“My mind aches with a thousand stories. All variations threaded with shreds of truth.”― Truth Devour, Unrequited
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:
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.
- 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.
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”
Bro: “Like butter…peanut butter…its dairy…duhhhh”
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?
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?