No-Bake Mint Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars-Gluten Free

What goes fabulous with chocolate? Peanut butter…cherries…orange…and ESPECIALLY mint. I used to love eating those girl scout thin mint cookies, but after doing some research, they are so unhealthy! They are full of artificial ingredients, oils, preservatives and not vegan. Not trying to knock the good girl scouts, because I believe everything in moderation, but my blog is about healthier options. If you could get a delicious and much more nutritious dessert, than a traditional one, wouldn’t you want it? My vegan no-bake mint chocolate chip cookie bars taste so much like a thin mint, I’ll never crave them again! As opposed to the numerous ingredients in their cookies, my cookie bars have only 7.

So, this cookie bar is my take on those same flavors. While it’s not a “thin mint” exactly…it’s bigger and better than one…according to my husband anyway. These are so sweet and yummy, you’ll forget all about those thin mints! These reminded me so much of the thin mint cookie because of their flavor, sweetness and crunch, I had to name them accordingly. Also, no need to bake them! Go make these NOW and after chilling them, tell me they don’t taste just like a thin mint!! I used to store my thin mints in the fridge because they were so good that way.

Recipe: Makes 6 large bars  Prep time: 10 mins  Chill time: 30 mins 

Gluten free (Make sure all ingredients are labeled to be in a gluten free facility if you’re gluten sensitive, in case of cross contamination)

Ingredients:

2 cups organic gluten free koala crisp cereal or your favorite rice cereal

1/4 cup almond butter (a heart healthy fat, I grind my own right at the store-no additives!)

1/2 cup raw amber agave (make sure to get the amber one, richer flavor)

1 tablespoon unsweetened cocoa (Hershey’s Special Dark-see link for gluten free info)

1 teaspoon vanilla extract (use gluten free if necessary)

1/4 teaspoon mint extract

1/4 cup gluten free mini semi-sweet chocolate chips (I use Enjoy Life brand)

Tip:  To serve these at a party, just double or triple the recipe

Directions:

Line a loaf pan (5X9) with parchment paper with it hanging over the sides for easy removal. In a large bowl, combine the cocoa crisps and chocolate chips. In a small saucepan over low heat, add the almond butter, agave and cocoa. Stir and heat just until the almond butter has melted and mixed well with the other ingredients, about 5 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in the vanilla and mint extracts.

Now, pour the heated mixture over the dry ingredients and stir quickly because it will start to harden. This will semi-melt the chocolate chips causing the chocolate to ooze more into the bars…..mmmmmmm! Press mixture down flat and hard into the pan with the back of a spoon, spread out evenly. It will be sticky, so if you put a small piece of parchment paper underneath the back of your spoon while pressing, it’s much easier. Chill in the fridge at least 30 minutes and slice with a sharp knife into bars. Keep them stored in the fridge. Enjoy the chocolate mint heaven! Sooo easy!

Nutrition:  227.6 calories/ 9.65 g fat/ 36.87 carbs/ 2.73 g protein  Based on 6 large bars. These are really sweet and large, (the equivalent of 2 cookies), so feel free to cut them smaller and then adjust the nutrition stats accordingly.

Now, don’t wait any longer…go make these now…they are TOO easy not to!

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Categories: Chocolate, Gluten Free, Party Platters, Snacks, Sweet Treats, VEGAN, VEGETARIAN

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38 Comments on “No-Bake Mint Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars-Gluten Free”

  1. August 29, 2012 at 4:44 PM #

    Oh my gosh I am SO making these…thin mints used to be my fav too!! I used to dunk them in peanut butter 😉

  2. August 29, 2012 at 9:30 PM #

    I know, they were delicious huh!! That made me laugh out loud! Dipping them in peanut butter sounds sooo good. I’m telling you, it’s amazing how “thin mint-ish” they taste! 🙂

  3. Tiffany Cockrell
    September 2, 2012 at 1:11 AM #

    OMG!! These are dabomb!!

    • September 2, 2012 at 5:12 PM #

      Thank you so much Tiifany! So glad you loved them and thank you for sharing them with your friends! 🙂

  4. September 2, 2012 at 10:22 AM #

    They look awesome!

    • September 2, 2012 at 5:13 PM #

      Thank you! They turned out so pretty I didn’t want to eat them….well not really! 🙂

  5. September 2, 2012 at 3:41 PM #

    Today, I have made your tasty bars & they were superb! 🙂 really tasty!

  6. September 9, 2012 at 1:16 AM #

    The photographs are as yummy as the recipe! Your helpful suggestion on how to ramp up the strawberry flavor was great–from one cake baker to another, thank you.

    • September 9, 2012 at 5:10 AM #

      Oh thank you so much Joanie!! That means so much. Oh, and your welcome! I hope the cake turns out more strawberry-ish for you!! You can’t go wrong with chocolate and strawberry…mmm! 🙂

  7. September 14, 2012 at 9:10 AM #

    I love chocolate and mint! I don’t know thin mint cookies, but will have to try these out!

    • September 14, 2012 at 5:05 PM #

      Oh great, hope you love them as much as we do!! Thin mints are really popular Girl Scout cookies around here…but are really unhealthy so this is my own twist on them! YUM! Thank you so much for your comment! 🙂

  8. Tiffany Cockrell
    September 14, 2012 at 7:21 PM #

    This one I absoloutly luv and the hummus as well!! Delicious!!!!!

  9. Tiffany Cockrell
    September 18, 2012 at 8:01 PM #

    All the recipes are so healthy delicious and mouthwatering!!

  10. September 25, 2012 at 2:28 AM #

    The healthy treats you come up with amaze me! Looks so tasty!

    • September 25, 2012 at 7:11 AM #

      Aww thanks so much Victoria for that awesome compliment! I got some great, decadent ones coming this week so look out for them! 🙂

  11. September 26, 2012 at 7:45 AM #

    Oh my WOW, I need some of these!! If they’re called koala chips, I should be able to find them in Australia, right?? Right??? 🙂

  12. November 3, 2012 at 2:36 AM #

    Everytime I think you can’t come up with something better…you do. And I don’t even like gluten free most of the time!

  13. December 23, 2012 at 4:47 AM #

    These look like they came straight out of a bakery! Only prettier:)

    • December 23, 2012 at 7:09 PM #

      Thank you so much for that beautiful compliment! That made my day 🙂

  14. January 27, 2013 at 6:26 PM #

    These look great – I’ll bookmark to make for my son! I hate buying bars like this from the store b/c there are always a couple weird ingredients (even in the organic ones!).

    • January 29, 2013 at 7:17 AM #

      Thank you so much! I’d love to hear if you do make them! They are SO Easy and super delicious…a favorite of my husbands! 🙂

  15. daisyandthefox
    March 1, 2013 at 11:46 AM #

    oooo these sounds so good!! im thinking this is a MUST make snack 😀

  16. April 29, 2013 at 7:54 PM #

    I can not wait to try these.. Im always looking for a great bar for my boys after their long swim practices as well as for me.

    • April 30, 2013 at 4:49 PM #

      Thank you so much Tina! Please do, I know you will enjoy them…they are one of my most popular recipes. Let me know if you try them! 🙂

  17. July 30, 2013 at 12:14 AM #

    This is great! I’m gluten sensitive, but I love desserts so much that oftentimes I just deal with it for the greater good of sugar. I’m definitely going to try these out!

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