vegan pumpkin chocolate chunk blondies

I know everyone else is already talking about Christmas, but I’m still not over pumpkin season! These Vegan Pumpkin Chocolate Chunk Blondies are THE BEST way to round off all that fall baking. Sticky, gooey, chocolate coated, pumpkin goodness (and they’re plant based). I mean what else could you want?! All that and they’re literally so easy to make – just whisk everything together in a bowl and BOOM: the perfect treat for a gloomy day. Serve warm straight from the oven, drizzled with melted vegan chocolate. You can seriously taste the pumpkin in these babies too, so don’t scrimp out on the pumpkin puree!

I know, I know, it’s basically December, I’m late to the pumpkin party… but you guys! These Vegan Pumpkin Chocolate Chunk Blondies are the BOMB. I made these the day after it snowed this week to cheer myself up a little and by joe it worked! If you’re a pumpkin lover (I mean, who isn’t?) then you’re going to ADORE these. These babies are far from healthy, but I like to convince myself that I’m getting some veggies in by adding pumpkin to everything. Heavy on the chocolate though… but necessary!

Probably what I love most about this recipe is how darn easy it is to make! LITERALLY all you have to do is melt some butter, add it to a bowl along with all the other ingredients, whisk everything together, fold in some chocolate, and BAKE! I’m really taking a break from those two-day-long sourdough recipes with this one. You can enjoy these bad boys within the hour! Of course, at this time of year I always have some premade pumpkin puree to hand in the fridge or ready to defrost in the freezer. It’s the quickest and easiest way to add another layer of flavour to your baking!

For a good pumpkin puree…

I ALWAYS go for organic produce where I can. In this recipe, I used an organic butternut squash from Riverford Organic Farms (not sponsored) and honestly you can taste the difference! I don’t know how I went so long buying non-organic pumpkins. With buying from a veg box as well, I KNOW that my fresh produce is from LOCAL FARMS and IN SEASON. I share a lot of information about the importance of these things in my post on Sustainable Food which I wrote as part of my Sustainability Series. If you haven’t already, this series is worth a read.

Now back to the blondies! In this recipe, I melted my butter until it was just melted (so it still had that creamy look about it) and made sure that my pumpkin puree was at room temperature before adding it to the butter so that no curdling occurred. For this recipe, I also switched out the light brown sugar for coconut nectar sugar. I only recently realised just how bad cane sugar is for the environment (particularly if it is unsustainably farmed). I wanted to use beet sugar, as it’s grown LOADS here in the UK, but seriously you CANNOT find it in my local supermarkets. Coconut sugar seemed like the next best thing and you CANNOT taste the coconut which is a bonus in my house.

Alongside the butter (non dairy, of course), sugar, and pumpkin puree, I added a flax egg (1tbsp flax meal + 3 tbsp warm water), vanilla extract, plain spelt flour, baking soda, and sea salt to the bowl. Literally it takes about 5 minutes to make the batter for these blondies. All you have to do is whisk all the ingredients together until smooth and creamy. I chopped up my chocolate until variable sized chunks before folding it into the batter (I like to use a mixture of sweet and bitter chocolate in all my baking, just to mix things up a little). And then its into the tin and into the oven to bake! Be wary not to overbake these – you want them to be gooey, not cakey.

And that’s it really! Photographed, you can see that I drizzled these blondies with a little melted vegan chocolate. This is optional, but all I did was melt some sweet and bitter chocolate together and then used a spoon to drizzle it over the top. The more the merrier, in my opinion. If you drizzle on the chocolate whilst the blondies are still warm, you create this super sticky, chocolatey goodness which is really just what we all need as we edge into winter.

I hope you love these Vegan Pumpkin Chocolate Chunk Blondies as much as I do. If you make this recipe, make sure you leave a like and a comment down below! I absolutely love hearing from you guys and you can be sure that I will try my best to get back to you soon! And of course, if you do make this recipe, don’t forget to tag me on Instagram @amongsttheflour I love seeing the photos of recipes you’ve all made! Have a joyous and merry winter and a very happy holidays! I look forward to hearing from you soon!

Katherine x

Vegan Pumpkin Chocolate Chunk Blondies

Ingredients

  • 190g vegan butter, melted
  • 100g light brown sugar
  • 200g pumpkin puree
  • 1 flax egg
  • 1 vanilla extract
  • 180g plain flour
  • ¼ tsp baking soda
  • Pinch of salt
  • 100g vegan ‘milk’ chocolate
  • 100g vegan dark chocolate

Method

  1. Preheat the oven to 180°C (350°F) and line a brownie tin with parchment paper.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together all the ingredients (except for the chocolate) until fully combined and completely smooth.
  3. Chop up the chocolate into chunks (they don’t need to be of even size) and add them to the blondie mix. Fold in with a spatula until evenly distributed.
  4. Pour the blondie mix into the prepared brownie tin and flatten the top with the spatula. Bake in the oven for 40-45 minutes until golden brown and cooked through.
  5. Remove from the oven and leave to cool for 10 minutes before cutting into slices. Best enjoyed warm out of the oven. Optional: drizzle with melted vegan chocolate for extra stickiness and enjoy!

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