chocolate chip cookie bars

Many of you know my youngest has severe food allergies. He’s allergic to all dairy products and nuts. Needless to say, it’s challenging. Every school snack, every birthday party, every sports snack… he always looks to me with that face and those big blue eyes… “Can I have it mommy?” It’s heart breaking because 90% of the time I have to say “I’m sorry baby!”

I of course carry snacks with me, but it’s just not the same when he can’t have what all the other kids are having, especially when it’s something chocolate. That’s just a treat he doesn’t get very often.

So I’ve been working on some recipes that I can make for him and that other moms who have little ones suffering from food allergies can eat too! And with that in mind, if you know of a great website, resource, recipe, etc. I’d love to hear about it. My biggest challenge is finding dairy-free chocolate easily. The chocolate featured in this post is from a local bakery, but it only comes in small chips. I want large blocks and chips for melting and baking.

So this weekend I whipped up dairy-free chocolate chip cookie bars. Both of my boys loved them and my oldest does’t have food allergies. Here’s what you’ll need:

  • 2 1/4 cup self-rising flour
  • 1 cup softened butter (I use Smart Balance Light, make sure you look for the “vegan” language on the front as there are a few ”light” versions)
  • 3/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • tsp. vanilla
  • 1 12 0z package semi-sweet dairy-free chocolate chips (as I mentioned above, these are from a local bakery, but I’d love a resource for large chips and blocks if you know one)
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs

Preheat to 375 and in small bowl combine butter, sugar, brown sugar and vanilla, beat until creamy. Beat in eggs and then gradually add flour, mixing well. Finally stir/fold in the chocolate chips. Bake in a 8″ pan for 16 min and cut into 2″ squares.

As always, I hope you’re inspired to craft, bake and create!

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Kim Byers, creative director & owner of The Celebration Shoppe. Her work has been featured in Parents, Better Homes and Gardens, All You, Pregnancy, iVillage, Huffington Post and many others. Kim is also a contributing writer for Kellogg's Snackpicks and Parade magazine, as well as craft contributor for JoAnn.

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  1. 1

    just wanted to let you know that you can get vegan semi-sweet chocolate chips regular size at trader joes if you have one in your area!

  2. 2

    Tanisha – we do have one across town. Thanks for sharing!

  3. 3

    Hi Kim,

    My 7 year old son Noah, is also allergic to dairy and nuts, plus eggs and all fish. We use Enjoy Life Chocolate Chips for our dairy free chips. They sell them at Fresh & Easy and Raley’s, in the allergy-free section. I have found the The Food Allergy Mama website to be extremely helpful. Kelly also does her baking egg free, but it is definitely worth looking at. She also has a cookbook that I have called The Food Allergy Mama’s Baking Book.

    I notice as Noah gets older he is having more trouble feeling left out when it comes to snacks after games and at parties. I try to find out what type of snack or treat is being offered and bring one that is the same for Noah, but of course is safe for him.

    Good Luck!
    Sherri

  4. 4

    Hi Kim,

    My 7 year old son, Noah is allergic to dairy and nuts also and is also allergic to eggs and fish and shellfish. I use Enjoy Life Chocolate Chips when baking for Noah we get them at Fresh & Easy, Raley’s and Whole Foods. I have found The Food Allergy Mama website to extremely helpful. Kelly bakes dairy, nut and egg free. I also have her cookbook, The Food Allergy Mama’s Baking Book, it is fantastic!

    When we need a treat or dessert when going to a party or after a game I ask what is being served and then make the same for Noah, that is safe for him to eat. As he gets older he is feeling left out more and asks more and more when he will be able to eat the things as his friends.

    Good Luck!
    Sherri

  5. 5

    Sherri – thank you for the resources! And I’m with you, when I can I try bring the “same” snack. He too is getting more sensitive the older he gets. No one likes to be left out…