These cinnamon blondies are tender and moist in the center with a bit of a crackle on top. High in beneficial cinnamon “phytonutrients” that support blood sugar balance and healthy weight management, these treats are healthier than average dessert bar, and SO addictive… Vegan and gluten-free.

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  • Preparation Time

    10 minutes
  • Cooking Time

    30 minutes
  • Difficulty Rating

  • Health Level

  • Serves



  1. 1 15-oz / 425-g can of low-sodium chickpeas, or 1½ cups / 240 g cooked chickpeas (from ⅔ cup / 120 g dry), drained (save the liquid for another use!)
  2. ¼ cup / 30 g old-fashioned (steel-cut or rolled) oats, gluten-free if needed
  3. 1½ cups / 170 g nuts
  4. ⅞ cup / 170 g coconut sugar
  5. 1½ Tbsp / 13½ g ground cinnamon
  6. 1 tsp / 5 ml pure vanilla extract
  7. ¼ tsp / 1¼ g baking soda
  8. ½ tsp / 2½ g baking powder, preferably aluminum-free
  9. ¼ tsp / 1½ g salt or substitute
  10. Extra cinnamon (optional for garnish)


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F / 180°C. Line an 8-inch / 20-cm baking dish with parchment paper.
  2. Grind nuts on high speed until they attain a smooth nut-butter texture, about 2 minutes. This will make about ½ cup
  3. Combine drained chickpeas, nut butter, and remaining ingredients in a food processor or mixing bowl, and purée until smooth.
  4. Spread batter evenly in prepared baking dish.
  5. Bake for 30 minutes until the top is firm and the sides start to separate from the baking dish.
Sprinkle cinnamon on top (if desired) before cutting and serving. Serving size: 1 2-inch / 5-cm square Exchanges per Serving: 1 Sweet

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Comments 32

  1. Just subscribed to Trim Down Club and I’m disturbed by all the ingredients that are not easily or normally found in supermarkets.
    I’ll look at your Lunch and Dinner recipes next. I am looking forward trying some of your recipes.

    • Hi, chaser241997. The ingredients are available in health-oriented stores as well as “big box” supermarkets and online. You can also substitute many with easier-to-find options. For example, instead of coconut sugar, you can use demerara (“raw”) sugar. You can let me know what other ingredients you are concerned about, and I would be happy to help.

  2. Hey, I joined yesterday and want to try the Cinna Blondes, I have never need to measure 7/8 cups. None of my measuring utensils I use have 7/8. I looked up the conversion in Tbsp and it said 14. Is this correct?

  3. This is the first recipe I’ve made from the trimdown club.
    I’ve just sat down with one and a cup of tea – verdict- lovely 🙂
    These blondes are very easy and quick to make. The texture is lovely a little crunchy on top and then creamy and smooth beneath. The flavour is nutty and redolent of cinnamon. You are unable to taste the chickpeas at all and is sweet enough to satisfy a sugar craving. I tested one out on my husband who ate it with no complaints. So it’s a thumbs up all round. I will definitely make this again especially for my daughter’s school lunch box treat. Thank you for a yummy recipe. 😀

    • Hi, Kaye. The nutritional information is reported at the end of the recipe as “exchanges” (units of major nutrients that you can use to build menus). The translation to grams is as follows:
      1 carb exchange = 15 grams of carbohydrates + up to 3 grams of protein
      1 protein exchange = 7 grams of protein + up to 5 grams of fat
      1 fat exchange = 5 grams of fat
      1 fruit exchange = 15 grams of carbohydrates
      1 vegetable exchange = 5 grams of carbohydrates + up to 2 grams of protein
      1 sweet exchange = up to 15 grams of carbohydrates + up to 5 grams of fat
      1 free exchange = up to 5 grams of carbohydrates or up to 2 grams of protein or fat

    • Hi, Karen. Some of our recipes are in the personal Menu Planner lists and can be selected for addition to your menus and shopping lists. For the newer ones not yet added, you can click on the circular arrow icon in the heading of the meal in your menu to which you want to add them, then select the ingredients (along with the other foods in your meal) – that way they will show up in your shopping list.

    • Hi, san. Do you mean substituting almond or coconut flour for this recipe or in general?
      Almond flour can be substituted for oats in this recipe without other adjustments. To substitute with coconut flour, you will need to add an equivalent amount of chickpea liquid (1/4 cup or 60 ml).
      With regard to other general questions, you can post in the Community (link above).

    • Hi, fmatson702. Coconut sugar is sugar produced from the sap of cut flower buds of the coconut palm. It has a mapley flavor, and is easier on the body than refined sugar or agave nectar. You can find it in most grocery stores, including warehouse types like Costco and Target, and particularly health-oriented ones like Whole Foods Market. You can also get it online, through services like Thrive Market (

    • Hi, Jane, and welcome. You’re not a twit at all! It takes some getting used to, but it’s worth it in the end as a valuable tool for establishing good dietary habits. I will send you something to your registered e-mail address.

  4. Hi, wotherspoon. In the toolbar above your menu, click on “Exchange mode”; in that mode, scroll all the way to the bottom, and you will see a yellow star that signifies a “sweet” – which is most often (and in the case of this particular recipe) 1 carb + 1 fat.

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