No bake cookie dough bars

No-bake cookie dough bars are melt-in-your-mouth peanut butter bars with crunchy chocolate chips and soft chocolate ganache. An easy nourishing edible cookie dough recipe perfect as a vegan snack for the cookie-dough lovers.

Cookie dough bars

Who doesn’t love eating raw cookie dough from the spoon? Obviously, we all do and I am here to tell you that this can actually be nourishing, and good for you! Say hello to my healthy no-bake cookie dough bars! They will fix your cookie dough cravings in no time. Plus, they are loaded with plant-based protein, fiber, and even a touch of iron! So keep reading to learn how to make your no-bake vegan cookie dough bars.

No-bake cookie dough bar ingredients

The good news is, edible cookie dough bars are easy to make. All you need are only need 7 pantry ingredients to make these peanut butter cookie dough bars. Let’s see what you need to start making these easy vegan snack bars.

  • Peanut butter – make sure you are using pure peanut butter with no added sugar and no added oil or the result would be very different. You can also use any nut butter you like, a fresh jar of natural almond butter will work too.
  • Maple syrup or agave syrup or brown rice syrup for a low GI option. You need a liquid sweetener to make this no-bake vegan cookie dough recipe. Don’t be tempted to use brown sugar or coconut sugar, the cookie dough won’t come together.
  • Almond flour – I am using blanched fine almond flour for the best result. Almond meal would also work but it’d leave a gritty texture and would dry out the bars. You can also use oat flour as a swap to almond flour, the same amount of thin oat flour will work very well.
  • Coconut flour – you need this combination of flavor to reach the best cookie dough texture. Don’t replace coconut flour by more almond flour or all-purpose flour. In fact, raw flour is not edible, only coconut flour, nut flours, and seed flour are safe raw flour options
  • Coconut oil – if you don’t like coconut flavor, use refined coconut oil, it has no coconut flavor. However, you can’t use liquid oil or vegan unsalted butter. The success of this healthy cookie dough bars is to use solid oil at room temperature like coconut oil or cocoa butter.
  • Dark chocolate chip chocolate chip cookie dough is delicious with vegan dark chocolate chip or vegan milk chocolate chip. Yes, you can find mini chocolate chips tagged as ‘milk’ but vegan. Some healthy brands use a combination of coconut sugar, cocoa butter, and non-dairy milk in their recipe.
  • Vanilla extract
  • Salt
  • Dark chocolate

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How to make this healthy cookie dough bar recipe?

This healthy cookie dough bar recipe is made with raw ingredients to preserve all the nutrients and vitamins from each ingredient. Plus, it is a refined sugar-free recipe, there is no high-sugar ingredients like sweetened condensed milk or white sugar needed in this recipe.

Step 1: peanut butter layer

First, you need to combine the liquid ingredients together in a small bowl. Bring maple syrup, creamy peanut butter coconut oil, and vanilla extract in a bowl and stir until smooth. If your peanut butter is not runny, or you used cashew butter or almond butter, the mixture may be difficult to stir. You can bring all the ingredients in the microwave for 20 seconds to soften the nut butter. Otherwise, you can combine all the ingredients in a saucepan under medium heat. Next, stir in the raw flours: coconut flour and almond flour (or oat flour if preferred!) and sea salt. Finally, add the vegan chocolate chips halfway. Be careful, if you warm the liquid mixture it can melt the chocolate chips so wait a few minutes for the dough to reach room temperature before stirring in any kind of chocolate chip. Note that this peanut butter layer can also be made in a food processor. However, if you do so, I recommend adding the chocolate chips using the pulse mode of the food processor to avoid breaking the chips.

Vegan cookie dough bars

How to shape no-bake snack bars

Step 2: press in a loaf pan of slice pan

The size of the pan will impact the thickness of the cookie dough layer. I like to use a slice pan 9 inches x 6 inches or a square pan 8 inches x 8 inches. For a thick cookie, dough layer opt for a loaf pan 9 inches x 5 inches. Also, always make sure you line the oaf pan with parchment paper or the cookie dough bars will be difficult to lift out of the pan.

Step 3: chilled dough

You must chill the dough to set the cookie dough layer before adding the chocolate ganache on top. The fastest method is to pop the loaf pan in the freezer for 10 minutes or in the fridge for 30 minutes.

Step 4: chocolate topping or chocolate ganache

The chocolate layer on top of these healthy cookie dough bars is a soft chocolate ganache that combines dark chocolate and coconut oil. Of course, you can add some flavor to the ganache adding a pinch of sea salt or 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract. Also, if you don’t have coconut oil the chocolate ganache can be made with vegan unsalted butter too!

