Healthy Cookie Dough Bars (Low Sugar)

These healthy cookie dough bars have a base of grain-free chocolate chip cookie dough topped with layer of melted vegan chocolate. Sweetened with stevia, these bars are lower in sugar and the perfect way to satisfy a craving for something sweet.

A stack of four no bake healthy cookie dough bars.

And just like that, the weather is warming up and I’ve decided it’s too hot to turn on the oven. If you’re feeling the same way you’re going to love the sweet treat I’m sharing today because there’s no baking involved with these cookie dough bars. Plus they’re served cold, perfect for cooling off on a hot day.

No Bake VEGAN GLUTEN-FREE Cookie Dough Bars

Edible Cookie Dough is All The Rage

In the past few months I’ve noticed that cookie dough is becoming the new cupcake!

Edible cookie dough brands are popping up in stores, there are boutique shops serving cookie dough in cups and cones like ice cream and we even have a vendor at our local farmer’s market selling cookie dough now.

If you’re one of those people who likes eating cookie dough even more than you like cookies, soak it up while the trend is hot because who knows how long it will last. And definitely make these cookie dough bars ASAP because they’re totally going to be your JAM.

No Bake VEGAN GLUTEN-FREE Cookie Dough Bars

How to Make Healthy Cookie Dough Bars

These no bake cookie dough bars are super easy to whip up.

The bars start with layer of straight cookie dough, one that is gluten-free, grain-free, paleo-friendly and vegan. I’m covering all my bases here. The ingredients are minimal and there’s no added sugar in the dough (besides the chocolate chips) because it’s sweetened with stevia.

Wholesome Organic Stevia

Healthy Cookie Dough Sweetened with Stevia

I used Wholesome Organic Stevia, which allowed me to keep the sugar content of these bars relatively low. 1 teaspoon of stevia is all you need to make the cookie dough in this recipe perfectly sweet.

If you’re unfamiliar with stevia, it is a natural sweetener that’s great to use in place of artificial sweeteners (like those that you might find in the pink, yellow and blue packets). Wholesome Organic Stevia is different than other stevia products on the market because it’s organic, non-GMO, vegan, kosher and doesn’t have a bitter aftertaste.

Stevia isn’t something I use every day, but I love having it in my pantry when I want to add a little sweetness to something without adding extra sugar/calories or a bitter aftertaste. It works great for coffee, tea, yogurt, oatmeal, smoothies and dessert recipes.

No Bake VEGAN GLUTEN-FREE Cookie Dough Bars

The cookie dough in these bars is delicious and can easily be eaten straight up with a spoon, but I loved the idea of using the cookie dough to make bars for a bite size dessert. Once the cookie dough has set up in the freezer you simply add a layer of melted chocolate to create the full chocolate chip cookie dough bar. Once the chocolate has hardened in the freezer, simply cut the bars into bite-size squares and serve cold.

I see this being a great spring/summer party dessert or even just a little treat to keep in your freezer for moments when you need a sweet fix.

If you try these healthy cookie dough bars please leave a comment letting me know how they turned out. Your feedback is super helpful for the EBF team and other readers. 

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Stack of four no bake cookie dough bars topped with chocolate.

Healthy Cookie Dough Bars


  • Author: Brittany Mullins
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 12
  • Diet: Vegan

Description

Healthy chocolate chip cookie dough bars made with wholesome ingredients. Gluten-free, grain-free and vegan.


Ingredients

Cookie Dough:

  • 2 cups almond flour
  • 1/3 cup cashew butter (almond or peanut butter will work too)
  • 1/4 cup melted coconut oil
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 1 teaspoon Wholesome Organic Stevia
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt (omit or reduce if your cashew butter has salt)
  • 1/4 cup mini vegan chocolate chips

Chocolate Topping:

  • 1/3 cup mini vegan chocolate chips
  • 1 teaspoon coconut oil

Instructions

  1. In a mixing bowl, stir together the dry ingredients (almond flour, stevia and salt). Set aside. In another mixing bowl, stir together the wet ingredients (cashew butter, coconut oil and vanilla). Add dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and stir to combine. Fold in chocolate chips.
  2. Line a loaf pan with parchment paper and spread the cookie dough into the pan. Press the mixture down well that sticks together well. Place loaf pan into the freezer and let the bars herded up for about 1 hour.
  3. Remove bars from the freezer and melt chocolate chips by placing them in a small microwave save bowl with 1 teaspoon coconut oil. Microwave for 30 second intervals, stirring after every interval until the chocolate chips have melted. This shouldn’t take more than 1 minute. Once melted, pour chocolate over the hardened cookie dough and spread so the bars are coated in a thin layer of chocolate. Place loaf pan back into the freezer for 10-20 minutes to allow the chocolate to harden.
  4. Once the chocolate has set remove bars from the loaf pan, by pulling up the parchment and cut the bars into squares. Enjoy right away and store any leftover bars in the freezer or fridge.

