Vegan Caramel Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars
These ooey gooey Vegan Caramel Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars boast a dense, flavorful base topped with a delightfully creamy vegan caramel sauce.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
- 1/2 cup vegan butter , softened
- 1/2 cup peanut butter
- 1/2 cup light brown sugar
- 1/2 cup granulated sugar
- 1 tablespoon vanilla
- 1 tablespoon ground flaxseed
- 1 tablespoon cornstarch
- 4 tablespoons water
- 3 - 6 tablespoons plant-based milk
- 2 ¼ cups all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 ½ teaspoons baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 cup dairy-free chocolate chips
- 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground sea salt
Vegan Caramel Sauce
- 1/2 cup brown sugar
- 1/2 cup plant-based milk
- 1 tablespoon vegan butter
Heat your oven to 375F. Spray a square baking pan with vegetable spray.
In a large bowl, mix together the vegan butter, peanut butter and sugars with mixer until fluffy. Add vanilla, ground flax seeds, cornstarch, water, and 3 tablespoons of plant-based milk. Stir to combine.
Push the wet ingredients to one side of the bowl. In the other side, add the flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt. Stir the dry ingredients together. Then incorporate the wet ingredients. If the batter is too crumbly, add additional plant-based milk until you achieve a cookie-dough like consistency.
Stir in the chocolate chips. Pour batter into prepared baking pan. Sprinkle the top with sea salt.
Bake for 20 - 25 minutes, until the crust is lightly golden on top.
When done, remove from the oven and allow to cool before slicing.
Make the Vegan Caramel Sauce by adding brown sugar and plant-based milk in a sauce pan over medium-high heat. Bring to a boil while stirring. Then reduce heat to medium and stir occasionally until a desired thickness is achieved, usually around 5 minutes. Remove from heat, add the tablespoon of vegan butter, stir to incorporate.
You can use half whole wheat flour
The Vegan Caramel Sauce will thicken as it cools. Just reheat in the microwave before serving to get a more pourable consistency.
Calories: 316kcal | Carbohydrates: 38g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 17g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Sodium: 316mg | Potassium: 111mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 34g | Vitamin A: 380IU | Calcium: 53mg | Iron: 1.5mg