Chewy Peanut Butter Pumpkin Blondies

September 30, 2020

Welcome to the only pumpkin blondies you need this holiday season, my Chewy Peanut Butter Pumpkin Blondies! They are basically a perfect, brownie-like texture, and very chewy! And they happen to be gluten-free, grain-free, and vegan-friendly!

Every year, I flounder when it comes to developing new pumpkin recipes, and that’s because I’m a basic kind of gal. Give me a good pumpkin cookie, a pumpkin brownie, a pumpkin bread, and that’s all I need in life. But then I created these Pumpkin Peanut Butter Blondies, and I can officially say that my life is now complete. If you haven’t tried my other pumpkin recipes, I linked them for you too. And get ready, because your life is also about to be complete, too.

One of my favorite things about these blondies, is that you can make them in one bowl – which means less of a mess in the kitchen and quicker cleanup. And because there’s no fancy measuring or finicky ingredients involved, this is a great one to make with your kids!

If you are allergic to peanuts or otherwise avoid peanuts, you can still make this recipe with a perfect result. Just substitute for any other nut butter, sunflower seed butter, or even tahini. And by now, you all know that my love for tahini runs deep, case in point, my Life Changing Tahini Chocolate Chip Cookies.

So let’s jump right in to the recipe.

What You Need to Make Chewy Peanut Butter Pumpkin Blondies

This recipe is so simple and straight forward, you can’t mess it up. And it’s made with wholesome ingredients that you probably already have in your pantry! Here’s what you need:

  • Almond flour: This recipe has only been tested with almond flour because that’s what I had on hand and needed to use up! If you make this recipe with other flours, be sure to leave a comment below, so that other readers can give it a go also!

  • Peanut Butter: In this recipe, I recommend using an all natural, liquidy peanut butter, because the consistency of these blondies will turn out perfect. My favorite creamy peanut butter is always Wild Friends, and you can find it at most grocery stores. But any natural peanut butter will do, so don’t worry if you can’t find it. If you want to make this recipe paleo friendly, all you have to do is substitute the peanut butter for almond butter or cashew butter!

  • Coconut oil: Coconut oil gives this recipe some nice softness and extra moisture. Plus, coconut oil has a number of health benefits, so if you can use it, I highly recommend it. You want to make sure your coconut oil is nice and soft, room temperature. If it is too cold, melt it just a little. If you don’t have coconut oil, my second choice would be avocado oil, because it’s also tasteless and a heart-healthy oil. I generally advise against using canola oil in any of my recipes, simply because it tends to be highly processed, but if that’s all you have, no worries – go for it!

  • Pumpkin puree: Make sure to purchase canned pumpkin and not pumpkin pie filling, they are two very different things! Pumpkin puree is simply pureed pumpkin and there is no added sugars! Pumpkin pie filling, is exactly that – pumpkin pie filling, loaded with excess sugar that you don’t need in this recipe.

  • Coconut sugar: I love the consistency and texture from using coconut sugar, so I suggest using that if you can! If you don’t have coconut sugar, you can use regular cane sugar, or even a sugar substitute like Purecane.

  • Egg: I love using an egg in this recipe because it makes the blondies super chewy. If you avoid eggs, you can absolutely make these vegan, by using a “flax egg” instead. If you go that route, make a flax egg by whisking together 1 tablespoon ground flax meal with 3 tablespoons water in a small bowl, and then setting it aside for about 5 minutes to thicken.

  • Vanilla extract: because you need vanilla. Why? Because vanilla enhances all of the other flavors in this recipe. Without it, your blondies will taste flat and bland!

  • Pumpkin pie spice: These days you can find pumpkin pie spice at almost any grocery store and even Trader Joe’s. You can even make your own, by combining cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, allspice, and cloves. Here is a DIY pumpkin spice recipe that I came across that might be a good resource for you!

  • Baking soda: I use just a tiny amount of baking soda in this recipe because you really don’t want these blondies to rise all that much (just a little!). Remember, the goal is for the blondies to come out with a brownie-like consistency, not a cake-like consistency, and if you use more than 1/4 teaspoon, you might end up with pumpkin cake bars :).

