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Hazelnut, Chocolate Chip and Date Cookie Bars

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 9 -12
Author Heidi @ Food Doodles

Ingredients

  • 1/2 C coconut oil melted
  • 3/4 C maple syrup
  • 1/4 C palm sugar or sucanat or brown sugar
  • 2 flax eggs 2 tbsp ground flax mixed with 6 tbsp water and let sit 5 minutes
  • 1 1/4 C white whole wheat flour or whole wheat pastry flour, any soft wheat flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp fine sea salt plus more for sprinkling the top with if desired
  • 1 C roughly chopped hazelnuts
  • 1/2 C chocolate chips
  • 1/2 C soft Medjool dates pits removed, roughly chopped and tossed with 1 tbsp flour to keep them from sticking

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Prepare an 8x8 pan by lining it with paper and lightly greasing the paper. Set aside.
  2. In a bowl, stir together the melted coconut oil, maple syrup, brown sugar and flax egg.
  3. Add the flour, baking powder and salt and mix well.
  4. Stir in the nuts, chocolate and dates. Once combined pour into the prepared baking pan, spread evenly and place in the oven.
  5. Bake at 350 degrees for 27-30 minutes until golden, being careful not to over bake.
  6. Remove from the oven and sprinkle with a pinch of sea salt and leave to cool completely before cutting.