Peanut Butter Caramel Apple Blondies

Perfectly fluffy, and moist blondies studded with soft chunks of apple, rich notes of peanut butter, and drizzled in a creamy coconut-based caramel.

peanut butter caramel apple blondies

While developing this recipe I thought it was very appropriate for fall season, but how could you resist devouring these now? I don’t know about you but I think any dessert can be enjoyed anytime of the year. Pumpkin pie though…that’s up for debate.

These blondies are comforting, warm, and oh so delicious. With notes of cinnamon, creamy peanut butter, soft chunks of apple, and finished off with a creamy coconut-based caramel.

Don’t tell me you’re not drooling.

peanut butter caramel apple blondies

The first test of this recipe was far from perfect. I intended to make these blondies gluten-free with a mix of almond and oat flour. However, they fell apart even after waiting 10 minutes for them to cool. They were too moist and soft. Let’s just say test one was a fail.

I decided to scrap the gluten-free variation and do a mixture of whole wheat and white wheat flour. Texture is perfectly soft, fluffy, and moist without falling apart. The taste is perfectly sweetened with coconut sugar and maple syrup and spiced with a bit of cinnamon.

peanut butter caramel apple blondies

These blondies are made by whisking together a flax egg, creamy peanut butter, non-dairy milk, maple syrup, and vanilla extract until creamy. Then the flours, coconut sugar, baking powder, and salt are added. The batter is then stirred together until a thick batter forms.

Chopped apples and pecans are folded in. The batter is then poured into a parchment lined 8×8 baking dish. The blondies are baked at 350f for 45 minutes until a toothpick inserted comes out clean.

While blondies are baking, the caramel sauce can be prepared. Canned full-fat coconut milk and coconut sugar are added to a small saucepan. Once the mixture comes to a low boil, the heat is reduced to medium and simmered for 8-10 minutes until thick and sauce coats the back of a spoon. Flaky sea salt is added. Caramel sauce is cooled until thickened a bit more.

Blondies are cooled for 10 minutes before cut and drizzled with caramel sauce.

peanut butter caramel apple blondies

I haven’t tried substituting any ingredients in this recipe, however you’re welcome to experiment yourself.

Maple syrup can be substituted for other liquid sweeteners, such as honey, brown rice syrup, or agave.

Peanut butter can be substituted for other nut butters, such as almond, cashew, or sunbutter.

Pecans can be substituted for other nuts, such as walnuts or almonds.

peanut butter caramel apple blondies

These Peanut Butter Caramel Apple Blondies are…

  • Soft, fluffy, and moist
  • Easy and simple
  • Vegan and healthier
  • Oh so delicious

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peanut butter caramel apple blondies
Peanut Butter Caramel Apple Blondies
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
45 mins
Total Time
55 mins
 

Perfectly fluffy, and moist blondies studded with soft chunks of apple, rich notes of peanut butter, and drizzled in a creamy coconut-based caramel.

Course: Dessert
Keyword: healthy dessert recipe, peanut butter caramel apple blondies, vegan
Servings: 12 blondies
Author: Taavi Moore
Ingredients
  • 1 tbsp flax seed meal
  • 2 tbsp water
  • ¼ cup peanut butter
  • ¾ cup non-dairy milk
  • ¼ cup maple syrup
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • ¾ cup all-purpose flour
  • ½ cup coconut sugar
  • 1 ½ tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp ground cinnamon
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 1 cup finely chopped apple
  • ½ cup chopped pecans
Coconut Caramel
  • One 15 oz. can full-fat coconut milk
  • ¾ cup coconut sugar
  • Pinch of flaky sea salt
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Line an 8×8 baking dish with parchment paper. To a large bowl, whisk together flax seed meal and water. Let sit for 5 minutes.

  2. To the same bowl, add peanut butter, milk, maple syrup, and vanilla extract. Whisk until creamy. Add flours, coconut sugar, baking powder, cinnamon, and salt. Use a wooden spoon or spatula to combine until a thick batter forms. Fold in apple and pecans. Spread batter evenly into the prepared baking dish. Bake for 45 minutes until a toothpick inserted comes out clean.

  3. While blondies are baking, prepare the caramel sauce. To a small saucepan, add coconut milk and coconut sugar. Whisk until combined. Bring mixture to a low boil, then reduce to simmer for 8-10 minutes until thickened and sauce coats the back of a spoon. Take off heat and stir in flaky sea salt.

  4. Allow blondies to cool for 10 minutes before slicing into 12 bars and drizzling with caramel sauce.

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