Ricki’s Butterscotch Blondies

Ricki's Butterscotch Blondies

photo by Celine Saki

Today is a special day as it marks the release of my dear friend Ricki Heller‘s incredible book Naturally Sweet and Gluten-Free. This fabulous collection 100 recipes will wow your taste buds with unique (and dare I say good for you) ingredients that come together to make some seriously comforting treats. This book wholly intrigues me as it’s an entire book of desserts that calls for no refined sugar--something I appreciate as a connoisseur of the sweet stuff myself.

Ricki’s publisher is kindly offering one copy to a lucky reader. Just leave a comment and you’ll be entered! I’ll randomly choose and announce a winner one week from today on September 19th. Open to US and Canada only.

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Ricki is famous for her allergy-friendly, anti-candida approach to cooking and baking, and I’ve always been a fan of how she approaches desserts–so, this bad boy is right up my alley. The first time I got my hands on this book and flipped through the pages, these delectable looking blondies caught my eye, and I’m excited to share them with you today.

Just in time for Fall, these blondies pair beautifully with a steamy mug of apple cider or hot cocoa.

Butterscotch Blondies with Chocolate Chips and Goji Berries

(reprinted with permission from Sellers Publishing)


(Makes 16)

These are a favorite dessert in our house. They are rich tasting and chewy, and the combination of lucuma with coconut sugar and coconut nectar is, I think, very reminiscent of butterscotch. I love using dried, super-healthy goji berries in these bars, but dried cherries or cranberries work just as well. In fact, feel free to stir in any additions you like, as long as you keep the same proportions. For instance, one alternative I really enjoy is pistachios and chopped dried apricots.

  • 1 cup (135 g) Ricki’s All-Purpose Gluten- Free Flour Mix  
  • 3⁄4 cup (75 g) whole oat flour 
  • 3 Tbsp (45 ml) lucuma powder
  • 1 tsp (5 ml) baking powder

  • 1⁄2 tsp (2.5 ml) baking soda

  • 1⁄4 tsp (1 ml) fine sea salt
  • 1 tsp (5 ml) xanthan gum 
  • 1⁄3 cup (25 g) coconut sugar

  • 1 Tbsp (15 ml) water
1⁄2 cup (120 ml) coconut nectar

  • 1⁄8 tsp (.5 ml) pure stevia powder or 1⁄4 tsp (1 ml) pure plain or vanilla stevia liquid, or to taste
1⁄3 cup (90 ml) sunflower or other
  • light-tasting oil, preferably organic

  • 1 Tbsp (30 ml) pure vanilla extract

  • 1⁄4 tsp (1 ml) rum, butterscotch, or brandy flavoring (optional)

  • 1⁄2 cup (100 g) unsweetened carob chips or dairy-free dark chocolate chips
  • 1⁄3 cup (80 ml) dried goji berries, cherries, cranberries, or dried fruit of your choice

Preheat the oven to 325 ̊F (170 ̊C). Line an 8-inch (20-cm) square pan with parchment paper, or spray well with nonstick spray.

In a medium bowl, sift together the flours, lucuma powder, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and xanthan gum.

In a large bowl, mix the coconut sugar and water until the sugar begins to dissolve. Add the coconut nectar, stevia, oil, vanilla, and flavoring, if using, until well blended. Gently stir in the chips and gojis.

Pour the dry mixture over the wet ingredients and stir to blend. You will have a thick and sticky batter. Turn the batter into the prepared pan and smooth the top.

Bake for 20 to 25 minutes, rotating the pan about halfway through baking, until a tester inserted in the center comes out just barely clean (a moist crumb or two is fine). Take care not to overbake, as these will dry out! The top may fall a little as it cools; this is fine. Allow to cool completely in pan before cutting into squares. See page 37, storing your baked goods. May be frozen.


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51 Responses to Ricki’s Butterscotch Blondies

  1. CarrieD says:

    These look yummy! I can’t wait to give Ricki’s recipes a try!

  2. kamaljit inman-bates says:

    These look yummy. I would love to be entered in the contest! Thanks!

  3. These sound fantastic. Now that the weather is cooling down here it’s time for me to start baking!

  4. Melissa says:

    This book looks amazing! It’s just what I have been looking for. I have been celiac all my life and am just starting my adventures in vegan baking. Win or not this cookbook is on my wish list!

  5. Robyn says:

    These look fabulous! Can’t wait to try them, but I have to track down some of the ingredients first. I have a feeling the Internet will be utilized. Whatever did we do without it?

  6. I never would have thought to add goji berries to blondies. It’s such a great idea combined with dark chocolate. Yum!

  7. Josiane says:

    These blondies sound amazing, just like pretty much all of Ricki’s recipes! I can’t wait to get my hands on a copy of her book.

    I’d been wanting to try lucuma powder for a while, but haven’t gotten around to buying some yet. Now that I know it contributes to lending a butterscotch-y taste to treats such as those blondies, I have a feeling it’ll soon become a pantry staple!

  8. Carmen says:

    Those look yummy! I made non-vegan blondies earlier this week, and I can’t wait to make these to see how they compare! Once they’re made I’ll post the results on my blog.

  9. I love experimenting with gluten free desserts, these look so yummy!

  10. That books looks wonderful! I am putting it on my Amazon wish list right now : )

  11. Wow! Butterscotch and goji berries sound like a match made in heaven! I will definitely be making these soon : )

  12. Amanda says:

    I have never heard of lucuma flour. Where do you buy it?

