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Chocolate-Covered Katie’s Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Bars

Hi friends! How’s the morning going? Hope your day is off to a great start! I was so excited when I checked the mail to see that Katie had sent me a copy of her new book, Chocolate-Covered Katie. We’ve been blog friends since the days of yore (7 years!), and her banana bread in a bowl is one of my all-time favorite quick and delicious breakfasts. Though I’ve never met her in person, we’ve kept in touch and I’ve loved watching her blog grow and the success she’s created for herself. It always makes me happy to see fellow bloggers and women crushing their goals and accomplishing amazing things. 

Her book is absolutely beautiful, and PACKED with healthier versions of classic desserts.

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When I say “healthier,” I mean that the recipes include whole ingredients and include whole grains, healthy fats, and natural sweeteners (like dates, honey, maple syrup and coconut sugar). The recipes are vegan, with many gluten-free options included. She even sneaks veggies into some of the dishes. 😉 They’re simple to make, and absolutely delicious. 

Choc covered katie book

I can already tell that this is going to be covered in chocolate splotches and well-worn within no time. I’m excited to make my way through the recipes!

The first one I tested was a homemade bar recipe, since we had all of the ingredients on hand and it was snack time.

MY OTHER RECIPES


Chocolate cookie dough bars.

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Bars

These are date and almond-based, way more delicious and far less expensive than the store-bought versions. Bonus: they were extremely quick to put together, so Liv and I were able to enjoy a delicious (and secretly nutrient-dense) snack within minutes.

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Katie kindly gave me permission to post the recipe to share, so here it is if you’re looking to switch up your snack game!

Chocolate-Covered Katie's Cookie Dough Bars
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Prep Time
5 min
Prep Time
5 min
Ingredients
  1. 3 cups packed pitted dates
  2. 1 1/2 cups raw nuts of choice
  3. 1 1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  4. 1/2 teaspoon salt
  5. 1 ounce chocolate bar of choice, optional
  6. chocolate chips or homemade chocolate chips for garnish
Instructions
  1. In a high-quality food processor, blend all the ingredients, except the chocolate chips until a fine crumble forms. If the mixture is too dry, add up to 1 tablespoon water. Divide the dough evenly between 2 gallon-sized resealable plastic bags and smush each into a ball. With the dough still inside the bag, use a rolling pin to roll it out until it fills up the entire bag. Repeat with the second bag.
  2. Cut away the top sides of the bags so that the dough is expose. Using a knife or a cookie cutter, cut into bars. Press a few chocolate chips into each bar if desired. Store leftovers in a covered container at room temperature for up to 3 days, refrigerate for up to 2 weeks, or freeze for up to 2 months.
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I highly recommend checking out her book for some amazing smoothie, breakfast, dessert and snack recipes. Just leave a comment with your all-time favorite cookbook, and I’ll pick a lucky winner to receive a copy. 

Have a lovely morning!

xoxo

Gina

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141 Comments

  1. Jessica C. on April 7, 2015 at 9:15 pm

    I love Oh She Glows and it sounds silly, but the recipes that came with my vitamix! Lots of inspiration in there!

  2. Stephanie on April 7, 2015 at 9:20 pm

    My favourite cookbook definitely has to be the Oh She Glows cookbook, everything in there is amazing!!

  3. Liz on April 7, 2015 at 9:31 pm

    Babycakes because it’s my boyfriend’s pet name for me 🙂

  4. Cher on April 8, 2015 at 3:53 am

    The Cookie Bible! Circa 1980s? My mom gave it to me a few years ago. The recipes are great and there are SO many!

  5. Caroline on April 8, 2015 at 4:15 am

    Picking one favorite is tough! I’d have to say any Yotam Ottolenghi cookbook – delicious and unique flavor combinations that have expanded my palate.

  6. Kandi on April 8, 2015 at 5:26 am

    I love The Pioneer Woman cookbooks!

  7. Amanda on April 8, 2015 at 7:01 am

    Binder of family recipes, including hand-written ones from my Bubbie. I think of her every time I open the binder and use one of her recipes.

  8. Jessica on April 8, 2015 at 7:38 am

    My favorite cookbook is the Magnolia Bakery cookbook. There isn’t a healthy/light recipe in there, but boy is their stuff tasty!!

  9. Amy on April 8, 2015 at 7:45 am

    My favorite cookbook is Baked from the Baked bakery in Brooklyn. That was a lot of Bs! Their recipes are delicious!

  10. Jacquelyn on April 8, 2015 at 7:54 am

    My all time fav cookbook is the one my aunt put together of all of my grandmas recipes!!!

  11. Paige Callahan on April 8, 2015 at 8:12 am

    My favorite cookbook is the he magnolia bakery one my mom got me., not healthy but everything I have made is awesome

  12. Kaycee sp on April 8, 2015 at 9:04 am

    I LOVE the oh she glows cookbook! Everything I’ve made from it has turned out perfectly, and ooooh so good!

