Healthy No Bake Cookie Dough Bars
Healthy No-Bake Cookie Dough Bars will quickly become your new favourite healthy treat to enjoy as a snack or deesert! These bars only take 15 minutes to make and naturally vegan, grain-free and gluten-free. The best part? They taste just like raw cookie dough!
No Bake Cookie Dough
Let’s be honest here. We all know the best part of making cookies is eating the cookie dough…
So rather than actually make cookies, let’s just skip that and go straight to making “raw” cookie dough bars that require no baking and are made with natural ingredients that won’t give you a tummy ache like traditional cookie dough.
Now, I know what your thinking: can healthy cookie dough bars actually taste like cookie dough?
Yes. Yes they can.
The combination of ingredients used to make these bars seriously tastes like your eating raw cookie dough. And to make these bars even better, we’re topping them off with a layer of dark chocolate. Becuase cookie dough can never have too much chocolate.
Why you’ll love this recipe
- Naturally dairy-free, gluten-free, vegan and refined-sugar free. These bars are made with a base of almond flour the makes them grain-free and gluten-free, but I promise they still taste decedent.
- No baking required. My favourite thing about these bars is that they’re ready in just 15 minutes and don’t need to be baked. Just mix everything together in a bowl and add it directly to the pan.
- Freezer-friendly. These bars will last 2 months in the freezer and taste delicious straight out of the freezer.
- Cookie dough heaven. For all the cookie dough lovers out there, these bars will cure all your cravings for raw cookie dough.
Cookie Dough Bars Ingredients and substitutions
Almond flour: this is what makes the base of the bars. Make sure to use almond flour, not almond meal. Almond flour is made from ground blanched almonds and has a finer texture which will result in a smoothie cookie dough bar. A great substitute would be oat flour.
Salt: just like with chocolate chip cookies, a pinch of salt helps bring out all the flavours and balance out the sweetness in these no bake cookie dough bars.
Cashew butter: I love to use cashew butter in these bars because it has a very neutral taste that gives the bars the most “cookie dough” flavour compared to other nut butters. I’ve tried this recipe with almond butter and peanut butter, which are both tasty, but cashew butter tastes the best! Feel free to substitute with any nut butter or seed butter.
Maple syrup: this is used to sweeten the bars and help bind them together. You can substitute with brown rice syrup, agave or honey if you want. Just make sure to use a “sticky” liquid sweetner and not to substitute with sugar.
Vanilla and almond extract: using both of these in the bars is what will give them that signature “cookie dough” flavour. If you don’t have almond extract on hand you can just use vanilla extract.
Almond milk: just a one or two teaspoons to help the dough come together. You can also use water.
Chocolate: I use 70% dark chocolate chips but you can use any kind of chocolate chips you like.
Coconut oil: this is added to the dark chocolate to top the bars and helps create a smooth chocolate topping that wont crack when you cut into it.
How to make no-bake cookie dough bars
Mix the almond flour and salt together in a bowl. In a separate bowl, mix the cashew butter, maple syrup, vanilla extract, almond extract and almond milk together until combined.
Add the wet ingredients to the bowl of dry ingredients and mix together until it forms a dough. Then add the chocolate chips and mix again.
Tip: get in there with your hands! It will be easier to mix the dough.
Line an 8×8 inch pan with parchment paper then add the cookie dough to the pan, pressing down evenly. Melt the chocolate and coconut oil together in the microwave and pour it over the bars.
Spread the chocolate over the bars evenly, then place the pan in the fridge to set for at least 3 hours. Remove and cut into even squares.
Tips for making this recipe perfectly
- It’s easiest to mix the dough together with your hands. Start by mixing the dough with a spoon or spatula just until the wet ingredients start to incorporate, then get in there with your hands to mix! (Make sure to wash them first!) You’ll find that it’s much easier than trying to get the dough to come together with a spoon.
- Keep mixing. At first it may seem like there is too much almond flour for the amount of wet ingredients, but as you mix you’ll start to see everything come together. Almond flour is very absorbant.
- Mini chocolate chips work best. These will incorporate more easily into the dough and give you little bits of chocolate in each bite!
- If the dough feels too dry, add a teaspoon of almond milk. Then continue to mix. Alternatively if the dough feels too wet, add an extra 1/4 cup of almond flour and mix it in.
How to store Healthy Cookie Dough Bars
Fridge: store these bars in an airtight container in the fridge for up to two weeks.
