This is the most delux ‘healthy’ chocolate chip cookie recipe and I am obsessed! When I first made it I was unsure of whether the combination of ingredients would actually work to form into anything, not to mind a cookie. However, to my delight the runny mixture formed perfect cookies and when I supplied a batch to the always hungry athletes at work, they were met with rave reviews. Let’s be honest, anything with chocolate chips, madjool dates and maple syrup is bound to be tasty.
While the health benefits of the flavanols in dark chocolate extend to cardiovascular benefits through increased blood flow and healthier arteries, the performance benefits are less well researched. However, a recent study found that the flavanols in dark chocolate increased blood flow to a similar extend as the nitrates found in beetroot and therefore may exert similar performance benefits.
This recipe can be a snack option for some or a treat for others. With 150 kcal per cookie when and how many you eat will depend more so on your body composition goals, with some being able to indulge more than others. Enjoy this protein packed cookie with a cup of your favourite hot tipple.
- Serves: 12
- Calories: 125
- Fat: 9g
- Carbohydrates: 6g
- Protein: 5g
- 4 eggs
- 6 pitted madjool dates (don't use any other dates as they won't work)
- 1 tablespoon of maple syrup
- 120g of almond flour
- 1 teaspoon of baking soda (GF)
- 1 large bar of 80% dark chocolate
- Blend the eggs, dates & maple syrup in a blender.
- Separately, blend the chocolate. I like the chocolate chips chunky so I only blend briefly.
- Combine the almond flour, baking soda and chocolate chips in a bowl and mix before adding the wet ingredients.
- Mix thoroughly.
- Using a dessertspoon place a spoon full of the mixture on a baking tray lined with parchment.
- The mixture should make 12 cookies.
- Cook for 10 minutes in the oven at 180° C until they are golden brown. These cook fast so keep an eye on them after 6 minutes.