Clean Chocolate Chip Cookies with Dates

Several months ago, I discovered this incredible recipe for date-sweetened chocolate chip cookies via Pinterest. I love browsing Pinterest and saving recipes and still have probably over 100 recipes saved that I still need to try. But my favorite recipes always get a blog post here because I want to share my stamp of approval, and also for easy reference for myself.

If you make these cookies just right, the texture comes very close to a classic chocolate chip cookie but without the guilt. These cookies do not contain any butter (or added oils), processed sugar, or flour– how great is that?! Plus, I’ve had many friends and a few of their kids taste-test and they all approve.

After making them several times, I’ve come up with a few tips to get the optimal cookie:

  • Use a high-speed blender or food processor to get your ingredients finely ground. I prefer to use my personal-sized blender cups because my food processor doesn’t get the nuts ground finely enough.
  • Soak your dates in water for a few hours. This will help soften them up and make them easier to blend. I tend to add a few tablespoons of water to the recipe every time anyway because it makes the cookie “dough” easier to work with. Just don’t add too much water or you’ll end up with a watery mess that won’t bake properly!

Without further ado, here’s the recipe:

Flourless Date-Sweetened Chocolate Chip Cookies
Yields 12
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Ingredients
  1. 12 pitted dates
  2. 1 cup walnuts or pecans
  3. 1 egg
  4. 1 teaspoon vanilla
  5. 1/4 teaspoon salt
  6. 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  7. 4 oz or 1/3 cup chocolate chips
Instructions
  1. Place dates in a cup and add 2-3 tablespoons water to soak for a few hours or overnight.
  2. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line cookie sheet with parchment paper or silicone mat.
  3. Blend dates and walnuts in a food processor until finely ground.
  4. Add egg, vanilla, salt and baking soda and blend to combine. If mixture is too thick, add water, 1 tablespoon at a time.
  5. Stir in chocolate chips with a spatula.
  6. Spoon cookies onto cookie sheet. They don't spread much, so you can place them close together. Bake 9-11 minutes.
Notes
  1. There are somewhere around 1200 calories in an entire batch which is only 50 calories per cookie if you make two dozen!
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