    • Ricki says:

      Amanda, you can get it at health food stores, Whole Foods, amazon.com or iHerb.com. It’s dehydrated and powdered lucuma, which is a fruit. :)

  13. camille says:

    sounds mighty yummy! I just might have to bust out the apron this weekend! :)

  14. Em says:

    I love reading both of your blogs! Although I have been able to re-introduce gluten into my diet, I still bake exclusively gluten free and I LOVE how awesome my gluten free baking turns out thanks to creators like you and Ricki.

  15. September 19th?! That’s the day after my birthday! ;)

    But, really, I’ve been looking forward to the release of this book as I have trouble with staying away from sugar and my body lets me know it. I’d love to play around with Ricki’s delicious naturally-sweetened desserts! And those blondies look amazing. :)

  16. Sarah Koenig Wagner says:

    With an egg, milk, and wheat allergy, it’s hard to find treats that don’t make you feel like you’re missing out on the good stuff. Now that my son of 18 months has also been diagnosed with an egg allergy, I want to learn more than ever how to sweeten our lives with some allergy friendly desserts. This book sounds like it can do that–would love a copy!

  17. Oh wow! Yum, yum, yum…. Ricki, Thank you for writing this. Did I say… Yummmmmm…… I’m a still a baby blogger, Can you tell? Lol.

  18. Jennifer says:

    I’ll have to get some lucuma powder, I’ve seen it in a few recipes, and I like the taste.

  19. These sound sooo good! Love this recipe!

  20. A. Cook says:

    Those look delicious! I am still very new to gluten-free baking and love finding great recipes to work from.

  21. Tatyanna says:

    I LOVE to bake. I have a few began and gluten free friends who love my baked goods. I am committed to making them things they can eat guilt free. This cookbook would be perfect!

  22. Thanks for the giveaway and recipe :)

    Can’t wait to try these :)

  23. Laurel says:

    Blondies are kind of like the Holy Grail in terms of taste and texture and I notice that nearly everyone uses oats or chickpea flour for the texture. Sigh. I, therefore, just use a mix of GF flours and add a teaspoon of flax and if I have to use a spoon so be it. Plus, I adore lucuma. I put it in all my smoothies and non chocolate cookies. Yum. OMG, I just realized she’s using pure stevia powder, the only kind I can stomach. Clever Ricki.

    • Ricki says:

      Laurel, I agree, it’s really tough to get that “blondie” texture without one or the other of oat or chickpea flour. And I adore stevia, but the only kind I can use without a reaction is the pure stuff. . . so maybe not so clever, just ensuring I can eat it, too! :D

  24. Emma says:

    These blondies look fantastic- dense and chewy :) I’ve never actually had a blondie before as they don’t really exist in the UK…
    I’ve already ordered a copy of the book and can’t wait for it to arrive!

  25. Tara says:

    These look so delicious! I can’t wait to try them out.

  26. tina p says:

    I would love to win this. Cookbooks are my addiction!

  27. Linda says:

    My 11 year old son is gluten intolerant. These look perfect for him! Looking forward to more recipes. Book please!!! :)

  28. M.Danowski says:

    Sounds GREAT!! Can’t wait to get my hands on one of these books!! Thanks!

  29. Sandra Lee Childs says:

    I would love to have this cookbook!

  30. Patricia Clark says:

    Yes, you CAN have your cake and eat it too — with “Naturally Sweet & Gluten-Free” ! ! ! Having tasted many of Ricki’s recipes, I recommend this book wholeheartedly. Ricki presents a wealth of vegan recipes for baked goods without gluten, eggs, dairy, corn, or high-glycemic sweeteners — with substitutions for soy and nuts, as well. The book is beautifully written, and the accompanying photos are an inspiration. Great gift for yourself or a friend!

    • Ricki says:

      Aw, thanks so much, Patricia!! I’m glad you enjoyed the goodies so much. :) And we need to plan another get-together!! :) xo

  31. Kylie - FotV says:

    These are gorgeous! I’m always looking for good gluten=free sweets!

  32. Denice says:

    Thank you for the recipe. Can’t wait to try it.

  33. mary says:

    These look yummy!

  34. Those look really good! I need a good blondie recipe – the few I’ve tried have all been sort of gooey and gummy.

  35. Krissy says:

    Oh! This book looks awesome!!! As someone who struggles with candida, I want to say “thank you”!

    • Ricki says:

      Thanks, Krissy! Just want to clarify that the recipes in the book are mostly for maintenance or later stages of the diet. . . something to look forward to! :)

  36. Sonja says:

    Oh I could absolutely use some anti-candida, good-for-you deserts in my life! Looks lovely :)

    • Ricki says:

      So glad, Sonja! (Though I should clarify that most of the treats in the book are for maintenance stages. . . ie, where I am now). :)

  37. Ricki says:

    Thanks so much for sharing, Allyson! Those blondies are definitely one of my favorite recipes in the book. :D I also wanted to mention that the recipe for my All-Purpose GF flour mix is on my blog as well, so readers can get it right here. :)

  38. Jen says:

    I would so love to win this! I’m vegan and gluten-free and am always looking for some good desserts!

  39. Erica Gilbert says:

    These sound amazing…especially since I’m gluten free and vegan

  40. Catherine says:

    Looks awesome! :)

  41. Ewa Monteith-Hodge says:

    These blondies look amazing and the book looks great, I recently decided to become vegan so always on the hunt for inspiration and recipes to help me along my new path!

  42. Laura R says:

    Can’t wait to give these a try. We’re going to a party this weekend and these would be a great treat to bring along!