Secretly Healthy Cookie Dough Topped Cookie Bars (dairy-free, gf & refined sugar-free option)

A ridiculously delicious peanut butter brownie bar is topped with chocolate ganache and creamy, dairy-free cookie dough in these Secretly Healthy Cavity Bars a.k.a. Cookie Dough Topped Peanut Butter Cookie Bars! Guys, these are the best dessert bars I’ve ever had!!!


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I’ve seen a photo floating around Pinterest for some time now of a three layered dessert called a “cavity bar”. I pinned the image so long ago I can’t find it anymore but luckily my food memory is so powerful the image has been burnt into my memory for all eternity. The first layer was a cookie bar followed by a layer of thick chocolate and topped with a layer of chocolate chip cookie dough–and from what I can remember they were definitely not “healthy” by any means.


I’m not one to knock sugar filled desserts. I one hundred percent believe that real desserts are okay for the body (and even better for the mind) as long as it’s accompanied by a balanced lifestyle. Which is great for normal people but then there’s people like me who have an undeniable sweet tooth and need to have dessert once or twice sometimes…three times a day. That’s right. That’s why I make my desserts using [mostly] healthy ingredients.



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Can we take a moment to admire the layers on these cookie bars. Layer 1: dense and chewy peanut butter cookie loaded with chocolate chips. Layer 2: a simple yet decadent two-ingredients chocolate ganache. Layer 3: sweet and buttery chocolate chip cookie dough. LITERALLY, ALL MY FAVORITE THINGS IN ONE BAR!

This isn’t the first time I’ve made cookie dough desserts. Check out a of my favorite cookie dough recipes.

  • Cookie Dough Truffles – Delicious cookie dough bites coated in decadent dark chocolate for all those raw cookie dough eaters out there! This recipe is gluten-free, egg-free, refined-sugar-free and high in protein!

  • Healthy Cookie Dough Fudge Layered Brownies – Healthy Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Fudge Layered Brownies made Gluten-free, Vegan and High in Protein! Whew… That title is  a mouthful but trust me, it’s worth every delicious word.


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Secretly Healthy Cookie Bars Topped with Cookie Dough

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 11 minutes

Total Time: 26 minutes

Category: dessert

Cuisine: gluten-free, dairy-free, paleo option

Yield: 20

Serving Size: 1/20

Calories per serving: 302

Fat per serving: 18g

Carbs per serving: 20g

Protein per serving: 14g

Secretly Healthy Cookie Bars Topped with Cookie Dough

A ridiculously delicious peanut butter brownie bar is topped with chocolate ganache and creamy, dairy-free cookie dough in these Secretly Healthy Cavity Bars AKA Cookie Dough Topped Peanut Butter Cookie Bars! Guys, these are the best dessert bars I've ever had.

Ingredients

    cookie bar layer
  • 1 c natural peanut butter
  • 1/2 c coconut sugar
  • 1 egg, large organic free-range Milk and Eggs
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 c dairy-free chocolate chips
    chocolate layer
  • 3/4 c dairy-free chocolate chips
  • 1/3 c unsweetened almond milk
    cookie dough layer
  • 1/2 c vegan butter, soft Milk and Eggs
  • 1/3 c powdered erythritol
  • 1/4 c coconut sugar
  • 1/2 c almond flour
  • 1/2 c gluten free oat flour
  • 1/4 c dairy-free chocolate chips

Instructions

    The cookie bar layer: In a large mixing bowl, beat the peanut butter and coconut sugar together until combined using a handheld mixer. Add in the remaining ingredients and continue mixing until a dough forms. Press the dough evenly into the bottom of an 8x8 inch pan prepared with parchment paper. Bake for 9-11 minutes at 350F. Let cool.
    The chocolate layer: Once the cookie bars have cooled, place the chocolate chips into a glass bowl. Heat the almond milk in the microwave or on a stove top just before it reaches a boiling point (about 40 seconds in the microwave). Pour the milk over the chocolate chips and let sit for 2 minutes. After the two minutes, stir well until you have a thick chocolate ganache. Pour the ganache over the cookie bars and chill for 1 hour.
    For the cookie dough layer: In a mixing bowl, beat the butter and the powdered erythritol until light and fluffy using a handheld mixer. Add in the remaining ingredients (except chocolate chips) and mix until well combined. Fold in chocolate chips. Drop the cookie dough in chunks oven the chocolate. Use a rubber spatula to smooth. Chill for at least 30 minutes before cutting into 20 bars and serving.

Notes

*For a lower fat and sugar content use light butter and sugar-free chocolate. Coconut sugar can be replaced with a granulated erythritol. Comment any other substitution questions. 🙂

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