Healthy Lunchbox Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Snack Bars

Do you need a healthy snack option in your kids’ lunchbox and are tired of buying the same overpriced snack bars over and over again at the grocery? You will love this recipe. These chocolate chip cookie dough snack bars are a copy cat recipe for the very popular store-bought ones.

Healthy Lunchbox Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Snack Bars

With many of us trying to eat more fresh, healthy, home-cooked meals and snacks, this recipe is a great add-in for your weekly rotations, meal planning and for filling our lunchboxes with.

What I like best about these snack bars, besides how great they taste, is they come together super fast! Don’t believe me? Check out this quick video.

With five simple ingredients, most of which you probably already have, these bars will be ready to eat in no time. Packing them for school or in a snack box is super easy too and it’s such a surprise to find a terrific healthy treat like these chocolate chip cookie dough bars.

So, whether you pack these in your kid’s lunchbox or your own, they make a great snack to keep you held over until you get home for the evening.

What’s your favorite lunchbox snack?

Healthy Lunchbox Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Snack Bars


Healthy Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Snack Bars
Serves: 9-12 bars
  • 2 cups raw cashew pieces*
  • 12 pitted Medjool dates
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • pinch of salt
  • ¼ cup mini chocolate chips or chocolate chunks
  1. Line a 9x9 pan with parchment paper.
  2. In the bowl of the food processor, pulse cashew pieces and dates until they begin to form a paste. Add in vanilla extract and salt, and continue to process until the mixture is a cohesive paste. Add in chocolate chips and pulse to combine.
  3. Spread mixture over parchment paper and with your hands, press down and spread evenly, to about ½ – ¾ inch thick. Refrigerate for 1-2 hours until firm.
  4. Picking up the parchment paper, remove from pan and cut into individual bars. Wrap individually and store in refrigerator for about a week. Bars can also be wrapped and frozen.
Substitute the cashews with pumpkin seeds (pepitas) or sunflower seeds for a nut-free recipe.

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Laura Fuentes is the founder of MOMables and a mom to 3 kids. She's the Author of 3 cookbooks, has competed (and won!) on Food Network, is a TODAY Food contributor, has a column on the Huffington Post and creates recipes for numerous print magazines. She also produces recipe videos for the MOMables YouTube Channel.