Valentine’s Day Almond Butter Blondies

Valentine’s Day is just around! That means half of the world will utterly hate their day and half of the world will be over the moon. Well wait, that number isn’t correct this year. Because part of the population, both single and not single, will be at the premiere of 50 Shades of Grey. This is how I feel about that: that’s weird. I just finished the first book and there is no way that I want to see that movie around anyone else. No way dude. I’m not going to sit in a theatre will 100+ other people who are thinking dirty thoughts. Ew. You know that probably 65% of the people in that one theatre at that one time are creepy human beings. That’s just fact. I’d much rather read the book in the privacy of a nail salon while I get a pedicure. Because that’s not creepy at all.

This vday is going to be more on the boring side for us. Because the fiancé has to work. Poop. So we are planning breakfast at Snooze that morning then I bought a roll of Cappello’s paleo cooking dough to make a GIANT half baked cookie topped with ice cream to eat by myself until he gets home from work. What are you going to do on Vday? Eat dessert with your friends? Creep at a movie? Make out with your lover? Tell me everything, except the creepy parts.

Doesn’t that book bum you out that you don’t have billions of dollars? And a plane that flies to the sun. Gosh damn it, Mr. Grey.

Omg. Did you guys watch The Bachelor the other night? I always have some comment on my blog after I talk about the Bachelor telling me that they’ve lost all respect for me…but that’s ok, many people have lost respect for me over the years. Like the day I recapped my brazilian wax experience. I still go on loving Monday night Bachelor sessions. Drama is hilarious to watch. But I get it, it’s fake so why watch it. BECAUSE IT’S HILARIOUS. And every Monday, a bunch of us girls get together to eat taco salads and dessert, talk about our lives on commercials and rewind constantly because we are laughing so hard at certain moments that we miss the sweet one liners. This is my favorite one liner: “I’m a virgin…but I’m not super serious about it.” You go girl. First you gotta impressive him with keeping your virginity, but if he’s not into that kind of thing, make sure he knows that you’ll give it up at any moment. I dig your style. And one girl told us at least 14 times how her husband died while creepily laughing about it. ABC did a good job making us believe she was a murderer. She had to go. You can’t give a rose to a fake murderer on your reality show! People would get pisssssed.

Oh how I’d love to work behind the scenes on one of those shows.

Guess what?? I just finished all of the recipes for my third cookbook, Juli Bauer’s Paleo Cookbook! I turned them in to the editor on Monday to get them off of my shoulders. I’ve now written 3 cookbooks in 3 years so I’m ready for a little break and ready to start concentrating on other things. Kind of. Like writing the front matter for this third book and really put my voice into it. That part definitely isn’t done. I want this book to really feel like my blog, but prettier, because Bill and Hayley from Primal Palate are doing the photography instead of me! And then I want to start concentrating on new recipes for the blog AND planning our wedding! 2015 is going to be an awesome year. I just know it!

Now let’s get Valentine’s Day chocolate wasted!!


Valentine’s Day Almond Butter Blondies

  • Yield: 9 squares 1x




  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Grease an 8×8 baking dish.
  3. Mix together all ingredients and fold in chocolate chips.
  4. Pour mixture into baking dish and spread out evenly
  5. Bake for 20-23 minutes (the top will seem a bit soft but will harden when cooled). Let cool for about 10 minutes before slicing.
  6. Eat with coconut milk ice cream. Duh.

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125 thoughts on “Valentine’s Day Almond Butter Blondies”

  1. I just gained even more respect for you because you watch the Bach!
    Also omg these brownies look amazing!

  2. Ugh, I just finished 50 Shades and definitely agree with you. Are you going to continue on and read the other two? I can’t decide.

  3. As much as I love your recipes, I’m pretty sure I love your commentaries just as much.

    YES to The Bachelor. My boyfriend makes so much fun of me but I can’t stop being entertained by it. It’s like a car crash that I want to look away from, but I can’t. I want to revel is how hysterical these girls get over being “dumped” by a guy they were only kinda sorta dating for about four weeks. It makes me feel a lot better about myself.

    Anywho. These look awesome, and like what I’m probably going to be making for a work bake sale I agreed (was bribed) to participate in.

  4. Wow juli these look delicious!!!! And congrats on the recipes! What an amazing accomplishment. Can’t wait to read it and cook from it and laugh at everything. Good luck with the front matter!

  5. totally with you on the Bachelor. My fiance fights with me every week and tells me how its draining my intelligence and blah blah blah. (but does end up watching it w/ me go figure!). Truth is, I want it because its ENTERTAINING. and sometimes you just want to be mindlessly entertained!! Not expecting to learn something from it. Love this recipe, can’t wait to try

  6. How do they cook up like that with no grains at all? Am I missing something? I figured there would be some sort of grain in there to get a cookie that looks like that!

