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Side view of 5 stacked paleo chocolate chip cookie bars on a cutting board

Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars

These Paleo Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars are soft, chewy and so easy to make with simple pantry ingredients. Just one bowl, no dough chilling, no eggs, no mixer, or rolling into balls required! 

Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword best vegan pancake recipe, blondies, chocolate chip cookie bars, paleo, vegan dessert
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 18 minutes
Servings 12 squares
Calories 165 kcal
Author Kelly


  • 2 tbsp ground flaxseeds + 5 Tablespoons water , can sub with 1 large egg if not vegan
  • 1/2 cup drippy unsalted almond butter , can sub with any nut or seed butter you like but make sure it is creamy and drippy (not near the bottom of the jar)
  • 1/2 cup coconut sugar (you can also sub with Lakanto golden monkfruit sweetener OR even brown sugar)
  • 3 tbsp maple syrup (you can also sub with 2 Tbs Lakanto sugar-free maple syrup)
  • 2 tbsp softened coconut oil , you want it soft like butter (use refined coconut oil if you don't want any hint of coconut flavor)
  • 1.5 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp gluten-free baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/8 tsp fine sea salt , optional but helps to balance out the sweetness
  • 1 1/8 cups superfine blanched almond flour , measured correctly using the spoon and level method
  • 1/2 cup dairy-free chocolate chips OR chopped chocolate , we like Hu's Kitchen or Lily's Sweets


  • flaky sea salt for garnish


  1. Preheat oven to 350F. Line a 7x7 (can also use 8×8 baking pan but the bars will be thinner) with parchment paper, leaving a slight overhang.

  2. In a large mixing bowl, make the flax eggs by adding 2 Tablespoons of ground flaxseeds to a large bowl. Add 5 Tablespoons of water and allow to sit for at least 5 minutes or until thickened into a gel-like consistency.

    Cookie ingredients in a white bowl to make oatmeal cookies with a whisk
  3. Stir in almond butter and coconut sugar and use a fork to mix until smooth. Add the maple syrup, melted and cooled coconut oil.

  4. Add the baking powder, salt, cinnamon and almond flour and stir until combined. Gently fold in chocolate chips.

    Top view of cookie dough in white bowl.
  5. Spread the batter into pan and use an offset spatula to spread evenly. Top with more chocolate chips, if desired.

    Top view of chocolate chip cookie bar batter in a baking pan with parchment paper
  6. Bake in preheated oven for 19-22 minutes, until just set. Do not over-bake - you want them still gooey and they will continue to cook after you remove them from the oven. Allow to cool completely before cutting into squares. Top with flaky sea salt if desired.

    Top view of vegan blondie batter in a square baking pan
Nutrition Facts
Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars
Amount Per Serving (1 square)
Calories 165 Calories from Fat 108
% Daily Value*
Fat 12g18%
Carbohydrates 14g5%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 9g10%
Protein 4g8%
* Nutrition facts are provided as a courtesy using the WPRM recipe calculator. It is best to make your own calculations to ensure accuracy. We expressly disclaim any and all liability of any kind with respect to any act or omission wholly or in part in reliance on anything contained in this website. Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.