Date Sweetened Chocolate Chip Cookies

Date Sweetened Chocolate Chip Cookies.  Stay with me here…I was not a believer – at all.  When it comes to chocolate chip cookies  I am a purist.  Butter, sugar (the good stuff – think C&H), brown sugar and all-purpose white flour is the direction my cookies go.  So, the unhealthy kind is where my head is at.  While I still adore chocolate chip cookies, especially my tried and true all-time favorite recipe that you must try (click here), these Date Sweetened Chocolate Chip Cookies are an awesome and healthier alternative.

The ingredients are natural and full of good fats, natural sugars, contain no flour and are gluten free.  A healthy dose of dark chocolate adds that decadent sweetness that completes this delicious cookie.  Oh, and the anti-oxidants that dark chocolate is loaded with doesn’t hurt either.

Also, if you are like me and enjoy a cookie for breakfast, these are a great alternative.   Who doesn’t want a good recipe where you can incorporate a cookie into the start of your day.  Sooooo…what are you waiting for?  Make these, they’re healthy,  delicious and easy.

Date Sweetened Chocolate Chip Cookies

12 dates, pitted
cup almonds
teaspoon vanilla
1/8 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
ounces dark chocolate chips

Blend dates and almonds in a food processor until finely ground. (It will form a sticky paste, this is what you want.)

Add egg, vanilla, salt and baking soda.  Pulse the food processor until combined.  Remove mixture from the food processor into a bowl and fold in chocolate chips.

Spoon onto parchment covered cookie sheets.  Bake at 350 for 9-11 minutes. You want them to just turn golden and yet still be soft in the middle. Let cool before serving.  I store mine in some tupperware.  They last a good week, but mine are always gone in the first few days.

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