Notes

  • If you want to cut down on the sugar content you use stevia sweetened chocolate chips or make a homemade chocolate coating with cocoa powder, coconut oil and stevia.
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: No Bake
  • Cuisine: American

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1 square
  • Calories: 198
  • Sugar: 1g
  • Sodium: 75mg
  • Fat: 18g
  • Saturated Fat: 6g
  • Trans Fat: 0
  • Carbohydrates: 6g
  • Fiber: 2g
  • Protein: 5g
  • Cholesterol: 0mg

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    39 comments
    1. carly
      May 8, 2020 AT 11:04 am

      what can I substitute for stevia (i don’t have any on hand)? Would splenda or something else work?

      1. Brittany Mullins
        May 8, 2020 AT 6:53 pm

        Hey Carly – You could use honey or maple syrup instead of the stevia. Do you have either of those on hand?

        1. carly
          May 8, 2020 AT 9:56 pm

          would i still use 1 tsp?

          1. Brittany Mullins
            May 12, 2020 AT 9:31 pm

            Hey Carly – You’d probably need more honey or maple syrup to get the level of sweetness that 1 teaspoon of stevia provides. I’d start with 2-3 Tablespoons, taste the cookie dough and add more if needed. 🙂

        2. carly
          May 8, 2020 AT 9:46 pm

          yes, thank you!! i am anxious to try these!

    2. Abby
      April 23, 2020 AT 4:57 pm

      I loved these bars! I mixed my flours using 1 cup almond flour and 1 cup gluten free all purpose flour. They turned out great and were very easy to make!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        April 23, 2020 AT 5:12 pm

        I’m so glad you enjoyed these bars, Abby! Thanks for sharing the subs you made and for coming back to leave a comment and star rating. It’s super helpful to other readers, so I appreciate it. <3

    3. Katie
      February 25, 2020 AT 11:47 pm

      Super easy to make! Turned out super yummy too! I used almond butter and dark chocolate chips instead.

      1. Brittany Mullins
        February 28, 2020 AT 2:04 pm

        So glad you enjoyed these bars, Katie!! Thanks for coming back to leave a comment + star rating. It means the world to me. <3

    4. kily
      February 15, 2020 AT 6:19 pm

      I found the stevia was horrible, leaving a nasty/bitter taste as soon as I took a bite. It was easily masqueraded by adding shredded unsweetened coconut, some coconut palm sugar and walnuts and topped with melted coconut butter which made it a decent desert.

      1. Brittany Mullins
        February 16, 2020 AT 8:39 pm

        Hey Kily – I’m so sorry you didn’t enjoy the taste of these bars. Did you just use 1 teaspoon of stevia or did you change anything about the recipe? Some people just don’t like the taste of stevia, so you can always use coconut sugar or maple syrup instead of the stevia. 🙂

    5. Amber
      January 7, 2020 AT 10:00 am

      I love these bars, but they were way to salty! The next time I make them I won’t add any salt.

      1. Brittany Mullins
        January 7, 2020 AT 1:26 pm

        Hi Amber! Thanks so much for this feedback and the star rating. Do you remember if your nut butter had salt added? If so, I can see why the bars would be too salty. I’ll make a note about this in the recipe.

