These no bake 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. This post is sponsored by Wholesome® Organic Sweeteners.
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.
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.
The best part? 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.
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. If you’re interested in trying it for yourself, grab a $1.00 off coupon here or purchase directly from the online store.
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.
No Bake Cookie Dough Bars
- 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
- 1/4 cup mini vegan chocolate chips
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
*If you want to cut down on the sugar content you use stevia sweetened chocolate chips (like these) or make a homemade chocolate coating with cocoa powder, coconut oil and stevia.
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Wholesome Organic Stevia. The opinions and text are all mine.