The Best, and Healthiest, Chocolate Chip Cookies

Written by Olivia Grist

I have been meaning to post this recipe for a few days, but I tend to lose some of my motivation on the weekend. As I’m laying here, pretending that I’m going to get bed early, and thinking about cookies, I realized that it’s incredibly selfish of me to with-hold this delicious chocolate chip cookie recipe, especially since some of you might also be laying in bed, thinking about cookies. I do not want to be the reason you got up and made store bought, packaged and processed cookie dough. I can’t live with that on my shoulders.

Also, I’m hoping that just talking about the cookies will be enough to hold me over so that I don’t personally need to get up a create another batch of these.

I have a passion for baking – it’s really something I love. I like all cooking, but baking is my jam. My love affair with baking started long before my clean eating journey, so needless to say, the things I create now don’t exactly look the same as a few years ago, especially when my definition of baking meant adding a few exotic spices (cinnamon) to a boxed cake mix.

Now, I have a lot of fun coming up with fresh takes on old favorites, and I make it a personal challenge to keep things healthy, but not healthy-tasting. If my husband doesn’t know it’s “full of kale” as he puts it, I consider it a win.

I was invited to participate in a campaign with Unilever last week to provide meals to those in need, and all I had to do to participate was post a photo of a plate with the words #shareameal written, either in pen or in food. I don’t have great handwriting and I always love an excuse to make something, so I decided that I would write out my words in cookie. This sent me on a wild goose chase for a hashtag cookie cutter. I didn’t find one. I found the letters at Hobby Lobby, and decided to make 4 I’s, pile them on top of each other, and call it a day. Here’s the final result.

share a meal

After I completed my project, I had lots of extra dough to play around, so I had some fun and spent all of my Friday afternoon baking instead of working or doing anything else productive. But sometimes you just have to live a little, right!?

These cookies are so easy to make and completely clean. They are also vegan, and can be made gluten free! Let’s do this!


 

You’ll need:

  • 4 medjool dates, pitted
  • 1 cup of whole wheat flour (oat flour if you’re making GF)
  • 1 T raw honey
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt
  • 3 tablespoons melted coconut oil
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/2 T vanilla extract
  • 1/4 dark chocolate chips

Soak dates in water for several hours before baking. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Put dates in a food processor until they are broken into very small pieces. Combine with the rest of the ingredients in a bowl and mix until dough is formed. You might need to add a bit more water if dough remains crumbly.

cookies 1

Once you have the dough consistency, line a cookie sheet with parchment paper and spoon cookie dough into 1 inch circles. You’ll want to flatten these into the shape you’d like them to be served in, because they don’t move a lot during baking. If you’re planning to use cookie cutters, you’ll want to sprinkle extra flour on your surface and on your rolling pin. Roll your dough out flat and cut out your shapes or letters.

dough

Bake for 10-12 minutes and remove from oven to cool, or serve warm – but don’t burn your tongue!

These are the perfect amount of sweet, but not too sweet – and will definitely satisfy your chocolate cravings! Enjoy!

final cookies

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