Healthy Apple Pie Blondies with a Brown Sugar Frosting and Caramel Drizzle (low sugar, gluten free, vegan) - Desserts with Benefits

You know, one great thing about the holidays is that sweets are around more than usual.  Not so different to me, since dessert can always be found around my kitchen, but it’s definitely out of the ordinary for most.

Dessert is usually an occasional treat, not an everyday thing…  weird.  I know.  People “treat” themselves with dessert because dessert is usually indulgent, sinful and guilt-ridden…  but when we make these treats go healthy, they can become an everyday thing.  Like these blondies, for example.

Wait, what?  These Apple Pie Blondies are nutritious?
Haaaaallelujah!  Hallelujah.  HALLELUJAH.  Halleluujahhhh.

Okay, I’m done.  These are just so delicious that they deserve four hallelujahs.

Healthy Apple Pie Blondies with a Brown Sugar Frosting and Caramel Drizzle (low sugar, gluten free, vegan) - Desserts with Benefits

Just like any typical dessert, these blondies are indulgent, but they definitely aren’t sinful and won’t cause you to be guilt-ridden whatsoever.

Healthy Apple Pie Blondies with a Brown Sugar Frosting and Caramel Drizzle (low sugar, gluten free, vegan) - Desserts with Benefits

Healthy Apple Pie Blondies with a Brown Sugar Frosting and Caramel Drizzle (low sugar, gluten free, vegan) - Desserts with Benefits

Super dense and moist, but not hard like a hockey puck or mushy like a sponge.

The chunks of apple, the thick frosting, the sweet caramel…  so.  good.

It’s like an old and boring apple pie married a young and sexy blondie…

Healthy Apple Pie Blondies with a Brown Sugar Frosting and Caramel Drizzle (low sugar, gluten free, vegan)

Yield: 9 blondies

Healthy Apple Pie Blondies with a Brown Sugar Frosting and Caramel Drizzle (low sugar, gluten free, vegan)


  • 369g (1+1/2 cups) Unsweetened Applesauce
  • 72g (1/2 cup) Pure Maple Sugar (or dry sweetener of choice)
  • 28g (2 tbs) Hazelnut Oil (or any other neutral oil)
  • 1-1+1/2 tsp Apple Pie Spice (depends on how much spice you want)
  • 160g (1 cup) Brown Rice Flour
  • 120g (1 cup) Oat Flour
  • 1+1/4 tsp Baking Powder
  • 1/2 tsp Salt
  • 1+1/2 cups Diced Apple (I used one Gala apple, pictured below)
  • 2 tbs Lemon Juice, freshly squeezed
  • Frosting and Caramel:
  • 48g (1/4 cup) Sucanat
  • 30g (2 tbs) Unsweetened Applesauce
  • 120g (1 cup) Powdered Erythritol
  • 2-3 tbs Healthy Caramel Sauce (I used this)


    For the Blondies:
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit and line an 8" brownie pan with parchment paper both ways.
  2. In a large bowl, stir together the applesauce, maple sugar, oil and apple pie spice.
  3. In a small bowl, whisk together the rice flour, oat flour, baking powder and salt.
  4. Slice the apple and spread lemon juice on it to prevent it from browning. Dice the apple then sprinkle on the remaining lemon juice.
  5. Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and fold together (batter should be somewhat thick, sticky and doughy). Fold in the apple.
  6. Scoop into the prepared pan and spread to the edges, bake for ~55 minutes, or until edges have browned and center is firm. Let cool in pan for a few minutes, then transfer to a wire cooling rack.
  7. For the Frosting:
  8. In a large microwave-safe bowl, stir together the sucanat and applesauce. Microwave at 20-second intervals, stirring between each one, until sucanat has completely melted and mixture is thin and runny. Whisk in the erythritol, scoop by scoop, until frosting is thick. Spread onto the cooled blondies.


Top blondies with the caramel just before serving.

This recipe is: low fat, low sugar, gluten free and vegan!

I topped each blondie with chopped hazelnuts for some crunch and texture.

This needs to be in your kitchen.  Right now.

