Paleo Gingerbread Blondies

These paleo gingerbread blondies are packed full of holiday flavor. 100% Paleo made with almond butter, honey, warm spices and black currant jam. 

These paleo gingerbread blondies are packed full of holiday flavor. 100% Paleo made with almond butter, honey, warm spices and black currant jam.

Last May I made my way to Cape Cod and spend 4 lovely days with food bloggers taking pictures of food, talking about taking pictures of food and eating food. It was a dream getaway for a bunch of food and photography obsessed folks. My room for the weekend was a tiny little cottage that sat on the property. When I arrived my roommate wasn’t there yet but I anxiously awaited her arrival. I needed to find out who I was rooming with and figure out if I would like her…

Good news, I LOVED my roommate and we spend HOURS talking at night. It was like we were in high school and we shared tons of funny stories and laughed loudly all night long all while I kept thinking to myself “lord I hope there is not a spider in this cottage…also I really like this girl!” Now I know you’re probably all thinking “ok, so who was your roommate?” Welllllllll the lovely Becky Winkler from the blog A Calculated Whisk! And I’m here to tell you all about her new cookbook – Paleo Planet.

{Plus she said she would be the spider/bug killer of the cottage so that makes her a definite friend in my book!}


These paleo gingerbread blondies are packed full of holiday flavor. 100% Paleo made with almond butter, honey, warm spices and black currant jam.

Her book brings you 125 delicious Paleo recipe that are inspired by international cuisine. That means tons of flavor is packed into each and every single recipe. Now I’m sure you know I don’t live a full on Paleo lifestyle but that did not stop me from wanting to make everything in this book. The recipes are simple to follow and include easy to find ingredients that are probably already in your pantry.

How can you not love that?

These paleo gingerbread blondies are packed full of holiday flavor. 100% Paleo made with almond butter, honey, warm spices and black currant jam.

Now, about these totally awesome gingerbread blondies. They are full of gingerbread flavor and the black currant jam is the perfect touch. I knew being Paleo they wouldn’t include flour but this was the first time I have baked using almond butter so I was scared it wouldn’t turn out. Well, as you can tell from the pictures they turned out awesome! Super moist and full of gingerbread flavor and the swirled jam brings in pop of sweet flavor. These bars would be great for your holiday cookie tray OR tomorrows breakfast. I never judge for eating blondies for breakfast.

Christmas is coming up so remember to pick up a copy of Paleo Planet! It’s the perfect book for anyone living a Paleo lifestyle or anyone looking to add a little more flavor to their cooking!

{Looking for more tasty dessert recipes? Try my blueberry crumb bars, pumpkin pie cake bars or my homemade Girl Scout samoas bars.}

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Paleo Gingerbread Blondies

These paleo gingerbread blondies are packed full of holiday flavor. 100% Paleo made with almond butter, honey, warm spices and black currant jam.

Yield: 9x13 pan

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 45 minutes

Total Time: 55 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 1-3/4 cup almond butter
  • 1 cup honey
  • 2 tablespoons melted ghee
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon cardamom
  • Pinch of sea salt
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 cup all-fruit black currant jam

Directions:

Preheat oven to 325 degrees and line a 9x13 baking dish with parchment paper.

Beat the almond butter with the honey in a large bowl using a hand mixer, or in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, until smooth.

Add the melted ghee, vanilla, cinnamon, ginger, cardamom, and salt, and beat until just incorporated. Add the eggs and baking soda, and beat again until smooth.

Transfer the batter to the baking pan, using a spatula to spread the batter out so that it evenly covers the bottom of the pan.

Use a spoon to place dollops of jam across the top of the batter. Swirl the jam into the batter by dragging a butter knife across the pan, forming stripes in one direction and then the other.

Bake until just set, 40-45 minutes, being careful not to over bake. Cool completely in the pan. Use the parchment paper to life out the blondies, cut into squares an serve.

29 Responses to “Paleo Gingerbread Blondies”

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    Tori — November 20, 2015 at 5:29 am

    Yes!!! These look and sound so chewy and how perfectly festive!

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    Ali @ Home & Plate — November 20, 2015 at 8:35 am

    What a pretty blondie….I love the different flavor – gingerbread and black currant. Yum. Your blondies look moist and delicious.

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    Martha @ A Family Feast — November 20, 2015 at 9:06 am

    Cape Cod?! You were in my neck of the woods! These brownies look incredible! Perfect for the holidays!

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    Kristen @ A Mind Full Mom — November 20, 2015 at 9:24 am

    I am a bit jealous of your trip–it sounds great!! And like you made friends for life!

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    Lauren Kelly Nutrition — November 20, 2015 at 9:25 am

    These look amazing and I love the ingredients! I need to get this cookbook!

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    Matthew From Nomageddon — November 20, 2015 at 9:38 am

    Dang! These look good regardless of anyone’s diet!

