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It’s one of the chocolate cravings day today and I knew it was time to bake a fresh batch of home made, healthy AND delicious cookies. I have stopped buying any kind of cookies and biscuits from the store as their ingredient list just raises my blood pressure levels! More so, I am really enjoying the process of baking at home as it is so incredibly easy, fun and the aroma of freshly baked cookies can never be beaten by store bought sugar filled cookies. Don’t you agree?

After 3-4 attempts at different cookie recipes and playing around with different combinations, this recipe really caught my attention. Its soft and chocolatey and the little chocolate chip in the centre provides your taste buds with that lovely burst of gooey dark chocolate.

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The main trick of this recipe is substituting sugar with dates. For all dates haters, I promise there is no taste of dates in these cookies and it adds to the soft gooey texture of the cookie. Be mindful, that dates and almond butter can lead to a very sticky dough which may be a little tricky to handle, but a little bit of patience will get you just there πŸ™‚

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Here’s what you need

1. 1 cup oat flour

2. 1/2 cup all purpose flour

3. 1 mashed ripe banana

4. 2 tbsp organic almond butter

5. 2 dates

6. 1/2 tsp organic vanilla extract

7. 1/2 tsp baking soda.

8. 4 tbsp cacao powder

9. Pinch of salt

10. 12-13 dark chocolate chips

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Here’s what you do

1. Pre-heat the oven to 350F.

2. Blend the banana, oat flour, flour and nut butter for about 30-40 second till the mixture is smooth.

3. Add the dates and blend again for about 40-45 seconds.

4. Add in the vanilla extract, salt, cacao powder and baking soda and blend for another 20-30 seconds till the mixture is smooth and mixed well. At this point, taste the cookie dough for sweetness. This recipe was good enough for the level of sweetness I desire, but in case you want it to be sweeter you can add 1 table spoon of apple sauce or maple syrup.

5. Take the mixture out in a bowl (yes this will be a little challenging because of the sticky dough, it the dough is too sticky add a little more flour and blend). Put this bowl into a refrigerator for about an hour.

6. Take the mixture out and shape them into cookies one by one. You will get about 12-14 medium sized cookies. Add 1-2 dark chocolate chips in the centre.

7. Bake these for about 15-20 minutes and enjoy the chocolate almond butter cookies !!