Coconut – y, almondy, chock full of chocolate, and absolutely one of my favorite gluten free treats! I even sold them at the farmer’s market! It seems like everyone loves them! Nobody will believe me when I tell them they are gluten free AND vegan! Yup, they are egg free, dairy free, gluten free, margarine free, pretty healthy, and almond butter is one of the only wet ingredients! They are truly one of the easiest cookie bars to make! If you are not gluten free, you can make them with whole wheat flour instead. I have made them and my family liked them, but I could not tell you which one is better! I updated the picture because the horrible one was seriously annoying me. I originally posted it on April 29 (when my blog was only 12 days old!)and the recipe is still the same. The original post is below. Enjoy!
These bars are a relatively healthy treat adapted from Peas and Thank You. They have a good flavor and texture, very almondy and not too sweet. You will not like these if you don’t like almonds. They are kind of crumbly because they are so soft and moist. You will need a gluten free flour blend, I used Namaste. It is important to have a small amount of xantham gum, or they won’t hold together but too much will result in a gummy mess. (I get Namaste at Costco, they sell it in big bags. It works pretty well as an all-purpose flour blend, you can normally just sub it for normal flour in recipes)
Serves: About twenty four bars, depending on size.
Prep Time: 20 min
Cook Time: 25-30 min
|2 cups||Gluten free flour blend|
|1 cup||Rolled oats|
|1 cup||Shredded sweetened coconut|
|1 cup||Chopped, roasted unsalted almonds|
|1 cup||Chocolate chips|
|1 teaspoon||Baking soda|
|1 ½ teaspoons||Salt|
|1 cup||White sugar|
|1 cup||Almond butter|
|1 cup||Nondairy milk (I used almond milk)|
|1 ½ teaspoons||Almond Extract|
Step 1: Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Spray a nine by thirteen pan with cooking spray.
Step 2: In a large bowl, whisk together flour, oats, coconut, chocolate chips, baking soda, and salt.
Step 3: In a separate bowl, combine nondairy milk and almond extract.
Step 4: Add sugar add mix well.
Step 5: Add the almond butter and stir until smooth. Toss the almonds in and stir.
Step 6: Add the almond mixture to the dry ingredients and stir until a thick dough forms.
Step 7: Press into the pan and smooth the top.
Step 8: Spray the top very lightly with cooking spray. (This helps the top crisp but it is optional)
Step 9: Bake it for about 25-30 minutes or until it is firm to the touch.
Step 10: Remove from the oven and let the bars cool completely before slicing.