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Date Cookies Made with Three Healthy Ingredients

May 15, 2017

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I'm experimenting by using dates instead of sugar, in recipes. It all started when our LA son, Alex, would visit and have his coffee with a couple of dates. He was right. This is a delicious combo. Take a bite of date, then a sip of coffee - lovely. So, then I wondered if a date cookie would also go well with a cup of coffee and began testing, plain date cookies, plus adding other ingredients, which all ends up, sharing this recipe with you. ©Joyce Hays, Target Health Inc.

Ingredients

1 cup almond flour

8 dates (pits removed)

1/4 tsp. vanilla extract

This is the easiest cookie recipe on the Planet. You can stick to the three ingredients, given, or you can add 1 additional ingredient from the following list: 1 heaping Tablespoon peanut butter (any brand you want, with or without peanuts); 1 and ? heaping Tablespoon shredded coconut (use the half for garnish); 1 and 1/2 Tablespoons white chocolate chips (use the half for garnishing); 1 and 1/2 Tablespoons plain walnuts (use the half for garnish) ©Joyce Hays, Target Health Inc.

Directions 

1. Do any chopping, slivering, cutting, toasting, you need to do.

Chopping some garnishes at the same time: walnuts in one corner and white chocolate in the other. ©Joyce Hays, Target Health Inc.
Toasting pine nuts for top of cookies using peanut butter. You can toast plain peanuts also. Don't need to use any nuts that come with salt. ©Joyce Hays, Target Health Inc.

‍2. Put parchment paper on a cookie sheet

3. Preheat oven to 350 degrees

4. Place all ingredients in a high speed blender, or food processor and blend until a dough like consistency is formed. If the dough is not sticky enough, keep blending until it sticks together.

Dates in food processor, next vanilla extract, then almond flour. Only pulse these three. Don't add peanut butter or coconut, walnuts, white chocolate, etc. into the food processor. Add that fourth ingredient, later. ©Joyce Hays, Target Health Inc.

‍5. With a spatula, remove all the dough and put into a bowl. Now is the time to add your choice of a fourth ingredient, if you want. White chocolate chips are better added now, so they don't get ground down too much. You control the size of the fourth ingredient, like walnuts and coconut, much better, if it's added after the first three ingredients are pulsed in the food processor, and scraped in a mixing bowl. Feel free to experiment with that fourth ingredient. I tried banana but it didn't work out too well.

The three contents of the food processor, were scraped into this bowl. ©Joyce Hays, Target Health Inc.
Here, 1 big Tablespoon of peanut butter is being added to the dough. It will get mixed until it's completely combined with the other ingredients. ©Joyce Hays, Target Health Inc.
Here's the peanut butter, now well incorporated into the dough. ©Joyce Hays, Target Health Inc.

‍6. Divide the dough into six pieces. Squeeze each portion in your hand, and roll into a ball.

In your hand, roll 1/6 of the dough into a ball. Then flatten it out. Make the rim of the cookie smooth, while it's in your hand. Just push down a little, all around the rim, so there are no jagged edges. ©Joyce Hays, Target Health Inc.

‍7. In your hands, flatten each ball into a cookie shape and smooth the outer rim, as well.

8. Place cookies on the baking sheet, with parchment, and bake for 10 minutes, for a warm, just out of the oven cookie.

The walnut date cookies came out warm and delicious. ©Joyce Hays, Target Health Inc.
These are the white chocolate date cookies; they go fast! ©Joyce Hays, Target Health Inc.
All of the flavors are good, but these peanut butter date cookies are my favorites; One with a cup of coffee gives morning pleasure. ©Joyce Hays, Target Health Inc.
When Jules went to a conference in Iceland, last week, he took a whole container of the coconut date version, with him. ©Joyce Hays, Target Health Inc.
Mother's Day flowers from our daughter, plus some icy Bellinis. Not bad, eh? ©Joyce Hays, Target Health Inc.

Hope everyone had a special Mother's Day. It's been a (welcome) cool Spring, here in the Big Apple.

 

 

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