For a perfectly chewy, salty, and sweet treat, Healthy Salted Caramel Blondies are the way to go. This delicious dessert is made using healthy ingredients and can be whipped together in under 40 minutes.
Where salty meets sweet
Have you ever had a brownie that was so good you swore it was the best brownie you’ve ever had? Well, picture that, but ten times better.
Healthy salted caramel brownies are the ultimate dessert; a perfectly decadent combination of salty and sweet. We combine an almond flour meets coconut sugar base with an ooey gooey drizzly salted caramel spread to create the blondie to end all blondies.
If you’ve never had one, a blondie is basically the “vanilla” version of a brownie! It’s made with similar ingredients, but we skip the cocoa powder and instead use a cinnamon and almond butter combo. Personally, I prefer these over brownies, which says a lot – I have the biggest chocolate addiction ever!
Salted caramel blondies are great for serving to guests, eating as a post dinner treat, or enjoying in the mid afternoon alongside a warm cup of coffee! They’re nothing short of delightful and are a treat that everyone will love.
Ingredients used in this healthy salted caramel blondies recipe
Salted caramel treats consist of two parts: the cakey (but not too cakey) base and the salted caramel glaze topping. For the base we will use common baking ingredients such as almond flour, baking soda, and an egg, followed by a tasty almond butter and coconut sugar mixture for the caramel topping!
*If almond butter is salted, omit the added salt.
Everything you’ll need to make caramel brownies
Before you begin prepping your blondie dessert, be sure to get your cooking tools ready! The prep process is so much smoother when you can just grab what you need off the counter. Here’s everything you’ll need:
- Baking dish (I used an 8×8, but you can use any size)
- Cooking spray
- Small mixing bowl
- Large mixing bowl
- Stirring utensil
- Small saucepan
In terms of measuring cups, you’ll need these sizes: 1/4 tsp, 1/2 tsp, 1 tsp, 1 tbsp, 1/4 cup, 1/2 cup, 3/4 cup, and 1 cup.
How to make healthy salted caramel blondies
Everything is better when it includes decadent melted caramel! When you make this recipe, you’re in for a real treat. The delicious ingredients mix together to create fluffy blondies suited for serving! This recipe will take about 40 minutes to complete.
To begin, heat the oven to 350F and grease an 8×8 pan.
In a small bowl, mix the almond flour, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon. Set aside.
Then, in a large bowl, whisk the egg and coconut sugar.
Add the coconut oil and stir, and then add the almond butter and vanilla. Evenly combine.
Add the wet ingredients to the dry and stir until combined. Pour everything into the greased pan.
Once it’s bubbling, cook for two more minutes. Turn off the heat once the coconut sugar has dissolved.
Then, whisk in the vanilla and the salt. The caramel will thicken as it cools, but will burn if you keep it on the burner too long.
Pour half of the caramel on top of the unbaked blondies, and swirl it around using a knife. It will sink into the blondies as it bakes.
Bake for 16-20 minutes or until a toothpick stuck in the center comes out clean. If you use a larger pan, be sure to lower the baking time.
Let the blondies cool completely before topping with the remaining caramel. Sprinkle with sea salt if desired.
Store on the counter or in the fridge.
How to serve ’em up
Blondies can be eaten alone as is, or they can be used to make a delicious sundae! Warm up a blondie by placing it in the microwave for ~7 seconds, and then stick it in a bowl. Add a scoop of icecream (your preferred flavor), and then top with chocolate or caramel drizzle for extra sugary goodness!
You can also add candies, sprinkles, or other fun toppings to your bowl for a complete sundae feast.
Kiddos especially love this!
A healthier dessert recipe
I am a huge proponent of wholesome cooking and the fact that you don’t have to give up any of your favorite dishes for the sake of healthy! With enough thought and care, any recipe can be made into one that is overflowing with vitamins and minerals!
For this recipe, I was able to use a number of healthy ingredients, substituting many of the standard processed items you find in most dessert recipes. You can kiss granulated sugar, vegetable oil, white flour, and dairy milk goodbye!
This recipe goes heavy on the almond alternatives! And for good reason, as these ingredients taste delicious and work to make a perfectly caramely blondie treat of goodness. We will be using almond flour, butter, and milk, all of which are great substitutes to their peanut and dairy counterparts.
As for coconut, we’re using both coconut sugar and oil in this recipe. The sugar is used in place of granulated sugar, and the oil is used in place of vegetable or canola oil. Both of these swaps make this dish a more nutrient-rich option!
Salted caramel blondie treats can be stored in either the refrigerator or on the counter. I recommend the counter, as sometimes keeping them in the fridge can cause them to dry out. Either way, keep them in a sealed container to maintain freshness!
If you’d like to store blondies for a future occasion or gathering, place them in an airtight container or freezer bag and eat within 1 month. Fully thaw before enjoying.
More recipes to suit your sweet tooth
If you liked these healthy blondies, check out some of my other dessert recipes below! All are made with healthier ingredients and are easy to prepare.
- Healthy Peanut Butter Pie
- Paleo Snickerdoodle Cookies
- Healthy Apple Cobbler Recipe
- Super Fudgy Brownies
- Peanut Butter and Jelly Bites (Gluten-Free, Vegan)
- 1 cup almond flour
- 1/2 tsp baking soda
- 1/2 tsp salt (if almond butter isn’t salted, if it is then omit)
- 1/4 tsp cinnamon
- 1 egg
- 1/2 cup coconut sugar
- 1/4 cup melted coconut oil
- 3/4 cup natural almond butter
- 1 tsp vanilla
- Preheat oven to 350F and grease an 8×8 pan.
- In a small bowl, mix together almond flour, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon. Set aside.
- In a large bowl, whisk egg and coconut sugar.
- Add in coconut oil, stir, then add almond butter and vanilla.
- Add wet ingredients to dry and stir till combined. Pour into greased pan.
- In a small saucepan, bring almond butter, coconut sugar, coconut oil, and almond milk to slow boil over medium-low heat, whisking frequently. Once bubbling, cook for two minutes and once coconut sugar has dissolved, turn off heat. Then whisk in vanilla and salt. Caramel will thicken as it cools but will burn if you keep it on the burner too long.
- Pour half of the caramel on top of the unbaked blondies, and swirl around using a knife. They won’t penetrate the blondies but will sit on top and sink in as it bakes.
- Bake for 16-20 minutes or until center comes out clean with a toothpick. If you use a bigger pan, lower baking time.
- Let cool completely before topping with remaining caramel. Sprinkle with sea salt if desired.
- Store on counter or in fridge.
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