Healthy No Bake Sugar Cookie Bars (Paleo, Vegan, Gluten Free)

These healthy no bake sugar cookie bars are soft, chewy and loaded with holiday flavor but completely guilt-free- Even the protein packed frosting! Made with no butter, oil, flour or granulated sugar, these no bake sugar cookie bars are naturally gluten free, vegan, paleo, keto and low carb- They are also sugar free!

Two healthy no bake sugar bars topped with a protein cream cheese frosting.

 

Keto Low Carb Sugar Cookie Bars

Welcome to the biggest oxymoron of the century.

A sugar cookie inspired recipe without any refined sugar.

Wham. 

Bam.

Thank you, Ma’am. 

 

Can we talk sugar cookies for a minute? Okay, good.

Growing up, during the holiday months, my sister and I would occasionally be gifted sugar cookies. Those days, they were delicious, plain cookies with a disgraceful hard artificial frosting…in pink. On the other hand, we had Niki who LOVED the pink frosting (with sprinkles!) but hated the cookie part.

In one of the rarest of occasions ever, we shared. I would eat the bottom cookie part and she would eat the frosting. It was a gloriously disgraceful sight. 

Healthy Paleo Vegan Sugar Cookie Bars

Eventually, the sugar cookie phase left, mainly because my mum thought what my sister and I did was repulsive. She suggested I eat plain cookies instead (I recall she pointed to the fruit bowl…) and she told Niki that the tooth fairy had gone on vacation. 

I think that scarred Niki for life. 

If you’ve been a long-term reader here, you know that we don’t do things the standard way here. As such, I’ve taken all the best bits of a sugar cookie and given it a healthy (NO) bake-over!

My intentions with today’s recipe is to combine the best parts of a sugar cookie but give it a healthy makeover. As always, it has to taste pretty similar and just as easy to whip up! 

A stack of healthy no bake sugar cookie bars topped with a cream cheese dairy free frosting.

Let’s compare the two…

A traditional sugar cookie- Soft and chewy vanilla flavored cookie with a hardened frosting with sprinkles. They are usually made with butter, flour, oil, MULTIPLE sources of sugar and an overly processed icing.

My sugar cookie twist? A delicious soft and chewy ‘sugar’ cookie base which requires to baking whatsoever, coupled with a thick vanilla cookie frosting which is completely healthy and packed with protein. My ingredients? Let’s just say its a full 180 from what its traditional counterparts have!

Oh, and even though they are called ‘sugar’ cookies, there isn’t an inch of the granulated white stuff in this.

Promise. 

Instead, we use monk fruit sweetened maple syrup and granulated monk fruit for the sweetness- Both of these are super low carb and 100% sugar-free- they are also keto-friendly and vegan!

A stack of 3 healthy no bake sugar cookie bars.

These healthy no bake sugar cookie bars have a thick, soft and chewy base, topped with a creamy protein packed frosting- They may look sinful but they are completely guilt-free! These sugar cookie bars are the perfect healthy twist on traditional holiday, Christmas, and festive treats, and make the perfect snack, dessert or anytime treat! Unlike traditional sugar cookies, these contain no butter, no oil, no grains, granulated sugar or any nasties- Although you’d never be able to tell!

I thank the use of coconut flour and smart swaps in the cookie base for achieving this! Bonus? They don’t even need an oven- A simple one bowl recipe with barely any time needed from prep to plate! Depending on which option you choose Depending on which option you choose (and which frosting you use- This one is the vanilla protein frosting), this recipe is completely paleo, vegan, gluten free, sugar free, keto, dairy free and grain free! 

It’s the ultimate keto and vegan holiday dessert, perfect for Christmas, Thanksgiving or anytime really!

Three healthy no bake sugar cookie bars topped with a dairy-free frosting and sprinkles

For the frosting, the one pictured here is using a protein frosting (check out this page for my tried and tested favorites), but for those who want a non-protein option, check out the coconut cream based alternatives! Or well, you could just frost it any way you like….

HACK! For those of you with nut allergies, I’d recommend swapping out the nut butter with either a sweetened sunflower seed butter or a soy nut butter. Using tahini or an unsweetened nut butter alternative leaves it a little bitter and oily. 

Make these healthy no bake sugar cookie bars minus the sugar part (hello, oxymoron) and enjoy these on your own.

No artificial hardened frosting here. 

