Almond Joy Cookie Bars

Oh how ooey gooey are these bars! Jessie at started swapping out not so good for you ingredients for more whole food ingredients, and came up with these ooey gooey, almost sinful almond joy bars. Almond butter makes an amazing batter replacing white flour, and coconut milk replaces condensed milk. The chocolate chips she and I used are Enjoy Life brand. These are very simple and quick to prepare, and will be gone in a flash. Enjoy!

3/4 C. almond butter
1/3 C. maple syrup
2 eggs
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
pinch of sea salt
1 C. chocolate chips
1/3 C. shredded coconut
1/4 C. almonds
1/2 C. canned coconut milk

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Line a 8 x 8″ baking dish with parchment paper and set aside. In a mixing bowl, combine the almond butter, maple syrup, eggs, baking soda, vanilla and salt until smooth. Pour roughly 2/3 of the batter into the baking dish. Evenly layer the following one at a time: 1/2 cup chocolate chips, 1/3 cup shredded coconut, 1/4 cup almonds. Top with coconut milk, and a final layer of the remaining chocolate chips. Drizzle the remaining batter over top ( it is okay that you will see some filling ingredients peeking through). Bake for 25 minutes, or until the top looks light golden brown. Remove from oven and let cool for 10 minutes.

Yields: 12

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