Chocolate Chip Cashew Cookie Bars

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aka the best dang cookie bar (GASP it’s grain free?!) you’ve had in this life. #dramatic #ispeakthetruth  

Chocolate Chip Cashew Cookie Bars

Grain Free Chocolate Chip Cashew Cookie Bars

I do not even know how to begin to type this post because I am SO EXCITED ABOUT THESE BARS. First of all, to me, they’re better than a plain Jane cookie. Second of all, I have been trying for what feels like forever to make a grain-free cookie bar recipe that is not a total flop. I mean I can out pie bake your great great grandmother, but grain-free baking is hard, yo. Third of all, these Chocolate Chip Cashew Cookie Bars use cashew flour and butter as their base and that just really excites me. Can I get a hip hip hooray for the food nerds out there today?

But back to my excitement about these being SO GOOD & why that really makes deep-down happy. I received a comment from a sweet reader, whom I happen to know, and she recently made something off of Miss Allie’s Kitchen and praised it so highly that she nearly brought me to tears. Obviously, I want to share good food because good food is fun to eat and I want you guys to think that I’m not just some whacky chick who sits in her kitchen slapping things together.


Gluten Free Chocolate Chip Cashew Cookie Bars

But her comment reminded me of why I truly do this. The reason I write all of these recipes is because of the smiles that reach the eyes, the hand squeezes you get across the table, the hugs that last just a minute longer than usual. When you’re feasting over something truly wonderful it’s near impossible to let this world get you down. My favorite thing to do when we eat something GOOD is to watch J’s smile spread across his face and crinkled his eyes. He’ll reach across the table and squeeze my hand – “this is really good, bub”, he’ll say. Maybe the greatness of the meal, or the pie, or the Chocolate Chip Cashew Bar will make us slow down and hug for just a minute longer. And THAT’S why I share, because I want all of these things for you, too. I want to share so you have more ideas to help you get those eye crinkling smiles, the hand squeezes and the extra long hugs. Because what is life without those sweet things and these Chocolate Chip Cashew Cookie Bars?

Healthy Chocolate Chip Cashew Cookie Bars

Let’s get to it!

WHAT YOU’LL NEED (measurements below):

Cashew meal – aka cashews ground in your blender or food processor until they look like coarse flour

Coconut flour

Cashew butter – you can totally just buy cashews and make the meal and butter yourself, too (that’s what I did!)

Coconut sugar

Coconut oil

Eggs

Baking powder

Vanilla

Sea salt

Chocolate chips – certainly use dairy free if you’d like!

Chocolate Chip Cashew Cookie Bars

WHAT YOU’LL DO:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. We’ll start by making the cashew meal. Add the cashews into a food processor or blender and blend until they’re finer than breadcrumbs. Stop there because if you process them for a while, they will turn into cashew butter. That being said, if you want to make your own cashew butter, add another cup of cashews into the food processor or blender (high powered blenders or food processors work best for nut butter) and allow it to process until it’s smooth and creamy.

When you have your cashew products prepared, add the cashew meal, coconut sugar, coconut flour, baking powder, and salt into a large bowl. Whisk together until combined. Add the eggs, cashew butter, coconut oil, and vanilla and mix everything until the batter is wet. Fold in the chocolate chips and pour into a baking dish lined with parchment paper. Mine is about a 6×10 inch dish.

Bake for 25 – 30 minutes until the bars are golden brown and the middle is set when you touch it. Allow the bars to cool in the pan for 20 minutes or so before serving.

Healthier Chocolate Chip Cashew Cookie Bars

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Miss AK

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Chocolate Chip Cashew Cookie Bars
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Serves: 15 bars
 
Ingredients
  • 1 + ¾ c. cashew meal - aka cashews ground in your blender or food processor until they look like coarse flour
  • ½ c. coconut flour
  • ¾ c. cashew butter - you can totally just buy cashews and make the meal and butter yourself, too (that's what I did!)
  • 1 c. coconut sugar
  • 3 Tbsp. coconut oil, melted
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 1 tsp. sea salt
  • ½ c. chocolate chips - certainly use dairy free if you'd like!
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. We'll start by making the cashew meal. Add the cashews into a food processor or blender and blend until they're finer than breadcrumbs. Stop there because if you process them for a while, they will turn into cashew butter. That being said, if you want to make your own cashew butter, add another cup of cashews into the food processor or blender (high powered blenders or food processors work best for nut butter) and allow it to process until it's smooth and creamy.
  3. When you have your cashew products prepared, add the cashew meal, coconut sugar, coconut flour, baking powder, and salt into a large bowl. Whisk together until combined. Add the eggs, cashew butter, coconut oil, and vanilla and mix everything until the batter is wet. Fold in the chocolate chips and pour into a baking dish lined with parchment paper. Mine is a 6x10 inch dish.
  4. Bake for 25 - 30 minutes until the bars are golden brown and the middle is set when you touch it. Allow the bars to cool in the pan for 20 minutes or so before serving.

 

Grain Free Chocolate Chip Cashew Cookie Bars

8 Comments
  • Emily

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    Girl. I can not wait to try these! They look and sound delicious.

  • Kara @ Byte Sized Nutrition

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    ALLLIIIIEEEEE. These look so freakin amazing girl! I can’t wait to give them a try! Also, how adorable are you and your boyfriend?! Literally gave me all the warm fuzzies reading this!

  • Emily

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    Awww J is such a sweet boyfriend. I love that you are so sweet and kind and considering of wanting to make things that people really love. They look so delicious; I love cookie bars so much, and I totally agree that grain free baking is hard. You really came up with a winner here.

  • Tiffany

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    Omg yum these look so delicious! Making food for others is sometimes so gratifying (if they like it).
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  • Maddy

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    Hello! Have you made these with other GF flours? Will it work just as well? Thanks 🙂

    • Miss AK

      Hi Maddy! Thanks so much for your question! I have not tried these with other GF flours, but I would love to test soon. Which were you looking to try it with and maybe I can give it a go soon and let you know! Thanks SOO much for your comment 🙂 It means a lot!!

  • Britney Crawley

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    Dang girl! These look so good! I saved them to Pinterest. I’ve been looking for an excuse to buy coconut sugar. 🙂

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