I haven’t really felt like baking these past few days. Or maybe it has been weeks.

So, instead of baking I decided to pick up  a book and read a little. I came across these mystery books, where the main character owns a bakery {and solves murders in her free time}. It is hard to read a whole chapter about Blonde Brownies without wanting to get off the couch and make some myself.

So I did.  Literally. I put my bookmark in my book and ran to the kitchen.

The book includes recipes, but they aren’t Gluten Free. So I made a few changes…. and here we are.

Chocolate Chip and Walnut Blondie Bars {Gluten Free, Dairy Free}

Recipe: Chocolate Chip and Walnut Blondie Bars {Gluten Free, Dairy Free}

{Print Recipe}


  • 2 cups light brown sugar {or 1 cup dark brown sugar, and 1 cup white sugar}
  • 1/2 cup canola oil
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1  1/2 cups Gluten Free Flour Mix {I use a superfine brown rice flour mix}
  • 1  1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon xanthan gum
  • 2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 3/4 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1 cup dairy free chocolate chips {Semi-Sweet Ghirardelli}


  1. Preheat the oven to 350°. Line a rectangular baking pan {9×13} with tin foil and lightly spray.
  2. Combine brown sugar and oil in a bowl.
  3. Add in the eggs and vanilla and mix well.
  4. Combine the flour, salt, xanthan gum, and baking powder in a small bowl.
  5. Slowly add dry ingredients to the wet ingredients, making sure to stir in-between each addition.
  6. Add in the chocolate chips and chopped walnuts.
  7. Spread the mixture into the prepared pan.
  8. Bake for 25mins.
  9. Let bars cool before serving – which is near impossible!

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P.S. please dont tell me how this book ends. I am now too busy baking yummy treats to finish it!!