It’s pretty typical that “alternative” or “better-for-you” baking includes a lot of nuts – almond flour, almond butter, etc… I for one, definitely turn to a lot of these products when developing real-food-ingredient desserts. But that does not and will not stop me from looking out for my friends who are nut intolerant!
I’ve realized how few of the healthy dessert recipes out there are actually nut-free, which is why I’m working on many new desserts safe for those who can’t eat nuts.
Enter my Coconut Flour Chocolate Chip Bars! Not only are they nut-free, but they are also grain-free, gluten-free, and dairy-free.
Coconut flour is an interesting ingredient to bake with, as it is very absorbent and doesn’t require nearly as much quantity than if you were to make a recipe with regular flour. While I recognize that the flavor and aroma of coconut isn’t for everyone, I love the fact that baking with coconut flour gives any dessert an airy and almost spongey texture. It lends a certain lightness to baked goods that is absolutely divine, and pretty uncommon when you’re talking about dessert.
You do have to be careful not to overbake these bars, as coconut flour does have a tendency to dry out!
I hope you enjoy this recipe and to my nut-free friends — I’m looking out for you!
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Coconut Flour Chocolate Chip Bars (Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free, Nut-Free)
- 2/3 cup coconut flour
- 1/4 cup coconut oil, melted and cooled
- 1/3 cup + 1 TBSP full-fat coconut milk
- 2 eggs
- 1/3 cup coconut sugar
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/4 tsp baking soda
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1/2 cup chocolate chips
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Prepare an 8x8 baking pan by greasing with coconut oil.
In a medium bowl, whisk eggs together.
Add, coconut milk, melted and cooled coconut oil, and vanilla extract to the bowl and whisk until frothy.
Add coconut sugar to wet ingredients and stir to combine.
In a separate bowl, combine coconut flour, salt, and baking soda.
Add coconut flour mixture to the wet mixture. Mix thoroughly.
Fold in chocolate chips.
Your mixture will be moist, but a little crumbly and that's okay! Transfer the dough into the pan and press down with your fingers so that it is distributed throughout the pan.
Once you've distributed the dough throughout the pan, press more chocolate chips on top.
Bake for about 15 minutes. Do not overbake these bars, as it will dry them out. Let cool for 10 minutes, cut into bars, and enjoy!