  7. I 100% agree with you on the bachelor. Haha I LOVE it. So dang hilarious and Kelsey is crazy! “I just LOVE my story, it’s tragic and amazing!” Who says that about her dead husband??? SOOO creepy!! And I’m making these up for valentines day! Thanks girl!!

  8. Juli!! Congrats to you and your fiance on your engagement. Wish you both tons of happiness 🙂

    These blondies are getting made this weekend for sure! What adjustments do you recommend if i want to make a 9 x 11 pan?

    Keep up the awesome work. you are one hard working lady 😉

  9. These look delicious! I may have to make them for the Gal-entine’s day date I have planned with my best friend. No need to be bitter about being single when you can just celebrate the day with your girlfriends!

  10. So I promise I’m not obsessed with you but I had a JB dream the other night, lol!! I was in your wedding (BTW the dresses we wore as bridesmaids are totally something I would wear again, so thank you. They were plum and long) and during the ceremony, you had a (gluten free) CAKE INTERMISSION. Like, right before you guys exchanged rings. It was kind of hilarious because the ceremony was really only supposed to last like 15 minutes but you decided that is just too long to wait for cake. I think you had a wedding reception cake too, so we basically cake pre-gamed.

    1. that is absolutely amazing! we are planning to have a champagne break during the ceremony which my fiancé thought up! but the cake idea is WAY more my style. maybe we should have cake AND champagne in the middle, genius. your dreams are my favorite.

  11. When I was in college, I used to see people reading 50 Shades on the university bus and remember thinking “well I wonder what kind of thoughts that girl is having right now…while on this bus….packed with like 40 people”. Awkward.

    These look delicious, thanks for the recipe!

  12. Still funny Julie. Still crazy. Let’s be honest if 2 people are into each other Mr gray wouldn’t seem so risqué. Don’t watch the movie surrounded by perverts. Practice with your significant other

  13. Love your blog! You paste a smile on my face on the lousiest day!
    And while I was reading and smiling, I thought – oh wait, she did NOT just say she was planning her wedding.
    Congratulations! Slipped that one right in there, didn’t you 😉

  14. I think I’m going to spend my valentine’s day getting to know these blondies. Holy crap they look amazing.

    Breakfast at Snooze sounds like a great way to celebrate Valentine’s day. What’s better than breakfast? Except maybe giant cookies.

  15. congrats on your engagement! these look delish…any idea if a gelatin egg would work in these? I hate it that I’m unable to eat eggs…make paleo so hard 🙁

    1. I’m not Juli (obvs), but I’ve had success using flax eggs in nut butter-based Paleo baked goods. Not sure how different a texture a gelatin egg would give you, but nut butters tend to be pretty forgiving when you replace an ingredient that acts as a binder.

  16. I realize this is a stupid comment, everything tastes better with chocolate, but these sound like they would be good without them too, I guess my question is would I be wasting a cup of almond butter if I left out the chips? I’d hate to end up with something like the gross chocolate chip cookies without chips I tried to make in college, but would love something like my grandma’s blonde brownies.

  17. I totally about seeing that move in the theater:) Can’t wait to make these and your almond butter cups for valentine’s day this weekend. I will be making them with my sister and nieces since my hubby will be out of town. Thanks for the constant laughs and smiles.

  18. HAHA!!! “Who wants to get wasted?? I wanna get chocolate wasted!” I LOVE THAT MOVIE and I think I will love this recipe….looks amazing! I will be spending my V-day watching my son wrestle at districts! Who says romance is dead once you’ve been married for 20 years??!!!

  19. you absolutely crack me up. love your style. love your watching the bachelor for all the same reasons! and can tell you love us by the time you invest in your blogs. so fun. recipes so much better blogstyle. love your honesty. you never go all brian williams on us. kthanksbye!

  20. Just made these and they are every bit amazing! Thanks Juli! And congrats on the engagement- looking forward to all the details!

  21. OMG- I just made these and it’s taking all my willpower not the eat the entire pan. I didn’t have the full cup of almond butter, so I used cashew butter. Delicious!

