Sometimes you want a cookie.
But sometimes you want that cookie to be healthy.
And sometimes you don’t want that cookie to annihilate your kitchen with flour and dishes.
Guess what, these are those cookies! And they so tassssttttyyyyy.
Yep, 5 ingredients. That’s all you need. Forget the eggs, the flax, the sugar, the flour, the butter. All you need is dates, a banana, oats, almond meal and almond butter. Chocolate chips? Those are extra and optional. But who are we kidding? YERR gonna want those.
Another perk of these gems? The batter comes together in a food processor!
Of course, if you don’t have a food processor you could still make these in a regular mixing bowl, but it’s way more fun to whirl it around with a blade until pulverized. It’s the baker’s equivalent of a punching bag for stress. Let it out, girl. I feel your pain…
After about 15 minutes in the oven these babes are ready for your mouth. They taste similar in flavor to our Vegan Gluten Free Everything Breakfast Cookies but require one-third of the ingredients and far less time. That’s my kinda (healthy) cookie. These guys are:
Not overly sweet
Studded with chocolate (if you dare)
& Highly shareable
Or not. Or just eat them all yourself. I won’t tell.
These cookies are so healthy they could actually be breakfast or a post-workout snack. I enjoyed mine during afternoon slumps and after dinner when I was craving something sweet (aka always). But, enjoy them as you wish. It’s your cookie, friend. Go wild.
- 1 cup dates, packed (soaked for 10 minutes in warm water and then drained)
- 1 medium ripe banana
- 2 Tbsp all natural, salted almond butter or peanut butter
- 3/4 cup almond meal (ground from raw almonds)
- 3/4 cup gluten-free rolled oats
- Optional add-ins: dried fruit, dairy-free chocolate chips, flaxseed, seeds, nuts
- Add dates to a food processor and pulse until small bits remain.
- Add banana and almond butter and mix again until combined, scraping down the sides as needed.
- Next add the almond meal and rolled oats and pulse until a loose dough is formed. It will be kind of wet and sticky. That’s OK! You’re on the right track.
- Scrape your dough into a mixing bowl. If it feels too wet to the touch to form into cookies, add another few Tbsp of almond meal and/or oats and stir. I added another few tablespoons of each until I was able to form them into cookies without them sticking to my hands.
- At this point, you can add in 1/4 cup of your mix-in of choice, such as dairy-free dark chocolate chips, raisins or nuts. Then chill dough for 10 minutes and preheat oven to 350 degrees F (176 C).
- Scoop out 1 Tbsp amounts of your cookie dough and form into loose discs, then arrange on a parchment lined baking sheet. They won’t expand so pack them closer together (but not touching).
- Bake for 15-18 minutes or until golden brown and somewhat firm to the touch. The good thing about these cookies is a little under-baked is OK since there’s no eggs and they’ll ultimately just be a little more moist.
- Remove and let set for a few minutes on the pan, then carefully transfer to a plate or cooling rack to cool. Serve immediately.
- Store leftovers in an airtight container for several days. Move to the fridge or freezer for longer term storage.