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Healthier Chocolate Chip Cake Bars – My Fussy Eater

A healthier take on Chocolate Chip Cake Bars, low in sugar and brilliant for an afternoon snack for kids or to pop into their lunch box.

Chocolate chip cake bars

If you’re looking for a snack that the kids are going to love but is also a little healthier then you’re going to love these Chocolate Chip Cake Bars.

Cake Bars are brilliant as they’re so easy to make. There’s no faffing around with muffin tins or cases. The dry ingredients are mixed together in one bowl and the wet ingredients in a jug.

Mix them together, add the chocolate chips and then the cake mixture goes straight into a tin. So quick and easy!

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Once cooked and cooled, the cake bars are cut into 16 squares, the perfect single serve portion for kids.


Flour – The plain flour can be substituted for wholemeal flour or any type of gluten free flour too.

Butter– This can be substituted for coconut oil.

Yogurt – Non-dairy yogurt will work fine.

Honey – Use maple syrup or agave syrup instead.

Egg – I haven’t tried using an egg replacer in this recipe so can’t say that it would definitely work. However if you try it please do let me know.

Apple Sauce – This can be substituted for one small mashed banana.

chocolate chip cake bars


These cake bars can be kept in an airtight container for 2 days. They can also be frozen. Place them individually on a plate or tray and flash freeze for 1 hour. Transfer into freezer bags or a freezer container. This will stop them from sticking together.

Defrost at room temperature in 2-3 hours. You can put them straight into a lunch box from the freezer and they will be defrosted by lunchtime.

cake bars served with strawberries & blueberries

If you try my Cake Bars recipe please do leave me a comment and a star rating below. You can also share your pictures with me on Instagram.  I always love to see your creations!

healthier chocolate chip cake bars

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Strawberry & Banana Cake Bars – Healthy, low sugar, wholemeal Cake Bars flavoured with banana, strawberries and orange. Perfect to pop into packed lunches or for an afternoon snack.

Chocolate Orange Banana Bread – A delicious and easy banana bread recipe flavoured with orange and chocolate chips. This recipe is also a bit healthier using honey instead of refined sugar.

Apple & Banana Brownies – These delicious brownies are refined sugar free, instead sweetened with apple and banana and a little honey. They’re also packed with nutritious almonds and are gluten and dairy free! 


Healthier Chocolate Chip Cake Bars


A healthier take on Chocolate Chip Cake Bars, low in sugar and brilliant for an afternoon snack for kids or to pop into their lunch box.


  • 175g plain flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 0.5 tsp baking soda
  • 50g butter (or coconut oil)
  • 100g plain yogurt
  • 1 medium egg
  • 75g apple sauce (or 1 small banana)
  • 3 tbsp honey
  • 70g chocolate chips


  1. Preheat the oven to 180c and line a brownie tin with parchment paper.
  2. Add the flour, baking powder and baking soda to a large bowl and mix.
  3. Add the butter to a large jug and melt in the microwave.
  4. Once the butter is melted add the yogurt, egg, apple sauce and honey and mix well.
  5. Pour the wet ingredients into the bowl of dry ingredients and mix.
  6. Finally fold in 50g of the chocolate chips.
  7. Transfer the cake mixture into the tin and flatten with the back of a spoon.
  8. Sprinkle the remaining chocolate chips on top and bake in the oven for 25 minutes until golden brown on top.
  9. Allow the cake to cool for a few minutes in the tin before removing it and cool a little more.
  10. Cut into 16 squares.


These cake bars can be kept in an airtight container for up to 2 days. They can also be frozen and will defrost at room temperature in a couple of hours.

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