3 Ingredient Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Cookie Dough Bars – GF + Vegan

“My mind aches with a thousand stories. All variations threaded with shreds of truth.”― Truth Devour, Unrequited

3 Ingredient Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Cookie Dough Bars - GF + Vegan

I remember when I was writing up the post for these die-worthy, buttery, chocolate chip-crazed ‘real’ cookie dough bars, and I said something along the lines of “I will never be one of those vegan cookie dough fanatics – like, ever” … But I am going to completely retreat on my words. These amazing vegan-friendly cookie dough bars are the ultimate exception to the regular, butter-laden rule. I am still love-struck by their friendly chocolate-chip infused deceit.

And oh, maybe I twisted things a little. Sure, these vegan cookie dough bars are 3 ingredients…that is,  if you aren’t planning on using any extra honey, vanilla, sea salt, and cinnamon etc…The bulk of these fudgy bars though, really is made up of 3 key ingredients: Dates, peanut butter and, of course: chocolate chips. But my white lie doesn’t really matter, since once you’ve become hooked on first bite, the rest is history…and you will secretly rejoice at how (dangerously) easy they are to re-make batch after batch one-hundred-and-one times over:

3 Ingredient Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Cookie Dough Bars - GF + Vegan

I genuinely couldn’t believe how well these turned out. Alright, so they aren’t *the real thing*…AKA the whippy type of cookie dough that sticks to your big wooden spoon and the edges of the bowl – but they are pretty damn close as far as vegan food goes! Honestly, if you are a lover of peanut butter and the general bad boys in life, then these vegan cookie dough bars are ingeniously simple to make, and impossible to not love. They also freeze well too! – Which means that cookie dough and chocolate chip on the menu for breakfast = perfectly acceptable. Yay.

(Serves 12-16):

  • 2 C stoned + compressed dates (I used a 375g bag for the whole recipe)
  • 1 C creamy peanut butter (crunchy is perfectly fine too)
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 tbsp honey/maple syrup/agave nectar/rice syrup (don’t add too much or the dough will be quite wet and have a greasy feel to it)
  • 2 C dark chocolate chips
  • Sprinkle of sea salt + Cinnamon

You basically just need to put everything into a food processor and blitz until it’s thick, creamy and press-able into a 11 x 7 baking tray. Chill/freeze until firm, before cutting + devouring. Yup… it really is that simple.

3 Ingredient Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Cookie Dough Bars - GF + Vegan

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None of us in this household are vegan. However, when the younger bro tried a piece, he couldn’t even guess that it was vegan – success! He just described them as being “really peanut buttery”  – “they taste like cookie dough but I know it’s probably not because you asked me first”…Fair enough.

However, I think there may have been a slight misunderstanding on his behalf…

Bro: “How can they be vegan if they have milk in it?”

Me: “Erm, there is no milk in them….”

Bro: “But peanut butter has milk in it”

Me: “????”

Bro: “Like butter…peanut butter…its dairy…duhhhh”

Me: *Face-palm*.

I couldn’t even. It’s in moments like these where I can’t believe that we are actually related. He was so matter-of-fact and ever so serious about the whole thing too.  So ha… *that* awkward moment when you’re completely wrong, Max. All of your pbj’s to this day have been nothing but jam covered, lactose-free lies ;)… Sorry to break it to ya bro.

This week has flown, once again! Even my dad has said how all of his colleagues at work keep talking about how weirdly fast time has been passing recently. Where is it even going?! I’ve had a pretty productive past week. Apparently the decision to tackle coursework + essay preparation head-on is a good one, but getting the ball rolling in the first place is always the hardest bit! Although, I did spend one particular evening in  the library pondering for way too long over something really pointless which I read and couldn’t quite get rid of. Here’s a quick geographic chicken/egg scenario for you to ponder on…

Do us (humans)…

a) Cry because we are sad?

Or,

b) Feel sad because we are crying?

It’s quite an interesting question when you think about it! This book was basically trying to get to grips with the way that the environment affects human emotion in different ways. Like here: why do cry? Why does our body give into this reflex? Do feelings precede or proceed emotion? (Given that emotion is something which is inflicted on us – e.g. pain, whereas feelings are weighed and basically cultivated within ourselves- e.g. guilt). Needless to say, I got completely mind boggled and unnecessarily distracted for a good half an hour – which in all fairness, sees like perfectly productive procrastination if anything else. What do you think though?

All in all, definitely do give these bars a go! They are pretty much based on the most basic recipe that there is for vegan cookie dough. Ratios are switch-up-able too, so you don’t strictly need an entire cup of peanut butter if you’d actually prefer a stickier/chewier bar. (I will admit, my peanut butter ratios tend to cater for the most hard-core of addicts). So it’s totally your call! They are pretty healthy as far as treats go, and choc-full of protein too. And they taste like cookie dough. I also can’t wait to try out a bunch of different topping/filler combinations. What do you think would go? Triple chocolate chip? Cocoa cookie-dough…? Hm.

