You might be questioning my understanding of the term “energy bar” with that thick slab of chocolate in your face. That’s alright.
When I stumbled upon this recipe over at DamyHealth.com, I got excited to try it and promptly made plans to make it. I loved them, but not as a dessert bar. I admit sometimes I like my sweets sweet, but I knew I couldn’t serve these cookie bars to friends who are used to regular desserts, and try to pass off as an after dinner treat. I could just imagine the round of teasing. Even if it did have chocolate chips.
But after tasting one with a thought of it being a protein or energy bar, I knew it just needed a slight name change. Full of good nuts, coconut and dates makes the name appropriate enough, doesn’t it? Even if there is a healthy amount of chocolate in these, it just adds great flavor to a bar packed of protein and nutrition. I slightly adapted the recipe I’d found and now enjoy them as a mid day snack for a delicious energy pick me up. Whenever you decide to enjoy them, they’re one of the most guilt-free chocolate chip cookie bars around.
Chocolate Chip Cookie Energy Bars (vegan & gluten free)
1 Cup Walnuts
1 Cup Cashews
1/2 Cup Pitted Dates
2 Tablespoons Coconut Shreds
1 teaspoon Pure Vanilla Extract
1 Tablespoons Maple Syrup
1 Tablespoon Water
1/4 Cup choice of chocolate chips or chunks
1 Cup Coconut Oil
1/2 Cup Natural Cocoa Powder
1/3 Cup Maple Syrup
1/2 teaspoon Pure Vanilla Extract
In a food processor, place nuts and coconut and pulse until ingredients come together. Add the rest of the ingredients, except for the chocolate chips and mix until mixture comes together and looks like cookie dough. Mix in the chocolate chips by hand.
Line a 8 by 8 baking dish with parchment paper and spread the dough out in the dish. Make sure dough is evenly distributed and smooth.
In a small bowl, combine the coconut oil with the cocoa. Add the rest of the ingredients and mix well. The chocolate should be thick but still runny. If it’s too thick, add a bit more maple syrup. Pour your chocolate all over your cookie dough bars. Cover the dish and place in the the freezer to chill for 1 to 3 hours. Remove from the freezer, cut into squares and enjoy! These make a great snack or breakfast for anytime! If you plan on taking these for a lunch or as a travel snack, freeze before hand for 3 hours and keep cool so the chocolate coating does not melt. Keep leftovers in the fridge or freezer.
Makes 12 bars