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Clean Eating No-Bake Cookie Bars

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By Shannon Keirnan

My sweet tooth isn't what it used to be, but gol' dang it... sometimes I just need to chew on something sweet, chocolatey, and caloric. It happens to the best of us, and there's no fighting it.

A lot of gluten-free desserts just seem like a poor substitute for the really naughty stuff, and frankly, I'm a terrible baker, so sometimes the extra steps manage to defeat me.

.... This counts as one cookie. 

.... This counts as one cookie. 

Luckily, there is Pinterest, where people who are more creative than I am have collected some delicious recipe options just waiting for people like me who can't follow directions, don't have any patience, and refuse to turn the oven on when their home is not air conditioned.

My favorite recipe I plucked off of Money Saving Mom... who got it from I Hear Exercise Will Kill You... who lifted it from New Nostalgia.

So basically, it's a really good recipe - enough to be making the blog rounds and land here. It's also super easy to personalize and tweak, so feel free to visit the other versions, or to make it your own!

Here is my interpretation:

Ingredients:

- 1 cup organic nut butter (almond or peanut)

- 1/2 cup raw honey

-1/2 cup organic coconut oil

- 2 cups gluten-free oats (not instant)

- 1 1/4 cup chocolate chips (dark or semi-sweet)

- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

- Optional finishing salt (Like Maldon's)

Other add-in options:

Chopped nuts

Dried fruit

Shredded coconut

Instructions:

Melt the nut butter, honey, and oil together over medium heat. Remove from heat.

Add in the oats, chocolate chips, and vanilla. Stir together until chocolate is melted.

Pour into a greased 9x13 pan.

Sprinkle lightly with finishing salt, if desired, for a savory kick.

Put whatever you haven't already eaten from the pan in the fridge to cool.

Cut into bars once hardened. Store in the refrigerator or freezer.

Enjoy! Thanks to all those who contributed to this great recipe! If you have any suggestions for healthful add-ins, leave them in the comments!