Gluten-Free Chocolate Chip Quinoa Blondies

I saw a picture of these Gluten-free Chocolate Chip Quinoa Blondies in an Eating Well Magazine. And, I must admit, their picture looked even better than mine. Not that I didn’t wouldn’t gobble mine down in a heartbeat mind you. 

Chocolate Chip Quinoa Blondies

Chocolate Chip Quinoa Blondies

When our local market had no oysters for this afternoon’s planned recipe, these blondies just called out to me. What better way to spend a weekend afternoon than baking a sweet treat! And you know, one of my book club members is gluten intolerant so I almost had to try these. Nowadays having a gluten free recipe in your back pocket is practically a necessity.     

Chocolate Chip Quinoa Blondie Prep Work

Chocolate Chip Quinoa Blondie Prep Work

I did make one substitution from the original. Since I had no almond butter I used peanut butter, which was (not surprisingly) delicious. It would be fun to try these with a variety of nut butters (she says, noting the excuse to acquire more kitchen ingredients and bake again) to check out the flavor impact. 

Chocolate Chip Quinoa Blondie Closeup

Chocolate Chip Quinoa Blondie Closeup

Quinoa flour isn’t something that I stock, so I ground my own from a bag of quinoa that was languishing in my pantry. I simply wiped out the coffee grinder and whirred away. I am pretty sure mine ended up a bit coarser than a commercial grind would, but the blondies were still light and chewy with just a slight crunch (that I loved).  And yes, I ate an entire row.

Chocolate Chip Quinoa Brownies 1, Diet 0

Oh well.


Chocolate Chip Quinoa Blondies
Serves 24
Gluten-free and low calorie, Chocolate Chip Quinoa Blondies are a quick and delicious treat.
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Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
30 min
Total Time
1 hr 30 min
Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
30 min
Total Time
1 hr 30 min
150 calories
16 g
21 g
9 g
4 g
3 g
34 g
35 g
11 g
0 g
5 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
Amount Per Serving
Calories 150
Calories from Fat 75
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 9g
Saturated Fat 3g
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 2g
Monounsaturated Fat 3g
Cholesterol 21mg
Sodium 35mg
Total Carbohydrates 16g
Dietary Fiber 1g
Sugars 11g
Protein 4g
Vitamin A
Vitamin C
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
  1. 1/4 cup butter, softened
  2. 3/4 cup smooth or crunchy peanut butter (or almond or other nut butter)
  3. 2 large eggs
  4. 3/4 cup light brown sugar
  5. 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  6. 3/4 cup quinoa flour (see notes below)
  7. 1 teaspoon baking powder
  8. 1/4 teaspoon salt
  9. 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Line an 8-inch-square baking pan with parchment paper (or foil), allowing it to slightly overhang opposite ends. Coat with cooking spray.
  2. Beat butter and nut butter in a mixing bowl with an electric mixer until creamy. Beat in eggs, brown sugar and vanilla. Combine quinoa flour, baking powder and salt in a small bowl. Fold the flour mixture into the wet ingredients until just combined. Stir in chocolate chips. Spread the batter evenly into the prepared pan.
  3. Bake until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out with just a few moist crumbs on it, 25 to 35 minutes. Do not overbake. Let cool in the pan for 45 minutes. Using the parchment (or foil), lift the whole panful out and transfer to a cutting board. Cut into 24 squares. Let cool completely before storing.
  1. You can make your own quinoa flour by grinding quinoa in a coffee grinder.
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12 thoughts on “Gluten-Free Chocolate Chip Quinoa Blondies

  1. Juliana

    OMG! Quinoa blondies? It never occurred to me that this was possible…and I must take your word that it is light and chewy…it looks delicious!
    Enjoy your week Inger 🙂

    1. Inger Post author

      I had to move them out of the kitchen since I was eating too many! Just in case you weren’t convinced 😉

    1. Inger Post author

      I had used quinoa in some stuffed peppers before (where it was delicious)…

  2. grace

    diets are overrated anyway. i can’t believe the commenter above me has never heard of quinoa–i feel like it’s one of the most talked-about ingredients of the past couple of years!

  3. Jean

    Delicious and easy. I made this in a greased glass baking dish since I don’t like foil, and I store things in glass anyways. This was only my 2nd recipe using quinoa flour. My family wants me to make it again.

    1. Inger Post author

      Good to hear Jean! Lining the pan was the only thing I didn’t like about the recipe myself (though I always have unbleached parchment and feel less bad about that than foil). Next time I will have to try without. Thanks for reporting back and glad you enjoyed this!

  4. Rena

    I just made the ‘Blondies’. I couldn’t find quinoa flour so I ran the quinoa through the blender. As with the coffee grinder, probably not as fine as flour but it didn’t change anything. My ‘healthy’ friends will love them and the others don’t need to know!

    1. Inger Post author

      So happy you enjoyed! I have run things though the blender or a coffee grinder many times myself!

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