No-bake cookie dough bars are melt-in-your-mouth peanut butter bars with crunchy chocolate chips and soft chocolate ganache. An easy nourishing vegan snack for the cookie-dough lovers and 100% gluten free.
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 new is that you 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.
- Maple syrup or agave syrup or brown rice syrup for a low GI option.
- Almond flour – I am using blanched fine almond flour for best result. Almond meal would also work but it’d leave a gritty texture and would dry out the bars.
- 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 it would be very soft and oily.
- Coconut oil – if you don’t like coconut flavor, use refined coconut oil, it has no coconut flavor.
- Dark chocolate chips
- Dark chocolate
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.
Can I make nut-free cookie dough bars?
This recipe can be adapted 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.
More vegan snack recipes
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No bake cookie dough bars
Cookie dough bar
- a pinch Sea salt
- 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.
- 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.