Yesterday I shared the new Enjoy Life Baking Mixes (stocked with ancient grains, protein, and heat-stable probiotics), and wanted to put the All-Purpose Flour Mix to the real test. It’s the only one in the bunch that you can’t simply add oil and water to and expect a tasty result, but it’s also the most versatile, with the potential to easily alter your beloved recipes to allergy-friendly. Which is exactly what I did. These gluten-free, vegan chocolate chip cookie bars are a quick adaption from my adult- and kid-loved whole grain chocolate chip bars.
Like the original wheat-based, dairy-free recipe, these chocolate chip cookie bars have a sweet, whole grain flavor that is quite addictive. Both varieties also have a delicate crumb, are naturally vegan-friendly, and are stocked with scrumptious allergy-friendly chocolate chips. But from there, the two variations diverge.
This gluten-free version has more of a thick batter consistency (rather than a loose cookie dough), and it bakes up with a unique texture that is richer, darker, and a touch dense yet “flaky”, for lack of better words. Honestly, these chocolate chip cookie bars are so darn hard to describe, but Tony and I couldn’t stop eating them. We’ll just call them delicious.
Special Diet Notes: Wholesome Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars
By ingredients, this recipe is dairy-free / non-dairy, egg-free, gluten-free, nut-free, peanut-free, soy-free, vegan / plant-based, vegetarian, and generally top food allergy-friendly.
Banana-Free? Yes, the banana does impart hints of flavor, but it goes very well with the rest of the chocolate chip cookie bars and provides just enough binding. But if you want a different vibe, you can use: 1 large egg, 1/4 cup dairy-free yogurt, or 1/4 cup applesauce.
- 1¼ cups gluten-free all-purpose flour blend
- ¾ teaspoon baking powder (1/2 teaspoon above 3000 feet)
- ½ teaspoon baking soda
- ⅜ teaspoon salt
- ⅓ cup maple syrup
- ¼ cup coconut sugar (finely ground in a spice grinder; can sub brown sugar)
- ¼ cup coconut oil, melted (can sub grapeseed, canola, or rice bran oil)
- ¼ cup mashed banana (see post notes above for other options)
- 1½ teaspoons vanilla extract
- ½ to ⅔ cup dairy-free chocolate chips (I used Enjoy Life Dark Chocolate Chips)
- Preheat your oven to 350ºF and grease and flour an 8x8-inch baking dish, or line it with parchment paper.
- Stir together the flour mix, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a small bowl.
- In a mixing bowl, blend the maple, sugar, oil, banana, and vanilla with a hand mixer. Add the dry ingredients and stir until well-combined. Stir in the chocolate chips.
- Pour the batter into your prepared baking dish and even it out.
- Bake for 25 to 30 minutes, or until lightly golden and pulling away from the edges.
- Let cool completely before cutting.
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Simply fabulous!! I’m taking my son back to college this weekend, and I promised a treat for the fraternity. I just found it!!
These bars look heavenly! Good to have a healthier alternative!
These look decadent! I’m a fan of cookie bars, totally better than regular cookies!
Thank you Lauren! I know, I’m into the bar version, too, but they are trickier!
The crumb in these bars looks absolutely perfect! I wish I had one of these right now!
It is, I promise!
Perfect for a treat for ANYONE! Great to take to a party so all can have safely!
I think so 🙂
i had no idea they made mixes/flour. I’m super excited to start seeing these in the store!
They’re brand new! Online now, but heading in stores with good distribution by fall, I believe.
This looks awesome! My coworker is gluten free and I’d love to bring in a treat he can actually enjoy! I’ve got some of the baking mix so I’m going to give this a shot!
That’s awesome! I hope you all enjoy 🙂
Yum! As a g-f girl, I can appreciate a delicious cookie bar. These chocolate chip cookie bars look amazing! Thanks for sharing! I found your site through Social Promotion Sharing for Food Bloggers on Facebook and love your site!
That’s great! And thank you 🙂
These look amazing Alisa! I appreciate how you’ve made these Free of the Top 8 Allergens. <3 Pinned!
Thank you Laura!
These bars are gorgeous! Hard to believe they’re so healthy too! Love!
Thank you Trish!
these bars will help my digestive health?? well *sigh* if I must!
honestly, these look perfect. I cannot wait to get my hands on these mixes!
Yes, you must 🙂
I love this! The perfect cookie/brownie recipe for us at home!!!
My hubby is going to go crazy for these! He is gluten and dairy free, and is totally missing chocolate chip cookies. These look bomb! Pinned!
Thanks Taylor – I hope he likes them! My husband has been devouring them!
These look fantastic! I did not know that enjoy life had a flour blend, especially one gum free! I will have to try it one of these days.
Thank you Debra! And you should! I can eat wheat but actually like the change up with different flours and found this mix very enjoyable – bad pun not intended 🙂
I love so many of the Enjoy Life products, I haven’t seen baking mixes yet but I will def keep an eye out for them. Only thing that could make these better would be sprinkles!! 😉
Haha, yes, I really should invest in some sprinkles 🙂
I love that you use a gluten- free and vegan flour mix so everyone can enjoy these! It’s approachable for all! I like the fact that you combine coconut sugar and maple syrup, this is why I don’t do any regular sugar. Than you did it for all chocolate lovers and put some chocolate chips inside, well done!
Chocolate chips are almost always a must 🙂
These sound absolutely decadent! Nothing better than getting to indulge the healthy way 😀
Thanks Chisy and agreed!
O man, these look incredible! Soft and full of chocolate goodness! So yummy!
Thank you Rebecca, and yes, they are totally soft and tender – and stay that way overnight (even in our dry climate).