Low-Carb Chocolate Chip Bars

Tired of dessert deprivation on a low-carb diet? These low-carb chocolate chip bars may be the answer.  Just in time for cookout season!  Tired of dessert deprivation on a low-carb diet? These low-carb chocolate chip bars may just be the answer.  Just in time for cookout season! 

Although my keto diet lasted only a month, I am still trying to eat low carb. Yes, once Covid hit, flexibility became more of a priority than dieting.  

But I did carry something from keto with me. I am (mostly) still avoiding sugar. So when my Sunday blogging group decided to celebrate cookouts, I wanted to do a dessert classic—chocolate chip bar cookies–without sugar (except for the chocolate chips–sugar free still in the mail). 

Tired of dessert deprivation on a low-carb diet? These low-carb chocolate chip bars may just be the answer.  Just in time for cookout season! Now I have to admit, I’ve had limited success with most of the keto baking I’ve tried. The mug bread was just okay (as an English muffin sub) though I did make it more than once. And the pancakes were so miserable we didn’t even finish trial run. So I was a little nervous going in.

Tired of dessert deprivation on a low-carb diet? These low-carb chocolate chip bars may just be the answer.  Just in time for cookout season! 

Ready to picnic

I found a recipe on the blog Fit to Serve and cut it in half. Even if I weren’t worried about it failing, I figured a small batch would be better in our household. 

As I mixed up the batter, it seemed pretty soft, and I was starting to get nervous. But as I stirred, it thickened up right before my eyes. It was the xanthan gum at work! I have often found the powerful thickener a challenge to work with, but it seemed perfect in this! 

When I took the bars out of the oven, I could hardly wait for them to cool.  But I could tell they were going to crumble if I didn’t wait. When I finally got to taste, they were seriously good. And when my picky daughter ate two, I knew we had a winner.

And one final note. I substituted goat cheese for the cream cheese, since that was the closest thing I had. If nothing else, this is making me more resourceful! Tired of dessert deprivation on a low-carb diet? These low-carb chocolate chip bars may just be the answer.  Just in time for cookout season! 

 

Tired of dessert deprivation on a low-carb diet? These low-carb chocolate chip bars may just be the answer.  Just in time for cookout season! 

Low-Carb Chocolate Chip Bars

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Additional Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 30 minutes

Tired of dessert deprivation on a low-carb diet? These low-carb chocolate chip bars may just be the answer.  Just in time for cookout season! 

Ingredients

  • 4 ounces of cream cheese (room temperature)
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter (room temperature )
  • 1 cup Swerve or other sweetener
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • ½ cup almond flour
  • 3 Tablespoons coconut flour
  • Pinch of salt
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon xanthan gum
  • ½ cup chocolate chips (sugar free if you have them

Instructions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a 9 x 9-inch cookie pan with parchment paper.  

With an electric mixer cream butter, cream cheese, vanilla extract and sugar substitute. 

Add the eggs one at a time, mix well making between adds

Fold in the almond flour, coconut flour, baking powder, salt, and xanthan gum.

Stir in the chocolate chips.

Pour into 9 x 9 pan and level as well as you can. Bake for 30-45 minutes or until golden on top

Cool completely.  Use ends of parchment to pull cookies out, then cut on a flat surface.

Notes

You can also add 1/2 cup of walnuts if you'd like

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18 thoughts on “Low-Carb Chocolate Chip Bars

    1. Inger Post author

      The texture was just slightly different than a regular bar chocolate chip cookie but plenty close (I was so excited!)!

    1. Inger Post author

      I am eating a lot less dessert too David. It is surprisingly hard to sub out sugar (even with erithyritol). Okay, maybe not that surprising.

  1. Juliana

    Oh Inger these low carb chocolate chips bars look and sound delicious…cream cheese and coconut flour? Yes!
    Have a great rest of the week and stay safe!

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