Almond Butter Dark Brown Sugar Chocolate Chip Bars

I’ve made a ton of bars with peanut butter but it’s been years since I’ve baked with almond butter.

These easy, one-bowl, no-mixer bars were worth the wait.

Almond Butter Dark Brown Sugar Chocolate Chip Bars - Soft, chewy, and flourless so the creamy almond butter shines through with chocolate chips in every bite!! Easy, no-mixer recipe that's a guaranteed hit!!

They’re similar to The Best Flourless Peanut Butter Cookies in that there’s no flour but I swapped peanut butter for almond butter. The result is a soft, perfectly chewy bar, minus any gluten. The interaction of the almond butter and egg creates enough for structure that they don’t fall apart but if you love soft bars, these are for you.

They have a very rich depth of flavor courtesy of dark brown sugar. It has double the molasses of light brown sugar which plays perfectly with the almond butter.

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Almond Butter Dark Brown Sugar Chocolate Chip Bars - Soft, chewy, and flourless so the creamy almond butter shines through with chocolate chips in every bite!! Easy, no-mixer recipe that's a guaranteed hit!!

I used a raw, no-salt almond butter from Trader Joe’s. I wanted the bars to have a slightly salty-sweet quality so I added enough salt given my almond butter to achieve it. If your almond butter is already salted, scale back on the added salt.

All almond butters vary in their consistency and therefore baking times will vary. Thirteen to fourteen minutes is perfect in my oven and climate with my almond butter, but bake until your bars have set up.

Almond Butter Dark Brown Sugar Chocolate Chip Bars - Soft, chewy, and flourless so the creamy almond butter shines through with chocolate chips in every bite!! Easy, no-mixer recipe that's a guaranteed hit!!

Almond Butter Dark Brown Sugar Bars

There’s no flour in these easy, one-bowl, no-mixer bars making them soft, perfectly chewy bar, minus any gluten. They have a very rich depth of flavor courtesy of dark brown sugar which plays perfectly with the almond butter. I used a raw, no-salt almond butter. I wanted the bars to have a slightly salty-sweet quality so I added enough salt given my almond butter to achieve it. If your almond butter is already salted, scale back on the added salt. All almond butters vary in consistency and baking times will vary.

Ingredients:

  • one 16-ounce jar almond butter (I used raw, no-salt added)
  • 3/4 cup dark brown sugar, packed
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt, or to taste (scale back on the salt if your almond butter is salted)
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 cup mini semi-sweet chocolate chips, plus about 2 tablespoons for sprinkling (I recommend mini chips for better distribution)

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350F. Line an 8-by-8-inch baking pan with aluminum foil, spray with cooking spray; set aside.
  2. To a large bowl add the almond butter, dark brown sugar, and whisk until smooth and combined.
  3.  Add the egg, vanilla, salt, baking soda, and stir until combined. Dough will be thick and a bit granular.
  4. Add 1/2 cup chocolate chips and stir to combine.
  5. Turn the batter out into prepared pan, packing it with a spatula to form an even, smooth, flat layer.
  6. Evenly sprinkle with about 2 tablespoons chocolate chips.
  7. Bake for about 13 to 14 minutes, or until top is set in center and done; don’t overbake or bars will turn crumbly and not hold together. All almond butters vary in thickness, and climates and ovens vary, so baking times will vary. Bars firm up as they cool. Place pan on a wire rack to cool for at least 1 hour before slicing and serving. Bars will keep airtight at room temperature for up to 1 week, or in the freezer for up to 6 months.
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19 comments on “Almond Butter Dark Brown Sugar Chocolate Chip Bars”

  1. Averie, about how many cups of almond butter total?

  2. This looks delicious, I will try this recipe out on the 14th for my kids. This is it! So excited.

  3. We must be connected somehow because I’ve been baking with almond butter all week! It’s the best. Well, other than peanut butter. :) But these look amazing. I’m sure the brown sugar adds so much to the moisture!

  4. When it comes to nut butters, almond and peanut are my top 2! These look fabulous–simple with a touch of chocolate and sweet enough without being overly rich. Yum!!

  5. I am in love with this recipe. I love the use of almond butter and dark brown sugar – I can practically taste the caramelly fusion of flavor goodness. I don’t know that there is a national holiday corresponding to them today (it is National Plum Pudding Day), but there should be. :-) 

  6. They look absolutely fantastic! I’m craving almond butter now, it’s been so long since I had it!

  7. These look delicious Averie!  I love almond butter but haven’t used it in baking!  Can’t wait to try this one!

  8. I use almond butter sometimes, but what is raw almond butter?

  9. Love the combination of salty and sweet.  Not to mention, these looks super simple!  Yum!

  10. Averie,
    I prefer almond butter to peanut butter. These bars look delicious.
    Annamaria

  11. I find myself eating spoonfuls of almond butter as my snack quite often.  Putting it into yummy bars sounds like an even better idea! lol  Can’t wait to try these out :)

  12. I adore using almond butter when I bake so these bars are def up my alley!

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