  22. I don’t suppose one more “I love you and your style!” will hurt your feelings. I want to adopt you. I’ve been reading your blog for some time and I never comment. I am today. The Blondies are on the calendar this week…can’t wait.
    I went out and bought this crazy loud booties with the gold heels that you sported a few back. I had to have them and I probably won’t even wear them often. Don’t care. Love them. And you. Oh, I said that already. Well, it’s like you are in my head. You say stuff that I say all the time and I think you’re my kid. Anyway, you’re great, the shoes are great, your recipes are great, the Bachelor is great entertainment, Fifty Shades…not sure what the fuss is all about, besides just sex and stuff. I didn’t like the way the book read…like a teenager wrote it or something. But I’m outnumbered. It is popular.
    You brighten my day, girl!! <3

  23. Hey Juli – so I may have been under a rock, but I’ve just learned about you. Bought your book The Paleo Kitchen in fact, just yesterday. I’m a raw food chef but knew nothing of Paleo…seems my liver isn’t all that fond of cold and raw. I’m enjoying what seems to be a combination of traditional (but non-processed) and raw, and LOVE the book! Thank you.
    Also, love your latest article – my husband and I are faithful viewers of The Bachelor and I LMAO at some of your comments! Thanks for doing what you do and I look forward to your latest book!

    1. I have the same question. I don’t have maple or coconut sugar on hand…are there any substitutes or are those absolutely necessary for the recipe?

    2. I have a bad habit of reading recipes too quickly and so I actually read “maple sugar” as “maple syrup” – that’s what I used and these turned out SO yummy!!

  24. Love the bachelor and I am going to be one of the creepsters in the theater watching 50 shades. I’ll just submerge myself in a giant bucket of popcorn so no one sees me. 😉

    These blondies look amazing! Do you think they would taste the same with regular sugar?

  25. I made these the other night—AMAZING!!! I had to hide them because my kids and hubby liked them even more! Unfortunately for me, they found them

  26. I made these last night (there might be less than half of the pan remaining…) and they’re AWESOME. Thank you for such an easy and tasty recipe!

  27. These were probably the best dessert I have ever had and not just of the paleo type. I don’t know what type of alchemy too place in the oven but they went in like sweet almond butter and came out blondies. Thank you!

  28. I just put a batch in the oven. I confess to being slightly nervous that you said “pour the batter into the pan” when my dough was stiff and had to be flattened and prodded into the corners. 10 minutes to go and they smell pretty damn good so if they do just turn out to be just dry old crumbs at least they will be delicious dry old crumbs, and if I smother them with enough coconut icecream who cares. Breathing now. .

    1. I was worried too because mine was more dough than batter too – so I added some coconut milk and some extra egg to water it down – they turned out great but a lot more light and fluffy than dense and chewy.

  29. These are stellar. They come out perfectly chocolately and fluffy enough to have a scrumptious consistency with a flavor that is so satisfyingly delicious. I have never taken the time to comment but my daughters enjoyed it as much as I did and then a neighbor friend raved when I shared so thought I’d take a moment to thank you for the recipe! Didn’t even need to have it with ice cream!

  30. Another success from Juli B! I used sun butter and only 2 tbs of honey. Came out darker than a blondie but still sooooo good! Huge hit tonight amongst non-paleo folks. The pan was devoured and they had no idea there was no flour in it. Score!

  31. Hi everyone!
    I made these without the coconut/maple sugar, and only used the maple syrup. They were sweet enough for my liking, and I only cooked mine for 18 minutes but next time I will only cook for 15. Also I made my own roasted almond and macadamia nut butter instead of plain almond nut butter and they were very good!

    Thanks for this!

    Would love to try with white chocolate chips and raspberries!!

  32. These. Are. Amazing. I just made them because I got home from a date that I was like, “eh,” about. And I wanted something that I knew I would be like, “F*ck yeah” about. So I made these. I wish they could be my boyfriend. Especially when I eat them from the freezer.

    I love your blog and I love the way you write, and I not-so-secretly wish we could be best friends. You’re awesome!

  33. Just pulled these out of the oven they are so good! Putting some vanilla coconut gelato on them puts them over the top!

  34. I made these tonight, and they taste absolutely fantastic!!!!
    …but the middle of mine never set 🙁
    I stole a corner piece and then put them back in to back some more. We’ll see if that helps or if I just burn the crap out of the corners.

  35. This was the first paleo baking recipe I’ve tried and dear lord these are AMAZING. I can’t believe these are paleo. It’s taking some pretty serious willpower to not eat the whole pan right now :). The husband loves them as well. Thanks Juli!!

  36. I made these last night and they were awesome. A little crumbly from my dry justin’s almond butter but delicious. I ate two with a scoop of coconut chocolate ice cream 🙂

  37. Just made these and they are great! I made one minor change. I was worried they would be too sweet for me so I only used 2T of honey (instead of 1/4 c). They baked up perfect and taste great. I will make these again.

  38. This is seriously the best paleo baked good that I’ve made. These are amazing and taste like regular blondies. They are moist and chewy and delicious. I’m surprised I didn’t eat them all in one sitting. I’m also obsessed with the Paleo Kitchen, last week I made 4 recipes! Everything I’ve made has been great. My favorite so far has probably been the twice baked butternut squash. Keep the great recipes coming!

