Cookie Bars

There’s something about cookie bars that are just so different from your standard cookie. They are the perfect mid-day treat, party treat, or treat to frost and celebrate with!

Everyone of my trusty taste-testers (family, friends, neighbors) have raved about these cookies. The absolute perfect texture!

Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars

Warm classic cookies loaded with warm chocolate chunks. Pair them with a nice tall glass of almond milk!

Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars

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Paleo Cookie Bars

Prep Time 8 min Cook Time 20 min Yields 16

Ingredients

    Dry

    Wet

    Directions

  • Preheat oven to 350
  • In a mixing bowl combine dry ingredients, minus the chocolate chunks
  • Add in the wet ingredient and mix until combined
  • Add in the chocolate chunks
  • Line an 8x8 baking dish with parchment paper*
  • Pour in batter and spread evenly
  • Bake for 20-25 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean
  • Let cool COMPLETELY before cutting, bars will become more dense as they cool
  • Recipe Notes

  • *If you have only a larger baking dish, line with parchment paper and spread batter on only one side of the dish, leaving the other half empty! I made a batch this way and they came out perfect.
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    Apple Nachos & Kid-Friendly Apple Snacks

    Although I’m not giving up on Summer JUST yet, the school year is beginning and that means BRAIN FOOD. Brain food along with easy nutritious snacks, crock-pot, make ahead, and 20-minute meals.

    The past two week’s of my Healthy Food Friday series with American Express have been focused around all things noted above. No-Bake Powerbites and Mason Jar Lunches, and now featuring the almost in-season, super health fruit… APPLES.

    Apple Nachos & Kid-Friendly Apple Snacks
    Let’s talk about an easy breezy snack that any member of your family will love. APPLE DESSERT NACHOS. For starters, you can completely customize these. You need apples of course, and then toppings of choice. This is the perfect late night healthy treat, or the perfect after school snack fuel to keep your family going for the rest of the evening.

    Apple Nachos & Kid-Friendly Apple SnacksEach bite loaded with delicious flavor, plus some great healthy additions of nut butter, coconut, seeds, nuts, and well.. chocolate, because we all love chocolate.


    Apple Nachos & Kid-Friendly Apple Snacks

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    Ingredients

    • 2-3 organic apples (I like Honeycrisp)
    • 1/2 cup dark chocolate, melted
    • 1/4 cup nut butter, melted
    • 1/4 cup homemade caramel
    • 2 tbsp coconut flakes
    • 2 tbsp nuts
    • 2 tbsp golden raisins

    Directions

  • Slice apples into thin wedges and arrange on plate
  • Drizzle melted chocolate, nut butter, and caramel
  • Top with desired toppings and serve
  • Recipe Notes

  • Topping options are endless!
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    Chocolate Chip Coconut Macaroons [VIDEO]

    These Chocolate Chip Coconut Macaroons are the perfectly sweetened holiday cookie! They are so delicious, while also being gluten-free, dairy-free, and refined sugar free!

    Chocolate Chip Coconut Macaroons

    Chocolate Chip Coconut Macaroon

    Passover is one week away. Coconut macaroons are a Passover staple, but for those of you who don’t celebrate; they are probably one of my favorite light cookies anytime of the year. Sweet, light, coconut-y, and of course for me, a touch of mini chocolate chips and dipped in chocolate. Perfect. And did I mention they are super easy to make?

    Passover is a time where we get together with family, have our traditional Jewish eats (Swedish meatballs, brisket, rolled cabbage, etc.), and reflect. On Passover you eat only unleavened bread and flourless desserts. Perfect for a grain-free/gluten-free house! Minus the matzo… I make a mean Matzo Lasagna!

    Chocolate Chip Coconut Macaroons

    I love Passover because like some of other holiday’s throughout the year, my nanny (grandma) comes in from Florida. Her famous recipes are the ones that line the table year after year. I have learned so much from her as a person, and as a chef! This week you’ll find a recreation of Nanny’s Swedish Meatballs that taste just like her traditional dish; one that is so special to me. This year Passover falls smack in the beginning of the week; sadly, heading back to New York isn’t an option, but I’ll go the weekend after to enjoy the time with my family!

    Chocolate Chip Coconut Macaroons 

    Sweetened just right! I’ll take another batch…

    Watch the video here: 


    Chocolate Chip Coconut Macaroons

    Prep Time 00:05 Cook Time 00:15 Yields 12

    Ingredients

    • 5 large egg whites
    • 1/4 cup honey
    • 2 cups unsweetened shredded coconut
    • 1 tsp vanilla extract
    • Dash fine sea salt
    • 1/4-1/3 cup chocolate chips of choice
    • Optional: 1/2 teaspoon almond extract
    • Dipping: 1/3 cup melted chocolate chips

    Directions

    • Preheat oven to 350℉.
    • In a large bowl whisk together egg whites with honey.
    • Once fluffy, add in coconut, vanilla, and sea salt and mix well to combine.
    • Add in chocolate chips.
    • Line baking sheet with baking liner or parchment paper.
    • Roll into balls (I pinch mine at the top, but you don't have to).
    • Bake for 12-15 minutes until slightly golden brown at the top.
    • Let cool and drizzle with chocolate.
    • Store in refrigerator.

