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.

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

  • Prep Time: 5
  • Total Time: 5
  • Yield: 12 1x


  • 3 cups packed pitted dates
  • 1 1/2 cups raw nuts of choice
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 ounce chocolate bar of choice, optional
  • chocolate chips or homemade chocolate chips for garnish


  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.

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!



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  1. Danica @ It's Progression on April 7, 2015 at 12:10 pm

    these look delicious!
    One of my favorite cookbooks is “the art of real food” because it has recipes that are based around what’s in season throughout the year.

  2. Hillary on April 7, 2015 at 12:10 pm

    How to Cook Everything by Mark Bittman. It is a staple.

  3. Amanda F on April 7, 2015 at 12:16 pm

    I am just expanding my cookbook shelf. I use pinterest very frequently, but I also use my Tastes of Home holiday cookie cookbook (it was hand me down) 🙂

  4. Alix on April 7, 2015 at 12:18 pm

    I love my Betty Crocker cookbook I think because it was the first one that was all my own. lately I mostly just use the internet though.

  5. Brie @ Lean, Clean, & Brie on April 7, 2015 at 12:24 pm

    I love Daphne Oz’s cookbook Relish!

  6. Erin @ Her Heartland Soul on April 7, 2015 at 12:28 pm

    Yum! All I have to hear is chocolate and sign me up! And my favorite cookbook is Peas and Thank You! I miss Sarah!

  7. Michelle on April 7, 2015 at 12:31 pm

    Oh She Glows!

  8. Jill on April 7, 2015 at 12:34 pm

    Hi Gina! This cookbook looks amazing! My fave is my first ever cookbook Barefoot Contessa by Ina Garten. I have quite a display of cookbooks but that one for sure has the most stained pages;)

  9. Megan @ Skinny Fitalicious on April 7, 2015 at 12:41 pm

    I seriously need this in my life! On second not, probably not otherwise I’d eat more. LOL! My favorite cookbook is Paleo OMG.

  10. Rachel on April 7, 2015 at 12:44 pm

    These bars look so good! I constantly look around the web for new recipes but I love the Junior League of Louisville Cookbook for nostalgic recipes now that I have moved away.

  11. laura t. on April 7, 2015 at 1:11 pm

    My fav cookbooks are any of the ones by danielle walker!

  12. Danielle on April 7, 2015 at 1:12 pm

    smitten kitchen!

  13. amber conger on April 7, 2015 at 1:13 pm

    I love Oh She Glows cookbook! So many of my go-to recipes come from there!

  14. Sarah on April 7, 2015 at 1:14 pm

    I love the Moosewood cookbooks.

  15. amanda on April 7, 2015 at 1:19 pm

    My favorite is oh she glows!

  16. Kerry on April 7, 2015 at 1:22 pm

    I love everything Pioneer Woman!

  17. Jessie R on April 7, 2015 at 1:33 pm

    I don’t buy the cookbooks, but I guess I could check them out from the library! I love anything Ina Garten 🙂

  18. Katherine K on April 7, 2015 at 1:37 pm

    Why do you publish such delicious recipes when I’m at work and cannot immediately make them? 🙂

    My favorite cookbook is the Best of America’s Test Kitchen. It’s by the people who do Cook’s Magazine, and they make every possible variation of a recipe before narrowing it down to the best one. The “Best of” cookbook has basics (e.g. banana bread, roast chicken) but also has beautiful stuff to serve at a dinner party. Post-children, I’ve also fallen in love with America’s Test Kitchen “Slow Cooker Revolution”.

  19. Amy on April 7, 2015 at 1:41 pm

    A little old school, but I love The Joy of Cooking!

  20. Krista on April 7, 2015 at 1:44 pm

    The Eat Clean Diet by Tosca Reno is my fav!

  21. Fiona @ Get Fit Fiona on April 7, 2015 at 1:59 pm

    My favorite cookbook has to me the America’s Test Kitchen Family Baking Book. It has so many amazing recipes, from cheesecake to biscotti. Everything I’ve tried from it has been awesome.

  22. Emily Powers on April 7, 2015 at 2:06 pm

    Pioneer woman, although I use a lot of food blogs for recipes.

