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These maple vegan blondies are a fully plant-based dessert baked with applesauce and coconut oil, then drizzled with pure maple cream.

Maple vegan blondies

This post was created in partnership with Roxbury Mountain Maple. All opinions are our own. 

Have you ever wished that you could visit your past self? What would you tell that person as “Future Me”? Recently I stumbled across a post I wrote a few years ago. Reading these lines today is like looking into a window in the past:

“Alex and I are waiting to be matched with a baby who will be our forever child. And we could get the call at literally any time. We wait with a boxed crib in an empty room, trying to keep ourselves from wondering, who will this little one be? Is it really true that he or she will have a name, a spirit, a humanity that will be etched indelibly on our hearts?”

How this has to do with vegan blondies, we’ll tell you in a minute. Keep reading.

Hello from the future

How I wish I could have called out to Past Me that everything would be okay. Yes, Alex and I would go through the incredible heartache of three failed adoptions. But over here as Future Me, I know that it was all worth it. All the pain and waiting and uncertainty was worth it the day we got to meet our baby boy.

So YES—there is a human living in that once empty nursery. And YES—he has a name and is overflowing with spirit. He’s Larson Ames, and he’s the spunkiest, happiest, busiest, sweetest boy. We’re constantly chasing after our little tornado—and wondering how there ever was a world where Larson Ames didn’t exist.

Maple vegan blondies

Making these vegan blondies

How the heck does this relate to vegan blondies? Well, the quote from that original post was for a recipe using maple syrup from Roxbury Mountain Maple — and here we are again with another maple syrup recipe! This one a few years later, trying to balance making recipes with a little one underfoot.

This vegan blondies recipe is a treat that works for eaters of all kinds: you don’t have to eat plant-based to enjoy this one! And, these vegan blondies are our very first truly crowd-sourced recipe! After offering 4 recipe choices in a poll over on Instagram, maple vegan blondies was the winner.

What’s in these vegan blondies?

In our recipe testing, we found brown sugar is essential to the blondie flavor and texture. So instead of using maple syrup in the blondie base, we’ve used it in the topping. We’ve replaced the traditional egg in blondies with applesauce, and butter with coconut oil. Chopped macadamia nuts give the interior some texture. And to bring in that maple flair, the blondies are topped with a drizzle of maple cream.

What is maple cream?

What is maple cream? Maple cream is pure maple syrup that’s boiled until it reduces into a creamy spread. You can use maple cream on anything, from drizzling on oatmeal to spreading on toast or dipping fruit. The maple cream we used is from Roxbury Mountain Maple, a New York-based family business. Roxbury is starting to become known for the stuff, and we find the organic creamy spread is very, very good.

In this recipe, we’ve used the Dark and Strong maple cream. It’s worth purchasing a jar, for this recipe or just for spreading on toast or dipping fruit. And, it’s great for gifts!

Maple vegan blondies

How to make vegan blondies

If you’ve made boxed brownies successfully in the past, you’ll be able to master these maple vegan blondies in no time. Instead of dumping a mix from a box, you measure out a handful of wet ingredients, then stir in some flour, baking powder, kosher salt, and chopped macadamia nuts.

Bake for 25 to 30 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Once the vegan blondies are out of the oven, drizzle melted maple cream over top and dig in!

About the company: Roxbury Mountain Maple

Roxbury Mountain Maple is a family business based in the Catskills of New York that produces all-natural, organic maple syrup and maple cream. Supporting Roxbury Mountain Maple promotes family farms, local community, sustainable farming, forest preservation, and your health. For more about the company, see the Roxbury Mountain Maple website.

Listen: Ben from Roxbury was on our podcast, sharing about what it’s like to work for a family-run maple syrup business. Hear Ben on the A Couple Cooks Podcast: Syrupy Sweet.

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Looking for vegan desserts?

Outside of this vegan blondies recipe, here are some of our favorite vegan desserts:

This vegan blondies recipe is…

Vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free, plant-based, and dairy-free.

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Maple Macadamia Vegan Blondies | A Couple Cooks

Maple Vegan Blondies

  • Author: a Couple Cooks
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 50 minutes
  • Yield: 16 1x


These maple vegan blondies are a fully plant-based dessert baked with applesauce and coconut oil, then drizzled with pure maple cream.


  • 6 tablespoons coconut oil, melted
  • 2 tablespoons peanut butter (or any nut butter or sunflower butter)
  • 1 cup organic light brown brown sugar
  • ½ cup applesauce
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 pinch kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 ½ cup all-purpose flour
  • ½ cup chopped macadamia nuts
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons Roxbury Mountain Maple organic maple cream


  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F.
  2. Melt the coconut oil. In a large bowl, mix the warm coconut oil and peanut butter, then stir in the sugar until it melts. Add the applesauce, vanilla and salt (if the coconut oil seizes up and becomes chunky, you can place the bowl in the oven for a moment to remelt it if it is oven safe, or microwave for a few seconds until it is smooth again). Brush a 9 x 9 pan with the remaining coconut oil.
  3. Add the baking powder and flour and mix it all together until a sticky dough forms. Stir in the macadamia nuts.
  4. Place the dough in the pan and spread evenly with a spatula (the dough will be very dense). Bake for 25 to 30 minutes or until a tester inserted into the center comes out clean. Allow to cool completely.
  5. For the topping: In a glass measuring cup, gently heat maple cream in the microwave for about 10 seconds or so until melted, then drizzle it onto the top of the blondies. Refrigerate for a few minutes until hardened, then cut into pieces and serve.
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Baked
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: Vegan Blondies, Blondies, How to Make Blondies, Maple Blondies, Vegan Desserts

About the authors

Sonja & Alex

Meet Sonja and Alex Overhiser: Husband and wife. Expert home cooks. Authors of recipes you’ll want to make again and again.

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  1. Just made the Bliss Bites….truly a little bit of heaven ♥️ Hope to make these maple vegan brownies tomorrow!

  2. I have definitely wished that I could get past me to relax a little bit and tell her to enjoy the journey. Totally have been there! :)

    Maple cream sounds really intriguing. Is that anything like creamed honey? Honey is my go-to for sweeteners but I am trying to become more maple friendly as that’s more accessible than local honey in my area.

    1. Maple cream is kind of like creamed honey! It’s very strong, almost like double typical maple syrup. We now tend to use maple syrup more than honey these days. Not only do I find the flavor to be better at sweetening (instead of tasting distinctive like honey), it’s also easier to get out of the jar, haha!

      1. It’s funny you say that…I find maple to have a way more distinctive flavor! Must be the kind of honey I use. :) But major points for it being easier to get out of a jar! I’ll definitely have to give it a try. :)

  3. I can totally relate to the theme of trusting, in the PRESENT, that things will work out. I broke my ankle quite severely last November, and though I knew that God would use this as part of His plan for my life, some days were still difficult . . . sometimes are STILL difficult . . . as the recovery continues. I know that eventually, I’ll be able to look back on last year and see a more complete picture.

    As for now, I’m thinking that winning this giveaway would make a lovely little sidebar to my story, don’t you, because I’m sure there’s some science somewhere that correlates ankle recovery to maple cream.

    Just sayin’.

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