And does anybody have any tried + tested vegan frosting recipes? I was so tempted to just slather on a buttercream topping (in the name of aesthetics, ofc) but decided that this post would be a lot more popular if I resisted haha… And they were definitely plenty enough by themselves!

Have a great week everybody!

What are your top tips for being productive and getting stuff done?

And what are you most looking forward to this week?

Tash x

 

  • http://www.inspirationkitchen.com Kristi @ Inspiration Kitchen

    Tash, these look really creamy and moist! I love that they’re only 3 ingredients!

  • http://www.waterloowithlove.com/ Nicole @ Waterloo, with Love

    I’ve never tried anything like this before! WOW! Looks so delicious! I’m about to go the bed… and now all I can think about is chocolate chip peanut butter cookie dough… thanks Tash…… hahah jk jk!

    This week at I’m back at school… so I guess I’m looking forward to this week of having nothing due before the due dates start rolling in :/

  • http://mirandasnotebook.com/ Miranda | Miranda’s Notebook

    They do look dangerously good! I always love things that freeze well too.

  • http://aisybee.com Aisling

    I love that you do so many recipes with peanut butter because it seems so uncommon in England and I LOVE it. I actually brought 2kg of it back from home because Canadian peanut butter is a bit sweeter and I missed it.

    I think I feel sad BEFORE I cry. So that is my answer. 😀

  • http://www.briochette.com Jess

    YUM! These sounds so delicious! I love the peanut butter/dairy convo with your bro. Hilarious! I used to field so many weird “but there’s dairy in that” statements from people!

  • http://www.katthewanderer.com/ Kat Reynolds

    These look delicious! I’m a vegetarian and really want to start moving towards vegan, and am happy to know there’s gems like these out there to keep my sweet tooth satisfied! Yum! x

  • http://www.pumpkinnspice.com Gayle @ Pumpkin ‘N Spice

    Only three ingredients in these amazing bars?! Sign me up! I love the looks of this dessert, Tash! All of my favorites combined into one bar…amazing! I could totally have this for breakfast right now. Pinned!

  • http://www.lifeoutofthenest.wordpress.com Lauren

    Haha I absolutely love your brother’s logic! And I am a cookie dough junkie, so this might be a bit of a healthier way to get my fix 😉

  • http://veganosity.com Linda @ Veganosity

    Hi Tash! Thanks for coming over to my blog so I could find yours. Love it!

    First, the story of your brother thinking that PB has milk in it made me laugh out loud. Reminded me of conversations between Alex (the other half of Veganosity) and her brother (my son). Very funny!

    We lost our 13 and 1/2 year old Lab this weekend. I would unequivocally say that feeling sad makes one cry. At least that was my families’ experience. That’s the beauty of being human, everyone has their own unique experiences and reactions to life’s challenges.

    Vegan cookie dough. Yes please! Because you said that no one in your house is vegan, you probably don’t know that honey is off the menu. I didn’t know that either until Alex informed me when I went vegan. To make them truly vegan, you could use agave nectar or maple syrup. They’d both work really well.

    Love this blog! I’ll be stopping by often!!! :)

  • http://gigieatscelebrities.com GiGi Eats

    “no bake” is the absolute best! :)

  • http://simplysouthernstacie.org Stacie @ SimplySouthernStacie

    I love how soft these look! I hate nothing more than a hard baked good. Weird, I know, but I just can’t eat hard cookies or bars.

  • http://flavorthemoments.com/ marcie

    These bars look so delicious, and I cracked up reading the conversation with your younger brother! Who knew peanut butter had milk in it? :)

  • http://www.hungryhealthyhappy.com Dannii @ Hungry Healthy Happy

    I make something very similar to these and they are YUMMY! But then, anything with peanut butter is good!

  • http://skinnedcartree.com Corinne

    Because I think you’d probably like this fact:

    Did you know that time passes faster as you get older? It’s true – there’s some chemical in your head that gets released more the older we get, which makes time appear to go faster! I did philosophy of time at university and learnt about it. Woo.

    I hate you for making me want to make these. I just bought some dates too… doooooooommmmmmmmm. I bet they’re so nice! Next bake off we do at work – these are going to be what I make.

    Corinne x

  • http://dreasjunkyard.blogspot.co.uk Andrea

    Just made the awful decision to scroll through your blog when I haven’t eaten and the cupboards are bare.You are the baking queen! I’ve made so many mental notes of things I want to try – most definitely following your blog!