  23. Helen on April 7, 2015 at 2:08 pm

    Veganomicon, easy! Awesome vegan and veggie recipes.

  24. Carly on April 7, 2015 at 2:43 pm

    Oh i want to pick up this cookbook! My current favourite is the Oh She Glows one… I make the granola bars every single week.

  25. Mary on April 7, 2015 at 2:45 pm

    Good ol Betty Crocker. I got this from my mom before I moves out. Tough sometimes to Health up some of those recipes! Would love some new healthy ideas!

  26. Beth on April 7, 2015 at 2:54 pm

    The “How to Cook Everything” series of cookbooks by Mark Bittman. My green vegetarian one is well loved for sure 🙂

  27. shani on April 7, 2015 at 3:03 pm

    i found a vegetarian soup book in australia that i love

  28. Jessica on April 7, 2015 at 3:06 pm

    Oh She Glows by Angela Liddon – so good!

  29. Victoria C on April 7, 2015 at 3:20 pm

    How to be a Domestic Goddess by Nigella Lawson!

  30. Melanie on April 7, 2015 at 3:35 pm

    I love the Oh She Glows cookbook! I’m not vegan but those recipes make it look like it wouldn’t be so bad

  31. Lauren on April 7, 2015 at 3:48 pm

    I love all Terry Walters clean eating cookbooks!

  32. Michelle on April 7, 2015 at 4:02 pm

    Smitten Kitchen for me!

  33. Vicki L. on April 7, 2015 at 4:04 pm

    I love my sister’s Chopped cookbook.

  34. Cara on April 7, 2015 at 4:24 pm

    This looks amazing! I’d love to try out the recipes from Katie’s book. I don’t have any cookbooks, but when Im home at my parents I love to look through a cookbook that was my Grandma’s from WWII.

  35. Lindsay on April 7, 2015 at 4:32 pm

    My favorite cookbook of all time is the Moosewood cookbook. The lentil soup is the best!

  36. Jen on April 7, 2015 at 4:58 pm

    Betty Crocker! I use it when I have basic cooking questions, more than for the recipes.

  37. Ashleigh B. on April 7, 2015 at 5:41 pm

    Relish by Daphne Oz

  38. Angela M on April 7, 2015 at 5:52 pm

    Oh She Glows cook book! But this one looks amazing too! I love secretly healthy and delicious recipes!

  39. Christina on April 7, 2015 at 6:13 pm

    cookbook looks awesome, would love a copy! my favorite cookbook is the skinny taste cookbook

  40. Catherine @ foodiecology on April 7, 2015 at 6:37 pm

    These look great; I love CCK.

    My favorite cookbook is either Oh She Glows or any of Giada’s books.

  41. tonya on April 7, 2015 at 6:59 pm

    My favorite is probably my taste of home cookbook, it’s just the first I grab when I need a quick answer!

    Chocolate Covered Katie is a great blog!

  42. Amanda L on April 7, 2015 at 7:12 pm

    My fAVORITE “cookbooks” are the blogs I read.

  43. Katie on April 7, 2015 at 7:12 pm

    Seriously delish

  44. Andrea on April 7, 2015 at 7:50 pm

    Oh She Glows by Angela Liddon.

  45. Laura W on April 7, 2015 at 7:55 pm

    My mom’s Betty Crocker cookbook from decades ago – all of my favorite comfort foods! My favorite recipe in there is our Christmas cookies.

  46. Tammy on April 7, 2015 at 8:00 pm

    I love Silver Spoon and the Master Chef cookbook.

  47. Jill M. on April 7, 2015 at 8:13 pm

    My favorite cookbooks are my favorite blogs!! So many talented women and fun recipes to try!! Thanks for a fun giveaway!

  48. Em on April 7, 2015 at 8:44 pm

    The Southern Living annual cookbooks are the best!

  49. melodie on April 7, 2015 at 8:45 pm

    I enjoy using tosca reno’s cook book.

  50. Becca on April 7, 2015 at 8:55 pm

    My favorite cookbook is The Moosewood Cookbook, plus a notebook of family recipes!

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