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Vegan Cookie Dough Bars

Earthly Taste
Made with only a few simple ingredients, these cookie dough bars are quick to make and a perfect recipe for little helping hands. Let's not forget the fact that these cookie dough bars vegan, gluten-free, soy-free, nut-free, plus they contain much lower levels of sugar than store-bought cookie dough treats! Ding, ding, ding!
Prep Time 20 mins
Freezer time 1 hr
Total Time 1 hr 20 mins
Course Dessert, Snack
Cuisine plant-based, vegan

Equipment

  • Food processor
  • Freezer
  • Microwave

Ingredients
  

  • 1 cup pitted dates
  • 250 g gluten-free rolled oats
  • 55 g smooth tahini
  • 4 tbsp maple syrup, agave nectar or fruit syrup
  • 1 tbsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1 pinch sea salt
  • 150 g vegan chocolate chips
  • 2 tsp coconut oil
  • 1 handful vegan chocolate buttons

Instructions
 

  • Soak your dates so that they are soft for about 10 minutes in hot water.
  • Meanwhile, add your oats to a food processor and pulse them until you have fine oat flour. If you like a slightly rougher texture, then pulse them for less time.
  • Drain the dates and squeeze out any excess water.
  • To the food processor, add the soaked dates, tahini, syrup, vanilla, and salt, along with the oat flour.
  • Blend until the mixture forms a dough.
  • Remove the dough and add it to a bowl where you will mix in half of the chocolate chips.
  • Put your cookie dough in the fridge for 10 - 20 minutes to firm it up.
  • Line a baking tin about 20cm square with baking paper. Use too much baking paper so that you can use the excess to lift the dough out of the tin later.
  • Spread the dough over the pan so that it is as even as you can manage. Use another sheet of baking paper to press down firmly and smooth the dough.
  • Put the pan in the freezer for about an hour (or longer.)
  • About 10 minutes before you plan to take the cookie dough out of the freezer, melt the coconut oil and remaining chocolate chips in a microwave, or in a bowl over a saucepan of boiling water.
  • Take the cookie dough out of the freezer.
  • Spread or drizzle the chocolate over the frozen cookie dough.
  • Working quickly, press the chocolate buttons into the chocolate.
  • Cut into huge or tiny bars!
  • Eat them!

Notes

Storage in the freezer is best. Then when you need a little pick-me-up you can scurry away to your freezer and grab a bar of cold, doughy delight. You can keep them in the freezer for a few months with no problems.