I’d like to say that I practiced great restraint and have only made (and eaten) these a handful of times. That I didn’t obsess over them and want them in their bar or by the bowl dough form nearly every night. But that would be a lie. These things are my new favourite dessert. Well if I’m being completely honest, my favourite is probably in the unhardened dough form that I can eat by the spoonful, only because I can have it right away and don’t have to wait for it to firm up in the fridge. Who has time (or patience) to wait for that?
I’ll back up a little bit and tell you these little gems are like your childhood dreams of eating cookie dough by the spoonful out of the bowl, where you didn’t have to stop because your mom said you would get a tummy ache if you ate too much, and where the voice in your head of your your older, more mature self didn’t say you should stop because it’s probably not your healthiest choice to eat real deal cookie dough by the spoonful. But this is as real deal as you can get, without the sugar, the butter, the refined white flour and heaps of milk chocolate. In other words, this is healthy cookie dough.
And for that reason, with its huge pile of protein, lots of healthy fats and antioxidants from the cacao, you can totally eat this for dessert or snack as much as you want. Or breakfast. Or, let’s be serious, dinner or lunch if you’re so inclined. You can follow the recipe as is and enjoy it as bars, or omit the coconut oil, and blend it all up and eat as is. That’s code for, if you need to eat this right away and can’t wait to try it, there’s an option for that too. DOn’t worry, that sense of urgency was exactly what I experienced and what brought these bars to life in the first place. It happens to the best of us. And then only cookie dough can be the answer. Enjoy!
No Bake Cookie Dough Bars
No bake cookie dough bars that taste delicious, but without any added sugar or bad ingredients. Gluten free and easy to make!
- 1 can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
- 1/4 cup sweet potato, cooked and mashed
- 1/4 cup almond butter
- 3 tbsp coconut oil
- 1/4 cup coconut cream
- 1 scoop Vega Vanilla Protein powder
- 2 tbsp maple syrup
- 2 tsp vanilla paste
- 6 oz dark chocolate, roughly chopped or 4 tbsp Cacao Nib Crunch
- Combine all of the ingredients except for the chocolate chips in a blender and puree until smooth. The mixture should be quite thick, almost the consistency of hummus.
- Once ready, scoop into a bowl and stir in the chocolate chips or cacao nibs.
- Spoon into a 9×9 square baking tray and place in the fridge to harden for 4-6 hours, or overnight.
- Remove from the fridge and cut into squares to serve. Store in the fridge.
- Alternatively, omit the coconut oil, follow the same directions, skip the pan and eat the dough by the spoonful out of the bowl.
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