Cookie Dough and Cacao Squares

I always see recipes for a variety of chocolate/date/caramel/shortbread type squares – they usually look delicious and I’m are they are, but they are often the sort of dessert that can really only be a treat due to the high fat and calories of coconut oil, and sugars in dates and chocolate etc.

I tried to follow some of the ideas of one of my favourite recipe creators, chocolate covered Kate, who always creates healthy and ‘everyday’ versions of treats.

As much as I love creating nutritious treats to be enjoyed on occasion, I also like creating recipes that you can a tonne of after dinner and not feel the results of.

So I had a go at these, as a sort of half way house. At less than 50 cals per square you can almost eat the whole tray.

Cookie Dough and Cacao Squares


Cookie Dough Layer

  • 130 g Chickpeas
  • 30g g Peanut Butter
  • 25 g Maple Syrup
  • 15 g Coconut Flour
  • 50 g Unsweetened Apple Sauce
  • 20 g Stevia/Sweetener (I use Truvia)

Apple Layer

  • 150 g Chopped Apple
  • 60 g Unsweetened Apple Sauce
  • 10 g Stevia/Sweetener (I use Truvia)

Bottom Layer

  • Brownie/Blondie*


Cookie Dough Layer

  1. Mix together the cookie dough ingredients in a food processor or blender until it becomes a paste like texture. 

Apple Layer

  1. For the apple layer, add the chopped apple, apple puree and sweetener to a pan and simmer for ten minutes. 


  1. Put the brownie layer into the bottom of a cake/brownie pan lined with clingfilm and then spread the apple mixture over it.

  2. Freeze for two hours.

  3. When this has cooled spread the cookie dough mixture onto the apple layer and freeze for another two hours until it’s set.

  4. When it’s set remove the slab, cut into squares and enjoy!

Recipe Notes

*I used my brownie recipe for the base, but the blondie recipe would also be great or a base of crushed biscuits.