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Chocolate Chip Gingerbread Cake Bars

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We love baking together around the holidays, and though we love to indulge in our fair share of sugary holiday treats, it’s also nice to have some healthy(ish), allergy-friendly treats on hand that still bring that fun holiday feel for our family and friends alike. Don’t let the nut-free and refined-sugar-free subtitle fool you though, these gingerbread bars are sweet, delicious and festive- the perfect snack for a cold winter afternoon with a hot cocoa for the kiddos and a coffee for mom and dad, or for your next family gathering. They’re even delicious for a quick before-school breakfast!

Chocolate Chip Gingerbread Cake Bars

Gluten-free, nut-free, refined sugar free

Makes 12-16 cake bars

Dry ingredients:

2 cups oat flour*

1 tsp baking powder

1 tsp ground ginger

1/2 tsp cinnamon

1/4 tsp nutmeg

1/4 tsp cardamom (optional, but delicious!)

1/2 tsp sea salt

Wet ingredients:

2 eggs

1/4 cup coconut oil or butter, melted and slightly cooled

1/2 cup maple syrup

2 tbsp molasses

1 tsp vanilla extract

1/3-1/2 cup chocolate chips

  1. Preheat oven to 350. Grease an 8×8” glass baking dish.
  2. Whisk dry ingredients in a large bowl.
  3. In a separate bowl, combine all wet ingredients, whisking well.
  4. Mix wet into dry, stirring until well-combined. Stir in chocolate chips.
  5. Bake for 30 minutes, or until a toothpick in the center comes out clean. Let cool and slice.

*To make your own oat flour easily at home, grind 2 cups of dry rolled oats in a blender or food processor until they’re a fine meal. Use certified gluten-free oats if your family is sensitive!

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