Guest Post by: Yale Hertzman
Here is Yale's article as it appears in the The independent student newspaper of the University of Toronto Faculty of Law, Ultravires.
Do you like chocolate? Do you like cookies? If so, then these chocolate chip cookies are for you. They aren’t your average chocolate chip cookies though. While they are as easy as making Pillsbury’s, they won’t leave you feeling bloated like the Pillsbury Doughboy. That’s because they are made without flour, sugar, butter or eggs. Instead, they come together through a combination of walnuts, dates, seeds, and dark chocolate. The dates are a natural sweetener, and the nuts and seeds are a good source of protein that will keep you full throughout the day. After baking for about 12 minutes, the result is a soft, chewy cookie that you won’t believe is actually good for you. Don’t believe me? Try them for yourself.
The “I can’t believe this chocolate chip cookie is delicious and good for you too” Recipe
Thank you to Karen Gilman from Nutrilicious for sharing this delicious recipe with us.
This recipe makes about 14 cookies.
- 1 1/2 cups raw walnut halves
- 1 cup Medjool dates, pitted (about 12)
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 flax egg (1 tablespoon ground flax or chia seeds + 3 tablespoons water)
- 1/2 cup dark chocolate, chopped (or chocolate chips)
1. Preheat the oven to 350F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
2. In the bowl of a food processor fitted, process the dates and walnuts together until a crumbly texture is formed. Add in the salt, baking soda, vanilla, flax egg and process again until the batter is relatively smooth, a little stickier than traditional cookie dough.
3. Add in the chocolate chips and briefly pulse, just to combine.
4. Spoon the batter onto the baking sheet and use your hands to gently flatten the dough. Bake for 12 minutes or until the edges are slightly golden. Allow to cool on the pan for 10 minutes.