Raw Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Almond Butter Bars
Okay the recipe I am about to share is just straight up dangerous. Let's get one thing straight before I even get started- this is not health food! Yes, it's paleo and grain free and uses coconut sugar in place of refined sugar free but it's still sugar. It is lower on the glycemic index and not just empty calories; there are minerals and vitamins found in coconut sugar, but its still not "health food". Feel free to substitute maple sugar or sucanat. You can also sub out any nut butter, even peanut butter if you're into that. My favorite nut butter is cashew butter and I use that all the time in recipes. I don't want to get all Debbie downer on you then share the most amazingly delicious paleo treat ever buttttttt I don't eat much almond flour or almond butter. They are very concentrated and inflammatory when over eaten. My 5 month old nursling even reacts with a rash when I eat too much almond flour or almond butter. That being said, I feel much more comfortable serving this to my kids as a once in a blue treat than some store bought wheat/sugar/soy/preservative laden crap. So, this is a "very special treat", as my 3 year old would say. I make stuff like this once or twice a month. It's lasts 5 minutes. This will solve all of your cravings and allow you stay on track in this lifestyle. One thing I say often is that I don't miss anything. If miss it I make it- my way.
If you've been eating grain free for awhile, you probably have most of the ingredients in this recipe already in your pantry. It's all really easy to put together, so do not be intimidated by the layers! You can totally make this dairy free by substituting the butter for coconut oil. I've mentioned my dairy sensitive nursling before, so I have made this entirely dairy free with coconut oil and enjoy life chocolate. It's still delicious. Your Reese's and Duncan Hines loving ' friends will have no clue that this is grain free and has about 1/4 the sugar a "normal" treat like this would have. I honestly don't think I would change a thing even if I could. Would they be better with more sugar or actual sugar? I really doubt it! Let me know what you think!
There are 3 layers of awesomeness in these bars but if you don't feel like making the whole bar, just whip up a batch of raw cookie dough balls. They are AMAZING. C The recipe makes 14 balls. Keep them in the fridge and they are hard little balls of raw cookie dough amazingness.
Bottom layer (cookie dough)
1 cup almond flour
1/2 cup butter, melted
1/2 cup chocolate chips
1/4 cup coconut sugar
1/4 tsp sea salt
Center layer (almond butter)
1 cup almond butter
1/3 cup coconut sugar
1/4 cup almond flour
1/4 tsp salt
Top layer (chocolate)
1 cup chocolate chips
2 Tbsp almond butter
1. Line an 8x8 pan with parchment paper.
2. Prepare your cookie dough. In a small pan melt your butter. In a small bowl, mix together the almond flour, coconut sugar, sea salt and melted butter. Put this mixture in the fridge for about 10 mins to cool off. After those 10 min, add chocolate chips. Pour mixture in the pan and spread it out to evenly coat the bottom. Put pan in the refrigerator to fully harden.
3. Prepare your center. In a small bowl combine all ingredients listed for center.
4. Melt your chocolate and 2 Tbsp almond butter. You can do this with a double boiler or just hold a cast iron pan above low heat.
5. Once cookie dough layer is hard, layer the center almond butter layer on top of the bottom cookie dough layer. Use your fingers to spread it all out.
6. Pour the melted chocolate over the almond butter and use a spoon to evenly distribute it.
7. Put the whole pan in the fridge to set. Leave it alone for at least 3 hours, best if left overnight for almond center to harden.
8. Cut it up and enjoy!x