I was visiting Saudi Arabia a few months back, and came back with some delicious date paste (I’m not sure if/where this is sold in Lebanon as I’ve never looked for any) and ever since I’ve been experimenting with some recipes that call for dates! This brings us to these mouth-watering cookies that have no added sugar except for the natural sweetness found in the dates, and a little bit from the chocolate chips I added. What I truly love about this recipe (besides the flavor, because let’s face it if i’m sharing the recipe it means I think its delicious!) is that it’s all “natural”, because I try to buy only organic gmo-free products which makes even the flour used preservative-free, and because it gets your palate used to natural sweetness which is found in the dates! Usually, no matter how hard I try, most recipes will include refined sugar or flour and will have some form of preservatives or chemicals that I don’t understand. So this is where this recipe is quickly becoming a favorite of mine! Now let’s go to the ingredients so I can better explain what I mean:
You will need:
- 3/4 cup quinoa flour (you can easily ground quinoa using a coffee grinder to get quinoa flour – grind well as quinoa gives a tough texture if unground or cooked)
- 1/4 cup oat flour (same as above)
- 1/4 cup milk
- 3/4 cup date paste – or equivalent in pitted dates (soak it in the milk to soften)
- 2 Tbsp applesauce
- 2 Tbsp organic butter
- 1 egg
- 1/2 tsp baking powder
- 1/2 tsp baking soda
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1/2 cup chocolate chips (if you want additional sweetness choose milk chips, if not, then dark is a healthier option – I went with a mixture of both honestly so 1/4 milk chocolate and 1/4 dark chocolate)
- Mix dry ingredients together thoroughly except for the chocolate chips
- With a mixer or processor, add wet ingredients and blend the paste thoroughly. You want to avoid getting chunks of dates in your cookies and just benefitting from their sweetness and color.
- After blending the wet ingredients, slowly add the flour mixture and continue blending till its all uniform.
- Add chocolate chips, mix, and bake for 10-12 minutes on 350 degrees for a semi-crunchy cookie. (more if you prefer a completely crunchy texture)
Calories and servings:
servings = makes 20 pieces
calories/serving = 90 calories
So not only is it low on processed sugar and flour, it’s all considered a complete protein because quinoa (I’m looking at you protein lovers!) is a complete protein plus has added fiber and more from the oats, topped with easily digestible dates. This recipe also works for diabetics as it provides only natural sugars (which, contrary to popular belief, are allowed) as long as they are consumed within a controlled and balanced diet. Compare this cookie to a “digestive biscuit” which totals to 80 calories/biscuit and is full of unknown ingredients and trans fats.