These vegan salted Carmel cookie bars are vegan, gluten free friendly, and filled with flavor. They’re made with all natural ingredients, are refined sugar free, and the best dessert!
Happy Friday, friends!! Are you guys ready for the weekend, cause I know I AM. I’m leaving on Sunday morning for sleep away camp, where I’ll spend a week as a camp counselor for 10-12 teenage girls 🙂 I’m PUMPED because I’ve gone to this camp since I was ten years old, and this is my second year as a counselor. But, despite my excitement, I’m freaking out juuusssstttttt a bit because I haven’t packed yet, still need to go and get snacks for the cabin, and am swamped with other, non camp related tasks. Oh, and don’t forget the fact that I have work everyday, both with blogging and with nannying.
So, to combat that stress, I bake vegan salted carmel cookie bars. Seems logical, right? I’ve been wanting to try this whole “salted Carmel” using dates craze for months now, but never got around to it because I never seemed to have dates. Ugh, the struggle was real, friends. But I did it, and they’re… DELICIOUS. Like, Carmel chocolate goodness with specks of sea salt on top. Too good to be true.
The ingredients are pretty standard: flour, coconut sugar, coconut oil, apple sauce, sea salt, chocolate chips, milk, and CHOCOLATE CHIPS- DUH. For the flour, I used One Degree Organic Foods Whole Wheat Flour, because it makes the cookie bars extra fluffy and the perfect texture. I love using One Degree Organic Foods for my baking because all the flours are versatile and made real, organic, natural ingredients.
What’s nice about these bars, besides the fact that they’re vegan, is that they’re also refined sugar free and take 10 ingredients. HECK YEAH. While they do take a little longer to bake because they’re bars, the flavor is OUT OF THIS WORLD. I know it’ll be hard to let em cool, but trust me, it’s worth it. And don’t forget that extra garnish of sea salt 😉
When you make these vegan salted carmel cookie bars, don’t forget to send me a photo on Instagram @tennishealthfitness.
- 1 cup flour
- ½ cup coconut sugar
- ¼ cup apple sauce
- ⅓ cup melted coconut oil
- ½ tsp vanilla extract
- ½ tsp sea salt + more for topping
- 1 tsp arrowroot powder (optional, but it helps bind everything together and I recommend for a better texture)
- ¼ cup almond milk
- 1 cup dates (pits removed) +1/2 cup water
- 2 tsp baking powder
- Pre-Heat your oven to 375 F.
- In a food processor, combine the dates (remove the pits) and water. Pulse until a liquid, paste like texture. Set aside.
- In a medium sized mixing bowl, whisk the oil, vanilla extract, apple sauce, and coconut sugar.
- In a larger bowl, add the flour, sea salt, arrowroot powder, and baking powder. Once the dry is mixed, add in the wet ingredients and mix well.
- As you mix, fold in the chocolate chips.
- Spray an 8x8 baking tray with cooking oil and pour the batter in. Spoon on chunks of the date paste and swirl in the batter using a knife. Sprinkle on more sea salt, and bake for 18-22 minutes, until done in the middle. Remove and let cool for 15-20 minutes. Cut and enjoy!
This post is sponsored by One Degree Organic Foods. All opinions are my own.
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