These healthier chocolate chip cookie bars are made with a combination of coconut sugar and stevia, along with other naturally sweet ingredients. Each bar contains less than five grams of sugar!
Low sugar cookies that taste good!
I’ve been a bit obsessed with cookie bars ever since I created this recipe.
It’s one of my favorite low sugar treats on the blog, and I’ve been making variations of it ever since.
Today’s recipe is a bit more ‘slimmed down’ in that the ingredients list is not as finicky in terms of what you more likely to have in your pantry. I’m not sure many people have wheat germ laying around any more!
These healthier chocolate chip cookie bars are truly a LOW SUGAR treat that you can feel good about eating, and they clock in at less than five grams of sugar per bar!
How to make low sugar chocolate chip cookie bars
These bars are sweetened with a combination of coconut sugar and stevia, NO artificial nasties!
In addition, they employ naturally sweet ingredients, like oats, applesauce, and vanilla, which helps to sweeten without actually adding in more sugar.
I like to use my Homemade Coconut Milk in these, which lends more natural sweetness.
We top these with a combination of unsweetened chopped chocolate and a 70% dark chocolate bar. This allows the bars to have an extra boost of sweetness, while moderating it with the sugarless chocolate. My kids never even notice! They just see chocolate and get sucked into the illusion, lol. 🙂 …and they’re better off for it.
Healthier Chocolate Chip Cookies Bars with Stevia
- 1 1/4 cup oat flour
- 1/4 cup rolled oats
- 1/2 tsp baking soda
- 1/4 tsp sea salt
- 1 Tbsp coconut sugar
- 3 Tbsp coconut or olive oil (or a combination of the two!) melted/in liquid state
- 1 large egg yolk
- 1/4 cup applesauce
- 2 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/4 cup milk of your choice
- stevia to taste
- chopped chocolate or chocolate chips as desired
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
- In a large bowl, mix the dry ingredients together.
- Stir in the wet ingredients until everything is well combined. I don't tend to mix these separate, I just add them right in!
- Add in some stevia at this point, if you want the bars sweeter. I usually add 10-15 drops.
- Spread the batter into a well-oiled 8 x 8 inch baking dish.
- Top with as much chocolate as you like.
- Bake 9-12 minutes, until top feels set to the touch. Don't overbake or it will be dry!
- Cool, cut into bars, and enjoy your low sugar treat!
If you’re averse to the egg yolk, some substitutions I’ve had success with include: one tablespoon nut or seed butter, one extra tablespoon oil, one extra tablespoon milk. Note that these substitutions lead to a more crumbly bar, as the egg helps bind everything.
This is the stevia I most enjoy (and the purest I’ve found!).
Some of the items I use in this recipe include:
Mixing the dry ingredients…
Adding in the wet ingredients…
Mixing the batter…
Into the baking dish…
Top with chocolate!