    Drea xo
    dreasjunkyard.blogspot.co.uk

  • http://www.charliedistracted.com Charlie

    You’ve cheered me up so much! I have recently had to make some drastic changes to my diet and was lamenting over the loss of sweet things in my life until I found this recipe!
    Popping over to Bloglovin’ to follow you now, looking forward to reading more recipes from you!
    Cx
    charliedistracted.com / Bloglovin

    • http://www.tealightsky.com Tashiana

      Aw Charlie that’s so sweet! Ima follow you right back! <3 You really don't need to miss sweet things. I can honestly say that I would choose these over a regular old granola bar/form of candy...they are sweet but dense. Meaning that you crave them...but you don't get that insane, sugar spiralling addiction that candy-like things give you. You feel energized after eating these basically. Highly recommended. Dates = natures candy! :)

  • http://www.winkandatwirl.com Erin Elizabeth

    These look so heavenly!! :)
    xo Erin
    http://www.winkandatwirl.com

    • http://www.tealightsky.com Tashiana

      Thanks Erin <3

  • http://cookinglsl.com Mira

    These are amazing Tash! I love healthy sweets with dates, the fact that they are “no bake ” is just great! So easy! Peanut butter like butter, has milk lol :)

    • http://www.tealightsky.com Tashiana

      Yesss, no bake is a cheats way of baking 😉 They are definitely better than any of the energy bars I’ve ever bought too. Haha yeah totally…watch out vegans 😉 <3

  • http://foodwinethyme.com Kathy @ Olives & Garlic

    I adore that quote. It’s beautiful.
    These bars are fabulous. I would love to keep them at work for snack. Can I keep them in the fridge or should they be stored in the freezer at all times?

    • http://www.tealightsky.com Tashiana

      Thanks Kathy, I’m a bit of a quote addict really! They condense so much thought + emotion so perfectly into one teeny tiny sentence. Definitely fine for the fridge, I wouldn’t recommend eating them straight out of the freezer because they don’t taste as sweet :)

  • http://www.mymidwesttable.com Ashley @ My Midwest Table

    Now this is my kind of bar! Minimal ingredients? Check! Peanut butter? Check! Chocolate chips? Check! Yep, I’m pretty sure I’d love these. :)

    • http://www.tealightsky.com Tashiana

      They’re pretty much blocks of peanut butter…the dates are just there to dilute it all down a little hehe 😉 I’m sure you would Ashley, thank you so much for the your comment <3

  • http://lifemadesweeter.com Kelly – Life Made Sweeter

    These bars look super amazing! Love how few ingredients there are in here! Hehe, too cute about the peanut butter having milk in it:)

    • http://www.tealightsky.com Tashiana

      Thanks Kelly :) Haha yeah…He’s not going to live that one down 😉

  • http://www.rhymeandribbons.com Amanda @ Rhyme & Ribbons

    These sound incredible! x

  • Miriam

    Oh my god YUM YUM YUM! I’ve looked through your blog and to say that I love it is an understatement! You well and truly have a new follower :) looking forward to your future posts :)

    DiscoverMe

  • http://www.tworaspberries.com Michele @ Two Raspberries

    I am SO sold on this recipe! this looks ahhhhmazing! I could probably eat a bunch of these 😉 I love how healthy they are too! pinned!

  • http://www.savorthebaking.com Chineka @ Savor The Baking

    There are so much good tasting things in these bars. Time is definitely flying by. It seems like we were just saying Happy New Years. My top tip for staying productive is to keep a planner. I write my to-do list for the last couple of lines for the day or I use this lists app called Wunderlist. I recommend it to everyone.

  • http://joanne-eatswellwithothers.com Joanne

    Oh man, now I’M going to become obsessed also! I can feel it. But can you blame me?

  • http://www.cearaskitchen.com Ceara @ Ceara’s Kitchen

    These bars looks so yummy! And it’s funny how people have so many misconceptions about what’s in what! I remember asking a vegan a similar question (before I basically became one lol) – haha the first thing I wanted to know is if she could have chocolate! I want these bars in my life right now! Hope your school work is going well! Pinned :)

  • http://evaetsandra.com Eva

    Only 3 ingrédients? It’s amazing ! I would like been more organized this week!

  • http://www.theeche.com elmundooo

    WOW, it sounds yummy …and it is even better when making them is so easy <3

    http://www.theeche.com

  • http://fit-radiance.com Louise@FitRadiance

    Must make these!! I agree, time is going by so fast right now. I can’t believe it’s almost the end of the year! It was summer just yesterday 😉

  • http://www.truefemme.com Alex @ True Femme

    Haha that conversation with your brother was hilarious. Also, psychologically speaking, our facial expressions play a big part in the emotions that we feel and they’ve done studies on this. Participants who held a pencil in their mouth so it forced a “smile” (manipulation of facial structure) were in better moods and rated things as more positively compared to those who frowned. One of the best ways to pick yourself up if you are sad is to smile, even if it’s a little bit and even if it’s forced because it will alter your brain state just enough to be a little more positive. I think this is similar to the crying situation, and I think it happens in both directions! Hope you have a fantastic weekend! xo

  • http://www.glutenfreehappytummy.com Caralyn @ glutenfreehappytummy

    literally going into the kitchen to make these right. now.

  • http://seekingvictory.blogspot.com Nicole – Seeking Victory

    They look so damn fudge and good. Gosh yes!

  • http://stephlifebeauty@gmail.com Stephanie

    These look great, and they are ingredients that I always have on hand! I can’t wait to try it out.

  • http://prettysimplesweet.com/ Shiran @ Pretty. Simple. Sweet.

    These look so fudgy and delicious! I love bars that are dense! I’m adding it to my vegan recipe list (to make for many of my friends!). I will give it a try for sure, because it’s just 3 easy ingredients!