cookie dough chocolate bark stacked on top of each other

The most deliciously addicting little bites! Cookie dough chocolate bark that happens to be gluten free AND vegan! Win win!

Happy happy Monday! I have been a little quiet on here and Instagram, since we are down to the wire with wedding planning on top of it being the holidays!

We spent the entire weekend with family :). On Friday we had a Christmas party and candle exchange with my cousins! It was so fun. Then on Saturday we went to brunch and a showing of “It’s a Wonderful Life” with my parents, siblings, and a bunch of my cousins/aunts and uncles. Fun fact: I have 45 first cousins on my dad’s said. And no that is not a typo! So yea, 50 of us showed up to this movie LOL. Such a good time. Finally, on Sunday we spent the day finalizing our wedding table settings with both of our mom’s– I definitely underestimated how tough making the seating arrangements would be! It’s so hard to fit people into a specific number of seats per table, but we got it all worked out perfectly!

cookie dough chocolate bark with sea salt on parchment paper
cookie dough chocolate bark with sea salt on plate

Anyways, I made these cookie dough bark bites for the party on Friday and they were a huge hit! They were soo easy to make and perfect for a holiday party contribution.

You may recognize the cookie dough layer– it’s essentially the dough from my classic walnut oat bars (the best!!) with a tweak here and there. Then all you need is your favorite chocolate or chocolate chips and some flakey sea salt. Never skip the sea salt if you ask me 😉 The best flavor addition.

cookie dough chocolate bark with sea salt on plate

This chocolate bark is 3 amazing layers of goodness. You would never know it was gluten free or vegan, either! They’re the perfect little decadent bite. Enjoy! xx

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Raw Cookie Dough Bark (Vegan + Gluten Free)

  • Author: Mia Zarlengo
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 16 squares 1x
  • Category: Dessert


Gluten free and vegan cookie dough chocolate bark!



For the 1st chocolate layer:

  • 1/2 cup chopped chocolate bar or chocolate chips
  • 1 tsp coconut oil

For the cookie dough layer:

  • 1 cup raw walnuts
  • 1 cup gluten free rolled oats
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 2 tbsp avocado oil
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla extract

For the 2nd chocolate layer:

  • 1/3 cup chopped chocolate or chocolate chips*
  • 1 tsp coconut oil
  • Flakey sea salt


  1. Line an 8×8 inch baking dish with parchment paper. I find it easiest to tape it down to the sides to lay flat. 
  2. In a microwave or on the stove, melt the chocolate with the coconut oil until melted and smooth. Be careful not to burn!
  3. Spread the chocolate sauce onto the parchment lined baking dish and set in the freezer to harden.
  4. Meanwhile, make the cookie dough. Add oats, walnuts, and sea salt to a food processor. Pulse for 15-20 seconds, until a meal forms. While processor is still on, pour in maple syrup, avocado oil, and vanilla extract. Process until a dough forms. This should take 1 minute or less. Set aside.
  5. Melt the chocolate and coconut oil for the top layer the same way as the first layer.
  6. Remove baking dish with hardened chocolate and spread the cookie dough on top with a rubber spatula. Pour the second layer of chocolate over and sprinkle with flakey sea salt. Set in the freezer to harden. Serve or keep stored in the freezer in an airtight container. 


*To keep this vegan, be sure to use vegan chocolate!

* If you want a thicker chocolate layer, use 1/2 cup. I like to use 1/3 cup for a thinner chocolate layer on top!

Dairy Free, Dessert, Gluten Free, Paleo, Recipes, Vegan, Vegetarian


Dec 16, 2019

Raw Cookie Dough Bark (Vegan + Gluten Free)

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  1. MNP says:

    I just made this and it tastes amazing! I didn’t see where to add the vanilla, but figured that was with the avocado oil and maple syrup. I also needed 1/2 cup of melted chocolate for the top. 1/3 cup wasn’t enough. Thanks for an awesome recipe!

    • Mia Zarlengo says:

      You’re so right I need to add the vanilla in there! And yes you can totally do the 1/2 cup for a thicker chocolate layer 🙂 So happy you love the recipe!

  2. Jessica says:

    I just made this – so easy and omg so yummy! I added a (big) handful of shredded coconut to the cookie dough mixture – 10/10 recommend, this is definitely going to be a go to recipe for me ????

  3. Jess B says:

    Wow these are seriously incredible- I had to comment and let you know! I made them for my family as one of our Christmas desserts and everyone went crazy for them. I’m low key addicted. Thanks for this one and all your delicious recipes!

  4. Victoria says:

    I brought these to my family Christmas this year and they were a huge hit! Everyone was surprised that they were also vegan/ gf because they tasted just like real cookie dough

  5. Whitney says:

    Tastes like legit cookie dough. Best healthier dessert I’ve made in forever!!!!

  6. Brie says:

    My housemate & made these & told our partners as they went to take a bite that they’re vegan & GF.. they both took a nibble anyway & then didn’t believe us because they still tasted AMAZING! I wish there was an endless supply of this in my home. So delicious & it hits that sweet tooth in the afternoons!

  7. Julianna says:

    These were such a treat! My boyfriend and I always get cravings for sweets, so it’s nice to find a better alternative to feed the craving! I highly recommend this recipe- super easy to make too!

  8. Kelsey says:

    I am a firm supporter of sugar-full, gluten-full, butter-rich desserts but recently made this recipe when I had a sweet tooth. My fiance and I call them crack bars…they are SO amazing and addicting. Highly recommend.

  9. Ariej Alkowni says:

    So so good! Can be dressed up and I kept it in the freezer! I pop them out for a sweet-tooth fix and perfect for guest.

    Sometimes I add coconut shreds inside!

  10. Lily says:

    This was delicious, thanks for sharing!!

  11. Tia says:

    My absolute new favorite dessert to keep in the freezer! Just made a 2nd pan because it goes so quickly in our house! So good!!

  12. Katie says:

    This is the second year in a row that I’ve made these to complement the assortment of Christmas cookies and they have been such a huge hit every time! Love that they are a healthier spin on all the other sweets this time of year. Will keep this as a Christmas cookie tradition!

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