Recipe: Orange Cranberry Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars

orange-cran-choc-chip-cookie-barsIf you are jonesing for a chocolate chip cookie, but want something a little different, I highly recommend these Orange Cranberry Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars from Katya at the Savory Lotus.

I attempted the cookie bars in order to have a healthy snack to nosh on over the weekend. Well, it reminded me that even though something is healthier, it is not necessarily low on Smart Points. I cut the pan into 20 bars and they turned out to be 8 Smart Points each!!! Of course, if you make them, the exact number of points will vary based on how many bars you cut your sheet into.

Smart Points aside, I found the cookie bars to be yummers! They are a fruity, zingy, flavorful take on a family favorite. I thought with the cranberry, they would have a Fall/Winter feel, but they are perfect for anytime.

The below recipe is with the ingredients that I used. In place of ghee, room temperature butter or coconut oil could be substituted. I had a difficult time spreading the mix in the pan and wonder if butter would make it a little easier.

Orange Cranberry Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars

yields one 9 x 13 pan

Ingredients

2 cups almond flour

1/2 cup arrowroot flour

1/2 tsp baking soda

1/4 tsp sea salt

1/2 tsp cinnamon

1/2 cup ghee, room temperature

1/2 cup, plus 2 Tbsp coconut sugar

1 egg, room temperature

1 tsp vanilla extract

zest from 1 orange

1/2 cup dried cranberries

6 Tbsp chocolate chips

Directions

Step 1: Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and line a 9 x 13 baking pan with parchment paper.

Step 2: In a medium bowl, combine the flours, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt.

Step 3: In a mixing bowl, combine the ghee and sugar. Use a mixer to combine until smooth.

Step 4: Add eggs, vanilla, and orange zest. Mix until combined.

Step 5: Add dry ingredients and mix until smooth.

Step 6: Add in cranberries and chocolate chips.

Step 7: Evenly spread the mixture in the 9 x 13 pan.

Step 8: Bake 22-25 minutes, until golden.

Step 9: Remove from oven and let cool for 10 minutes before moving to cooling rack.

Step 10: Cut into bars while still cool.

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