For a filling snack made of fiber and protein packed almond meal, these Paleo Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars will please kids of all ages. Sponsored by Davidson’s Safest Choice® Pasteurized Eggs.
Just when you think that you’ve seen and heard it all, there’s another diet craze that sweeps the world. The Paleo Diet has gained tremendous momentum, encouraging people to eat basically eat whatever we ate during the caveman years.
When your parents are a geologist and micro-paleontologist, you can’t help but snicker when you hear the term “paleo” and its place in the culinary world.
My dad gives me a real sarcastic, scientific comments like, “You know, man was not around during the paleolithic period. You know, there wasn’t any chocolate during the caveman years.” Yeah, yeah, Dad.
What can you eat on paleo diet?
So here we are with another diet to learn about and deconstruct. So what did the cavemen eat? Well, you’ve got your obvious choices like meat, eggs, fruits, vegetables and nuts.
Cavemen didn’t have rice or grains or processed foods, so those are obviously not allowed. Dairy is a gray area. Some diet followers do eat dairy while others do not.
Different from the low carb and KETO diet, sugars like maple syrup and honey are allowed. And now comes chocolate. Well cocoa in it’s pure form is allowed, which means unsweetened chocolate. So many paleo dieters allow dark chocolate.
These paleo chocolate chip cookie bars are made with finely ground almond meal, eggs, olive oil and maple syrup. I used high quality dark chocolate chips that have 70% cocoa or more.
What do these cookie bars taste like?
I do not follow a strict paleo diet. First of all, I like cheese. But I do like to eat a diet that is unprocessed. But again, I am not strict. I have kids and I am not about to spend my days making crackers and pretzels by hand.
Whatever diet you follow, the more restrictive it is, the harder it is to follow the plan. I personally believe in moderation. There’a a place for dessert. And for some, there’s a big place in your life for dessert!
When I am craving something sweet but still need it on the healthy side, I mix up these chocolate chip cookie bars. They have a slightly nutty flavor because of the almond meal, but they are not dense.
Instead they are fluffy, mildly sweet with bits of delicious chocolateness. These paleo chocolate chip cookie bars use minimal sugar. Although the recipe calls for 1/3 cup of maple syrup, I have baked it with 1/4 cup of maple syrup for even less sugar. You can decide which you prefer.
Can I make these cookie bars low carb?
Did you know that a piece of high-quality dark chocolate has less sugar than some fruits? Unsweetened cocoa powder is also paleo approved – again, no sugar added. Both are also allowed on both the KETO and low carb food plans.
But because of the maple syrup, these cookie bars are not low carb. But you CAN easily make them low carb with a few minor substitutions. First, you can make a simple syrup using a low carb sugar substitute like Swerve and use that instead of maple syrup.
By using a liquid sweetener for a substitute, you don’t have to modify anything else in the recipe. You can swap out the maple syrup with equal amounts of low carb simple syrup.
Another option to make these bars low carb, is use 1/4 cup of granulated Swerve and add an extra tablespoon of olive oil. I have not tried this method yet, but I’m confident it will work.
- 2 large eggs
- 3 TBS extra virgin olive oil
- 1/3 cup maple syrup
- 1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
- 2 cups finely ground blanched almond meal
- 3/4 tsp baking soda
- 1/4 tsp kosher salt
- 1/2 cup 70% cocoa dark chocolate chips
- Preheat oven to 350ºF and coat 9-inch loaf pan with non-stick spray and line bottom with parchment paper. Set aside.
- In a medium-sized bowl, whisk together eggs and olive oil.
- Add maple syrup and vanilla extract and whisk until combined.
- Stir in almond meal, baking soda and salt. Mix well.
- Add chocolate chips and stir to combine.
- Scrape cookie batter evenly into prepared pan.
- Bake until toothpick inserted into center of cookie bars comes out clean, about 25-30 minutes.
- Allow bars to cool completely, about 1 hour, before cutting into squares.
You can also use honey instead of maple syrup.
Need more bars? Double the recipe and bake it in a 8x8 or 9x9 square pan.
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Amount Per Serving: Calories: 311Total Fat: 22gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 18gCholesterol: 47mgSodium: 212mgCarbohydrates: 21gFiber: 5gSugar: 12gProtein: 9g