Healthy No Bake Paleo Vegan Sugar Cookie Bars

Healthy No Bake Sugar Cookie Bars (Keto, Low Carb, Paleo, Vegan)

These healthy no bake sugar cookie bars are soft, chewy and loaded with holiday flavor but completely guilt-free- Vegan, paleo, keto, sugar-free, low carb, dairy free.
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CourseDessert
Prep Time5 minutes
Cook Time25 minutes
Total Time30 minutes
Servings12 servings
Calories149kcal
AuthorArman

Ingredients

For the sugar cookie base

For the protein frosting

For the coconut butter frosting

  • 4-6 T coconut butter melted
  • 2 T granulated sweetener of choice or pure maple syrup
  • Dairy free milk to thin out

Instructions

For the sugar cookie base

  • Line an 8 x 8 inch baking pan with tin foil and set aside.
  • In a large mixing bowl, combine your flours, protein powder, cinnamon and granulated sweetener and set aside.
  • In a microwave safe bowl or stovetop, melt your cashew butter with the sticky sweetener of choice. Whisk in the vanilla extract and optional butter extract and pour into the dry mixture. Mix very well until fully incorporated. Using a tablespoon, add milk of choice until a very thick batter is formed.
  • Pour batter in the lined baking pan and press firmly in place. Sprinkle with the 1/2 teaspoon of granulated sweetener and optional sprinkles and refrigerate for at least 10 minutes, or until firm. Once firm, add frosting of choice and refrigerate for another 30 minutes to firm up before slicing.

To make frosting(s)

  • Combine all ingredients and use milk of choice to thin out until a very thick frosting is formed.

Notes

No bake sugar cookie bars should be kept refrigerated but can be frozen too.
These would be perfect to wrap individually and gift to others for a healthy holiday treat!
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Nutrition

Serving: 1Bar | Calories: 149kcal | Carbohydrates: 10g | Protein: 10g | Fat: 5g | Fiber: 6g | Vitamin A: 4% | Vitamin C: 2% | Calcium: 2% | Iron: 4%

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42 thoughts on “Healthy No Bake Sugar Cookie Bars (Paleo, Vegan, Gluten Free)

  1. Sugar cookies used to be my least prefered Christmas cookies because I never liked the frosting. When I started to get into the Christmas cookie baking aka took it over because my mum hates to bake (I can’t blame her) I discovered how delicious they are pre-frosting. So I always put aside some for me. Double win as nobody but me liked them that ‘boring’ 🙂
    When I make those bars I will definitely omit the frosting again. The only frosting I ever really liked was cream cheese frosting. Now I think you actually know all of this anyway and I wonder why I even bother writing this comment 😛

  2. I can not wait to make these (minus the coconut flour, I’ll let you know how it works out). Also this post cracked me up as always. Especially the “sugar sugar how you look so fine” 🙂 Thanks for another yummy recipe, brother!!

  3. Oh, you can’t leave me hangin’ like that, Arman! Did the tooth fairy ever come back from vacation?? Inquiring minds (like mine…and Niki’s…) need to know! Also, these sugar cookie bars look delicious. I love sugar cookies…they’re probably my favorite cookie. And frosted sugar cookies? Yes, please! I rarely indulge in them now, but I used to love ’em when I was a kid!

  4. I now have a HUGE hankering for your treats, Arman. Wow. I blame you for all my midnight snacking. Have you ever tried the Lofthouse soft sugar cookies?? Those are my sugar cookies of choice. Or the Pillsbury ones with the holiday pictures on them that you literally just throw into the oven to bake.
    But these are healthy, so I guess I’ll eat these instead (and have the others for dessert).

  5. Hey there! I am new to using protein powder in recipes and I have a bag of Jay Robb unflavored protein isolate. Should I add extra vanilla flavoring to the recipe, just use what I have, or is the vanilla flavored powder a must for this recipe? Thanks for your tips!

  6. What does the nut butter replace in this recipe?

    Is it possible to use it instead of eggs and oil (?) in other recipes I use? Thanks!

  7. Hi Arman! If I used white sugar instead of the stevia blend, no butter extract(but maybe a tbsp of real butter) almond butter, vanilla whey protein powder, and honey for the other sweetener- would it still taste like a sugar cookie bar?

      1. Thanks! Do you think if I still used whey(since that’s all I have on hand right now) but put the bars in the freezer, that they would firm up alright and taste good too?

  8. Thank you for this recipe! It was a winner in my house. I used 34g/scoop for protein powder and a maple syrup/honey blend because I din not have enough maple! Oh, and I added a pinch of salt to the dry ingredients.

  9. I made these tonight and can’t wait to try them tomorrow!! However, all I had on hand was whey protein, and it was sticky in the frosting and definitely didn’t look fluffy like yours. :-/ Hoping it still tastes delicious. Do you use the Casein protein listed on your product page for this recipe? I noticed casein protein is thicker and takes longer to digest so I am guessing maybe you used that since your frosting looks thicker. Thanks!!

  10. Arman, I made mine, they were brown and not yellow like yours, and gritty. Don’t know what I did wrong…I used sunflower butter ( no nuts for me) microwaved it so I could stir it. Please advise……

  11. You use monks fruit for sweetener in a lot of your recipes. I didn’t think this was an alternative for the KETO diet? Can you sub swerve and if so how much? thanks

  12. You mentioned making a nut free version with the sunbutter, but how would you make this without the almond flour? Use all coconut flour?

  13. Hello! I just made macarons, so I’m all out of almond flour. Can I sub all- purpose GF flour? It’s a rice, brown rice, sorghum flour, and tapioca, potato starch mix. (The usual mix).

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