Baked Goods

Monster Cookie Bars- Gluten Free and Top 8 Allergen Free

Chewy and packed full of chocolate, these Top 8 Allergen Free Monster Cookie Bars are going to be a hit with everyone!

Monster Cookie Bars Top 8 Free

This post is part of a collaboration with Enjoy Life Foods. All opinions are my own.

Monster Cookie Bars

The first timeI posted about Monster Cookie Bars was several years ago. They are so easy to make, any everyone loves them. Plus, they are naturally gluten free.

Over the past few years of being a gluten free blogger, I have become much more aware of allergies in general. I’m only gluten free, but many of my friends have food allergies, and I am always trying to make things that can be enjoyed by everyone. Monster Cookie Bars are always a hit, and are perfect to make Top 8 Allergen Free.

Monster Cookie Bars Top 8 Free

Top 8 Allergen Free

Chocolate is a crucial ingredient in Monster Cookie Bars. Enjoy Life Chocolate not only does it taste great, but it’s top 8 free. Enjoy Life makes allergy free living so much easier. With all of their baking chocolate and mixes (I made cinnamon rolls with their Pizza Dough Mix!), it’s easy to come up with recipes that not only delicious but safe for those with allergies.

Other ingredients from my original recipe were easy to replace, but I did have trouble with the eggs.

I turned to my friend Brianna, over at A Different Kind of Survival Guide, and she was able to guide me through how to replace eggs in a baked goods recipe. Her suggestion of apple sauce worked out perfectly.

Monster Cookie Bars Top 8 Free

Recipe Notes

Chocolate: I used a mix of Enjoy Life Foods Baking Chocolate chunks and mini chocolate chips.

Gluten Free Oats: If you have Celiac Disease, it is always recommended that you use Purity Protocol Oats. At the very least make sure the oats you are using are labeled gluten free.

Dairy Free Butter– I use Earth Balance Soy Free/Dairy Free for this, you can use your favorite dairy free butter.

Nut Free Butter: Use your favorite nut free butter, but make sure it doesn’t have any added sugar. If it does, you may want to reduce the sugar you add.

Applesauce: Use all natural, no added sweetener applesauce.

Top 8 Free Coated Chocolate Candies: I ordered these from Amazon, the brand is called No Whey. If you don’t have access to them, feel free to just add more Enjoy Life Chocolate!

Do you have a favorite go-to cookie or treat that’s Top 8 Free? Let me know in the comments!

Be sure to visit Enjoy Life Foods for all kinds of tasty Top 8 Free Treats!

Print Recipe
3.86 from 7 votes

Monster Cookie Bars- Gluten Free and Top 8 Allergen Free


  • 1/4 cup softened dairy free butter
  • 1/2 cup gluten-free nut free butter such as sun butter
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup applesauce
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3 cups gluten-free old fashioned rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup top 8 free m&m's such as No Whey
  • 3/4 cup Enjoy Life Foods chocolate chips


  • Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
  • Cream together dairy free butter and nut free butter.
  • Add sugars, applesauce and vanilla. Stir well.
  • Add oats, baking soda, and salt. Stir well.
  • Add top 8 free m&m's and Enjoy Life Foods chocolate chips. Stir well.
  • Spread into lightly greased 9X13 pan.
  • Bake at 325 degrees for 30-35 minutes.
  • Let cool completely before cutting.







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  • Reply
    March 21, 2019 at 9:00 am

    Can I use the dairy free butter instead of nut free? We have only found one butter that works for us so we would use that one in place of the 2 in the recipe

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      March 22, 2019 at 11:54 am

      You can use sunbutter, soy butter, pea based butters, pretty much any kind of replacement for peanut butter will work! I wouldn’t just replace it with a butter replacement though, I don’t think it would taste the same.

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    Platter Talk
    March 17, 2017 at 7:24 pm

    I love this bar recipe and so will my kids! Thanks.

