Pumpkin Chai Blondies (Vegan, Gluten Free)

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These Vegan & Gluten Free Pumpkin Chai Blondies taste like fall in a bar! Plus you only need 9 healthy ingredients to make them.

Ah, Pumpkin Season. You either love it or you hate it!

I, for one, love it – and these Pumpkin Chai Blondies have only intensified my already fervent feelings.

Pumpkin Chai Blondies Gluten Free Vegan

Besides Pumpkin, one of my favorite Fall treats is a warm mug of Chai Tea. And yes, I do know that “Chai” already means tea, so the phrase is redundant. 

Pumpkin Chai Blondies Gluten Free Vegan

Regardless, I decided to combine my two favorite flavors into one warm, fragrant, and healthy (!) dessert that still satisfies. You only need 9 plant-based ingredients to make these blondies, and odds are you already have most of them in your pantry.

Pumpkin Chai Blondies Gluten Free Vegan

Instead of using ground spices, we’re going to make a Chai concentrate to infuse our Blondies with autumnal flavor. Most Chai concentrates are sweetened with sugar, so I opted for a homemade version to keep things refined-sugar free. Believe it or not, it’s surprisingly simple too! All you need is some loose leaf Chai tea (I would recommend this one by Rishi for best quality + flavor) and some water.

Pumpkin Chai Blondies Gluten Free Vegan

Brew your concentrate, mix up the batter, sprinkle with Pumpkin Seeds, and you’re all set! These Pumpkin Chai Blondies will be filling your house with the most delicious flavor a whole lot sooner than you think.

A Few Final Thoughts:
  • If you do not have access to canned Pumpkin Puree you can either make your own or use mashed Sweet Potatoes instead!
  • Almond Butter may be substituted with any other nut or seed butter of choice, but keep in mind that this will affect the final flavor.
  • These Blondies freeze well, though I doubt you’ll have leftovers 😉 Once you’ve sliced them, just store in a freezer-safe container or bag for up to 2 months.

If you’re looking for more healthy treats, you might also like my Mango Zucchini Blondies or Vegan Cosmic Brownies!

Finally, if you decide to make this recipe, be sure to tag me on Instagram @frommybowl + #frommybowl! I love seeing your delicious recreations 🙂

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Pumpkin Chai Blondies (Vegan & Gluten Free)

Pumpkin Chai Blondies Gluten Free Vegan

These Vegan & Gluten Free Pumpkin Chai Blondies taste like fall in a bar! Plus you only need 9 healthy ingredients to make them.

  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 40 minutes
  • Yield: 9 Bars 1x
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Ingredients

  • 2 1/2 tbsp Loose Leaf Chai Tea (see notes) + 1/2 cup Water
  • 1 cup Medjool Dates, pitted and packed
  • 2/3 cup Canned Pumpkin Puree (not Pumpkin Pie Mix)
  • 1/4 cup Almond Butter
  • 1 tsp Vanilla Extract
  • 2 tbsp Chia Seeds
  • 2 cups Oats, ground into flour
  • 1/2 tsp Baking Powder
  • 1/2 tsp Salt
  • 2 tbsp Pumpkin Seeds, to sprinkle on top

Instructions

  1. First, preheat the oven to 350F. Prepare the Chai Concentrate by adding the Loose Leaf Tea and Water to a small pot and bringing to a boil. Remove from the heat, cover, and let sit for 5 minutes. Strain the tea leaves from the liquid.
  2. While the tea is steeping, combine the Oat Flour, Baking Powder, and Salt in a large bowl, stirring well.
  3. Add the Chai Concentrate, Dates, Pumpkin Puree, Almond Butter, Vanilla Extract, and Chia Seeds to a blender, processing until a thick even paste has formed.
  4. Next, add the blended wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and stir well, until a thick dough forms. Press this dough into a greased or lined 9×9″ pan, then sprinkle with Pumpkin Seeds.
  5. Bake the Blondies for 28-30 minutes, or until an inserted toothpick comes out cleanly. Let sit in the pan for 5 minutes, then transfer onto a baking rack and let cool completely before slicing.
  6. Store any leftovers at room temperature for up to 5 days.

Notes

I used Rishi Tea’s West Cape Chai blend for these blondies, and would recommend it for best quality and flavor. If you have a favorite Chai of your own, feel free to use that! Just make sure it is a full or loose tea, and not made up of ground leaves.

Almond Butter may be substituted for any other nut or seed butter of choice, just keep in mind that this will affect the final flavor. 

Chia Seeds may be substituted for Ground Flax. 

The Pumpkin Seeds may be left off of the top of these Blondies, but I found that they bring quite a nice satisfying crunch.

I have not tested this recipe with any other flours.

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Pumpkin Chai Blondies Gluten Free Vegan

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Hey there, I’m Caitlin! I make easy-to-follow, wholesome, and budget-friendly vegan recipes that are mostly gluten-free and refined sugar-free. I’m also an avid yogi, love the great outdoors, am chocolate-obsessed, and enjoy eating almond butter straight off of the spoon.

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  1. Can I substitute pumpkin purée for apple purée? I know it won’t be he same taste but I cannot find pumkin purée anywhere and I think chai and apple would work well.

  2. Tried this recipe! I substituted the chai with a loose leaf honeybrush tea and peanut butter for almond butter. Adding tea into my loafs is such a good idea. Thank you 🙂

    1. Hi April, you only need 1/2 cup of liquid. As I mentioned in the recipe notes, I would not recommend chai bags unless it is made from a full loose leaf tea.