    6. Alison
      December 3, 2019 AT 11:36 am

      I didn’t have any type of nut butter or enough vanilla…I ended up using dairy free vanilla yogurt (1 container) and a tbsp. extra coconut oil and added 1/4 c flax and they turned out great!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        December 3, 2019 AT 7:24 pm

        Ohh yay!! I’m so glad the recipe turned out well for you with your substitutions. I really appreciate you taking the time to leave a comment and star rating. The reviews are super helpful to other readers. 🙂

    7. lou
      July 11, 2019 AT 10:44 am

      I don’t understand why you use a loaf pan for bars.. I want to use my 9 by 9 pan… and how many servings does it make?? thank you they look delish! Lou

      1. Brittany Mullins
        July 11, 2019 AT 5:20 pm

        Hi Lou. I used a loaf pan because I wanted the cookie bars to be thicker. If you use a 9×9 pan the cookie portion of the bars will be much thinner. Thinner bars are totally fine, but not the type of bar I was looking for. Let me know if you try the recipe in your 9×9 pan.

    8. Annaka
      June 19, 2018 AT 5:00 pm

      These were absolutely phenomenal, I have yet to find one of your recipes that I do not like!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        June 20, 2018 AT 7:49 am

        Oh yay!! This makes me so happy. Thanks for coming back and leaving a comment, Annaka. 🙂

    9. Sam
      June 22, 2017 AT 12:06 am

      I made these today and my whole family love loved them. Thank you. They were quick and easy to make. I just wish t
      Hat almond

      I made these today and the whole family loved them. Thumbs up from us. I will definately add this to my weekly non bake treat list.

    10. leslie
      June 15, 2017 AT 11:40 am

      do you think I could substitute coconut flour?

      1. Brittany Mullins
        June 16, 2017 AT 4:10 pm

        You can definitely try it but you’ll probably have to play with the ratio because almond flour is lighter than coconut flour. You likely won’t need to use as much coconut flour! Let me know if you try it.

        1. Lesliel
          June 23, 2017 AT 10:33 am

          So I used 1 cup of coconut flour and substituted agave for coconut sugar and they turned out awesome

          1. Brittany Mullins
            June 23, 2017 AT 1:21 pm

            Ohh yay! It’s great to know that they can be made with coconut flour.

    11. Tara | Treble in the Kitchen
      June 14, 2017 AT 5:44 am

      These sound SO good!!! 🙂 I have always been a cookie dough lover.

    12. Kim E
      June 12, 2017 AT 8:52 pm

      You’re so right about cookie dough being the new “trendy” dessert – it’s popping up everywhere! Thank you for sharing, I can’t wait to make these for a girls’ night in.

    13. Elisabeth
      June 10, 2017 AT 11:29 am

      Hey
      looks really great!! I totally have to try that!
      I was wondering if I could use another flour as well?

      1. Leslie
        June 23, 2017 AT 10:35 am

        I used coconut flour 🙂

    14. Kath Eats
      June 10, 2017 AT 8:33 am

      You had me at DOUGH! I am putting these on my list 🙂

    15. Lori
      June 9, 2017 AT 3:39 pm

      Silly question probably, but could I use liquid stevia drops in place of the powder?

      1. Brittany Mullins
        June 9, 2017 AT 6:11 pm

        Yes! Just add the drops to taste. I’d start with 3-4.

    16. Pamela
      June 9, 2017 AT 2:18 pm

      If I wanted to use honey, agave, or maple syrup in place of the stevia, would it be an equal 1:1 ratio?

      1. Brittany Mullins
        June 9, 2017 AT 6:10 pm

        You’d probably need more honey, agave or maple syrup to get the level of sweetness that 1/2 teaspoon of stevia provides. I’d start with a 2-3 Tablespoons, taste the cookie dough and add more if needed. 🙂

    17. Kristen
      June 9, 2017 AT 12:45 pm

      I love how easy this recipe looks. I’m sure my kids will love them too. I’m getting the ingredients on my next grocery run!

    18. Karen Warren
      June 9, 2017 AT 11:23 am

      I can’t WAIT to make these – they look amazing! One question though. I’m on Weight Watchers now. Does anyone know how I can figure the SmartPoints in one serving? Thank you!

    19. Emily @ Pizza & Pull-ups
      June 9, 2017 AT 10:53 am

      These look amazing!!!! I love cookie dough.

    20. Rocy
      June 9, 2017 AT 8:48 am

      That looks yummy. Totally worth to give a try on this cookie bar.

    21. Kathleen
      June 9, 2017 AT 7:58 am

      Oh my goodness these look unbelievable!! I LOVE cookie dough and I have a feeling these are going to super soft with a nice almost crunch from the hard layer of chocolate on top! I’ll have to try these out at our next family get together (I can’t just make them for my husband and I or we’ll eat them all!!)

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