Wednesday, September 21, 2011

No Bake Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Bars

Let's face the facts: Chocolate chip cookie dough is delicious. But sadly, salmonella poisoning, uh, not so much.  Nothing good can come from raw eggs; look what it did to Rocky Balboa and his speech patterns (although one does wonder -- which came first? Rocky or the egg?). Can't do it. Salmonella is yucky and I'm just not willing to go there for some cookie dough anymore.

The solution, of course, salmonella-free no bake cookie dough that also happens to be dairy-free, refined sugar-free and gluten-free.

I am so for real on this one. I can't believe how much this tastes exactly like raw cookie dough. This has provided so much comfort for me in my time of woe that I think it may be going to my rear, which makes me wish the stress fracture time of woe would hurry up and end. Seriously though, these go down very very easily and while the healthy fats in nuts are so good for you, too many can really go straight to your rear.

No Bake Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Bars 

Makes 8 Bars or 20 Tablespoon-Sized Balls


1 cup raw cashews
1 cup dates (I've used both Medjool and Tunisian with identical results.)
2 tablespoons maple syrup
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1 ounce unsweetened chocolate (I used Baker's chocolate)


Place the cashews in the bowl of a food processor and process until it looks like coarse crumbs.

Transfer to a bowl and put the dates in the food processor and process until a ball forms. Add the cashews back to the food processor with the maple syrup, salt and vanilla and process until combined. Transfer back to the bowl.

Coarsely chop the unsweetened chocolate.

Add the chocolate to the bowl with the date-cashew mixture and mix to combine until thoroughly incorporated.

Line a standard loaf pan with wax paper, leaving a little overhang, and press the mixture into the pan.

Place in the freezer for 30 - 45 minutes. Take out using the overhanging wax paper and cut into 8 squares. Store in a airtight container in the refrigerator.

These little bars are absolutely delicious on their own or formed into little balls and maybe mixed into some homemade ice cream...? I haven't exactly tried that yet, but it does sound intriguing, no?

Nutrition Information Per 1 Bar: Calories 236; Total Fat 14g; Total Carb 27g; Fiber 3g; Sugars 16g; Protein 6g
*Nutrition information has been calculated using an online recipe calculator tool.
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  1. These looks fabulous! Thanks for the recipe!

  2. these look delicious AND super simple! i love no-bake types of goodies ;)

  3. This is awesome. We won't be employing the service of our good old oven and the dough looks professionally done huh! That's really terrific.

  4. Ok, I am predicting the future here but I can see myself making these and going on a mad binge with them. Look delicious. Reminds me of the Lara Bars. Brilliant creation!


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