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Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Recipe: Vegan Maple Peanut Butter Cookie Bars (Gluten Free!)

Easy Vegan Maple Peanut Butter Cookie Bars Recipe - gluten free, vegan, egg free, dairy free, healthy, sugar free, clean eating dessert recipe

Do you know how sometimes people say something and you're like Hold up a minute. Is this a compliment? Or an insult? and you're not really sure? 

Well, I had one of those moments when I made these cookie bars for the first time. 

You see, I'd asked Jesse what we would like me to make (out of the 5 recipe ideas I had floating around my head) whilst he was at work and by the time he and my Dad arrived home, they were cooled and sliced and ready to devour. 

Easy Vegan Maple Peanut Butter Cookie Bars Recipe - gluten free, vegan, egg free, dairy free, healthy, sugar free, clean eating dessert recipe

Jesse had one... and then another and my Dad took one, took a bite and exclaimed; 

These are THE BEST thing you have ever made

And I thought damn right they are! and then I thought hold up a minute. Is this a compliment? Or an insult?

Because these were indeed really really good - but did that also mean everything I'd ever made before these were not that good at all? 

Easy Vegan Maple Peanut Butter Cookie Bars Recipe - gluten free, vegan, egg free, dairy free, healthy, sugar free, clean eating dessert recipe

So I did what every great investigator would do.... 

I snapped open the lid of the container, grabbed a bar for myself and ate it... you know... for the investigation. 

And do you know what I decided? Whatever way you look at it, this Vegan Peanut Butter Cookie Bar Recipe is absolutely positively delicious - and we'll leave it at that. 

So let me share the recipe with you! >> 




Easy Vegan Maple Peanut Butter Cookie Bars Recipe - gluten free, vegan, egg free, dairy free, healthy, sugar free, clean eating dessert recipe

Easy Vegan Maple Peanut Butter Cookie Bars Recipe
gluten free, refined sugar free, soy free, egg free, dairy free, vegan
makes 16 squares 

1 cup (240g) peanut butter (or nut/seed butter of your choice)
1 1/2 tbsp (10g) ground flaxseed + 3 tbsp boiling water
1/2 cup maple syrup 
2/3 cup (60g) gluten free oats, ground*
1/2 cup (60g) gluten free plain flour 
1/2 tsp baking soda 
3/4 cup chocolate chips (vegan if needed)
  • Preheat your oven to 180C/355F. 
  • Line an 8" square baking tin with baking paper and set aside. 
  • Mix your flaxseed and water and allow to thicken.
  • Mix your peanut butter, maple syrup and flax until combined.
  • Add your ground oats, flour and baking soda to your peanut butter mixture and mix until combined. 
  • Stir through your chocolate chips and mix until evenly dispersed. 
  • Scoop your batter (it will be quite sticky) into your prepared tin and smooth with wet fingertips or a wet spatula (this stops the batter from sticking too much). 
  • Bake your cookie bars in your preheated oven for 15-20 minutes or until golden and the edges are set. 
  • The cookie bars will feel a little soft in the middle but they will firm as they cool. 
  • Allow your cookie bars to cool completely before slicing and serving!
  • These cookie bars are best eaten on the day that they're made (they soften up over time) but will keep in an airtight container at room temperature for 2-3 days and can also be frozen to defrost and enjoy later. 
Notes:
*Find out more about oats on a gluten free diet. If you can't tolerate oats, switch the oats for another 1/2 cup of plain flour. 

But tell me, what do you think the best thing you've ever made/cooked is? 
Or if that's too hard... what's the best thing you've made/cooked/eaten this week? 

    
   


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