While these chocolate cookies are not completely sugar-free, they have no added sugar and only use dates for sweetness.



Recipe Summary

25 mins
15 mins
15 mins
55 mins
17 cookies


Original recipe yields 17 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Instructions Checklist
  • Place dates in a small bowl and add enough hot water to cover. Allow to sit for 10 minutes to soften.

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Line 2 large baking sheets with parchment paper.

  • Remove dates from water, reserving soaking liquid. Combine dates, walnuts, and vegetable oil in the bowl of a large food processor. Pulse several times until mixture forms a paste and no large chunks of dates remain; this may take several minutes. If mixture is too dry, add soaking liquid, 1 tablespoon at a time, until a paste-like consistency is reached. Add egg and vanilla extract; pulse to combine. Add oats, cocoa powder, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt. Pulse until combined, scraping down the sides of the bowl as necessary. Fold in chocolate chips; dough will be very sticky.

  • Use a medium cookie scoop to place rounded balls of dough 1-inch apart on the prepared baking sheets. Press tops of dough down with damp fingers to flatten slightly.

  • Bake in the preheated oven until cookies are just set, 13 to 15 minutes. Allow to cool on the baking sheets for 5 minutes before removing to wire rack to cool completely. Keep stored in refrigerator until ready to serve.

Nutrition Facts

133 calories; protein 2.4g 5% DV; carbohydrates 15.8g 5% DV; fat 8g 12% DV; cholesterol 10.9mg 4% DV; sodium 96.4mg 4% DV. Full Nutrition

Reviews (3)

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4 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 3
  • 4 star values: 1
  • 3 star values: 0
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 5 stars
These are delicious! The consistency is light, almost like cake. I didn’t soak my dates first because they were already soft. I also used pecans in place of walnuts. The chocolate chips are essential. Maybe next time I’ll try with white chips or caramel chips. I got 18 cookies in the batch. My health-nut husband enjoys these too! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
I made these today. We thought they were very good. I liked the dates, chocolate flavors with the Bite of chocolate chips and a little cinnamon. A soft cookie and chewy. I thought the flavors were great. I thought they were sweet enough without the adding sugar. I used pecans because I was short of walnuts and I didn’t want to go to the store. I will make them again. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
My daughter liked them very much as they aren't quite as sweet as other cookies. Read More