Yep, you read that right. Healthy chocolate chip cookies. Made without any flour, eggs, or added sugar.
I absolutely LOVE chocolate chip cookies, I mean, who doesn’t? So I really wanted to try to make a healthier version of them. Not only healthier but gluten and dairy free, and without any added sugar. Hmm, cookies without all the butter, eggs and sugar that also taste good? Challenge accepted!
If you have a sweet tooth like me, it’s important to learn how to sweeten things naturally. In this recipe I used 100% pure maple syrup (or honey) and dates. Two great natural ways to sweeten your food. Now yes, there is 7g of sugar per serving in these cookies but it’s all sugar that occurs naturally in the ingredients, I didn’t add any kind of sugar while baking these. Another thing to consider is the chocolate chips you use. There are dairy free and/or sugar free chocolate chips out there (you can also make your own, maybe I’ll have to show you guys how to do that soon). So your chocolate chip choice may add some sugar to the recipe too.
But either way, these are still some pretty darn healthy cookies. And they stay soft and chewy (like all cookies should be as far as I’m concerned). Now before you begin baking, just a side note, you have to mold these cookies with your hands, the dough will be sticky (you have been warned!) but the upside to that is, this is raw cookie dough you can safely eat. (Ah, always a silver lining.)
- 2¼ cups gluten free rolled oats
- ⅔ cup unsweetened applesauce or mashed banana (about 2 bananas)
- 1 cup nut butter (peanut, almond, etc)
- ½ tsp sea salt
- 2 tbsp 100% pure maple syrup or honey
- ½ cup pitted dates (packed)
- ¼-1/2 cup chocolate chips
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Put all ingredients in a food processor (except chocolate chips) and blend together very well. You may need to stop it and scrape the edges a few times to make sure everything blends together evenly.
- Stir chocolate chips into mixture.
- Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.
- Scoop about 1-2 tbsp of dough for each cookie and place on cookie sheet.
- Use your hands to form each ball of dough into a thick cookie shape (these will not spread out while baking).
- Space cookies equally apart on sheet (should make about 20 cookies).
- Bake for 10-15 minutes (until cookies are firm and starting to slightly brown on top).
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So I was trying to take pictures that show just how tasty these cookies are.. so you’ll want to try them too and than we can both be healthy cookie monsters together… And this little furry munchkin just pops up like, “Umm…heyy….so… I heard that there were some cookies…?”
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