  39. Made these for my family for a Valentine’s Day treat. They were a big hit! Perfect with vanilla ice cream on top. Super easy too. I followed the directions exactly.

  40. These are ridiculously good! I don’t get it how they go in as almond butter and come out as the best blondies I have ever had. But I don’t care how! Yum!

  41. My mom has made these for coworkers, for me, for my dad, for everyone. It is such a great recipe. We ate them a la mode – bangin.

  42. These are amazing! I made two batches: one with maple syrup and the other coconut sugar. I recommend the maple syrup because the brownies are a bit more gooey….almost like a pazookie consistency. And they taste amazing with ice cream.

  43. Thanks Juli for your awesome recipe! was so good….and thanks for making it so easy. It is still hard for me to believe that a non flour recipe tastes like there is flour in it?? You rock!

  44. Delicious ! I added some ground spices (cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg and clove) to make it taste like gingerbread, and it’s awesome 🙂

  45. These
    My husband and my two super picky eating preschoolers agree! They ate the entire thing and licked the bowl as well.
    Weare paleo newbies, just started a couple of weeks ago. Your recipes have been a tremendous help. I honestly thank God for you, for your recipes, and may you keep rockin it in these endeavours

  46. I did for Christmas. I made peppermint candy cane ice cream–it was AMAZING! Just a find a recipe you love and throw it in the fridge. I put it in a glass bowl so that it would keep it extra cold. Had a really good ice creamy consistency.

  47. I’m not sure what I’m doing wrong, but I’ve made these twice now and have had such a problem getting them done in the middle! They’re still delicious; I just go at the pan with a spoon haha, but help! I followed the recipe exactly, but mine don’t seem to come close to coming together in the middle until the next day.

  48. Hi! I want to make these but my hubby has diabetes… How much of the syrup/honey can I take out without ruining the texture? Should I add an extra egg/egg yolk? Thanks!

  49. These are amazing! I didn’t have any cocinut milk ice cream to enjoy with them, but I did pour a tiny bit of chilled unsweetened almond milk on top of the gooey fresh-out-of-the-oven blondie! SO good! You always hit it out of the park 🙂

  50. Every recipe I have tried of yours has been the sh*t! These were SO good. Definitely my favorite paleo dessert recipe to date. Keep dem recipes coming!!

  51. Hi Juli – Made these and love them. BUT. They came out super mushy, even after cooling. I’m thinking it’s because I used freshly ground almond butter? How can I get a more cake-like consistency?

  52. Made these yesterday with a jar of almond-hazelnut butter I found in the cupboard… SO. FREAKING. GOOD. Thanks, Juli! 😀

  53. I could cry! This is the BEST blondie recipe ever!! Paleo/Non-paleo! I’ve tried 3 blondie recipes, 2 were regular (non paleo) and 1 was paleo…. They all sucked! However, these….THESE…are so good! They taste almost exactly like the ones from High School that I loved (and have been trying to recreate). The almond butter adds the perfect flavor that’s been missing! I love how there’s no coconut/almond flour needed. I haven’t got them out the oven yet, but i scraped the bowl with my finger…and oh my lawd! You, my friend, are going under the list of trusted food bloggers!

  54. I just made these and when I mixed it all it was fine but when put in pan all the oils rose to the top. Is that normal? will see how they bake and turn out!! the dough is yummy!!!

  55. These look awesome! Question for people who have made these before: any brand of almond butter you recommend using to make sure the consistency is right? I know some almond butters are thicker than others so just wanted an opinion from someone who has made them before. Thanks!

  56. I’ve made these SEVERAL times and love them. My husband and I aren’t eating much sweetness right now, so will they turn out the same if I omit the coconut sugar?

  57. Craving these tonight. Made them tons of times. Just realized it says maple sugar not syrup! I’ve been making them with maple syrup. Still works. Lol!

  58. Holy cow! I wasn’t sure how they’d set up with no almond flour or anything, but wow! They set up great! They’re soft inside like a gooey delicious brownie, and so so so good! I’m in paleo treat heaven ????

  59. My husband was missing the blondies we used to get at Applebees. Now that Im on SCD/Paleo for health issues, I googled Paleo blondies and found this recipe. I used all honey and walnuts instead of chocolate since I didnt have any. I also made a caramel sauce and served with dairy free vanilla ice cream. Theyre fantastic. Hubby is not on any diet restrictions and he loves them. We dont have to miss the ones from Applebees. Thanks so much!

  60. These are the best, I don’t understand how they turn out so well with so little ingredients! we love them 😀

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