Healthy Apple Pie Blondies with a Brown Sugar Frosting and Caramel Drizzle (low sugar, gluten free, vegan) - Desserts with Benefits

I think it goes without saying that these blondies went fast.  So fast, it’s kinda scary…

*licks sticky fingers*

Healthy Apple Pie Blondies recipe (low fat, low sugar, gluten free, vegan) - Healthy Dessert Recipes at Desserts with Benefits

Labels: Apple, Applesauce, Bars-Blondies-and-Brownies, Brown-Rice-Flour, Caramel, Eggless, Erythritol, Gluten-Free, Hazelnuts, Icings-Frostings-and-Spreads, Lemon, Low-Fat, Low-Sugar, Maple, Oat-Flour, Sucanat, Vegan

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Comments (18)

  1. Anonymous: December 11, 2012

    These look amazing. Do you think I could use all GF oat flour instead of brown rice flour? Also, is the frosting necessary or would the blondies still be delicious without? Thanks so much!

  2. Jessica: December 12, 2012

    You can try using all oat flour, however the result might be a little gummy. I would recommend using oat flour with another flour, but if all you have is oat flour, I would add an extra teaspoon of baking powder.
    And the frosting is totally optional, it just makes these a little more holiday-ish and decadent ;)

    Good luck! Hope you like the recipe :)

  3. Sarah Jane @ The Fit Cookie: December 12, 2012

    Yummy!! These are on my weekend baking list : )

  4. loavesandkisses: December 12, 2012

    Oh my gosh! These are insanely beautiful! And I might actually be able to make these with my super understocked cupboard. :P

  5. Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious: December 12, 2012

    Oh my goodness I just want to dive in!

  6. Jaclyn: December 15, 2012

    Looks delicious! I love your photos and the perfect drizzling you did. Making me hungry.

  7. Anonymous: December 19, 2012

    Just made them and they are great!!!! How many days will these stay good for?

  8. Jessica: December 19, 2012

    Yay SO glad you like them!
    If you cover them with a cake stand cover (plastic wrap will probably mess up the frosting and caramel) at room temp, they will probably keep for ~2-3 days, but longer if you refrigerate them.

  9. Anonymous: December 20, 2012

    Great thanks so much and thanks for the amazing recipe!!!

  10. Cinnamon Freud: December 30, 2012

    These look amazing, make me want to run to the kitchen right now to whip them up. Definitely going to try them soon!

  11. Sofia - As We Travel: January 9, 2013

    WOW that looks good, few ingredients I don’t normally have but it’s worth going to the supermarket for :)

  12. Adrianna: March 2, 2013

    These look absolutely fantastic! Do you think I could substitute whole wheat all-purpose flour for the brown rice flour, and use rolled oats instead of the oat flour?

  13. dessertswithbenefits: March 5, 2013

    I’m pretty sure whole wheat flour will work in place of the rice flour and oat flour just fine :) I hope you like the recipe!

  14. peaceloveandsmoothies: March 18, 2013

    That looks so delicious! I love when a creative dessert is also healthy!

  15. JCOT: November 2, 2013

    I was wondering if you have a substitute for erythritol if we didn’t want to use artificial sweeteners.

  16. dessertswithbenefits: November 2, 2013

    Erythritol is a natural sweetener. I know, the name sure doesn’t sound like it, but it is! :)
    If you want to replace it, you can use any other granulated sweetener you like. Organic pure cane sugar (preferably fair-trade), pure maple sugar, coconut sugar, date sugar, sucanat, etc… anything but refined white sugar ;)
    Hope you like the recipe!!

  17. Jed: November 3, 2013

    For anyone wanting to know the calorie count of this (or for my own personal records when I want to know come Thanksgiving), it is about 2000 calories for the whole pan (1999 calories for the specific-loving people). That’s around 225 calories each if you cut them into 9 squares and only 125 calories if you cut them into 16 squares (which probably be better for holiday get-togethers, anyway, because it makes more with less work. . . so lazy -_-).
    But anyway, that’s awesome! This will probably be my delicious holiday contribution this year. Thank you so much, Desserts With Benefits. It has to be very time consuming to think up so many new recipes that your readers will approve of. I appreciate it! Good job!

  18. dessertswithbenefits: November 5, 2013

    Thank you for calculating the nutrition facts :) I’m pretty shocked that these only have 225 calories (I like larger slices for bars), because the typical apple pie blondie will probably have DOUBLE that!
    And thanks for your kind words, you definitely made my week :D

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