Chocolate Cookie Dough Candy Bars (Vegan, Nut-Free)

So, me and the fam are preparing for our first official road trip this weekend.


It would be no big deal to any normal American family, but for us it’s huge!

You see, since our daughter Jade was born (over four years ago), my husband and I haven’t ventured out much past our front door, and I’m feeling a bit trepidatious.

Despite the fact that it’s only an overnight stay, Jade and I are a bit more high maintenance in that we need to take precautionary everything. Allergy-friendly food to eat and fragrance-free bedding to sleep on, along with the usual clothes, hygiene items, and personal effects are just some of the items on the list for packing.


In the past, I’ve often had trouble with hotel rooms, as they can either have various chemical smells from cleansers or potpourri scents or even strong laundry odors in the sheets and blankets, so I’ve learned to be prepared!

Luckily, there’s a Whole Foods about five miles away from where we’ll be staying, but I’m also planning on bringing a few prepared treats of my own in case I don’t feel like shelling out the extra cash for California prices.


These treats will be the perfect little pick-me-up on our six-hour drive. They’ll easily be kept chilled in our cooler, they’re light and portable, yet nutrient dense, and the creamy sweetness will give my husband and I something to raise our spirits and look forward to!

Chocolate Cookie Dough Candy Bars (Vegan, Gluten-Free)
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Serves: 9 bars
  • 6 T. coconut oil, melted
  • 3 T. dairy-free milk of your choice (I used homemade coconut)
  • ¼ c. maple syrup
  • 1 t. vanilla
  • ¼ t. sea salt
  • ¼ t. cinnamon
  • ⅔ c. oat flour
  • 3 T. cacao nibs or dark chocolate pieces, optional
  • ½ c. cocoa powder
  • ¼ c. maple syrup
  • 2 T. coconut oil, melted
  • 2 T. water
  • pinch sea salt
  • ½ t. vanilla
  1. Lightly oil a 7 x 5 inch glass baking dish.
  2. Mix together the ingredients for the cookie dough layer until well combined (try to use room temperature milk or the cold liquid may seize up the coconut oil, making it a bit lumpy).
  3. Pour the cookie dough layer into the glass dish and place into the refrigerator until slightly firm to the touch.
  4. Mix together the ingredients for the chocolate layer until well combined.
  5. Pour atop the cookie dough layer and spread evenly with a spatula (do this quickly so as to get a smooth, uniform layer).
  6. Place back into the fridge (or freezer) until set.
  7. Cut and serve!
  8. Keep in the fridge for best serving results.
Nutrition facts are based on using unsweetened almond milk and NO cacao nibs or chocolate pieces. Weight Watchers points (new system): 6
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 1/9 of recipe Calories: 190 Fat: 13.3 g Saturated fat: 10.9 g Unsaturated fat: 2.4 g Trans fat: 0 g Carbohydrates: 19.2 g Sugar: 10.6 g Sodium: 84 mg Fiber: 2.1 g Protein: 1.8 g Cholesterol: 0 mg

I have great memories of being a kid and raiding convenience stores with my dad while on family road trips, but this time, it’ll be nice to have my own healthier alternative to the processed candy bars sold in gas stations along the way.


These are both dairy-free and nut-free, making them more suitable for those with allergies to either.

I foresee these making our trip much more pleasurable! 😀

Do you travel often? What are your favorite snacks to bring along when you are out of your home?

If you’re interested in attending the Gluten-Free Allergy Food Fest this weekend, May 3-4, please click here for more details.

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  1. dawn says

    you poor thing, worrying about all those allergies!
    when i go on vaca, i pack enough food and clothes that it looks like i’ll be gone for weeks. better safe than sorry :) safe travels!
    btw, how do you come up w/ the calorie info on your recipes?

    • Lauren says

      Hahaha! I have a feeling this trip might end up looking that way too!

      For the nutrition info, I just use calorie count. :-)

  2. says

    Cookie dough and chocolate are always problem solvers! Ok, maybe not all, but they sure do make car trips easier! I hope everything goes well, Lauren. Knowing you, I’m sure you’ve got everything in order and called everyone you needed to – wishing you all a fun filled trip! Pinning these for my next trip :)

    • Lauren says

      Thanks Christine! Haha, I don’t think the words ‘I don’t like cookie dough’ have probably ever been uttered. :-)

  3. says

    That’s awesome about your first road trip! I’m sure you will all make plenty of new and lasting memories. So cute! I always bring car snack with me. They’re essential. And can you please write a dessert cookbook? You’re healthy treats are so delicious and always turn out so well -also, everyone in my house can eat them!

    Have fun this weekend :)

  4. says

    Lauren, you are definitely the queen of bars. Every single one you create looks more amazing than the previous one. You’re so talented, you should write a cookbook about them!
    In the meantime, good luck with the road trip and I can’t wait to hear everything about it.

  5. Amy says

    Oh my gosh these are HEAVENLY. I just made them last night and wanted to eat the entire pan. I don’t think I’ve ever tasted anything so wonderful! Thank you for this recipe!

  6. says

    I travel pretty often… I pack nuts, granola bars, kind bars… I want to make these soon though, they look so good!! And the nutrition is pretty good too! Are the bars a good size?

  7. Ashley says

    Made these 2 nights ago and ended up eating half the pan in one sitting. Whoops! Going to make them again tonight and try to restrain myself. It’s tough, though…

  8. Heather says

    I’m so glad I found these! I hate long car rides but we are going on a road trip in two weeks. These look like just the thing I need to make the ride more bearable…and a healthier treat option since we will be attending a birthday party at our destination.

  9. Roxanne says

    Hi Lauren, I made these on the weekend and everyone loved them. I packed it in my kids lunches too because they are nut free. So good… closest thing I’ve had to a Nanaimo bar since we went gluten free. So good.

    • Lauren says

      Thanks so much for all your comments Roxanne! I’m so happy you’re enjoying the recipes!! 😀

  10. Keira says

    sorry if you already addressed this somewhere in the post but any way to make these grain free?
    thanks so so much!!

    • Lauren says

      Hi Keira,

      You could try subbing the oat flour for almond flour (they have a similar texture). Let me know if you give it try! :)

  11. Bianca says

    These look so mouth-watering! Can you replace the coconut oil with anything else? Butter, maybe? I’d love to make these for a last minute Mother’s Day’s treat!

  12. says

    They sound delicious, but you have to buy special oats for this to be gluten free which is not specified. The reason for this is most oats are processed in wheat facilities, and oats in particular have a way of attracting wheat particles and become contaminated. Just a little info, as some people seem to think ALL oats are gluten free. Thanks for the wonderful recipe!


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