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!
1 1/4 cups all natural almond butter or 2 cups (340g) unsalted almonds (raw or roasted) ground into butter
2/3 cup (100g) coconut sugar
2 tablespoons ground flaxseed
3/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt (omit if almonds are salted)
3–5 tablespoons water
3/4 cup (120g) chocolate chips (use more or less to taste)
Preheat the oven to 350ºF. Line an 8×8 pan with parchment paper and set aside.
In a large bowl, combine almond butter, coconut sugar, flax, baking soda, and salt. See notes below to make your own almond butter.
Stir in water a little at a time until batter is soft and malleable, like cookie dough. Amount of water will vary on how thick or thin your almond butter is. Thinner almond butter may not need as much water.
Stir in most of the chocolate chips, reserving a few to sprinkle on top. Press dough evenly into pan and sprinkle remaining chocolate chips on top.
Bake for 18–20 minutes, until bars are golden brown. Let cool thoroughly before slicing and serving. Warm bars are more delicate and will firm up as they cool. Makes 12–16 bars.
To make your own almond butter, place dry almonds in a food processor and blend until creamy. It takes a while and you need to stop and scrape down the sides occasionally. If your food processor gets hot, you can stop for a few minutes until it cools down. Almonds will turn into meal and then will start to get clumpy. It may get stuck as it begins to ball up, but give it time and it will eventually become creamy. This process can take anywhere from 12–20 minutes, maybe more, depending on your food processor. Two cups almonds should equal 1 1/4 cups almond butter, so just scrape the almond butter into the mixing bowl, then continue to follow steps above. See video below for details on progress of almond butter, every few minutes. Took a total of 13 minutes to get almond butter in my NutraMilk machine.