Things I have been cooking lately #159: Gestational diabetes friendly peanut butter blondies

With only 4 or 5 weeks until Little O makes his appearance and I can technically eat whatever I want I have been starting to fantisise about the list of things I am going to eat immediately post labour. In the meantime I am continuing to experiment with baking things that I can eat safely. My latest successful endeavor was these peanut butter blondies that I adapted from a Peace, Love and Low Carb recipe. They are very low sugar and carb so even if you don’t have GD and are trying to stick to these principles they’d be great for a sweet snack. They are also gluten free!


Gestational diabetes friendly peanut butter blondies

Adapted from Peace, Love and Low Carb

100g no sugar added peanut butter (I use WholeEarth)
60g butter, softened
1/2 cup xylitol
2 eggs
1 cup of ground almonds
1/2 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
A pinch of salt
100g 85% dark chocolate, chopped into small pieces

Preheat your oven to 160 C. Line a 8 inch x 8 inch square tin with greaseproof paper.

Beat together the peanut butter, butter and xylitol until well combined and smooth. Add the eggs and mix well. Stir in the ground almonds, bicarbonate of soda and salt and then stir in the chopped chocolate.

Pour the batter into the tin and level with a spatula. Bake for 20 – 25 minutes until lightly browned and set in the middle. Allow to cool in the tin before cutting.

Makes 16 squares



  1. I had to Google xylitol. I was like “what the hell is that?!”. So, TIL xylitol is a sweetener.

    Besides educating me, those look awesome!

    1. You can replace sugar and xylitol one for one so if you’re not trying to avoid sugar then you could just make it with sugar. They are very tasty. N’s boyfriend had to be restrained from eating almost all of them so I’d actually have some left!

      1. Hmmmmm, that sounds amazing! Will give it a bash 😁

  2. theipc

    Have you been cooking any #tacos ?

    1. I am not allowed to eat #tacos. Too many #carbs.

  3. I had to Google xylitol as well. These look delicious and seem very easy to make. I think I have everything at home, except I have to grind the almonds and substitute the xylitol for another sweetener.

    1. They are very quick and easy. Here you can buy ground almonds in the baking section of the supermarket but if not you can put them in the blender and process them until fine. The original recipe actually called for almond flour, which I am sure you can also use. I just happened to have some ground almonds from another recipe. If you are going to use a different sweetener make sure you Google what the substitution ratio is because some of them are more concentrated so you would use less. Xylitol is one to one with normal sugar so if you can find the substitution ratio for normal sugar it will be the same.

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