Can I use protein powder?

You can turn these no-bake cookie dough bars into a post-workout vegan protein-loaded snack. To do so, simply replace coconut flour by vanilla pea protein powder. You will reach a similar cookie dough texture. However, depending on the protein powder brand you use, you may have to add less or more powder to reach the same texture. If your protein powder dries out the batter significantly, add a splash of unsweetened almond milk or water into the batter until it’s soft and easy to spread as a bar. See my video for tips on raw cookie dough texture.

 

No bake cookie dough protein bars

Can I make nut-free cookie dough bars?

You can make these bars nut-free. Below are some simple swaps to make a nut-free vegan snack.

  • Peanut butter – replace by sunflower seed butter. Make sure the jar is fresh, with oil on top, or the bars would be dry.
  • Almond flour – replace by the same amount of oat flour or sesame flour or sunflower seed flour. Those three nut-free flours can be made at home by blending the seeds or oat in a blender for 30 seconds.

No bake cookie dough bars

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I have plenty of no-bake vegan snack recipes for you to try. My favorites are:

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Your friend, Carine

No bake cookie dough bars

A sweet no bake chocolate chips cookie dough peanut butter bar perfect as a vegan dessert or snack, refined sugar free and gluten free
Prep Time: 10 mins
freeze: 15 mins
Total Time: 25 mins
Course: Dessert, Snack
Cuisine: American
Diet: Gluten Free, Vegan, Vegetarian
Keyword: chocolate chip cookie dough bars, coconut flour recipe, easy no bake desserts, gluten free cookie dough bars, healthy cookie dough bars, healthy no bake oatmeal peanut butter bars, no bake cookie dough bars, no bake recipes, no bake snacks, no bake vegan dessert, no bake vegan snack, protein snack, vegan snack
Servings: 16 bars
Calories: 253kcal
Author: Carine
4.94 from 15 votes

Ingredients

Cookie dough bar

Chocolate ganache layer

To serve

  • a pinch Sea salt

Instructions

  • Line a 9 inches x 6 inches baking pan with parchment paper. Set aside.
  • In a large mixing bowl, add peanut butter, maple syrup, salt and vanilla.
  • Combine with a spatula until creamy and evenly combine.
  • Stir in almond flour and coconut flour, use the spatula at first then when it start to be difficult to stir, add in chocolate chips and knead the dough with your hands.
  • Transfer the cookie dough into the prepared pan and press the dough all over the pan to form an even layer.
  • Freeze 10 minutes while you are making the chocolate layer
  • In a small sauce pan, add dark chocolate and coconut oil. Melt on medium heat, stirring all the time to avoid the chocolate to burn. You can also melt the mixture in the microwave using a glass bowl Microwave 1 minute, stir and repeat by 30 seconds burst until the chocolate is fully melted.
  • Remove the bar from the freezer and pour the melted chocolate onto the cookie dough bar.
  • Spread the chocolate evenly, then bring the pan back to the freezer for 5-8 minutes until the chocolate layer is set.

Storage

  • Cut into 16 small bars and store bars into an airtight box in the fridge for up to 2 weeks. You can also freeze the bars in a zip bag. Defrost on the counter for 2 hours before eating or enjoy half frozen.

Notes

Maple syrup swap: use any liquid sweetener you like, same amount. The best vegan options are brown rice syrup, agave syrup, coconut nectar or date syrup.
Coconut flour swap: can be replaced by the same amount of vanilla pea protein powder for a boost of protein
Peanut butter swap: you can use almond butter, cashew butter or sunflower seed butter. Make sure the nut butter is fresh, runny, with oil on top or the bars would be dry

Nutrition

Serving: 1bar | Calories: 253kcal | Carbohydrates: 19g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 18g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 1mg | Sodium: 159mg | Potassium: 207mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 11g | Calcium: 54mg | Iron: 1mg

No bake cookie dough bars

No bake cookie dough bars

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    • Carine

      Thank you so much ! I agree, see salt on chocolate peanut butter is the best ! Enjoy the recipes on the blog, XOXO Carine

  1. Aimee

    5 stars
    Absolutely amazing! I’m always craving raw cookie dough and this hits the spot! Such a easy recipe and came together really well. I halfed the recipe but wish I would of made double now as they are sooo nice and are freezer friendly which is a bonus!

  2. Bec

    5 stars
    The No Bake Cookie Dough Bars were super quick and easy to make. Soo yummy, I have to stay away from the fridge otherwise there will be none left tomorrow.

    Husband loves them too !

    Followed the recipe exactly.

    • Carine

      Thank you so much for the picture and lovely feedback ! I am glad your husband love this too. XOXO Carine

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