Healthier Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars

Healthier Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars

I’m not playing when it comes to these chewy Chocolate Chip Cookie bars! These are Gluten Free, Dairy Free, and easily Vegan by swapping out just one ingredient!

Gluten Free Healthy Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars

The Main Reasons I Love These Bars

Now, as a Gluten Free Gal I can say that making any type of cookies makes me nervous and I am sure you all know what I am talking about…

That’s right! The crumby, dry, and borderline un-bakeable texture that usually are accompanied by gluten free cookies.

But you can have peace of mind when baking these because they are 100% chewy, moist, and most of all a bit melty in the middle, which pairs greatly with ice cream!

You may be wondering, what makes these not crumble like a nature valley bar as soon as you touch it? That would be starch my friends! This includes all starches, like corn starch, potato starch, and arrowroot starch. When adding a starch it acts as the main binder and basically makes that crumble situation disappear.

Gluten Free Healthy Chocolate chip cookie bars

This is what you’ll need to make these Magical Bars:

  • Almond butter and peanut butter (the drippier the better)
  • Plant based butter
  • Non-dairy milk
  • Vanilla extract
  • Honey (or maple syrup for vegan)
  • Ground flaxseeds
  • Potato Starch
  • Almond flour
  • Coconut flour
  • Oat flour
  • Sea salt
  • Non-dairy mini chocolate chips
Gluten Free Healthy Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars

It may seem long, but every ingredient has a place and contributes to a chewy chocolate chip cookie bar. As mentioned before, the potato starch will act as the main binder.

You can also feel free to substitute the potato starch with arrowroot starch or cornstarch, you will just have to adjust the amount you add. For every Tablespoon of potato starch you should substitute with 2 tsp of arrowroot starch and cornstarch can be substituted in a 1:1 ratio. I admit I didn’t try substituting these in the recipe, but from my research and general knowledge of baking with starches these substitutions should be very similar since they are all starches.

Gluten Free Healthy Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars

These are a Triple Threat! They are:

Gluten Free

Dairy Free

Vegan (with one swap)

So, that means when you bring these to a party or a potluck, everyone can enjoy the Chocolate Chip Cookie Bar deliciousness!

Gluten Free Healthy Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars

Also, when looking at the nutritional information remember the key here is Healthier Chocolate Chip Cookie bars as these are a healthier alternative to the leading cookie usually has more than 20 grams of sugar and less than 2 grams of fiber.

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Healthier Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars

  • Author: Aimee Wera
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 24 minutes
  • Total Time: 34 minutes
  • Yield: 9 bars 1x
  • Category: dessert
  • Diet: Gluten Free

Description

These chewy, moist, and flavorful chocolate chip cookie bars are gluten free, dairy free, easily made vegan, and are lower in sugar than your average bars! Make this the ultimate dessert to top off your day!


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Ingredients

Wet Ingredients

  • 6 Tbsp peanut butter
  • 6 Tbsp almond butter
  • 1 Tbsp plant-based butter
  • 6 Tbsp non-dairy milk
  • 2 Tbsp Honey (maple-syrup if vegan)
  • 1 Tbsp Flaxseed
  • 1 3/4 tsp vanilla extract

Dry Ingredients

  • 8 tsp potato starch
  • 2 tbsp almond flour
  • 2 Tbsp coconut flour
  • 1/2 sifted oat flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/8 tsp sea salt
  • 1/4 cup non-dairy mini chocolate chips

Instructions

  1. In a microwave-safe medium-sized bowl add in the nut butters, butter, and milk and microwave for 20-30 seconds. 
  2. Add in the remaining wet ingredients, stir, and set aside.
  3. Add all dry ingredients in a large bowl and mix until combined.
  4. Add the wet to the dry. You should have a thick and moldable dough at this point.
  5. Fold in the chocolate chips.
  6. Spray an 8×8 pan (also feel free to use parchment paper here) and bake for 23-25 minutes. If you would prefer a doughier texture than I would recommend baking more around 20 minutes.
  7. Take out and let cool for 10 minutes. 
  8. This goes great with ice cream so feel free to serve these yummy bars with it and enjoy!


Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1 Bar
  • Calories: 297
  • Sugar: 17
  • Fat: 17
  • Carbohydrates: 30
  • Fiber: 4
  • Protein: 6
Birthday Cake Vegan Truffles

Birthday Cake Vegan Truffles

I bet you’d never guess these birthday cake vegan truffles are…packed with Da Da Daa…

9 grams of protein!

Have I made your mouth water yet?

PS. If you didn’t know that was the goal.

Where does this delicious protein come from you may ask? Why that would be the amazing powdered peanut butter from The Lion’s Choice.

The powdered peanut butter is not only vegan but also has sprinkles in it, and tastes amazing of course!

Honestly, could it get any better when it comes to gluten-free and vegan deliciousness?

One of the many things I love about this truffle recipe is how simple it is. Once the ingredients are added into a bowl and formed into balls the only other step is to make the chocolate coating while the truffles set in the freezer.

Luckily, most of the ingredients you will likely have on hand in your pantry if you’re a gluten-free, dairy-free, or vegan baker.

All you’ll need to make these yummy truffles are:

  • powdered peanut butter from The Lion’s Choice
  • almond flour
  • powdered sugar
  • vanilla extract
  • vegan chocolate
  • peanut butter

Along with some sea salt, but other than that you’re ready to get baking!

Well, no-bake baking that is…

How Do I Make That Vegan Chocolate Shell?

To make this yummy chocolate coating all you need is your favorite natural drippy peanut butter and vegan chocolate.

When coating the peanut butter part of the truffle I recommend using a toothpick to dip the truffles in the coating and twist them until the truffle is fully covered. Once the truffle is fully covered with the chocolate place the truffle on the parchment paper and take the toothpick out of the truffle, using another toothpick to hold down the truffle while you take the toothpick out to assist you if necessary.

After removing the truffle sprinkle a dash of sea salt on the top of it before returning these truffles to the freezer as this will add a savory element to the chocolate before tasting the sweetness of the chocolate and peanut butter middle, creating a perfectly sweet and salty truffle.

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Birthday Cake Vegan Truffles

  • Author: Aimee Wera
  • Prep Time: 10 Minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 40 minutes
  • Yield: 8 1x
  • Category: Dessert
  • Diet: Vegan

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Ingredients

Truffle Ingredients

Truffle Ingredients

  • 1 cup The Lion’s Choice Birthday Cake Powdered Peanut butter
  • 1/3 cup Organic powdered sugar
  • 1/4 cup Almond flour
  • 1 tsp Sea Salt
  • 1/2 tsp Vanilla Extract
  • 1/31/2 cup non-dairy milk of choice
  • Chocolate Topping
  • 5 Tbsp Vegan chocolate chips
  • 1/2 Tbsp Drippy natural peanut butter
  • 1/4 tsp Sea Salt

Instructions

  1. Sift the powdered sugar, almond flour, and powdered peanut butter in a medium-sized bowl and combine.
  2. Add non-dairy milk, vanilla extract, and sea salt slowly into the medium-sized bowl. Your batter should be thick enough to roll into your hands but no stick to it. If your batter is too thick add more milk, if the batter is too wet, add in more powdered peanut butter by the Tablespoon until it thickens up.
  3. After the peanut butter truffle dough is thick enough form the dough into Tablespoon-sized ball using your hands. After you’ve created 8 dough balls store them in the freezer for at least 30 minutes.
  4. While the truffles are setting in the freezer, take the vegan chocolate and cut it into smaller bits. Once the chocolate is broken up into smaller pieces add it into a small microwave-safe bowl and with the peanut butter and microwave for 30-second increments, stirring the chocolate with a fork. Repeat this until all chocolate is melted (this took me a little over 2 cycles).
  5. Take the truffles out of the freezer along with a few toothpicks. Using a toothpick to dip the truffles in the coating and twist them until the truffle is fully covered. Once the truffle is fully covered with the chocolate place the truffle on the parchment paper and take the toothpick out of the truffle, using another toothpick to hold down the truffle while you take the toothpick out to assist you if necessary.
  6. Store back in the freezer for at least 20 minutes. When they are done give em a try and then store them in an airtight container in the freezer to enjoy later…or eat the entire batch you do you.