  13. Alexa on April 8, 2015 at 9:45 am

    well the only cookbook i own is Joyous Health, which i really like. there are SO MANY cookbooks that I would love, including Deliciously Ella, Skinnytaste, and Chocolate covered katie’s book!

  14. Colleen C. on April 8, 2015 at 9:58 am

    I love the Skinnytaste Cookbook. Her blog converted me into a Zoodle lover.

  15. Kim B on April 8, 2015 at 10:10 am

    Love Pioneer Woman cookbooks…her photography is wonderful too!

  16. Marisa on April 8, 2015 at 10:23 am

    Dinner: A Love Story is my most favorite and most used cookbook

  17. Alex @ True Femme on April 8, 2015 at 11:13 am

    These look awesome! I love anything with chocolate that doesn’t take a lot of time to make 🙂

  18. Erin M. on April 8, 2015 at 2:11 pm

    I love the Baked cookbooks!

  19. queenoffitness on April 8, 2015 at 2:13 pm

    Oh She Glows by Angela Liddon. not a vegan…just a fan of outstanding and delicious food!! the recipes are incredibly simple to make.

  20. Ashley v on April 8, 2015 at 2:22 pm

    Frankly I love blog recipes (including Katie’s!) and have a bunch on recipe cards. I requested the oh she glows cookbook at my library more than a month ago and am finally about to get it! Based on previous comments, I won’t be disappointed!

  21. Jennifer R. on April 8, 2015 at 3:04 pm

    My fav cookbook to date is Molto Italiano by Mario Batali. Love my Italian food!

  22. Dakota C. on April 8, 2015 at 4:36 pm

    I love seriously delish!

  23. Amanda on April 8, 2015 at 5:39 pm

    I love Oh She Glows!! So good 🙂 But this looks like it would be my new favorite!!

  24. Janna on April 8, 2015 at 10:24 pm

    My current favorite is Blender Girl. I’ve been on a smoothie kick lately and love her smoothir recipes!

  25. Jessie on April 9, 2015 at 5:57 am

    My favorite cookbook is Everyday Italian by Giada. Now I’m on a healthier lifestyle (less pasta) and would love this cookbook. Thanks for the giveaway!

  26. Cait on April 9, 2015 at 7:23 pm

    My favorite and most used cookbook is Better Homes and Gardens cookbook. I’ve hosted dinner Parties and used a lot of recipes from there. What a great giveaway!

  27. Kendal A on April 12, 2015 at 6:46 pm

    I have really been enjoying Joyous Health cookbook. Her spelt pizza dough is delicious!!

  28. Cindy Childers on April 13, 2015 at 12:08 am

    Giada’s “Feel Good” cookbook is great! Especially the breakfast recipes in it 🙂

  29. Amber on April 13, 2015 at 7:26 am

    I love Eat, Taste, Heal!! Full of Ayurvedic goodies!

  30. Diane on April 13, 2015 at 8:30 am

    I love Eat, Drink, and Be Vegan! I’ve been wanting to check out Katie’s book – the recipes look incredible!

  31. Naomi on April 13, 2015 at 8:48 am

    I love the Pioneer Woman cookbooks!

  32. Sarah on April 13, 2015 at 8:51 am

    My favorite cookbook is vegetarian 5 ingredient that I cannot remember the name. I love that the ingredients are few so that I can change it up however I want.

  33. Becki McMahon on April 13, 2015 at 9:17 am

    I always gravitate back to my cooking light 5 ingredients and 15 minutes cookbook… Perfect for this lazy teacher!

  34. Olivia on April 13, 2015 at 9:43 am

    Ameicas Test Kitchen cookbooks never fail me. 🙂

  35. kristin on April 13, 2015 at 9:43 am

    HOW SWEET EATS has the best cookbook! thank you!

  36. melissa on April 13, 2015 at 10:38 am

    her stuff always looks so good!

  37. Charlotte on April 13, 2015 at 10:58 am

    This cook book looks great! I love her blog!

  38. Lori on April 13, 2015 at 4:05 pm

    My favorite cookbook? There are way too many to choose from, but I would go for Eat, Drink, and Be Vegan, or the Oh She Glows cookbook. Both are fantastic!

  39. Sarah on April 13, 2015 at 4:54 pm

    All time favorite cookbook is Thug Kitchen ! the food is delicious and the recipe directions just crack me up!

  40. Candy Horton on April 13, 2015 at 5:59 pm

    My favorite cookbook is from Heartline Cafe, A small cafe off the beaten path in Sedona. I had brunch there once and the bus boys picked fresh figs off the trees in the patio and sliced them right at the table for us. The owner was so sweet and had so many stories to share. It’s a cookbook I’ll cherish forever!

  41. Abby on April 13, 2015 at 8:03 pm

    Right now I’m crushing on Smitten Kitchen’s.

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