  • Chocolate chips: You can never have too many chocolate chips, you measure with the heart! Use dairy free chocolate chips if dairy-free is important to you, and for that, I recommend Enjoy Life Foods. Though there are many fabulous brands on the market today, including Lily’s and Hu Kitchen!

How to Store Chewy Peanut Butter Pumpkin Blondies

Ok, so let’s chat about proper storage for these babies!! You can leave them out on the countertop for a few days, but since there are no preservatives in them, it is best to keep them in a glass container and store them in the refrigerator. They will last for up to one week in the refrigerator. I haven’t tried freezing these because every single time I make them, the entire batch is gone in under two days!

Looking For More Pumpkin?

Of course you are! T’is the season. The ones I’ve linked for you below are my absolute favorite pumpkin recipes, and the only ones you need this holiday season.

Looking for a pumpkin bread that’s quick and easy, that you will make over and over all season? Try my Easy Paleo Pumpkin Bread.

Pumpkin muffins anyone? Look no further, you need my Paleo Pumpkin Streusel Muffins. And if you can’t decide whether you are in the mood for a pumpkin cookie or a pumpkin scones, give my Paleo Pumpkin Spice Cookie Scones a try! They are a fan favorite and so delicious!

Let’s not forget drinks! If you want to cozy up to a pumpkin latte, then try my Pecan Pumpkin Latte. And if a smoothie is more your jam, give my Pumpkin Spice Latte Smoothie a go!

Anyway, I hope you guys love this recipe! If you make it, be sure to leave a comment below and let me know what you think! And if you post to Instagram, be sure to tag me so I repost your remakes on my IG stories!

Chewy Peanut Butter Pumpkin Blondies

Author: Nicole Modic of @KALEJUNKIE

Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
SERVES 16 bars
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This recipe combines my love for three very important things in life: pumpkin, peanut butter and chocolate. These blondies are truly incredible and the best part is that they are so soft and feel so indulgent, yet they are made with good-for-you ingredients.

Ingredients

  • 1 1/4 cup almond flour
  • 1 cup creamy peanut butter the more liquidy, the better
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil softened
  • 2/3 cup canned pumpkin
  • 3/4 cup coconut sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons pumpkin pie spice
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup chocolate chips

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350.
  • Line an 8x8 or 9x9 baking dish with parchment paper (I always oil the inside of the baking dish well so the parchment paper sticks).
  • In a large bowl, whisk together the peanut butter, softened coconut oil, pumpkin, coconut sugar, egg, and vanilla.
  • Stir well until it's completely mixed.
  • Next, add the pumpkin pie spice, baking soda, salt, and almond flour and mix until fully combined.
  • Stir in about 3/4 cup of the chocolate chips, reserving the rest to sprinkle on top before baking.
  • Pour the batter into the baking dish, using a spatula to make sure its an even layer.
  • Sprinkle remaining 1/4 cup chocolate chips.
  • Bake 27-30 minutes.
  • Let cool completely before slicing into squares!
  • Enjoy!

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  1. 5 stars
    Made these over the weekend and what is not to love?! Peanut butter, pumpkin spice and chocolate some of my favorites in one delicious bar! My hubby and friends I shared with all loved them!

  2. 5 stars
    These are so good! I’m usually not a fanatic about pumpkin spice treats but the spice was not overpowering and goes so well with the pumpkin and peanut butter. We just finished the pan yesterday and I’m already being asked to make them again. My oven is older and I ended up baking a little longer to get them done. Thank you KJ!

    • Thank you so much for your comment and review, Emily!! I’m so happy you liked them, and so glad you were able to find a baking time that works for you!

  3. I made these with a peanut sesame mixed butter that I made. Baked for 35. They were very good, light in texture. Tasted even better the next day when cold from keeping in the refrigerator. They were too soft and crumbly to sliced properly especially nearing the middle. I think they would make excellent cookies so that’s how i’ll bake up this recipe next time. Loved it!