- 1 tbsp ground flax or chia seeds
- 3 tbsp filtered water
- ¾ cups packed pitted dates
- ¼ cup melted coconut oil
- ¼ cup applesauce
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- ¾ cups whole wheat flour
- ¼ cup cacao powder
- ¾ tsp baking soda
- ½ tsp baking powder
- 1 tsp ground cinnamon
- ¼ tsp sea salt
- ¼ cup dark chocolate shavings (use 70% or more dark chocolate)
- ⅓ heaping cup chopped dark chocolate or chocolate chips (use 70% or more dark chocolate), plus more for garnish
- Fleur de sel , for garnish
The Softest Double Chocolate Cookies
Last week, I stumbled upon Chelsea’s blog at www.bakedgreens.com where I found her recipe for Date-Sweetened Whole Wheat Double Chocolate Cookies. I had been looking for a date sweetened cookie recipe for the longest time and I was so glad to have found hers. Unfortunately, it was not vegan, so I had to modify it a little to fit my diet.
Simply by swapping out the egg with a flax egg and playing around a little with some of the ingredients, I found myself with a delicious, decadent chocolate cookie that I instantly knew would be one for the books.
These cookies really remind me of bear paws I used to eat as a child. They are so pillowy and soft and literally melt in your mouth. You see, bear paws are one of those snacks that marked my childhood. When I would open my lunch box to discover that iconic orange packaging, my taste buds would sing! And then… when I would find out that it was the chocolate chip or the banana bread ones, I was in culinary HEAVEN!
Of course, as you can tell, my food preferences have changed rather radically. Now that I think back of these bear paws, I have to admit their texture is still appealing, but their ingredient list is rather not. The second ingredient is sugar/glucose-fructose. Each bear paw also contains canola oil, liquid whole egg, modified palm oil, fancy molasses, modified wheat starch, whey powder, vegetable glycerin, and natural flavour. Kind of scary to think that I had these at least once a week growing up…
BUT, you know what is awesome? Our body has the incredible ability to heal and to renew itself, which means that by eating a more complete plant based whole foods diet, the impact these types of highly processed, sugary foods potentially had on my body can be completely gone by now!
Anyhow, the recipe for these cookies I am about to share contains only natural ingredients such as:
✔︎ Whole wheat flour
✔︎ Coconut oil
✔︎ Unsweetened applesauce
✔︎ Cacao powder
… and dark chocolate (I used 85% dark chocolate)
On that note guys, this recipe will definitely become a staple for Sam and I. I personally love finding and recreating recipes that require ingredients that I always have on hand and on top of that that are healthy, especially when they contain little refined sugars and oils.
I really hope you guys try this recipe and if you do, I would love it if you tagged me on Instagram (@muriellebanackissa).
Have a lovely day!