Date Oat & Nut Chocolate Chip Cookies

Dates are one of the most versatile, sweet, delicious ingredients in our dessert arsenal.

They work hard to sweeten and hold together triple layer caramel creme bars, raw pie crustchocolate fudge balls, and no bake granola bars, among countless other tasty recipes.

In addition to their driven efforts in recipes, this dried fruit from the date palm provides a healthy dose of fiber and potassium as well as a small amount of vitamins A and B6, calcium, phosphorus, folate, magnesium, niacin, thiamin, riboflavin, and zinc (USDA).

This brilliant chocolate chip cookie recipe is sweetened with dates, and is made without added oil, refined sugar, or flour.

The dough bakes up into a perfectly sweet, chewy, almost creamy, chocolate chip cookie and provides fuel for energy from the nuts, oats, dates, and flax.

P.S. The striped walnut spoon pictured is the latest addition to my growing carved wooden spoon family, joining a sturdy oak kitchen spoon, a coffee and tea paddle, a large walnut scoop, and a long handled spice spoon.

Date Oat & Nut Chocolate Chip Cookies
makes a dozen cookies

-1/2 cup pecans
-1/2 cup oats
-12 pitted dates
-1 flax egg
-2 teaspoons vanilla
-1/4 teaspoon baking soda
-1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar
-pinch sea salt
-1/2 cup chocolate chips or chopped chocolate

1. Preheat oven to 350F. Line baking sheet with parchment paper or non stick baking mat.
2. Prepare flax egg (combine 1 Tablespoon ground flax with 3 Tablespoons water), set aside. Process nuts, oats, and dates in food processor until fine. Add flax egg, vanilla, baking soda, cream of tartar and salt, process until well combined. Stir in chocolate chips by hand.
3. Spoon by tablespoonful onto prepared baking sheet. Bake 9-11 minutes or until soft golden brown. Let cool a few minutes on cookie sheet. Enjoy.

adapted from this recipe by Stir it Up
optional additions:
-chopped nuts, seeds, or dried fruit
optional substitutions:
-pecans: walnuts
-oats: can be replaced with additional nuts
-flax egg: other egg substitute

Mangia! Mangia!