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Almond Oat Chocolate Chip Squares

Almond Oat Chocolate Chip Squares [Gluten Free, Vegan, No Refined Sugars]

Chewy and nutty with chunks of dark chocolate, these Almond Oat Chocolate Chip Squares are a treat. There’s no refined sugar, instead I used dates which I blended with wet ingredients to create a sweet natural syrup. Check out the notes to see how to adapt it and share your version with us!

 

Almond Oat Chocolate Chip Squares [Gluten Free, Vegan, No Refined Sugars]

Almond Oat Chocolate Chip Squares [Gluten Free, Vegan, No Refined Sugars]

The chewy Almond Oat Chocolate Chip Squares are vegan, gluten free and are sweetened using fresh dates! They come together fast and make a deliciously healthy treat.
Course Dessert, Snacks
Cuisine Refined Sugar Free, Vegan
Servings 12 squares

Ingredients
  

  • 1 tbsp ground flax seed
  • 3 tbsp water
  • 100g soft pitted dates
  • 1/4 cup + 1 tbsp coconut oil
  • 2 tbsp almond butter (we love the Buttanut brand)
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 cup oat flour
  • 3/4 cup rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup almond meal
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp Salt
  • 60g dark chocolate

You will also need

  • food processor or blender
  • 20 x 20 cm square / 25 x 15cm rectangular baking pan
  • baking paper

Instructions
 

  • Preheat the oven to 180°C/ 200°F
  • Make your flax egg by combining the ground flax and water in a small bowl or glass and setting aside to thicken.
  • If your dates are hard, soften them by soaking in water for 5 minutes. Drain and then continue to step 3. If you’re using soft dates, like fresh medjool dates, skip straight to step 3.
  • Blitz the dates, almond butter, coconut oil and vanilla in a blender until you get a nice smooth mixture. Mix in flax egg and set aside.
  • Combine oat flour, rolled oats, almond meal, baking powder and salt in a medium mixing bowl.
  • Add wet mixture into dry mixture and mix until combined. It’s a very sticky mixture and a bit tough to combine, use your hands if you need.
  • Add in chopped chocolate and mixPress the mix into your lined baking pan. I like to use a smooth glass to roll over the mixture to get it nice and firmly packed in. until combined.
  • Bake for 12-15 minutes, until the top is golden brown.
  • Allow to cool. Once cool, gently lift the bars from the pan and cut into 12 squares
  • Store in an airtight container for up to 3 days or in the freezer for 1 week.

Notes

Make sure the oats and oat flour is gluten free if you’re intolerant. You can use regular if you’re not.
Make your own Oat flour by blitzing rolled oats in a blender or miller until you get a flour.
You can make your own almond meal by blitzing almonds in a blender until you get a mealy texture
If you want them extra chocolatey, melt some chocolate and drizzle over the top
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