • Cooking Spray
  • 1 can (15 oz) cannellini beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter or nut butter of your choice
  • 1/3 cup pure maple syrup
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 1/2 tsp Kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/3 cup combination chocolate chips and chocolate chunks


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F and line a square 8×8 inch baking pan with parchment paper. Lightly spray with nonstick cooking spray. Set aside,
  2. In a food processor, mix together beans, nut butter, maple syrup, vanilla, salt, baking powder, baking soda. Process until smooth and beans are combined well.
  3. With a spatula, fold in chocolate chips, reserving a couple of tablespoons for sprinkling.
  4. Spread batter evenly in pan and finish by sprinkling leftover chocolate chips on top.
  5. Bake for approximately 20-25 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean. Batter will look done on the edges and perhaps under-cooked in the middle, but do not over-bake!
  6. Cool on a wire rack for 20 minutes before slicing into squares.



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Jess is a certified personal trainer, group fitness instructor, and yoga teacher. She enjoys sharing her passion and enthusiasm for health and fitness with friends, family, clients, and readers.

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  • Ashley @ Fit Mitten Kitchen

    January 22, 2016 at 8:18 am

    Yay for secret ingredients! Thanks so much for linking my beet brownies. I can’t wait for you to try them 😉 Lovely recipe with the cannellini beans! I’ve actually made AK’s chickpea blondies before and I was pleasantly surprised as well. I just love healthy treats that taste amazing 😀
    And I’m going to have to go with brownies 😉
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    1. Jess

      January 22, 2016 at 10:34 pm

      It was a secret reminder for me to make those delicious things, ha! Glad you liked her recipe too 🙂

  • Sue @ This Mama Runs for Cupcakes

    January 22, 2016 at 8:37 am

    I’ve made something similar with chickpeas. They were so good!!
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    1. Jess

      January 22, 2016 at 10:33 pm

      Mm bet they were tasty!

  • Sarah @ BucketListTummy

    January 22, 2016 at 8:43 am

    Ahh the ultimate secret ingredient! I made black bean brownies last weekend, so I should probably even it out and make these this weekend 😉
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    1. Jess

      January 22, 2016 at 10:33 pm

      Haha yes, make it even!! That way you’ll be balanced in the brownie AND blondie department…

  • Annmarie

    January 22, 2016 at 8:48 am

    Girl, these blondies look amazeballs. I’ve made chickpea muffins before but haven’t tried the beans- I bet they taste even better!
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    1. Jess

      January 22, 2016 at 10:32 pm

      I’ll be curious to try the chickpea muffins!! Who knew you could hide beans in so many things…

  • Susie @ SuzLyfe

    January 22, 2016 at 10:29 am

    Geez what is with you people this week. You are killing me! NOMS
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    1. Jess

      January 22, 2016 at 10:31 pm

      LOL we’re bringin’ it with all the goodies!

  • Rebecca @ Strength and Sunshine

    January 22, 2016 at 10:33 am

    Beany chewy gooey blondies!!!! These are perfect!!! My confession…I’ve never made a beany treat :O
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    1. Jess

      January 22, 2016 at 10:31 pm

      Quite chewy and gooey indeed!! Perhaps this will be your first….

  • Kelsey Garner

    January 22, 2016 at 11:10 am

    My mouth is literally watering as I scroll through this post. Holy deliciousness! Best part is I am snowed in today and I have all of the ingredients to make these. SCORE!!! So pumped. Serving size = 1 batch, right?? 😉
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    1. Jess

      January 22, 2016 at 10:30 pm

      Hahah oh Kelsey!!
      OH yeah you got it 😉 one serving per batch. Better whip up a few!

  • Sam @ PancakeWarriors

    January 22, 2016 at 11:16 am

    Jess these look STUNNING!! I’ll pretty much try anything labeled “blondie” or brownie. I don’t discriminate… beans and all 🙂 Pinning!!
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    1. Jess

      January 22, 2016 at 10:30 pm

      Oh thanks, Sam!! Haha me too 🙂 having both vanilla and chocolate never hurt anyone, right??

  • Brie @ Lean, Clean, & Brie

    January 22, 2016 at 11:21 am

    These look amazing Jess! I love that these are the perfect swap for regular blondies on days I want a sweet treat without overindulging 🙂
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    1. Jess

      January 22, 2016 at 10:28 pm

      Thanks, Brie! Yes that was my way of thinking too 😉

  • Julie @ Running in a Skirt

    January 22, 2016 at 11:31 am

    These look amazing and I actually have all that stuff in my pantry! If we keep our power in this snowstorm, I’m totally trying this! Fingers crossed!!!
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    1. Jess

      January 22, 2016 at 10:28 pm

      YAY!! Stay safe this weekend!

