Vegan Blondies

These vegan blondies are rich and gooey dessert bars perfect for special occasions or a weeknight treat. It takes only around 10 ingredients to make this blondies recipe (11 if you add chocolate chips), and the results are amazing!

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I love a good dessert bar and this vegan blondie recipe is the perfect example. Soft and chewy blondies. How could we go wrong with that? I love having a dessert so good that you’re excited to share it with others — to see their reaction when you tell them it’s vegan.

What are Blondies?

Blondies are similar to brownies, except they’re blond in color (thus the name). They are rich dessert bars that are made with brown sugar to create a chewy and irresistible consistency.

Why This Recipe is a Winner

  • Vegan butter adds a rich, buttery flavor while also creating a chewy texture
  • Applesauce creates deliciously moist brownies and blondies
  • Gently pressing chocolate chips into the top of the batter creates a gorgeous topping for these blondies

What You Need

Ingredients are displayed on a counter. The labels next to them read, applesauce, vegan butter, cornstarch, chocolate chips, flax egg, vanilla, brown sugar, sugar, salt & baking powder, and flour.

You can find the full printable recipe, including ingredient quantities, below. But first, here are some explanations of ingredients and steps to help you make this recipe perfect every time.

  • Lemon — We’ll use both the zest and the juice of the lemon.
  • Oats — I used rolled oats for this recipe, but you can substitute instant oats.
  • Chia — We’ll add some ground chia seeds to create a thicker texture. You can use whole chia seeds; I just prefer ground because it creates a smoother finished texture.
  • Syrup — I used maple syrup, but you can substitute agave nectar.
  • Milk — We’ll use almond milk for the best overnight oats! Substitute your favorite plant-based milk.
  • Yogurt — I love adding some plant-based yogurt (plain, unsweetened) for an even more tangy flavor.
  • Protein Powder — I add some vanilla protein powder for increased flavor and nutrients. If your protein powder is not sweetened, you may want to add an extra teaspoon or two of sweetener.
  • Cornstarch — We’ll use cornstarch to thicken the lemon curd topping.
  • Turmeric — A pinch of turmeric makes that lemon curd sunny yellow.

How to Make Vegan Blondies

  1. Stir together the melted butter, sugars, applesauce, flax egg, and vanilla.
    Looking down on a bowl with wet ingredients combined for muffin batter.
  2. In a separate bowl stir together the flour, baking powder, and salt. 
  3. Stir together the flour mixture and the butter mixture. Stir until combined (with no big clumps of flour). 
    A hand holds a bowl pouring flour into another bowl with wet ingredients.
  4. Spread the batter into the prepared baking dish.
  5. Add chocolate chips on top and use a spatula to lightly press them into the batter.
  6. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes until golden around the edges.
  7. Let the blondies cool completely before slicing.
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Storage Tips

Store leftovers in an airtight container. They will keep at room temperature for up to 4 or 5 days or in the fridge for up to 10 days. They can be frozen in freezer-safe containers for up to 2 months.

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Serving Suggestions

You can serve these vegan blondies as is or add any of the following as toppings:

Marly’s Tips

Do you want healthy vegan blondies? Drain a can of chickpeas and pulse them in a food processor until smooth. Then reduce the butter by half and substitute the chickpea mixture for the remaining half of the butter and the applesauce. Vegan chickpea blondies are surprisingly delicious!

Frequently-Asked Questions

Are blondies vegan?

Most blondies are not vegan because they’re made with eggs and/or milk. You can easily make delicious vegan blondie brownies by making a few plant-based substitutions.

How can you tell when blondies are done?

After you’ve baked the blondies for the allotted time, look for the edges to turn golden brown and to pull away from the edges of the pan slightly. Slightly underbaking them yields gooey blondies that are irresistible!

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Vegan Dessert Bars

If you love these vegan blondie bars, here are even more tasty vegan dessert bars to try:

Need something without gluten? You’ll love these vegan gluten-free brownies!

Several slices of vegan blondies have chocolate chips on top. They are displayed on a white table top.
A closeup of a stack of vegan blondie bars, showing chocolate chips on top and on the sides. There are more blondie slices in the background.

Vegan Chocolate Chip Blondies

These vegan chocolate chip blondies are rich and gooey with a shiny top coat complete with chocolate chips. Every chewy bite deserves another!
5 from 2 votes
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Resting Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Servings: 24
Calories: 184kcal



  • Preheat oven to 350°F/175°C. Lightly grease a 9×13 baking dish.
  • Stir together the melted butter, sugars, applesauce, flax egg, and vanilla.
  • In a separate bowl stir together the flour, baking powder, and salt.
  • Stir together the flour mixture and the butter mixture. Stir until combined (with no big clumps of flour).
  • Spread the batter into the prepared baking dish. Bake 25 to 30 minutes. For more gooey blondies, remove them from the oven at 25 minutes. Otherwise, cook for 30 minutes.
  • Let the blondies cool completely before slicing.

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Calories: 184kcal | Carbohydrates: 28g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 1mg | Sodium: 117mg | Potassium: 70mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 17g | Vitamin A: 361IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 28mg | Iron: 1mg

The nutrition information shown is an estimate provided by an online nutrition calculator and should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.

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