    Recipe Notes

    • Servings: 12
    • Amount Per Serving: 1 (without chocolate dipping)
    • Calories: 139
    • Fat: 10g
    • Carbs: 12g
    • Protein: 2g
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    Cookie Dough Cheesecake Bars

    Friends… I think you are either going to love me or hate me, for the dairy-free cheesecake addiction that I am about to instill in you. Trust me and make them! These were outrageous. My trusty taste-tester was blown away.

    Cookie Dough Cheesecake Bars

    A little side note: While I love a good treat (I’ll take a chocolate chip cookie or a brownie any day), moderation is key. These bars are made with real food and good-for-you ingredients, but they are not made to eat the entire batch! Okay, rant done. Go enjoy one or two!

    Cookie Dough Cheesecake Bars

    Cookie Dough Cheesecake Bars

     

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    Cookie Dough Cheesecake Bars

    Ingredients

      Cheesecake crust

      Filling

      Directions

      1. 1. Soak cashews overnight in a bowl of water
      2. 2. In the morning, rinse and discard water from bowl, set aside
      3. 3. In a food processor, add sunflower seeds and grind into flour
      4. 4. Add grass-fed butter or coconut oil, maple syrup, and sea salt
      5. 5. Blend until smooth
      6. 6. Line a 7x11 glass baking dish with parchment paper
      7. 7. Spoon crust mixture and flatten evenly
      8. 8. Combine soaked cashews, coconut oil, vanilla, maple syrup, and salt in the food processor
      9. 9. blend until creamy and smooth
      10. 10. Once blended, add in chocolate chips and spread mixture evenly over crust
      11. 11. Place in freezer for 4-6 hours
      12. 12. Remove, slice into bars, drizzle with chocolate, and store in refrigerator

      Recipe Notes

    • Serving: 15 bars
    • Amount per serving: 1 bar
    • Calories: 253
    • Fat: 20g
    • Carbs: 16
    • Protein: 6g
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      Double Chocolate Raspberry Filled Cupcakes with Chocolate Ganache

      Can it be Friday yet? If you read my last Valentine’s Day post, it’s no surprise to you that I am a big Valentine’s Day fan. I obviously love to make the sweet treats that we’re going to indulge in healthy, clean, and just as delicious.

      This week I am busy prepping homemade gifts for the women in my family (can’t give away the surprise just yet), and definitely another batch of these beauties. Have I told you my obsession with my silicone muffin liners? Those babies are amazing. Shop for them and my other kitchen products used in this post with American Express Membership Rewards Points below. 

      Hands down, these cupcakes make my Top Ten Favorite Recipes List. Seriously. You need to g0 make them.

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      Double Chocolate Raspberry Filled Cupcakes with Chocolate Ganache

      Prep Time 7 min Cook Time 18 min Yields 12

      Ingredients

      • 3/4 cup almond meal
      • 1 1/2 tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder
      • 3 tablespoon Enjoy Life’s mini chocolate chips
      • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
      • Pinch of salt
      • 3 eggs
      • 3 tablespoon unsweetened organic apple sauce
      • 3 tablespoon pure organic raw honey
      • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
      • 1 carton fresh organic raspberries

      Ganache Frosting

      Directions

    • Preheat oven to 350
    • In a mixing bowl combine almond meal, cocoa powder, salt, and baking soda, mix well until smooth
    • Add in eggs, apple sauce, honey, and vanilla extract- whisk together
    • Add in chocolate chips
    • Pour into greased muffin tins (I use silicone muffin liners) halfway, place a raspberry in the center and top off with remaining batter
    • Bake on 350 for 15-20 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean
    • Make ganache: In a saucepan or microwave, heat chocolate chips and coconut milk and mix until combined, let sit for 5 minutes
    • Remove cupcakes and let cool on cooling rack, dip into ganache (optional: add a raspberry to the top), and let sit so the ganache cools and slightly hardens
    • Storing: Store in tupperware and for best results keep in the refrigerator
    • Recipe Notes

    • Servings: 12
    • Amount Per Serving: 1
    • Calories: 142
    • Fat: 9g
    • Carbs: 13g
    • Protein: 4g
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      Pecan Pie Minis

      TUESDAY-TREATS-JANUARY-EDITIONThe last week of the Mini series is here! If you missed it, we started off with Mini Brownie Sundaes, then for week two we had 7-Minute Warm Apple Crumbles, and lastly, week three we had Mini Milkshakes! By popular demand I bring you an Under Five Minute Pecan Pie Mini. This rich pecan pie filling would be great topped with coconut whipped cream or on top of graham cracker crumbles!

      Pecan Pie Minis

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      5-Minute Pecan Pie Minis

      Prep Time 2 min Cook Time 3 min

      Ingredients

      Directions

    • In your high-speed blender or food processor, combine all ingredients until somewhat smooth
    • Transfer ingredients to a bowl and microwave for 45 second increments until hot (or transfer to a pan and heat, stirring often, until hot)
    • Place warm filling in shooter glasses and serve
    • Recipe Notes

    • Servings: 6
    • Amount Per Serving: 1
    • Calories: 212
    • Fat: 12g
    • Carbs: 27g
    • Protein: 2g
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