Secret Recipe Club – Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Blondies

by angelaskitchen on October 17, 2011

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It is time for the October Secret Recipe Club reveal day!  I just started the group last month and am loving it.  You simply choose any recipe from the blog you are assigned, make or bake it, and blog about it.  It is a great way to learn about other blogs and “meet” new bloggy friends.

For October’s Secret Recipe Club I was assigned Patsy’s blog, Family, Friends and Food.  As I searched on her blog for something yummy to make, I realized I had to narrow down my choices.  There were just too many tasty things on there!  I decided to make something that I could take with us on our trip as a fun treat.  I found Chocolate Chip-Peanut Butter Blondies, and I knew I had a winner!

Of course, as we have the goofy immune systems, I altered her recipe to be gluten and dairy free.  Next time I make it, I am increasing the peanut butter in the below recipe to make that stand out more, which means I need to reduce another fat or liquid.  This is NOT a fault of the original recipe, but due to a short amount of time on my part and the weirdness that can happen with gluten-free baking chemistry.  I was trying to keep the texture  good (blondies are chewy and moist, like brownies), not have them crumble and yet still stay soft, and these needed to be portable.  When I find a good peanut butter balance for the gluten free version, I will update the recipe at that time.  As a quick fix for the gluten free, dairy free people out there, add some chopped roasted peanuts to the batter and that should take cake of any peanuty desires.  🙂

We loved these and will be making them again – and again and again!  It is a perfect treat for kids (and moms) to come home to.  Thank you, Patsy, for such a great recipe!  Check out her blog, Family Friends and Food, for more delicious inspiration.


Printable recipe card with multiple batches for freezer cooking.

Gluten Free Dairy Free Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Blondies
Recipe type: gluten free, dairy free, desserts, brownies & blondies
Serves: makes 24 bars
  • ½ cup natural no-stir style peanut butter (I used chunky)
  • ⅓ cup shortening (I use organic palm oil shortening)
  • 1½ cup packed brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tablespoon unsweetened gluten and dairy free milk substitute (I used almond milk)
  • 1 tablespoon gluten free vanilla
  • 2¼ cups bean flour blend (or ½ cup garbfava flour, ¼ cup sorghum flour, ¾ cup corn or potato starch, and ¾ cup tapioca starch)
  • 1¼ teaspoon xanthan gum
  • ¾ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon gluten free baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup gluten and dairy free chocolate chips
  • 1 cup chopped, roasted peanuts, optional
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Mix bean flour blend, xanthan, baking soda, baking powder and salt in a bowl and whisk well.
  3. Cream together palm oil and brown sugar in another bowl. Add eggs one at a time, blending well after each addition. Add vanilla; beat until smooth.
  4. Add dry ingredients to mixing bowl; mix well. Stir in chocolate chips and nuts.
  5. Press batter evenly into a lightly oiled 9 x 13″ pan. Bake for about 30 minutes. Allow to cool before cutting.

{ 14 comments… read them below or add one }

amanda @ fake ginger October 17, 2011 at 7:15 am

Well they certainly look delicious! I love reading SRC posts and seeing the person say they’ll make their recipe over and over again! 🙂


Nicole @ The Daily Dish October 17, 2011 at 7:40 am

These looks amazing. What could be better – chocolate chips, peanut butter? My favorites!
Will need to give these a try! 🙂


Trisha October 17, 2011 at 8:00 am

Angela, these blondies look really good. Nice to meet u through SRC!


Rachel @ Not Rachael Ray October 17, 2011 at 9:23 am

I’ve been wanting to make blondies for so long–been craving them lately. These look great!


Miz Helen October 17, 2011 at 11:19 am

This is a great combination for a Blondie, we would really enjoy these! Thanks for sharing and it is fun cooking with you in the SRC!
Miz Helen
Southwest Corn and Potato Soup


Erin @ Making Memories October 17, 2011 at 11:36 am

I wish I had one (or 3) of these right now. They sounds wonderful!


patsy October 17, 2011 at 12:04 pm

I’m so glad you tried these! I’ve made them many times and they are always a hit! I hope you are able to find the right combo of ingredients to alter them to your families dietary needs. Thanks, for writing such a great post on a recipe from my blog!


ButterYum October 17, 2011 at 12:29 pm

Great SRC pick – so many people in my family are bonkers for peanut butter. I bet they would be good made with almond butter too! Hope you’ll stop by and see my reveal.



Alli October 17, 2011 at 3:23 pm

I love blondies but, turn then pb and chocolate and I may be in heaven (aka serious trouble)! Yum!


Tina @ MOMS CRAZY COOKING October 17, 2011 at 9:38 pm

I too am trying out the gluten-free thing ever now and again. Good comments and good thing to know! Thanks for the info!

Thanks for participating with us in the SRC and if you haven’t already please hop on over and check out my Frozen Breakfast Burritos!


Amy @ A Little Nosh October 18, 2011 at 10:42 am

Can’t go wrong with peanut butter and chocolate together! Glad you were able to make them just as wonderful as the original, even though they were GF.


Lisa~~ October 19, 2011 at 1:24 am

Great pic and peanut butter and chocolate is always a winning combination.

If you haven’t already, I’d love for you to check out my group “A” SRC recipe this month: Levain Chocolate Chip Walnut Cookies.

Cook Lisa Cook


Kristen October 19, 2011 at 6:04 am

I am so impressed seeing bloggers take their SRC assignments and altering them to fit their dietary lifestyles. You did a wonderful job with these.


amy October 19, 2011 at 11:57 am

Yum! Looks great! Fun to participate in SRC with you!


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