Almond Butter Quinoa Blondies*


  • 1/4 cup butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup smooth or crunchy almond butter, or your favorite nut butter
  • 2 large eggs
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar, packed
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 3/4 cup quinoa flour (To make your own quinoa flour: Grind whole grains of quinoa into a powder in a clean coffee grinder.)
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup dark chocolate chips or pieces
  • 1/2 cup dried cherries, chopped
  • 1/2 cup pecans, toasted and chopped
  • *Meets GI guidelines.


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line an 8 inch square baking pan with parchment paper, allowing for a slight overhang on 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. Whisk quinoa flour, baking powder and salt in a small bowl. Mix the flour mixture into the wet ingredients until just combined. Stir in chocolate chips, dried cherries and pecans. Spread evenly into the prepared pan.
  3. Bake until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out with just a few moist crumbs on it, about 45 min. Do not overbake. Let cool in pan for 30 min. Using the parchment, lift the whole panful out and transfer to a cutting board. Cut into 16 squares.
  4. Does not meet MHealthy guidelines.


  • Dessert
  • Snack
  • Plant-Based Protein
  • Gluten Free
  • Vegetarian
  • GI

Nutrition Information

Serving Size
1 piece
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