Ooey Gooey Almond Joy Cookie Bars (PALEO)


One of my new favorite pastimes is scrolling through the "food/recipe" section on Pinterest.  So many recipes, so many calories, so many unfortunate ingredients.

Yet, these are the recipes that always inspire me the most.  Because I want to taste that Crescent Dough Pizza Pinwheel, and that Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Frosting... but I also want it to be Paleo.  Is that so much to ask?

Well, I figured taking matters into my own hands was my best bet;  especially when it came to these Peanut Butter Gooey Bars I saw from "Crazy for Crust".  The chocolatey goodness oozing out of the middle reminded me that I had Enjoy Life chocolate chips in the pantry, and a really good cookie recipe (I'm looking at you Paleo Pizookie), and that I could actually make something like this...


So I got to work subbing all of my Paleo favorites like coconut milk for condensed milk, almond butter for the peanut butter/bleached flour combo, maple syrup for brown & white sugar, etc.~  & this is what I came up with.  I layered it all in a dish, crossed my fingers, and... it worked.



Now: try it, and taste this ooey gooey deliciousness for yourself!  You will not regret this!  & If you find yourself feeling bad about eating the whole dish... remind yourself that the ingredients list could be much worse.  ;)



Makes 12 bars
Ingredients:

  • 3/4 cup almond butter (I use the fresh ground almond butter from Whole Foods Market for the best taste/texture)
  • 1/3 cup maple syrup
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • pinch of sea salt
  • 1 cup chocolate chips (I use these from "Enjoy Life")
  • 1/3 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
  • 1/4 cup almonds
  • 1/2 cup canned coconut milk (light or full fat will work)

Tools:

  • 8 x 8" baking dish
  • parchment paper, for easy clean-up
  • rubber scraper
  • mixing bowl
  • serving spatula

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 375ºF.  Line an 8 x 8" baking dish with parchment paper and set aside.
  2. In a mixing bowl, combine the almond butter, maple syrup, eggs, baking soda, vanilla, and sea salt until smooth.
  3. Pour roughly 2/3 of the batter into the baking dish.  Evenly layer the following one at a time:  1/2 cup of the chocolate chips, 1/3 cup shredded coconut, 1/4 cup almonds.  
  4. Top with coconut milk, and a final layer of the remaining 1/2 cup of chocolate chips.  
  5. Drizzle the remaining 1/3 of batter over top (you will still see some filling ingredients peeking through-- this is okay!)
  6. Bake for 25 minutes, or until the top looks light golden brown.  Remove from the oven and let it cool for 10 minutes.  Slice into squares & serve!

*These bars taste amazing warm, but are still "ooey gooey" and delicious when chilled~  so try them either way.  I stored leftovers in the fridge, and we warmed ours up when we were ready for another serving!


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6 comments:

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Dan McCarthy said...

Just made these and I must say I love them. Thinking about adding some chocolate whey protein to them next time. Thanks for putting this recipe together!

Severine Loret said...

Hi from France ! I made it yesterday and I can say this is absolutely delicious. So thank you for sharing your recipes :D

Jessie B said...

@Dan~ That's a great idea! So glad you like them!

@Severine~ So neat to hear from a friend in France! Happy that you enjoyed them :)

Patty M said...

I made these and shared with a friend, they were so delicious I am getting requests for these on a regular from the family. I followed the recipe exactly and wouldnt change a thing!!

Thank you for helping me indulge my sweet tooth!

~Patty

Holly said...

These are divine. :-) I ate most of it myself within 24 hours... Then I doubled the next batch and it still turned out great, even though I messed up the order of the ingredients (accidentally put the coconut on after the coconut milk). I need to check out some of your other recipes. Thanks!