If 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
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
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.