You only need 6 ingredients to make these easy No-Bake Peanut Butter Cookie Dough Bars. It’s shocking how this delicious dessert is healthy, paleo, vegan, gluten-free, and refined sugar-free!
Healthy Peanut Butter Dessert
If you love peanut butter and chocolate, this recipe is for you! It’s a healthy cookie dough recipe that doesn’t taste healthy in the slightest! Fool all your friends with this secretly healthy cookie dough treat. Follow me on Instagram to see even more secretly healthy treats in action!
No-Bake Healthy Reese’s Treat
These no-bake peanut butter cookie dough bars literally taste like a Reese’s, but better! If you’ve read my Peanut Butter Cup Overnight Oats post, you already know that I am not a fan of Reese’s peanut butter cups. HOWEVER, the reason I don’t like them is because they taste fake. Read that blog post to hear more of my reasons. But, all that to say, I love REAL peanut butter and chocolate together. And these cookie dough bars are no exception! Similar to my Chocolate Peanut Butter Protein Balls, and Healthy Rice Krispie Treats, this recipe requires NO BAKING! Whoooooraaaay! They’re perfect to make on a summer day when you don’t want to turn the oven on too!
Vegan Peanut Butter Cookie Dough
The problem: A lot of healthy cookie dough bar recipes call for both coconut flour and almond flour. I found when I tried this the bars would fall apart, leaving you with a crumbly mess. Or the healthy recipe would require ½ cup of melted coconut oil, which is CRAZY PACKED with calories and fat. (I avoid using a crazy amount of oil in my recipes. If you’re looking for more OIL-FREE treats, check out my Chocolate Banana Bread, Vegan Banana Bread, or Carrot Cake Muffins)
My solution: Flax eggs! Flax is loaded with fiber, and low in calories! Flax eggs are also completely vegan and gluten-free! Plus, they help this healthy peanut butter cookie dough hold together. It’s a win, win, win!
How to Store Peanut Butter Cookie Bars
Fridge: Place peanut butter cookie dough bars in a large zip lock bag or airtight container and keep in the fridge for up to 1 month.
Freezer: My favorite place to keep these cookie dough bars is in the freezer. Just pull one out when you’re ready for dessert, and you have a healthy pre-made sweet treat! Convenience is key when trying to live a healthy life, so having these bars on hand in the freezer at all times is life saving! You can store them in the freezer for 3 months or more!
I wouldn’t recommend storing these bars at room temperature, because the chocolate will melt.
2. In a medium bowl combine ground flax and water and let sit until thickened (2-5 minutes). Then, stir in peanut butter and maple syrup.
3. Mix in almond flour, chocolate chips, and optional unflavored collagen (adds protein + great for gut health!) until dough forms. Press cookie dough into parchment-lined dish, making an even layer.
4. Melt chocolate chips and coconut oil in microwave or using a double boiler. If microwaving, melt in 25-second intervals, stirring in between. Pour melted chocolate on top of cookie dough bars and smooth until cookie dough is covered evenly. Optional: Sprinkle with flaky sea salt.
6. Place cookie dough bars in freezer to set for at least 30 minutes.
7. Once the chocolate layer has set, pull cookie dough bars from freezer, cut, and enjoy!
8. Store cookie dough bars in the fridge for up to a month or in the freezer for up to 3 months. (I eat these bars straight from the freezer!)
Since we aren’t baking these bars, you can use whatever dish you have on hand. My 1.5-quart pan made 18 cookie dough squares.
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