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Thursday, January 12, 2012

{Healthy} Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars

Healthy desserts so often seem like a cliche. I mean dessert isn't healthy...if it was healthy it wouldn't be dessert right? 

Enter my new favorite food love...chocolate chip cookie bars. They're vegan and gluten free, full of fiber and protein, low in fat, inexpensive to make and super easy. They're practically the perfect cookie bar. I based them off this vegan cookie pie recipe from my favorite vegan dessert blog. I cut the recipe in half, made a couple small changes, and made them into cookie bars instead. Since you're probably already wondering what ingredients could possibly concoct a healthy dessert I'll jump right to the recipe...

- 1 can garbanzo beans (chick peas) drained and rinsed
- 1/2 cup quick oats
-  2 tablespoons Very Vanilla Soymilk (or other vanilla flavored milk substitute)
- 1.5 tablespoons coconut oil
- 1 generous teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- scant 3/4 cups brown sugar
- scant 1/2 cup chocolate chunks

- Blend all ingredients except chocolate chunks in a food processor until well mixed. 
Spray a baking dish (I used a small glass casserole dish) with cooking spray and pour mixture (including chocolate chunks) into dish. Bake on 350 for around 18 minutes. 

Tip: I think theses treats are best when they're warm and the chocolate is melted so I microwave them for a few seconds every time I enjoy them. 

What are your favorite traditional treats turned healthy? 


Daenel T. said...

Yum! That looks delish. Great shots too.

Ellie said...

Mmmm that looks extremely yummy for a healthy dessert.

deb duty said...

They look delicious!

Tamar SB said...

Wow! I am GF and carb free and will have to try these, thanks so much for sharing!!

Gina Kleinworth said...

YUM- the topping looks good too

Bethany said...

Danenel- Thank you, they are delish and photographing them was fun (and a great excuse to eat a couple)

Ellie- They definitely are! It's impossible for me to eat just one. :)

Deb Duty- thanks, they are! And thank you for hosting TTT- it's fun to link up!

Tamar- These are great if you're GF and carb free. I hope you enjoy them!

Gina- Yes, I used regular Cool Whip on top because it's so many less calories and so much less fat than ice cream. I was trying to keep it healthy ;)

Susan said...

Wow, they sure look good!! Sounds great.

Hope you have a blessed day!

Bethany said...

Hi Susan...thanks for stopping by. There are yummy. In fact, I have plans to make another batch this afternoon. Have a good wkd!

faith ann raider said...

Mmmmmmm that looks SO good!!

Skye said...

These look sooo good. My problem is, I am checking all the P52 blogs tonight, and drooling over the cookies or anything that looks yummy! Time for a snack! HA!

Bethany said...

Faith- yes, there certainly are!

Skye- ah, I know the feeling! These linkys can be dangerously delicious!

Cassidy said...

Those chocolate chip bars look way to good. I wish I could just grab that off the screen right now and eat it! You have some really great looking recipes! I am starting a link up "nutritious and Delicious" next Thursday where you share one healthy recipe of any kind you have made. I would love it if you would join!

Bethany said...

Hi Cassidy, thanks for stopping by and for your comment. I'm glad you like the pictures of the chocolate chip bars so much. This post definitely makes me crave some too! I look forward to checking out your blog and linky.

Alissa Evelyn said...

These look and sound amazing! The recipe is going to be printed and put in my 'to bake' file :)

Bethany said...

Alissa- thanks for stopping by and I'm delighted that this recipe will be going in your "to bake" file. I hope you enjoy it! It's one of my favorites.

Jill said...

I made these last week and can't wait to get to the grocery store so that I can make them again. Delish!!!

Bethany said...

Jill- that's awesome! I'm so excited you loved them. :)

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