Chocolate chip oat date cookies

This tasty treat is sweetened with medjool dates and banana.

Contributed by Allison Collins, MD


Chocolate chip oat date cookies

This is one of my family’s go-to cookie recipes. I bake a batch and keep it in the freezer so we have them available whenever we need a snack or treat.

I’m always surprised by how much sweetness the dates add. Dates are a great natural sweetener because they have fiber, which prevents a fast sugar spike and keeps you feeling full longer. The oats also add fiber and make these cookies 100% whole-grain. As a mom, I feel good about this tasty treat as a healthier cookie option.

Servings: 30 cookies

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 12 minutes

Ingredients

  • 2 3/4 cups rolled oats, divided
  • 1 cup chopped nuts or seeds (I often use 1/2 cup walnuts and 1/2 cup sunflower seeds.)
  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 9 medjool dates
  • 1 banana
  • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1/4 cup almond butter
  • 1 teaspoon chia seeds
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar

Directions

  1. Heat the oven to 375 F.
  2. Make oat flour: In a blender or food processor, place 1 3/4 cups of the rolled oats and blend or process until they turn into a powder.
  3. In a medium mixing bowl, combine the oat flour, remaining rolled oats, chopped nuts or seeds, chocolate chips, cinnamon, baking powder, and salt. Stir well.
  4. In a blender, combine the dates, banana, almond milk, almond butter, chia seeds, vanilla extract, and apple cider vinegar. Blend until very smooth.
  5. Pour the wet ingredients into the mixing bowl with the dry ingredients. Mix into a dough.
  6. On a baking sheet lined with parchment paper or sprayed with nonstick cooking spray, place 1-inch balls of dough and flatten. Repeat in batches until all dough is used.
  7. Bake for 12 minutes.

Nutrition Information (per serving)

  • Calories: 112
  • Total fat: 5 g
  • Saturated fat: 1 g
  • Cholesterol: 0 mg
  • Sodium: 67 mg
  • Total carbohydrate: 15 g
  • Dietary fiber: 2 g
  • Total sugars: 8g (includes 2 g added sugar)
  • Protein: 3 g
  • Potassium: 153 mg