gluten-free apple pie blondies with red apples in the background
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Apple Pie Blondies {Gluten-Free and Dairy-Free Option}

Super easy gluten-free Apple Pie Blondies are a soft, blonde brownie topped with delicious cinnamon apples and maple vanilla glaze. 
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword apple pie blondies, gluten-free apple pie blondies
Prep Time 10 minutes
cooling 1 hour
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 9 servings
Calories 354kcal
Author Audrey from Mama Knows Gluten Free

Ingredients

Filling

  • 2 cups diced apples (3 apples) peeled
  • 1 tablespoon butter ,dairy-free used Smart Balance butter
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar , packed
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

Blondie

  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter softened (for dairy-free use Smart Balance butter)
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar packed
  • 1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
  • 2 eggs room temperature
  • 1 1/2 cups gluten-free all-purpose flour flour I like Pillsbury gluten-free flour. Not all gluten-free flours are created equal. You may experience different baking results depending on the gluten-free flour blend you choose.
  • 1/4 teaspoon xanthan gum leave out if your flour blend already has it
  • 1 teaspoon gluten-free baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

Glaze

  • 1 cup of powdered sugar
  • 3 tablespoons pure maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350º F degrees
  • Spray the 8x8 square baking pan with gluten-free non-stick cooking spray or line the baking pan with parchment paper and coat the bottom and sides with gluten-free nonstick cooking spray or butter. 
  • Peel, core and dice apples into small pieces. I like to use my apple slicer
  • Peel, core and dice apples into small pieces. I like to use my apple slicer. (photo 1) In a small pan add butter, apples, brown sugar, cinnamon, and vanilla. Cook over medium heat until butter and sugar is melted. Stir the diced apples to fully coat the apples in the butter sauce. Allow the butter sauce to come to a slight boil for a few minutes. When the apples will become soft, remove from heat. (photo 2)
  • In a large bowl cream the butter and brown sugar.
  • Add eggs and pure vanilla extract and beat with your mixer until ingredients are fully combined.
  • Add the cinnamon, baking powder, xanthan gum (leave out if your flour blend already has it) and gluten-free flour and mix until ingredients are fully combined. The blondie batter will be sticky.
  • Pour the blondie batter into the parchment lined pan.
  • Pour the apple filling on top of the blondie batter and spread to cover evenly.
  • Bake for 35-45 minutes. Please watch your blondies because all ovens are different. The sides on the blondies will start to pull away from the sides and they will be golden brown. You can also check by inserting a toothpick into the center comes out clean.
  • Allow the blondies to cool for one hour before adding the glaze. If the blondies are too hot the glaze will just melt. 
  • In a small bowl combine the ingredients for the vanilla maple glaze. Whisk until the glaze forms and is smooth.
  • Drizzle glaze on top of warm apple pie blondies.
  • Remove the blondies from the pan by carefully lifting them up with the parchment paper. Cut by rows. It will make 9 large slices. Enjoy!
  • Store in an air-tight container and refrigerate. I actually like them best cold.

Notes

I like Pillsbury gluten-free flourNot all gluten-free flours are created equal. You may experience different baking results depending on the gluten-free flour blend you choose.
Pro Tip:
  • I always line the baking pan with parchment paper and coat the bottom and sides with gluten-free nonstick cooking spray or butter. It makes getting the blondies out of the pan a breeze. I just lift the blondies out of the pan carefully with the parchment paper, place on a cutting board and then cut them into slices. 
  • Always bake with ingredients that are at room temperature. Cold ingredients do not mix as well with room-temperature ingredients.
I like to bake with either Red Delicious, Honey Crisps, Gala or Granny Smith Apples, but any type of apple will work beautifully in this recipe.
 I like to use my apple slicer.
Store in an air-tight container and refrigerate. I actually like them best cold.
Dairy-free version made with Smart Balance butter.
Mama says, "Always check your labels!"
 

Nutrition

Serving: 1serving | Calories: 354kcal | Carbohydrates: 57g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 66mg | Sodium: 165mg | Potassium: 127mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 41g | Vitamin A: 420IU | Vitamin C: 1.2mg | Calcium: 72mg | Iron: 1.1mg
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