  • Cayanne Marcus

    January 22, 2016 at 12:03 pm

    These look delicious Jessica! I’m forever missing the blondie pieces from Ben & Jerry’s “Salted Caramel Core” flavor because they have gluten, now I have my own!
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    1. Jess

      January 22, 2016 at 10:28 pm

      Oh yeah girrrrl just put these babies in some vanilla/caramel ice cream and you’re good to go!

  • Daisy @ Fit Wanderlust Runner

    January 22, 2016 at 12:46 pm

    I’ve added beans and avocado to a brownie recipe. I couldn’t even taste the difference!
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    1. Jess

      January 22, 2016 at 10:27 pm

      Ohhh I bet avocado makes the brownie so creamy/moist?!

  • rachel @ athleticavocado

    January 22, 2016 at 1:24 pm

    these blondies look amazing! I can’t believe that they are made with beans, yum!
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    1. Jess

      January 22, 2016 at 10:27 pm

      Right?! And they taste pretty darn good, too 🙂 thanks, Rachel!

  • Laura @ This Runner’s Recipes

    January 22, 2016 at 3:02 pm

    Yummm these don’t even look like they have beans in them! I made black bean brownies years ago and remember liking them, but then once I tried chickpea muffins and they were awful. It’s all about the other ingredients and these look so simple to make and tasty!
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    1. Jess

      January 22, 2016 at 10:26 pm

      Haha I guess beans work in some recipes, and not in others! I’d like to try black bean brownies, too…

  • Erin @ Erin’s Inside Job

    January 22, 2016 at 3:19 pm

    These look magical. Although this weekend I’m all about the full fat, cheese, bread, sugar, etc haha. I’ll definitely pin these for later though!
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    1. Jess

      January 22, 2016 at 10:26 pm

      Hahaha I hope you can share some of the pics from the shoot!! Now ENJOY YOURSELF!!!

  • Alex @ The Zen Kat

    January 22, 2016 at 6:19 pm

    I literally can’t even with your blog Jess! It looks amazing! Now, can I convince you to ship a batch of these blondies to SF? 😉

    1. Jess

      January 22, 2016 at 10:24 pm

      Oh myyyyy thank you so!! YES. Text me your address!!

  • Deborah @ Confessions of a mother runner

    January 22, 2016 at 6:27 pm

    Love love the beans in there! I wonder if my s on would notice if I hid them in there 🙂 Looks super yummy
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    1. Jess

      January 22, 2016 at 10:24 pm

      Hehe I have a feeling he won’t, but he might be super perceptive! 😉 Hope you get to try it!

  • Amanda @ Exploring Life & Things

    January 22, 2016 at 7:36 pm

    K I’m getting hungry just looking at these. Seriously they look so good!

    1. Jess

      January 22, 2016 at 10:23 pm

      Haha they really were!! I can’t wait to make them again 🙂
      Happy weekend, Amanda!

  • Heather@hungryforbalance

    January 23, 2016 at 9:03 am

    I love the secret ingredient! I used to make bean-y muffins all the time, but never blondies! Great idea!

  • Emily

    January 23, 2016 at 11:49 am

    Wow, I have still yet to try beans in brownies, but I’ve seen them so many places that I think it’s time to try some very soon.
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    1. Jess

      January 24, 2016 at 9:29 pm

      YES! I think you should, too 😉

  • Rachel @LittleChefBigAppetite

    January 23, 2016 at 12:15 pm

    Yum! Yum! Yum! These look SO good! I make a really similar recipe. Who knew beans in a dessert could taste so good, right!?
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    1. Jess

      January 24, 2016 at 9:28 pm

      Oh I was SO pleasantly surprised at how easy (and similar) it was to substitute. Thanks, Rachel!

  • Sarah

    January 23, 2016 at 12:38 pm

    The beans sound interesting! I’m not like you, baking is not my fav, but these are my kind of dessert when I’m going to have one!

    1. Jess

      January 24, 2016 at 9:28 pm

      Haha no worries 😉 these were quick to whip up, so you won’t spend long in the kitchen!

  • Brittany

    January 23, 2016 at 1:24 pm

    HA! I totally tried to make come garbanzo bean blondies like three days ago and they were a HUGE fail. I’ll have to try these! They look amazing.
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    1. Jess

      January 24, 2016 at 9:27 pm

      Haha aw man!! What went wrong??

