It’s no secret that I love to bake! I love to bake all kinds of things for all kinds of occasions, Just ask all my friends and family members who have received copious amounts of homemade Christmas goodies from me over the years or the cousins that I have made wedding cakes for, or the countless friends and family that I have had the privilege to make birthday cakes for over the years! I love it! Its a time to bond with my kids, it can be therapeutic and stress relieving to do, and lets face it, is there really any better taste then butter and sugar creamed together? Yes I know, but even health coaches aren’t perfect 😉
So when I became health conscious and started my transforming journey that led to over a 100 lb weight loss, which subsequently led me to the path of becoming a health coach, I had make a decision… Let go of baking yummy treats OR learn to make healthier yummy treats!
I chose the latter, and I (not to mention my family) am so glad I did. The above recipe is one that me and my 11 year old daughter Victoria made recently, in a household of 5, these cookies did not last long, but with their higher nutrient and fiber content I did not feel as bad about the kids eating these cookies, then say… a bag of Oreos!!
so without further adieu here is the recipe for these healthier cookies!
You will need:
- 1 stick or organic grass fed butter softened
- 1/2 cup organic brown sugar
- 1 1/4 tsp baking soda
- 2 organic cage free eggs
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1 cup natural raw almond butter
- 12 pitted dates blended into 2-4 tbsp water (make a paste with it!)
- 6 oz organic dark choc chips
- 1/4 cup organic flax meal
- 1/4 cup chia seeds
- 3 cups organic gluten free oats
- 1/2 cup raw walnut pieces
First, make your date paste, Don’t worry its simple to do! Make sure you have removed all the pits from your dates, then place them in a shallow dish and cover them with water for about 20 min. this will get them nice and soft, now drain the water and place the dates in your blender or food processor and add 2 tbsp of fresh water, pulse the dates until they start to become a paste like consistency, you may need to add 1 to 2 more tbsp of water if the mixture is too dry. Once you have your date paste ready to go cream the butter, sugar, date paste and vanilla together, add in the raw almond butter and then the cage free eggs one at a time, then add the baking soda and cinnamon, then your chia seeds, flax meal and oats slowly, you don’t want to douse your kitchen wall with cookie dough batter 😉 lastly stir in the dark choc chips and optional walnuts by hand, taking extra precaution not to eat the rest of the choc chips in the bag 😀 save those babies for your next batch!
Then use a cookie scoop or rounded tablespoon to measure, place on a cookie sheet or stone and bake at 350 for 12 min
Let cool or serve warm, and enjoy with someone you love!
makes approx 35 – 40 cookies