Peanut Butter Hot Cross Blondies

Recipe and images courtesy of Nourishing Amy (@nourishing.amy on Instagram)

A lovely combination of peanut butter, chocolate, hot cross buns, and blondies. These are delicious fudgy blondies with added hot cross bun spices all complete with chocolate crosses. These bites are naturally vegan and gluten free!

Makes 16 small squares.



  • 4 tbsp chia seeds, ground
  • 120ml plant-based milk
  • 1 tin chickpeas, drained (240g drained weight)
  • 80g peanut butter
  • 1 tsp vanilla essence
  • 60g coconut sugar
  • 50g ground almonds
  • 50g oats, ground into a flour
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • ½ tsp mixed spice
  • ½ tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • 1 pinch of salt
  • 80g chocolate, chopped
  • Extra melted chocolate (approx. 40g)



  1. Preheat the oven to 160°C Fan/180°C and line a square 8-inch dish.
  2. Stir together the chia seeds and plant-based milk and leave for 5 minutes to form a gel.
  3. Add the chickpeas, nut butter, chia-milk mix and the vanilla to a food processor and blend until smooth.
  4. Pour in the coconut sugar, ground almonds, oat flour, baking powder, bicarbonate of soda and salt and process to a sticky dough. Fold in most of the chopped chocolate.
  5. Spoon the batter into the lined dish and smooth over the top. Sprinkle over the remaining chopped chocolate. Bake for 25-30 minutes until golden brown and still a little soft in the centre.
  6. Allow to cool fully in the tin and then on a wire rack before slicing into bars of squares and decorating with a chocolate cross.
  7. Store in an airtight container for 3-5 days at room temperature.

Hot Cross Peanut Butter Blondies