Well, hello little warm, scrumptious, 4-ingredient chewy date cookies!
Guys, let me tell you. After trying Loni Jane & Earthy Andy‘s Rawnola, my love for dates grew immensely. I also thought that I wouldn’t try a cookie that I liked better than the rawnola! That was before I tried to make my rawnola a bit crispy by putting it in the oven, and then realizing that it puffed up like a cookie!
Then the experimenting began. Thanks to my new love (my vitamix) I was able to blend the dates together to make an ooey, gooey, creamy consistency that was delicious just on it’s own. Just typing this makes me want some so bad! Must. Have. Gooey. Dates.
But really, when these cookies are baked they are the perfect combination of fluffy and gooey. Heat them up in the microwave for just 5 second and they are the perfect breakfast, snack, or dessert!
Just the other day, a friend sent me a video explaining how dates are great for pregnant women. There is now sound, scientific evidence that eating up to 6 dates per day can help with labor! Women who ate dates had shorter labor than those who didn’t. So, needless to say- me and every other pregnant woman NEED these delicious date cookies!
Did I mention that these 4-ingredient chewy date cookies are so easy to make?! In just about 15 minutes you can have the cookies made, and the kitchen clean. Yes, I just said 15 minutes. These are the types of cookies that I can make on the fly and still have a clean kitchen. Win!
Net Effect of Food
Before we get to the recipe, let me geek out for a second. Please? I’ve been reading a lot from Rich Roll, Matt Frazier from No Meat Athlete, and Brendan Brazier– all ultra-distance plant-based athletes. The Net Effect of Food is the cornerstone of Rich Roll and Brendan Brazier’s diet.
A short explanation of this is that all food has energy (calories) but we don’t take away the exact amount of energy that is posted on nutrition labels. That is because digesting food takes energy. A steak may have 200 calories, but it takes our bodies a lot of time and energy to digest, so we actually do not get much energy from the steak (B-vitamins and protein, yes, but not much energy). Eating 200 calories of beans or vegetables does not take a long time to digest (hello fiber) so the net energy will be higher. If we want to have as much energy as we can in our daily lives, thinking out the net-effect of our food is really important!
I am explaining this because these date cookies are made with fruit, coconut, and oats, all very easily and quickly digesting foods = a high net energy food! Because of ingredients in these cookies, they will leave you with increased energy rather than making you tired while your body digests. Are you ready to make them now? K good.
These cookies can be a delicious and energizing breakfast, snack, or dessert! Sweetened only by fruit, and deliciously gooey!
- 15 pitted dates *Use regular dates- not dried
- 1/2 cup rolled oats *I used Bob's Red Mill
- 1/4 cup unsweetened shredded coconut *I used Bob's Red Mill
- 1/4 cup hemp seeds
- 1 tsp. baking powder
Preheat oven to 350F.
In a small bowl, mix together baking powder and oats.
Add dates to high speed blender or food processor. Pulse a few times.
Add remaining ingredients and process until it forms a dough.
Roll dough into about 12 1-inch balls and place on baking tray. Flatten the balls just a tad to form a cookie shape. Yan do smaller/larger cookies if desired! Bake for 8-10 minutes (8 minutes if you prefer them more gooey!).
Let cookies cool and enjoy with a hot cup of tea or coffee with your favorite book.
Please comment your thoughts below! Let me know if you try them or plan to try them- you won’t be disappointed! As always, please tag me in your pictures: @hipfitfoodie 🙂