Do you believe that these cookies have no butter, no eggs, no flour, no added sugar? Yes! These are the healthiest cookies I have ever made. They are really very tasty and no different from those commonly made, just slightly softer.
The sweet taste comes from the dates used, which apart from energy the offer, they are rich in fiber, magnesium, potassium, calcium, manganese, iron and copper. They also contain adequate amounts of B vitamins, vitamin A and vitamin K. Moreover, they contain tannins that have anti-infective, anti-inflammatory and anti-hemorrhagic properties.
Instead of eggs, I use a trick with Chia seeds and water. When chia seeds are mixed with water, the soluble fibers form a gel, which can be used as a thickener in cooking. So, in order to make an egg of chia seeds you should mix one tablespoon of seeds (preferably crushed) 3 tablespoons water and leave them for 15-30 minutes. You can do the same using crushed flaxseed, as well.
Chia seeds are rich in fiber, protein, complex carbohydrates and contain high amount of antioxidants. They also contain calcium, potassium, omega-3, omega-6, B vitamins, iron, magnesium, phosphorus and manganese.
The cookies also contain walnuts. They, too, are a good source of fiber, they are rich in polyunsaturated fatty acids and omega-3 fats, contain many antioxidants, such as phenolic compounds, melatonin, and many metals such as manganese, copper, potassium, calcium, iron, magnesium, zinc, and selenium. Still, they are a very good source of vitamin E. Moreover, they are rich in B vitamins such as riboflavin, niacin, thiamin, pantothenic acid, vitamin B-6 and folic acid.
I found the recipe in The Detoxinista and tried it immediately. How can I resist to these ingredients?
Preparation time: 20 minutes
Servings: 16 small cookies
- 1 ½ cup walnuts, halved (150 g.)
- 1 cup dates, pitted (15 dates approx.) *
- 1/8 teaspoon salt
- ½ teaspoon baking soda
- ½ teaspoon liquid vanilla
- 1 tablespoon Chia seeds and 3 tablespoons water **
- ½ cup dark chocolate chips, or cacao nibs
- Prepare the “egg” in accordance with the instructions I wrote above.
- Lay a baking tray with parchment paper and preheat the oven to 180° C.
- Using a food processor, process walnuts and dates until they become crumbly.
- Add salt, baking soda, vanilla, “egg”, and process again until dough softer than usual cookie dough is formed.
- Add the chocolate chips and beat briefly, just enough to mingle.
- Form the cookies and put them in the pan. The dough will be slightly sticky, so it is better to wear gloves, or wet your hands constantly with water instead.
- Bake for about 12 minutes. They should golden on their edges.
- Allow to cool for about 10 minutes and then transfer them to a wire rack to cool completely.
- Preferably use Medjool dates. I did not find any and I used common dates.
** As I wrote above, if you don’t have Chia seeds do the same with crushed flax seeds.
Nutritional Facts per Serving
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