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    Anne | onedeterminedlife
    March 17, 2017 at 5:18 pm

    These look so good!!!

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    March 17, 2017 at 4:27 pm

    Yum..These are so cute and look great. Need to check out Enjoy Life!

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    Michelle Frank @ Flipped-Out Food
    March 17, 2017 at 4:03 pm

    What a great way to accommodate folks with food allergies. These cookie bars look delicious: my kids would love them for an after-school snack!

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    Marlee Brady
    March 17, 2017 at 4:00 pm

    I love that these are called Monster’s. They look absolutely delicious! I can’t wait to try them!

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    Oriana @Mommy's Home Cooking
    March 17, 2017 at 3:46 pm

    What a fun idea! These are adorable & sound scrumptious! Bookmarking to try soon.

  • Reply
    March 17, 2017 at 3:38 pm

    These look delicious and even better that they’re Top 8 allergen free. Thanks for sharing!

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    Kim Beaulieu
    March 17, 2017 at 3:34 pm

    These are absolutely gorgeous. I would gobble these up so fast.

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    March 17, 2017 at 2:50 pm

    looks amazing, what a perfect guilt free treat

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    peter @feed your soul too
    March 17, 2017 at 10:25 am

    You have made a healthier cookie and (shoosh) we do not need to tell anyone. They look great.

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    March 17, 2017 at 7:10 am

    These are excellent tips and the recipes look incredible!

  • Reply
    March 16, 2017 at 11:50 pm

    Yummmm, I love Monster Cookies! And Enjoy Life is one of my favorite brands, love their baking chips!

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    Alicia Nicole @ Melanated Beautiful
    March 16, 2017 at 11:42 pm

    A guilt-free treat! I like it! It seems perfect for non-cheat days. Thanks for sharing! 🙂

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    Prairie Gal Cookin
    March 16, 2017 at 8:35 pm

    These look amazing! I just made something similar to them, but they would have been better if they were a little lighter.. Thanks for sharing, I might have to make these this weekend!

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    March 16, 2017 at 3:19 pm

    Yum this looks so delicious! We’re definitely going to have to whip up a batch!

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    Christina Shoemaker
    March 16, 2017 at 11:51 am

    This looks and sounds so great! I love this as an alternative to a traditional cookie bar. And you’ve made it totally doable for someone like my son with food allergies.

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    Vicci @ It's Cheat Day Everyday
    March 16, 2017 at 11:37 am

    LOVE the fact that these are gluten free AND allergen free. It doesn’t really get better ?

  • Reply
    April K.
    March 16, 2017 at 9:42 am

    Omg these look so yummy!!! I’m making these and not sharing lol.

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    Courtney B
    March 16, 2017 at 9:39 am

    These look amazing! I definitely want to try them this weekend.

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    Amanda M Rodriguez
    March 16, 2017 at 7:59 am

    YUMM! I need to try these!!

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    Sharon @What The Fork
    March 14, 2017 at 4:27 pm

    What a great treat that almost everyone (top 8 free!!) can enjoy. Thanks for sharing with us!

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    GiGi Eats
    March 14, 2017 at 9:57 am

    ALLERGEN-FREE is the way to be, at least for me! 😉

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    Alisa Fleming
    March 14, 2017 at 12:25 am

    I’m a definite cookie monster and want these bars! I’ll make them with a double dose of those Enjoy Life chips 🙂

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    Chrystal @ Gluten-Free Palate
    March 13, 2017 at 3:02 pm

    Love that you made this monster cookie bars top 8 free! They look super yummy.

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    Kelly @ TastingPage
    March 13, 2017 at 2:48 pm

    Love Enjoy Life and this monster cookie looks awesome! A great sweet treat!

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    Rebecca @ Strength and Sunshine
    March 13, 2017 at 2:13 pm

    Fun! Who wouldn’t want a sweet and “free” treat like this!

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