Raw Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Bars (made from almond milk pulp)

by Beth @ Tasty Yummies

Raw Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Bars - Made from Almond Milk Pulp

Every week I make at least one quart of homemade almond milk, if not more than that. For a while now I have been taking the leftover almond milk pulp and immediately placing it in the dehydrator and drying it out, then I give it a few quick pulses in the food processor before add it to a jar in the fridge.

I usually just add it to granolas or cereals, sometimes muffins or other baked goods, but mostly I have just been collecting a ton of this almond pulp flour, waiting to come up with the perfect use for it.

These raw chocolate chip cookie dough bars are the answer!! I have been making something kinda similar for a while now, with blanched almond flour and I would usually make a single serving in a bowl.  A simple way to handle those sweet cravings at the end of the day. That is, until I came across this recipe on Pinterest, which gave me the idea to make it into bars. Which is also when I thought this would be the perfect use for all of the dehydrated almond pulp.

Raw Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Bars - Made from Almond Milk Pulp

These cookie dough bars are grain-free, egg-free, easily made vegan, they are safe-to-eat raw, and they taste just like the real deal, usually made with eggs and butter. Now, I generally prefer to eat dairy-free, but since I am lucky to not have a dairy intolerance or allergy, I can be  a bit lax on this. Good grass-fed organic butter is one of those things I keep on hand for special uses. If I am having a fried egg, I want it cooked in a teaspoon of butter, grilled corn just isn’t the same without a little melted butter and so on. But generally I prefer to bake dairy-free most of the time. That said, I have found that these bars are amazing and taste most like the real thing when they are made with some good quality grass-fed butter (local if you can find it) and for me, it is a fine time to indulge a little. I can tell you though that they are also insanely delicious with softened coconut oil, which I have made several times and really enjoy, as well. If you are vegan, you can also easily substitute your favorite vegan butter.

Raw Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Bars - Made from Almond Milk Pulp

Raw chocolate chip cookie dough is one of those things that will forever make me happy and will always bring out the child in me. I still remember my mom making chocolate chip cookies and us begging for some of the dough. Such a treat.

Raw Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Bars - Made from Almond Milk Pulp

I add a whole vanilla bean to my almond milk, so my pulp has these beautiful tasty flecks of the vanilla bean in it, that makes these cookie dough bars all the more better. If you don’t use vanilla bean in your almond milk, consider adding another teaspoon or two of the vanilla extract to your dough. Additionally, I found the secret to really getting these bars to taste like the real thing, is a pinch or two of baking soda, found in most traditional chocolate chip cookie doughs. That is one of those subtle nuances to this recipe that to me, takes it to that next level and really has this tasting like the traditional cookie dough you remember from being  kid.

Almond Milk Pulp Flour

Dehydrating Almond Milk Pulp Into Flour:

In a dehydrator:

Arrange the almond milk pulp in a single layer in your dehydrator. Set the temperature to around 115ºF or so. Dehydrate until hard and dry. Approximately 8-12 hours.

In the oven:

Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and arrange the pulp in a even layer. Set the oven to it’s lowest temperature (preferably somewhere around 100ºF) 4-8 hours, checking every so often, especially if your temperature is a bit higher. Alternatively you can just leave the pulp day or two in the oven, with it turned off.

Process:

Add the dehydrated almond pulp flour to your food processor or blender and process until it is finely ground powder.

Storage:

Store in an airtight jar or container in the refrigerator

 
Raw Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Bars - Made from Almond Milk Pulp

PLEASE NOTE: I am sure this isn’t a truly “raw” recipe, given some of the various ingredients used. This description is more referring to the dough being unbaked and mimicking traditional “raw” cookie dough.

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{ 24 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Jeanne May 27, 2014 at 9:02 am

Yum! Love this use for almond pulp, ALWAYS looking for recipes using the pulp!! Thanks!

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2 Julia May 27, 2014 at 9:07 am

This is a fantastic idea! I love that you take a no-waste approach to cooking. I STILL have never made a homemade nut milk, but once I do, you can be sure I’ll be making these no-bake cookie dough bars immediately after. They look so tasty and would certainly bring out the kid in me too! 😀

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3 Baby June May 27, 2014 at 9:51 am

What a great idea! I think having these in mind for using the leftovers would be great motivation to go out and make almond milk at home. 🙂

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4 Sherrie | With Food + Love May 27, 2014 at 10:39 am

Brilliant idea + LOVE LOVE LOVE this styling!!

XO SHERRIE

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5 Sammie May 27, 2014 at 3:07 pm

Love this! One thing I’ve never understood though is why you have to dehydrate it? If I make them immediately after making almond milk and the pulp is still wet is it going to ruin the recipe? Thank for any info!

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6 tastyyummies May 27, 2014 at 3:19 pm

Thanks Sammie. So it’s not so much that it would ruin the recipe if it wasn’t dehydrated, but the pulp is quite saturated and wet. Since there really is very little liquid in this recipe it could end up being soggy and mealy instead of more creamy like traditional cookie dough. I haven’t tried it myself, but if you do, please report back, I would love to hear the results.

