Saturday, February 4, 2017

Chocolate Chip Date Cookie Bars

A little dark chocolate, a little course sea salt, and all the sweet and salty goodness one could ask for in a little dessert. These cookie bars have been experimented on more than a few times now and I am finally posting the best recipe version I came up with. Just in time for Super Bowl Sunday tomorrow, of course ;) 

The delectable dates offer once again some moisture, some texture and most of all a rich caramel-like flavor that stays with you. And a little square is all you might need to satisfy that after dinner craving for a little sweet and salty. Some say you don't need dessert while trying to live a healthy life. Obviously I beg to differ with the need to have balance and a healthy relationship with such good ingredients like dark chocolate and dates. You can have an opinion of your own of course ;) But I would maybe wait until you give this one a try...haha :)
This recipe is super easy too. Just whip up the batter and then pour in your parchment 9x13, bake, wait and enjoy. I am almost sure you could roll out eat cookie from the dough as well, but when you can spread it out and cut into each chewy bite like this, I would say make it easy on yourself, friend... Seriously. Why take on any extra stress these days, amiright?!? I hope you give it a whirl and ENJOY!
Chocolate Chip Date Cookie Bars Recipe
{gluten, dairy, egg, soy, nut, and seed free}

3/4 cup of rice or millet flour
3/4 cup of GF certified oat or buckwheat flour (I grind my own out of whole groats)
1/2 cup of tapioca flour
1/3 cup of potato starch flour
2 TB of coconut flour
3/4 cup of coconut palm sugar
1 ts. of baking powder
1 ts. of baking soda
1 ts. of sea salt
1/4 cup of maple syrup
1/2 cup of coconut oil (or sub avocado oil here or half of each)
1/2 cup of date puree (or sub 1/4 cup for applesauce)
1/2-3/4 cup of dairy-free chocolate chips

Mix all the dry ingredients together first in a large mixing bowl, then add in the oil and blend it well and then mix in the wet date paste and syrup and it becomes a carmel-ly color and that is when you can fold in the chocolate chips. I usually add 1/2 cup chips to the batter and sprinkle a few more on top after it is spread out in the pan. You can cut and place a piece of parchment in a 9x13 pan and then pour in the batter and spread even. It is like a brownie/blondie batter and use a spatula to evenly smooth through the pan. Bake in a 350 degree oven for 25  minutes and then sprinkle very course sea salt on top for a finishing touch. If you are not a fan of that flavor with dark chocolate then I would omit. Let cool for 3-4 hours before you cut into! This is very important to avoid crumbling and a messy finish. I know it will be hard to do this (yep, I cheated here ;) But it will bring out a better final product to serve in the end. 

I love how easy these are to mix up and serve. You can lift out the parchment after fully cooled and use a chef knife and cut into even squares. I get 24 bars out of the pan usually. 

Serve and ENJOY!

Lots of love and light to you....xoxo


  1. These little bars (alongside the sunflower butter cookie bars) are one of my favourite chocolate chip blondie out there - they taste utterly decadent & are so darn easy to make! I made a few changes - used 1/2 cup maple syrup instead of the coconut palm sugar and used it as the liquid instead of water to blend the 1/2 cup dates with (my dates are luckily super soft is it actually works!) and a mix of arrowroot & sticky brown rice flour for the 2 starches. Also - highly recommend using the FULL 3/4 cup of chocolate chips to make them extra yummy & rich! :)

    1. Thanks for the comment and for sharing your variations!!! :) So glad it worked and you love them :)