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Grain Free Chocolate Chip Cookies :: Date Sweetened & Paleo Friendly!

January 20, 2017

Lightening fast blender prep and the perfectly balanced chocolate chip cookie sweet treat for little ones!

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Snow day!

We have had a bit of an up and down winter so far as huge snow blizzards followed by melting 40 degree rains sure have us confused about whether it is winter or spring! We’ll take all the snow days we can get off school though as we enjoy the beauty of the snow and where we live!

15538319_1297656526971874_8433198165783478272_n(1)Snowmen, blanket tents, movies…and *naturally sweetened* chocolate chip cookies!

Snow days call for these chocolate chip cookies every time! But I also don’t need 3 kiddos bouncing off my walls all afternoon. This cookie base is sweetened with dates instead of processed sugar, and it is loaded with friendly fats and protein to keep blood sugars stable. The kids are happy because they get a special treat, and momma is happy because the possibility of a nap still exists 😉

Grain Free Chocolate Chip Cookies :: Date Sweetened & Paleo Friendly!Spur of the moment fast prep!

Because the kids get a snow day, but momma probably still has work from home to get done! These cookies have a super quick blender dough, and they can be on the tray ready to bake before the oven preheats. And because the kiddos are home from school on that snow day anyway, it makes a great project for even the littlest of hands to make.

Grain Free Chocolate Chip Cookies :: Date Sweetened & Paleo Friendly!Some notes for my nut and egg free friends!

I have been making these cookies for years but have not tried subbing the eggs and nuts since we tolerate them fine and they provide great nutrition – I do think it can be done though if you have allergies and need to!

  • Nut free friends, I think you can sub another flour of your choosing. I would not use the full 2 cups called for with walnuts however as other flours are going to be dryer than oily nuts. Start with 1 cup of a flour of your choice and see how the dough feels.
  • Egg free friends, I am pretty sure 2 flax or chia eggs will work in this recipe. They might not puff up as much but it will provide a great bind and that baking powder will give a little rise to them.

{If you happen to try these cookies nut and/or egg free, please share with us in the comments what worked for you so that others that stop by and need an egg or nut free option may try!}

Grain Free Chocolate Chip Cookies :: Date Sweetened & Paleo Friendly!Freezer friendly tips

The grain free chocolate chip cookies as well as the uncooked dough freezes well too. They are perfect for last minute play dates, keeping at Grandma’s house so she can spoil the grandkids, or that pile of friends that end up at your house after school!

  • To freeze the dough, simply make up the dough, and roll it up into a log on some plastic wrap. Wrap the log of dough in the plastic wrap, and freeze. Then take the log of dough out, cut into cookie circles and pop them into the freezer bags. You can pull out however many cookies you want to bake when you want!
  • To freeze already baked cookies, bake off a batch or 2 of the cookies, let them cool, and then wrap them in plastic wrap. Put the wrapped cookies in a freezer bag. You can thaw at room temp or put frozen cookies onto a baking sheet into the oven – by the time the oven preheats to 350 the cookies should be thawed and warm.

Grain Free Chocolate Chip Cookies :: Date Sweetened & Paleo Friendly!Healthier chocolate chip ideas…and some chocolate chip swaps!

Our local grocer carries a great local brand organic chocolate chip we like to use for these (If you are Mid-West local with a Meijer near you, the Meijer True Goodness Organic Chocolate Chips in the baking isle is what I am talking about!). The Enjoy Life brand of chocolate chips or chocolate chunks {my fav!} is more widely available however, and is great, “healthier than Nestle” option too! I would also imagine that if you have a Whole Foods or Trader Joes near you (lucky you!) there is probably something available there. Just really watch the ingredient list on the back!

If you have really little guys in the house, or your kids don’t tolerate chocolate, you can use dried cranberries, raisins, chopped dried apricots, or dried blueberries.

Grain Free Chocolate Chip Cookies :: Date Sweetened & Paleo Friendly!

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Grain Free Chocolate Chip Cookies :: Date Sweetened & Paleo Friendly!
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Ingredients
  • 2 cups raw walnuts (I think almonds or pecans would work here too. I like to use soaked/dehydrated walnuts for best digestion)
  • 1½ cups tapioca flour
  • ¼ cup softened butter (I think softened coconut oil would work)
  • 2 eggs (If you are egg free I do think 2 flax or chia eggs would work - the cookies might not puff up as much but they will have the bind)
  • 5 dates, pitted (If your kids are used to things sweeter I would add an extra 1-2 dates as these are on the mildly sweet side which my kids are used to)
  • 2 tsp aluminum free baking powder
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • ½ cup chocolate chips (I like to use the local organic brand our grocer carries or the Enjoy Life brand is great too)
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Put the walnuts into a food processor and blend into a fine meal.
  3. Add everything else EXCEPT the chocolate chips and blend until the dough is well combined.
  4. Take the blade out and stir in the chocolate chips with a spatula.
  5. Roll your cookies and flatten them on a Silpat or parchment paper lined baking sheet (Makes about 1½ dozen large or 2 dozen small cookies) and bake at 350 degrees for 12-13 minutes. Cool a few minutes before handling.

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16 Comments

  • Reply Raia January 21, 2017 at 10:26 am

    They look delicious!

  • Reply Alyssa | EverydayMaven January 24, 2017 at 1:44 am

    Yum! Love that these are sweetened with dates and what a fun snow day!

  • Reply Cristina Curp January 25, 2017 at 1:33 pm

    Cookies are my fav! I have to try this recipe, sounds perfect!

  • Reply Michele Spring January 25, 2017 at 6:36 pm

    You are so right, snow days ALWAYS call for chocolate chip cookies! I will make these the next one we have (if I can wait that long, it’s been a weird warm winter here in Colorado interspersed with snow days).

  • Reply Jessica DeMay January 26, 2017 at 9:06 pm

    These look so good and I love that they’re sweetened with dates, Saving this recipe for when my babies get a little older- I know they’ll love it 🙂

  • Reply ChihYu January 27, 2017 at 1:09 pm

    I always found myself wanting chocolate chip cookies at night after dinner. This recipe never goes old and I love it very much. Thanks so much for sharing !

  • Reply Emily @ Recipes to Nourish January 28, 2017 at 2:06 am

    Love that snowman! I’m sure it’s so beautiful with all of that snow. And snow days!!! Cookies are the perfect treat for snow days! These look great Renee.

  • Reply Erin Carter January 28, 2017 at 9:53 am

    I love that these are made with walnuts! I bet they have such a unique flavour.

  • Reply Holley January 29, 2017 at 8:02 pm

    Freezing the dough! What a great idea, then when the kids come to visit it’s easy peasy to throw in a batch for feel good snacks!

  • Reply Hannah Healy January 29, 2017 at 9:40 pm

    Ohhhh my! Talk about about a healthy and delicious cookie!

  • Reply Carrie Forrest January 29, 2017 at 9:42 pm

    These look like cookies from most little girls dreams! Yummy!

  • Reply Katja January 29, 2017 at 10:45 pm

    I love that these are date sweetened Must try!!

  • Reply Becky Winkler (A Calculated Whisk) January 29, 2017 at 10:51 pm

    These sound so good! I’ve been wanting to try date-sweetened cookies.

  • Reply Kari Peters January 30, 2017 at 10:12 am

    I miss snow days, we always had treats too but they weren’t exactly healthy – it’s so awesome there’s great recipes like this to have healthy treats these days! I love all the tips you added to this post too, especially freezer tips!

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