VEGAN HALFWAY COOKIE BARS

by Feasting on Fruit

Recipe type: Dessert

Cuisine: Vegan, Gluten-Free, Grain-Free, Refined Sugar Free, Paleo

Serves: 8 bars

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Vegan Halfway Cookie Bars – rich cookie base with melty chocolate chips and meringue baked to golden gooey perfection – but vegan, gluten-free, and healthier!

Ingredients

Cookie Bar

Meringue Topping

  • 3/4 cup (180g) aquafaba (liquid drained from one 15ox can of no salt added chickpeas)

  • 1/2 cup coconut sugar (85g), powdered

  • 1/2 tsp cream of tartar

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Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350ºF.

  2. Stir together the almond butter, applesauce, prepared flax egg, coconut sugar, and vanilla.

  3. Add the oat flour, baking powder, and salt. Stir to combine.

  4. Spread into the bottom of a greased baking dish (I used this 9×6″ dish, but an 8×8″ square works too)

  5. Top with the Hu Kitchen Gems. Press in gently. Set aside.

  6. In a dry clean bowl, begin whipping the aquafaba with a hand mixer or stand mixer. Beat to soft peaks.

  7. Add the cream of tartar. Continue beating for another minute or so.

  8. Add the powdered coconut sugar slowly while beating one tablespoon at a time until you have added the full 1/2 cup. Continuing beating to stiff peaks.

  9. Spread on top of the cookie bars.

  10. Bake for 25-30 minutes at 350ºF.

  11. Cool completely before slicing and eating (or even refrigerate overnight)

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