There’s something so homely about having freshly baked cookies in the house and when they’re as healthy as these there is even MORE of a reason to bake them!
Ever since I was a little girl I was always in favour of making cookies and cakes from scratch as then I knew exactly what ingredients were going into them.
These cookies are full of complementing textures. The dates lend the cookies a slight chewiness whilst the almonds and cacao nibs provide a crunch.
I am not vegan but I often like to make treats that are. A flax egg is what vegans use as an egg replacer. When flaxseed meal comes into contact with water it becomes thick and gelatinous, like the consistency of a whisked egg.
As you can see the flaxseed meal has thicken significantly and acts as a binding agent in the ‘dough’.
I have used cacao nibs in these cookies however they can be quite bitter if you’re not used to the taste. I would recommend using dairy & sugar free dark chocolate chips instead.
You will have to squish the ‘dough’ together when rolling to ensure the cookies stay together.
These cookies will keep in a sealed container in the pantry for up to four days.
Date, cacao and oat cookies
- 1 1/2 cups rolled oats
- 1/2 cup almonds, roughly chopped
- 8 fresh dates, pitted and chopped
- 1/2 cup cacao nibs or dairy & sugar free dark chocolate chips
- 1/4 cup shredded coconut
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 2 TBSP flaxseed meal*
- 6 TBSP water*
- 1/4 cup almond meal
- 2 TBSP coconut oil
- Preheat oven to 180C/350F. Line baking sheet with baking paper.
- Whisk flaxseed meal and water in a bowl and set aside to thicken to make a flax egg.
- Combine rolled oats, almonds, dates, cacao nibs, coconut and cinnamon in a separate large bowl.
- Add flax egg to large bowl and mix together.
- Add almond meal and coconut oil, mix until well combined.
- Roll 25 evenly sized balls and gently press down with your fingers.
- Bake for 12-15 minutes or until golden. Cool on a wire rack.
- Enjoy with a cup of tea or coffee!
Note: you can replace the flax egg with two free range eggs
Have you every used a flax egg when cooking before?