Brown Butter Blondies with Almond Flour
Brown butter blondies are soft cookie bars with deep, nutty flavor. This is a healthier blondie recipe – these low carb blondies are made with almond flour and a plant-based, low glycemic sweetener. A Weight Watchers Freestyle dessert recipe!
Creating healthier sweets isn’t always easy, especially if there are food allergies to be taken into consideration. For example, I’m allergic to all forms of coconut. Heck, I’m so allergic to it, I can’t even touch coconut without itching like a dog with fleas!
It’s no secret that there are health benefits in coconut products; flour, oil, sugar, and even coconut milk. What are the health benefits of coconut? See my friend Erin’s recipe for Coconut Flour Cookies… She gives the low down.
Sadly, my coconut allergy requires me to use alternative healthy ingredients. Thankfully, I have them, in the form of almond flour. Both of these ingredients are present in this brown butter blondies recipe.
A note regarding almond flour: There are two basic types available on the market; coarse and superfine.
Coarse almond flour is widely available in most large supermarkets, so it’s what most people use for baking. While there’s nothing wrong with doing so, I have a quirky aversion to textures, so coarse ground almond flour feels a bit gritty on my tongue. I’ll use it in a pinch, but I much prefer superfine almond flour. In addition to the texture difference, superfine almond flour is physically lighter than coarse, so cakes made with superfine almond flour have a lighter, softer consistency.
All of that being said, these brown butter blondies are soft, but a bit crumbly, so use of either variety of almond flour will work perfectly.
Ingredients in Almond Flour Brown Butter Blondies
The almond flour is just the first ingredient in this blondies recipe that I love. The brown butter blondies get their rich, nutty taste from browned butter, obviously If you’ve never made browned butter before, don’t worry… it’s very easy to do. Just be sure that you don’t have any distractions before you start making it, because it can go from a perfect, nutty taste to burned in a short amount of time. Simply put, brown butter is butter with the water and milk solids cooked out of it.
If you make brown butter blondies starting with clarified butter, you’ll save a little time, because clarified butter already has the milk solids and water removed.
It just hasn’t been cooked long enough to turn a wonderful shade of amber.
Brown butter originated in France, by the way. Over there it’s called beurre noisette. Anyway, this video will show you how to make brown butter.
I think you’ll fall crazy in love with the healthier blondies. If you have any problems or questions about the recipe, don’t be afraid to ask! Just leave a comment below, or hop over to my Facebook page and post your question there.
A little FYI: browned butter is great in savory foods as well as in sweets! The nutty flavor adds loads of dimension to savory dishes like my friend Tanya’s browned butter homemade waffles with spiced pears.
Brown Butter Blondies Nutritional Information
Based on the ingredients noted in the recipe, one brown butter blondie has 2 net carbs and 7 Weight Watchers Smart Points (based on the Freestyle program).
This low carb brown butter blondies recipe is adapted from one created by Carolyn, from All Day I Dream About Food. She uses different sweeteners than I do, and she uses sugar-free chocolate chips, whereas I use bittersweet chocolate chips. Otherwise, the recipe is the same. You can see Carolyn’s recipe here.
Brown Butter Blondies with Almond Flour
- 1/2 cup unsalted butter
- 2 cups superfine almond flour
- 1/2 cup erythritol
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 2 teaspoons molasses
- 1 large egg
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/2 cup bittersweet chocolate chips
- Turn on oven to 325 F and grease a 9x9 inch square pan with butter or non-stick cooking spray. Set aside.
- In a large bowl, whisk together almond flour, sweetener, baking powder, and salt. Stir in egg, molasses, cooled browned butter and vanilla extract until well combined. Stir in half of chocolate chips.
- Press dough evenly into prepared pan and scatter remaining chocolate chips across the top.
- Bake 15 to 18 minutes, or until edges are brown and the middle is set and golden brown.
- Let bars cool completely before cutting into squares for serving.
If you like the low carb brown butter blondies recipe, try these brown butter recipes, too:
Brown butter candied bacon chocolate chip cookies
Brown Butter Walnut Pancake Muffins
When warmer weather rolls in, make brown butter pecan fudge ripple no-churn ice cream.
Then, when your end of the summer zucchini crop is aching to be used, make zucchini cake with brown butter frosting!
Becca, is there a benefit of using Erythritol versus the other sugar substitutes? Is it in the same section of the store? Thanks!
I use Erythritol over other artificial sweeteners for several reasons. First, it’s plant based, not made in a laboratory. It measures cup for cup to regular sugar, so no conversion is needed. It’s low in glycemic content, so it’s a great choice for diabetics and people on a low carb lifestyle. I also like it because, unlike Stevia, it doesn’t have a bitter aftertaste, and it caramelizes (browns), so it works well for baking.
You won’t find it in the regular baking aisle of the grocery store, but you may find it in the organic section, or you can ask them to order it for you. I buy mine on Amazon (there’s a link in the post).