Keywords: truffle, gluten free, dairy free, vegan, birthday cake, peanut butter powder, high protein

Vegan Brownies With Sweet Potato Frosting

Vegan Brownies With Sweet Potato Frosting

Vegan brownies made with rich cacao powder, topped with a creamy sweet potato frosting that tastes everything but ordinary.

Have I caught your attention yet?

I was inspired to make these when I was searching for a healthy frosting that involved using the sweet potatoes that have been eyeing me for the last 2 weeks begging me to use them.

Thus, the Sweet Potato Frosting was born

Here’s everything you’ll need:

  • Cacao powder
  • Oat flour (or oats blended finely in a blender)
  • Truvia (white and brown sugar variety)
  • Sweet potato
  • Cashew milk
  • Vegan butter
  • Vanilla extract
  • Himalayan sea salt

Aside from the typical baking soda and baking powder found in anyone’s cabinet, this is all you’ll need to get baking!

Since this is a two-part recipe I recommend making the base of the brownies first and making the frosting last.

The frosting will need time to set in the fridge, which will be convenient since the brownies need anywhere from 40-45 minutes to bake (possibly less if you prefer a more gooey consistency.

The key to this recipe is to sift all the dry ingredients.

Yes…all of them! oat flour can be particularly thick and clumpy if not sifted, so to ensure the mix has no clumps throughout it’s best to sift it all.

Which you may as well do if you’re already at it.

Allowing for time to cool is also an important, yet hard thing you must do. It involves the utmost self-control but will pay off.

Alas, let’s get baking!

If you’re looking for more recipe ideas check out my latest posts!

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Vegan Brownies With Sweet Potato Frosting

  • Author: Aimee Wera
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 45 minutes
  • Total Time: 60 minutes
  • Yield: 9 1x
  • Category: Dessert
  • Diet: Gluten Free

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Ingredients

Brownies

  • 3/4 + 2 Tbsp oat flour
  • 1/4 cup cacao powder
  • 2 Tbsp Truvia brown sugar (or coconut sugar)
  • 1/4 cup Truvia baking blend
  • 1/2 Tbsp baking powder
  • 1/2 Tbsp baking soda
  • 1 cup Nancy’s dairy-free plain oat milk yogurt
  • 5 Tbsp vegan butter ( I used I can’t believe its not butter vegan)
  • 3 Tbsp vegan chocolate chips ( I used enjoy life chocolate chunks)
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 tsp Himalayan sea salt

Frosting

  • 125 grams cooked sweet potato (about 1 small sweet potato)
  • 3 Tbsp cacao powder
  • 2 Tbsp Truvia baking blend
  • 1 Tbsp vegan chocolate chips
  • 1 Tbsp cash milk
  • 1 dash Himalayan sea salt
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract

Instructions

Brownies

 

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and line an 8×8 pan and spray with non-stick spray.
  2. Sift all dry ingredients into a large bowl and set aside
  3. Melt the vegan butter in the microwave. Then, stir in the melted butter in a medium-sized bowl with the other wet ingredients.
  4. Add the wet to the dry and mix until there are no clumps in the batter.
  5. Mix in the chocolate chips.
  6. Pour the batter into the pan and bake for 40-45 minutes (less if you prefer a fudgier texture), and let cool for at least 30 minutes.

Frosting

 

  1. Cook the sweet potato until it is mushy
  2. Add all the ingredients into the blender and blend away. If you prefer a thicker frosting I suggest not adding the cashew milk.
  3. Store in the fridge while the brownies bake for 40 minutes.
  4. When the brownies have thoroughly cooled frost the brownies and place back in the fridge for 20-30 minutes until the brownies and frosting have become firmer.
  5. Enjoy! Also, I recommend pairing this with your favorite peanut butter and ice cream as this is an extremely versatile dessert.


Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1 Large Brownie with frosting
  • Calories: 183
  • Fat: 7
  • Carbohydrates: 27
  • Protein: 3

Keywords: Brownies, Vegan, Sweet potato, Healthy frosting, gluten free, dairy free