Freezer: store the bars in an airtight container or freezer bag in the freezer for up to 2 months. These bars can be enjoyed straight out of the freezer, or after letting them thaw for 5 minutes.
Frequently Asked Questions
Yes! If you want to make this recipe nut-free, replace the almond flour with oat flour and the cashew butter with sunflower seed butter.
Absolutely! Unlike wheat flour, almond flour can be enjoyed raw since it’s just made from ground up almonds.
Yes! This recipe freezes very well and will last in the freezer for 2 months.
Unforunately no, the cookie dough used to make these bars won’t bake up properly into cookies. If you’re interested in making chocolate chip cookies try these Vegan Chocolate Chunk Cookies or these Chocolate Chip Banana Oatmeal Cookies!
More no bake desserts to try
- Healthy Chocolate Scotcheroos
- No Bake Brownies
- Raw Salted Caramel Slice
- Vegan Raspberry Cheesecake Bars
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Healthy No-Bake Cookie Dough Bars
- Prep Time: 15 minutes
- Cook Time: 0 minutes
- Total Time: 15 minutes
- Yield: 16 bars 1x
- Category: Dessert
- Method: Mix
- Cuisine: American
- Diet: Gluten Free
These healthy no-bake cookie dough bars are easy to make and naturally gluten-free, grain-free, dairy-free and refined sugar-free!
Cookie dough layer
- 2 1/4 cups almond flour
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1/2 cup cashew butter
- 1/4 cup maple syrup
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/2 tsp almond extract
- 2 tsp almond milk
- 1/2 cup mini chocolate chips
- 4 oz 70% dark chocolate
- 1 tbsp refined coconut oil
- Mix the almond flour and salt together in a large mixing bowl.
- In another mixing bowl, mix the cashew butter, maple syrup, vanilla extract, almond extract and almond milk together.
- Add the wet ingredients to the bowl of dry ingredients and mix together until combined. (it’s easiest to start mixing with a spatula, and then use your hands!)
- Add in the chocolate chips and mix.
- Line an 8×8 inch pan with parchment paper then add the cookie dough batter to the pan, pressing down evenly.
- Melt the dark chocolate and coconut oil together in a microwave-safe bowl and pour on top of the bars. (make sure to move the pan around after adding the chocolate so the chocolate spreads out evenly.)
- Place in the fridge to set for 3 hours then cut into bars.
- Store in the fridge.
Store in an airtight container in the fridge for 2 weeks or in the freezer for 2 months.
It’s easiest to mix the dough together with your hands. Start by mixing the dough with a spoon or spatula just until the wet ingredients start to incorporate, then get in there with your hands to mix!
Mini chocolate chips work best. These will incorporate more easily into the dough and give you little bits of chocolate in each bite!
If the dough feels too dry, add a teaspoon of almond milk. Then continue to mix. Alternatively, if the dough feels too wet, add an extra 1/4 cup of almond flour and mix it in.
- Serving Size: 1 bar
- Calories: 207
- Sugar: 8g
- Fat: 15g
- Saturated Fat: 4g
- Carbohydrates: 12.5g
- Fiber: 3g
- Protein: 6g
Keywords: no bake cookie dough bars, healthy cookie dough bars, vegan cookie dough bars, gluten free cookie dough bars
Hello, How do you cut it so good? What’s the best technique to cut the portions evenly? Thanks!
Hi Anda, great question! The best way to cut is to heat your knife under warm water. Then I like to make a cut across the center of the bars in one direction, and then the other direction (to make 4 quadrants), then from there I cut each quadrant in half in one direction, and then the other direction which creates even cuts. Not sure if that makes sense, a little hard to explain in writing 🙂
would they work with peanut butter?
Hi Kierra, absolutely! You can use any type of nut butter you love 🙂
These are the best bars in the world! I made them once with cashew butter, once with roasted almond butter and like both equally. They are so addictive and it’s just a plus that they’re healthy!
Thanks for the review Emily! So happy you love them 🙂
I’m impressed, they look great too! So nice that you’ve tested these ingredients together, I never have a firm grasp of how much of each of these to use compared to traditional ingredients, so thank you!
Super easy to make! Didn’t had cashew butter so used almond butter instead, tastes great as well 🙂 Love all your recipes, Jess!
So happy you enjoyed the recipe Michelle 🙂