  • Mel @ The Refreshanista

    January 23, 2016 at 4:07 pm

    Oh these look so good! Perfect texture and a good amount of chocolate chips 🙂 I also love how they’re just a few ingredients! Great recipe 🙂
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    1. Jess

      January 24, 2016 at 9:27 pm

      YES, I was pleasantly surprised at how delicious the texture turned out. Thanks, Mel!

  • Margaret @ youngandrungry

    January 23, 2016 at 4:28 pm

    I love how creative these are and they look delicious! You’re doing such a great job with your pictures, by the way!
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    1. Jess

      January 24, 2016 at 9:27 pm

      Thanks, Margaret! It’s been fun practicing the photography stuff 🙂

  • Cailee

    January 23, 2016 at 10:20 pm

    “honesty the best policy. But you can tell them afterwards, right?” You are adorable!! Love that you added beans! SO healthy! Great recipe! Thanks for sharing!!
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    1. Jess

      January 24, 2016 at 9:26 pm

      Hahah I was feelin’ goofy that day.

  • Lauren | Just a Pinch

    January 23, 2016 at 11:12 pm

    I have yet to try making brownies with beans in them! I did try avocado and those didn’t work as well as I had hoped, but it sounds like I might have better luck with the beans! 🙂 Love the photos!

    1. Jess

      January 24, 2016 at 9:26 pm

      Avocado sounds interesting, hehe! I want to try black bean brownies next….
      Thanks 🙂 workin’ on it!!

  • Chrissa – Physical Kitchness

    January 23, 2016 at 11:30 pm

    I KNEW there was a reason I love you. A dessert girl. I love dessert girlfriends – so needed in life. I’ve been super curious about this recipe! You totally sold me!
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    1. Jess

      January 24, 2016 at 9:25 pm

      Hahaha yes!! Always 😛
      Hope you get the chance to try it sometime!

  • jill conyers

    January 25, 2016 at 4:32 am

    I love it when a delicious recipe starts with Gluten Free! Does Foodie Friday always have a theme?

  • Ivanna

    January 25, 2016 at 7:39 am

    These look so yummy Jess I am certainly going to try them soon.

  • Jen

    January 25, 2016 at 10:43 am

    I cannot wait to try this recipe. I’ve been so curious about using beans to cook brownies for so long! I love a chewy brownie, so I bet these would be right up my alley!

  • Sarah

    January 25, 2016 at 11:11 am

    Oh yes Jess! “Dessert is my jam. Is it 19 degrees outside, but you’re craving a trip to the ice cream parlor? I’ll drive” I was laughing out loud at this because Saturday it was in the teens, definitely under 20F, and we had just waited in line (outside for part of it) for over an hour at the the 1st ever all vegan butcher. Yes when one opens and it is so close you can’t help but check it out, vegan or not. Of course we got all the things to try. Our fingers and toes were numb, then burning once we went inside. We went back out in the cold, the wind had picked up so we were running to the car and we get in and I was like Who wants to go for ice cream?! LOL Yep I had to go check out this new place that hadn’t even officially opened and it did not disappoint! The girls got crazy flavors Ridin’ Dirty and Cereal Killer, A getting hers in a donut as an ice cream sandwich. Hubby got Ridin’ Dirty and Hard Knock Life, haha love the names. I got Poppin’ Bottles which was 50% champagne and Black which was a super dark cocoa, both vegan! Oh and they have champagne floats, just sayin’ if you ever want to visit! 😉
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    1. Jess

      January 27, 2016 at 1:09 pm

      OMG great story, and those flavor names are HILARIOUS!! I’d love to go with ya 😉

  • Farrah

    January 26, 2016 at 12:53 am

    Whatta great way to spend a snow day! 😛 I love blondies, and these sound all sorts of delicious! <3!

  • GiGi Eats

    January 26, 2016 at 12:50 pm

    Sorry to say this but… Blonds TOTALLY have more fun! 😉
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  • Liz @ THe Clean Eating Couple

    January 26, 2016 at 1:36 pm

    These look SO fudgey and yummy!! Adding beans to anything gives it such a good texture!
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  • Christina

    January 26, 2016 at 7:38 pm

    Cannelini beans!??! That’s a first – I always have some on hand, I am definitely making these for my boyfriend when he comes into town this weekend!! Gorgeous pics Jess! 🙂
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  • Sarah Grace

    January 26, 2016 at 9:39 pm

    yesssss to bean desserts! you know I’m a fan 😉
    Sarah Grace
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  • Liv @ Healthy Liv

    January 27, 2016 at 9:33 pm

    These look awesome- so fudgy! I’m pretty sure I’d NEVER guess there are beans in them unless you told me 🙂
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    1. Jess

      February 3, 2016 at 6:28 pm

      Oo good to know that they look somewhat like regular blondies 😉

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