Dairy-free, Paleo-friendly Chocolate Chunk Cookie Bars

You know how when you make a healthy dessert and you get really excited because you feel good about yourself for making something healthy, and so you eat like 5 pieces at once because, "Who cares, its healthy!!!!" And then you regret eating so many pieces because 1. They are already halfway gone and 2. The fact that you ate so many pieces at once kinda makes you feel unhealthy.

Yeah.
That's what these cookie bars do to me.



This is a super quick dessert, takes about 10 minutes to mix everything together and then just 20 minutes in the oven!

And before I share it with you I want to say that this recipe comes from one of my all-time favorite recipe sites/cookbooks: Lexi's Clean Kitchen.
You can check out what her cookbook looks like on my Resources page or just click the link to lead you to her website to checkout more of her fabulous recipes - www.lexiscleankitchen.com



Chocolate Chunk Cookie Bars

1 1/2 cups blanched almond flour
1 tablespoon coconut flour
1/2 cup coconut sugar
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
pinch of sea salt
2 large eggs
2 tablespoons of palm shortening    *I just use coconut oil, because I always have that available
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup dark chocolate chips

  • Preheat oven to 350°F and oil a square baking dish with coconut oil
  • Mix together the almond flour, coconut flour, coconut sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt until combined
  • Add in the eggs, shortening or oil, and vanilla - mix to combine. Then fold in the chocolate chunks.
  • Scoop batter into the pan and spread it out evenly.    *This batter is pretty sticky, so what I found that helps is if you coat your spatula or whatever it is you are scooping out your batter with in coconut oil or PAM or something like that. It makes it way easier to get the batter out and spread it into the baking dish :)
  • Bake for 20 minutes - until top is golden brown and an inserted toothpick come out clean.

These are so moist and chewy and just soooo good! A great snack or healthy dessert!

While reading her cookbook I realized that she left a little note at the bottom saying that you could make these chocolate chip cookie bars into something even more healthy - Morning Glory Cookie Bars!
All ingredients are the same, just omit the chocolate chips, and instead you can add shredded carrots, chopped walnuts, and dried cranberries - 1/4 cup each. 
And I'm sure if you would like to concoct up your own 3 ingredients to mix in, it would be perfect too!

I think I'll make some of the morning glory ones tomorrow morning for my hubby and our little girl :)





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