Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Grain-Free Chocolate Chip Crumble Bars


I developed this recipe for the same little girl for whom I created an allergy-friendly chocolate chip cookie. While her family isn't paleo, she can't have eggs or dairy and they are always looking for safe treats for her to try.

While I decided to make these bars with Enjoy Life chocolate chunks, while I was making the crumble I started to envision them with fresh berries. When the kids and I go blueberry picking later this month I definitely will be revisiting this one subbing the blues for the chocolate.

These baked and cut very well, though I'd suggest storing them in the fridge or freezer (especially if it's as hot and humid near you as it is here!).

Grain-Free Chocolate Chip Crumble Bars

2¼ cups almond flour
1/3 cup ground flaxseed
⅔ cups arrowroot or tapioca starch
½ cup palm sugar
½ tsp. baking soda
¼ tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
1/3 cup melted coconut oil or Earth Balance spread
3 tbs. almond or coconut milk
2 tsp. vanilla extract
3/4 cup dairy-free chocolate chunks or chips
small handful of sliced raw almonds

Preheat oven to 350. Line an 8x8 baking dish with parchment paper.

Combine almond flour, flax, arrowroot, sugar, baking soda, salt and cinnamon in a large bowl. In a separate bowl mix melted oil or spread, milk and vanilla. Add wet ingredients to dry and mix well. I found using my hands worked best as the dough will be a bit crumbly.

Set aside 1/2 cup of the dough and stir 1/2 cup chocolate chunks into the remaining dough. Press dough with chocolate into the prepared baking dish, really pushing it down to get into the corners. Smooth out the top as best you can.

Scatter remaining 1/4 cup chocolate chunks on top. Stir sliced almonds into reserved 1/2 cup of dough. You could also add a little extra ground cinnamon. Evenly sprinkle almond and dough mixture on top of dish.

Bake for 15-18 minutes or until starting to firm up. Reduce oven heat to 325 and bake for an additional 10 minutes or until top is just starting to turn golden. Allow to cool thoroughly before cutting into bars.

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