These flourless chocolate chip cookie bars are made primarily with almond butter. They’re easy to make, plus vegan/paleo friendly, gluten free, grain free, and naturally sweetened!
The weather here has been crazy these past few days. First of all, it’s been unseasonably cold this year. I’m not complaining, as I very much enjoy cooler over hotter temps, but the fluctuation is putting a strain on my poor plants! Last week was beautiful, in the 60’s-70’s, so we did some planting in our backyard—a few peonies, lilacs, azaleas, lavender, as well as a bunch of herbs. After enjoying some nice weather, it suddenly froze overnight and some of the plants didn’t survive 🙁
This week went like this: it was in the 70ºs Monday, then dropped below 40ºF Tuesday with snow! Wednesday jumped back up to 60ºF with overnight lows in the 30º’s and will be close to 80ºF by the end of the weekend. Crazy weather for an April in the south!
When there’s stuff in life that’s out of my control, I bake. Baking can be a great way to relieve stress. At least for a time, you can put all of your concentration into something else. Methodically measuring, carefully stirring, double and triple checking the recipe…and then you have something delicious to enjoy at the end of it. It’s like a win-win!
These flourless chocolate chip cookie bars are made primarily with almonds. Almond butter, to be exact. In this instance, I made my own, but store-bought almond butter works just as well. The only problem with the variety of almond butters out there, is that they tend to have different consistencies. Some are very firm, like, break the spoon firm, while others are runny.
My homemade almond butter was more on the thick side as I used raw over roasted almonds. Roasting the almonds helps them release their natural oils, which makes the almond butter more runny. Either way is fine, but the amount of water needed will vary. In the end, you’re looking for a thick, yet malleable dough, kind of like cookie dough. I needed 4–5 tablespoons in order to get mine to the right consistency. See the videos in the recipe for more detail of what the dough should look like.
Press the finished dough evenly into your pan and bake. You’ll never believe these yummy bars are made primarily with one ingredient and free of flours, grains, gluten, dairy, oil, eggs, and refined sugar too! Hope you enjoy them!