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Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars (vegan + gluten-free)

November 20, 2018

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars made with gluten-free, grain-free and vegan ingredients for a delicious dessert ready in 20 minutes!Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars made with gluten-free, grain-free and vegan ingredients for a delicious dessert ready in 20 minutes!

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars are HERE.

But really…how have I been blogging for almost 4 years and I’m just finally sharing a Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookie Bar recipe? Anytime I’m craving something for dessert there’s a 95% chance both dark chocolate + peanut butter are going to be on my plate.

Plus cookies are always my go-to too and there isn’t anything more satisfying to me than warming up cookies and dipping them in some nut milk.

But I have a feeling these new cookie bars will likely be your new favorite dessert recipe. Mainly for the insane dark chocolate, peanut butter combo but also because they only require a few ingredients and they’re ready in 20 minutes! Aka you can bake these after dinner if the craving strikes then.

I love that these peanut butter cookie bars are vegan and gluten-free and SO easy to bake.

The best accessory for any cooke recipe though is the dark chocolate involved. Today I’m using my absolute favorite, go-to allergen-friendly brand, Enjoy Life Foods. You have definitely seen their baking chocolates in your grocery store, on social media or online somewhere. They create products that are free of the top allergens like nuts, soy, dairy, wheat, etc. Always a go-to when baking for me especially with so many friends and even my brother who have a nut allergy.

I pretty much snack on the bag as I’m baking like I used to when I was little with the chocolate chips my Mom had in the kitchen. They melt perfectly into any dessert and have just the right amount of sweetness. Plus you can use any of their baking chocolates. I always keep their dark chocolate morsels, semi-sweet chunks and semi-sweet mini chips in stock in the pantry. When I first started paying attention to the ingredients I was eating (about 5 years ago), I discovered their baking chocolates in my local Whole Food’s baking aisle and have been hooked ever since. I then got my Mom hooked on them for baking since their a much healthier option and my brother can even eat them!

I hope you love these Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars as much as I do. They are perfect for holiday baking or just snacking if you are craving something sweet. Don’t forget to share with me on Instagram! Cannot wait to hear what you think.

And don’t forget to head on over to this blog post with all of my favorite healthy cookie recipes!

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Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars made with gluten-free, grain-free and vegan ingredients for a delicious dessert ready in 20 minutes!

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars made with gluten-free, grain-free and vegan ingredients for a delicious dessert ready in 20 minutes!

  • Author: Rachel
  • Prep Time: 5 mins
  • Cook Time: 20 mins
  • Total Time: 25 mins
  • Yield: 9 cookie bars 1x
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Ingredients

  • 1 flax egg or 1 pasture-raised egg
  • 1/4 cup liquid coconut oil
  • 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter (or your preferred nut butter but the PB flavor in this is delish!)
  • 3/4 cup coconut sugar (do not sub maple syrup – need a grainy sugar)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup almond flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 cup Enjoy Life Foods Dark Chocolate Morsels

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and grease an 8×8 baking dish with coconut oil and/or line with parchment paper 
  2. In a medium mixing bowl, mix together the egg, coconut oil, peanut butter, coconut sugar and vanilla extract until well combined
  3. Add in almond flour and baking powder and mix again until no clumps!
  4. Fold in the dark chocolate and bake for 20-22 minutes or until cookie bars are cooked through 

Notes

Store in airtight container for 5 days or freezer for 2 months

xx, Rach

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10 Responses

  1. made these and they are delicious. I added a scoop of Vega mocha protein powder and a drop of almond milk, and baked about 16 mins. So yummy. thanks. easy and awesome.

  2. Hi Rachel,

    I loved the flavor of this recipe but my batter was coming out a little dry. I added a cup of almond milk but the end product was still dry and crumbly. Have other people had this problem with the recipe? Is it possible that my peanut butter was a little too cold? Any suggestions for how to bring it together with more moisture would be much appreciated!

    Thanks so much!
    Mike

    1. hi mike! yes i would definitely say if you use cold peanut butter it likely isn’t oily or creamy enough. i use wild friends peanut butter and it is super oily and creamy!

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