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    Alisa Fleming — November 20, 2015 at 10:09 am

    I can’t believe it’s already gingerbread season! I love this variation from Becky – never would have thought to add black currant jam but I bet it is divine.

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    Mel @ The Refreshanista — November 20, 2015 at 10:44 am

    Wow these blondies look scrumptious! I love anything gingerbread, never thought to pair it with black currant! Can’t wait to give these a try 🙂

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    Angie | Big Bear's Wife — November 20, 2015 at 10:48 am

    Anyone willing to be the spider/bug killer is a friend of mine!! I’m loving that there is black currant jam in these blondies!

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    Kimberly @ The Daring Gourmet — November 20, 2015 at 10:50 am

    These look and sound so yummy! I can imagine how wonderful your kitchen smelled while these were in the oven!

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    Becky Winkler (A Calculated Whisk) — November 20, 2015 at 10:55 am

    Thank you so much, Brandy!! It was ridiculously fun being your roommate for the weekend and I hope we get to hang out again in person soon. I’m also so happy you loved the blondies! P.S. I agree that they’re a legit breakfast 🙂 <3

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    Florian @ContentednessCooking — November 20, 2015 at 11:27 am

    These brownies look amazing! Love the addition of ginger to spice up blondies! 🙂

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    Katerina @ Diethood — November 20, 2015 at 11:33 am

    Any friend that’s willing to kill a spider for you AND create these delicious blondies, is definitely a keeper!!

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    Danae @ Recipe Runner — November 20, 2015 at 12:30 pm

    These gingerbread blondies look and sound delicious! Love the black currant jam added in!

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    Julia — November 20, 2015 at 1:13 pm

    Gingerbread is the best. I want to try these bars–I bet they are perfect with a cup of coffee.

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    Jessica @ A Kitchen Addiction — November 20, 2015 at 1:57 pm

    These look so good! Love the swirl of jam!

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    Brenda@SugarfreeMom — November 20, 2015 at 2:16 pm

    I love Cape Cod, a beautiful place to escape anytime! I’m loving the spices used in these blondies and that currant jam sounds like a perfect addition!

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    Gina @ Running to the Kitchen — November 20, 2015 at 6:23 pm

    I love these SO much, I think you need to come bring me the leftovers. K, thanks.
    I’m always amazed when flour-less stuff ends up rising and baking perfectly. My brain just can’t process how that even happens.

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    Amy Stafford — November 20, 2015 at 8:40 pm

    So jealous of your trip it sounds like the best time. These bars are so up my alley, and thank you for introducting me to Becky. Heading over to check out her book.

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    Heather | All Roads Lead to the Kitchen — November 20, 2015 at 9:35 pm

    This sounds like a delicious book! These blondies are killing it – love the flavor combo….that jam is a surprise, I bet it adds something lovely.

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    Erin — November 20, 2015 at 10:44 pm

    Haha! The entire summer while I stay at my parents’ house near the cape I am constantly fearing spiders after dark. Never ends. I feel your pain! These blondies look fantastic – love this Paleo take on them.

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    Megan {Country Cleaver} — November 20, 2015 at 11:35 pm

    These are paleo?! No way!! They look delicious!

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    Carrie @Frugal Foodie Mama — November 21, 2015 at 8:10 am

    I haven’t really got into the paleo craze yet, but these blondies sound delicious! Love the addition of the black currant. 🙂

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    Lauren @ Wicked Spatula — November 21, 2015 at 8:34 am

    Isn’t Becky’s book amazing?! These Gingerbread Blondies are next on my list to make. I shared the Garlicky Shrimp recipe yesterday and I’ve been loving the Grapefruit Avocado Salad. So good!

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    Erin @ Texanerin Baking — November 21, 2015 at 3:23 pm

    This sounds like the perfect book for me (although I’m not paleo, either!) These brownies look amazing. When I read that it was your first time baking with almond butter, I read almond flour. And when I looked at your ingredients list, I thought you had made a mistake and written butter instead of flour. Haha. My mind just can’t process how awesome these are with their total lack of flour. 😉

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    Maris (In Good Taste) — November 21, 2015 at 7:36 pm

    These sound delicious! I’m doing a low-carb/paleo-y diet and I’m excited to try these!

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    Rose | The Clean Dish — November 22, 2015 at 8:53 pm

    Mmmm these Gingerbread Blondies look amazing!! I love almond butter, it’s my favorite baking ingredients! Also your get away does sound dreamy. Good thing you liked your room mate 😉

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    Amanda-The Kitcheneer — November 23, 2015 at 6:45 am

    These blondes look incredible and I’m on board since they are Paleo! I totally want this cookbook!

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    Chrissie (thebusybaker.ca) — November 23, 2015 at 8:50 pm

    These look delicious and your photos are gorgeous!! I especially love that plate 🙂

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