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7 Sammie May 27, 2014 at 3:27 pm

Ah I see. I’ll give it a try sometime soon and let you know!

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8 Megan August 14, 2014 at 7:20 am

I am curious to try this with the wet almond pulp too, maybe cut back on the honey.

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9 Adrienne @ Whole New Mom May 28, 2014 at 12:44 pm

All I can say is, YUM!!!

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10 Rachel @ Grok Grub May 28, 2014 at 9:04 pm

I like to eat raw cookie dough, so I’d probably like to eat this. 😉

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11 Wendy | Around My Family Table May 29, 2014 at 12:47 pm

Now I want to make almond milk just so I can use up the pulp for the recipe! What a great way to use everything with no waste.

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12 tastyyummies June 4, 2014 at 7:41 am

Wendy – you totally HAVE to make your own almond milk, it is seriously soo easy and you will literally become obsessed with these bars after one batch 😉

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13 rika@vm May 29, 2014 at 11:31 pm

I made raw almond milk few months ago and didn’t know what to do with almond pulp. I kept the almond pulp in an airtight container and few weeks later I forgot about it. I don’t have a dehydrator, and thank you for the oven method, Beth! Man, these raw chocolate chip cookie dough bars look amazing and yum! Thank you for sharing this recipe and tip on using the leftover almond pulp! Have a great weekend, Beth!

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14 tastyyummies June 9, 2014 at 8:17 am

Thanks so much, I hope you love these as much as we do, if you make them. I am obsessed.

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15 The vegan 8 June 2, 2014 at 9:38 pm

These look so pretty! I have a very similar recipe using my leftover almond pulp too on my blog. I just use almond butter instead of butter and I bake them! They are so delicious. Yours look wonderful raw. Delish!! Almond pulp is awesome as bars 🙂

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16 tastyyummies June 9, 2014 at 8:17 am

Thanks!! Yum I love the idea of adding almond butter!!

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17 Michelle June 7, 2014 at 8:25 am

I always wish people would wait to comment until they try it so I can see what other people think of the recipe. So here goes… I made these this morning. I used coconut oil instead of butter, almond flour/meal, a bit less honey than called for (we try to keep low-carb as much as possible) and then used 3/4 TBSP Truvia in place of the granulated sugar. To me, these taste just like a Mounds bar! What a WONDERFUL surprise! I love Mounds, but know they’re full of junk. My kids love them. My hubby doesn’t tolerate coconut oil (not a true allergy but severe tummy symptoms), so while I feel bad that he can’t have them, I’m very happy that they will last longer. 😉 The slightly grainy/nutty texture adds to the Mounds idea, too, I think. Thank you for the recipe… love it! ~Michelle

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18 tastyyummies June 9, 2014 at 8:18 am

Hey Michelle, thanks so much for taking the time to leave feedback. I am so happy to hear these worked so well with your subs. Oooh I love that you said because of the coconut oil it gave these a “Mounds Bar” type flavor, that is really so true. Thanks again for sharing!! xo

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19 Jen July 21, 2014 at 7:09 pm

I’m dying to make these NOW…right now! BUT…I have no almond flour, which I thought I did. and I don’t have the stuff from homemade almond milk bc I literally started eating like this 2 weeks ago! But I do have coconut flour…think that would work???

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20 Beth @ Tasty Yummies July 21, 2014 at 8:10 pm

Jen coconut flour is much much more absorbent than almond flour and calls for a far different ratio than the almond flour in recipes so it won’t work here. If you wish to make this recipe with something other than almond flour, it will work with another nut flour or possibly a seed flour, but I would not recommend using coconut flour, at least not in these measurements.

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21 Chassie November 18, 2014 at 4:34 pm

I just whipped these up with my leftover almond milk pulp and they are AMAZING! Thank you for sharing!

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22 Claire January 7, 2015 at 12:33 pm

I’ve been eyeing this recipe since you posted it, and I finally made it yesterday. It is delicious! I used 1/2 ghee and 1/2 coconut oil, and I substituted applesauce for about half of the honey. Thanks so much for a great recipe, and a wonderful way to use all my almond pulp! I will definitely be making this again!

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23 Sarah January 9, 2015 at 10:27 am

Hi! I just made these and absolutely love them! They are in my freezer now! 🙂 I wanted to scoop them out and make them into balls but the batter was crumbly but they easily pressed into my pan. I made them using Dr. Bronner’s unrefined virgin coconut oil, local honey, light brown sugar, 1 tsp of Madagascar vanilla, Bob’s Red Mill blanched almond meal, no baking soda-and they were still delicious without it-, Real Salt and Enjoy Life chocolate chips. I wanted to eat the whole batter!! But I did not so my husband and son can enjoy them too! Thank you for posting them!! 🙂

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24 Beth @ Tasty Yummies January 13, 2015 at 5:15 pm

Thanks so much Sarah, this makes me SOOO happy to hear! I love this recipe and how simple it is. Thanks for the comment.

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