Let’s face it; sometimes there’s just no fighting your sweet tooth! Try as you might, those cookies is the pantry just keep calling your name, taunting you with the thought of every decadent chocolatey bite.
We understand, last night the calling was just too great, but I (thankfully) had no cookies in my pantry! I ran across this website and decided to give into my sweet tooth and make my own cookies!
- 1 cup cashew butter, see notes.
- 5 medjool dates, pits removed and soaked in water for 30 minutes.
- 2 tbsp water.
- 1 tsp ground vanilla beans or vanilla extract.
- 1/4 tsp sea salt.
- 1/4 tsp baking powder.
- 1/4 cup dark chocolate chips.
- Preheat oven to 350.
- Drain the dates in the water.
- In a small blender combine the dates, sea salt, and 2 tbsp new water and mix until a caramel starts to form. If you need to add a little extra water, that is okay.
- In a food processor, mix the cashew butter, vanilla, and baking powder together.
- Add the caramel to the cashew butter mixture and pulse a few times.
- Lastly, add the chocolate chips and pulse a few more times.
- Drop cookies onto a lined baking sheet. I used a cookie scoop and got 9 cookies.
- Bake for 9-10 minutes.
- Wait until the cookies are completely cooled before removing them from the baking sheet.
- Store cookies in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 2 weeks. You can also freeze them for longer.
I didn’t have any nut butter so I combined raw cashews (full of zinc) and almonds (lots of calcium) and blended them together in my Vitamix to make a fresh nut butter. Please remember that while these cookies are sweetened with a natural fruit (dates, also high in vitamin B6), they still contain A LOT of sugar.
We see so many people using the “it’s natural” excuse to eat more than enough to fill the craving. Natural does not mean free-for-all. Just like everything else in life, food too, must be balanced, especially the sweet stuff!
I used regular chocolate chips sweetened with cane sugar, I don’t know why I even had them in my house, but I suggest finding a chocolate chip sweetened with stevia and xylitol, like Lily’s. I can’t decide if the batter was better or the cookie, I think I preferred the batter! Let us know what you think if you try them!!!