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Chocolate Chip Cookie-Brownie Bars (Grain & Dairy Free)

Chocolate Chip Cookie-Brownie Bars (Grain & Dairy Free)

If you, like me, have been told you have to go Gluten-free for health reasons, then you probably, like me, initially considered jumping off a bridge or doing something equally dramatic and devastating. The good news is, for all of you food allergy sufferers out there, there is hope.

After my realization that hurting myself was not only a REEEALLY bad idea, but it was something I had unknowingly been doing to my body for some time, I decided to re-think it. What I really wanted was to feel good not bad but the idea of being a Chef and food lover AND giving up my favorite foods seemed to be too much to bear. I licked my wounds, went through the stages of grief and came out the other side determined to take control. I jumped back into the kitchen with a new found vigor and enthusiasm for cooking. During the process, I found I enjoyed the task of creating gluten free meals just as much as the taste itself.  I did my research and found that many other foods cross-react with gluten and can produce the same reaction in the body, so those foods had to be avoided too. Coffee and dairy were out and grains...well probably those too, just until the inflammation settled a bit. The list was whittling down quickly. Baguettes and french cheese now a distant memory (although the sting still fresh), it was clear there was going to be a heck of a lot I would not be able to eat. And then the unimaginable occurred to me. Would I NEVER again tenderly wrap my lips around another cookie or brownie as long as I lived? This was not an option. I would need to create something Mission Impossible style. Needless to say there was plenty of rock climbing, hand to hand combat and slo-mo scenes but I won't bore you with the details. Finally my "Chocolate Chip Cookie-Brownie Bars" were born. Hallelujah! And now this is your mission, should you choose to accept it....

*NOTE* They are not nut or egg free so if you have allergies to either this may not be your dessert. The eggs can be eliminated completely so try it if you like because it's still pretty good, but the fudgey quality will sadly be lost. I use coconut flour in this recipe but the almond flour is what gives it's cakey texture and I wouldn't recommend leaving it out completely. That said, this is a grain-free, dairy-free, soy-free, corn-free dessert that is sure to please the most discerning palate. 

Happy Eating!

Deliciously yours,

Chef Diana

 

Chocolate Chip Cookie-Brownie Bars

Yields: 24 brownies

A layered grain free, dairy free treat (unless you count eggs as dairy...which it's technically not. But some still have allergies to it. )

Brownie Layer

1 1/2 Cups Almond Flour

1/3 Cup Unsweetened Cocoa Powder

1 Tbs. Unsweetened Coconut Flour

1/2 Cup Organic Granulated Sugar

1/4 Tsp. Kosher Salt

2 Tsp. Baking Powder

1 Large Egg

1 Tbs. Vanilla Extract

3 Tbs. Unsweetened Almond Milk

1/4 cup Chocolate Chunks/Chips (soy, dairy, gluten free)

Chocolate Chip Cookie Layer

1 1/2 Cups Almond Flour

1/2 cup Unsweetened Coconut Flour

1/2 Cup Organic Granulated Sugar

1/8 Tsp. Kosher Salt

2 Tsp. Baking Powder

2 Tbsp. Melted Virgin Coconut Oil

1 Large Organic Egg

1 Tbs. Vanilla Extract

3 Tbs. Unsweetened Organic Almond Milk

1/2 cup Chocolate Chunks/Chips (soy, dairy, gluten free)

Preparation

  1. Preheat  you oven to 350 Degrees. Rub melted coconut oil in 6 x 9 inch glass pyrex. 
  2. To make the brownie dough, combine all the dry ingredients in a bowl and add in the wet ingredients until combined. Do not over mix. Add dough into the prepared pan. Coat fingers with oil and press down lightly so layer is compact and even.
  3. In another bowl make the chocolate chip cookie dough. Combine all the ingredients as you did for the brownies. Add the chocolate chips last into the dough. Press the cookie dough on top of the brownie layer the same way in the pan.
  4. Place in the oven and bake approx. 28-30 minutes.  If you don't like your cookie layer golden brown like I do simple cover the pan with foil half way through the cooking process.
  5. Remove the pan from oven and allow to cool completely before slicing into bars.
  6. Store bars in the refrigerator for up to 3 days and in the freezer (in a freezer approved storage bag) for up to 3 month. 

 

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