Looking for a grain-free cookie that’s as good as the original? These flourless chocolate chip walnut cookies fit the bill…
I’m not a great baker. I mean, I have to follow a recipe exactly in order to get it to come out edible. I used to burn the kind of cookies that you just slice and bake. Ugh… Yup, I can cook anything, but baking has always been a challenge for me. Hmmm… maybe it’s because I don’t measure… BUT, years ago, I found this awesome recipe for flourless chocolate chip walnut cookies. And my life changed… they come out great. Every. Single. Time.
When I first saw this recipe on one of my favorite blogs, I just stored it away. I think the name threw me off — it was titled “The Healthiest Cookies EVER”. Now, anytime you see that, it’s reminiscent of someone saying that your blind date has a great personality. I have no problem admitting when I’m wrong, and I was wrong. Megan, from The Detoxinista was so right. These are so delicious and they are probably the healthiest cookies in the world. I should have made them sooner!
Not too many people know this, but walnuts are actually considered a Chinese herb (He Tao Ren), so immediately the wheels of my brain started to turn. Could this be a dessert that is healing? The answer is yes! Walnuts are used for some knee and back pain, some chronic coughs and for chronic constipation. These nuts are also good for infertility and sexual dysfunctions, and they have been used to help people with urinary tract and kidney stones. Combine this with the goodness of dates which can boost your immune system, reduce your inflammation and help your digestion, and wow… we’ve got a flourless chocolate chip walnut cookie that could sit in our medicine cabinets! Okay, not really… that would be weird. And gross…
All you really need to know is that these cookies are awesome!
And, if you want to try another great healing cookie, try my recipe for Grain-Free Oatmeal Raisin Cookies.
Here are some of the ingredients that make these flourless chocolate chip walnut cookies so healing:
Walnuts are actually a Chinese herb (He Tao Ren). They are used for some knee and back pain, some chronic coughs and for chronic constipation. These nuts are also good for infertility and sexual dysfunctions, and they have been used to help people with kidney stones.
Dates are rich in potassium, dietary fiber and tannins. Fiber is good for your gut and tannins help the body fight inflammation and infection. Dates are also rich in vitamin A and iron. The most amazing thing about dates is that they can be used to replace sugar in almost anything. I stopped using sweetened protein powders in my smoothies and now I use unsweetened ones but I add a few dates.
Eggs are awesome. I am a big proponent of eating the whole egg. So many of the nutrients and the taste are in the yolk; I’ll never understand separating nature’s perfect food. Eggs help with many types of dryness in the body. If you have a dry cough or a frog-in-your-throat, try eating some eggs. They have also been shown to help women with various conditions during and after pregnancy. Some people consider eggs to be a superfood. They contain a large amount of vitamins A and B and are a great source of protein. Eggs sometimes get a bad rap because of cholesterol, but it’s been shown that in 70% of people, eggs do not raise cholesterol, so don’t assume they are bad for you. Buy organic eggs and you are really doing the right thing.
- 1-1/2 cups raw walnuts
- 1 cup dried, pitted dates (about 18)
- ¼ tsp sea salt
- ½ tsp baking soda
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 egg
- generous ½ cup chocolate chips (I used beet-sugar sweetened carob chips)
- Preheat your oven to 350°F.
- Put the walnuts, dates, salt, baking soda, vanilla, and egg in a food processor.
- Process just until the mixture is combined.
- Stir in the chocolate chips.
- Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
- Form the dough into balls (I usually get 12 or 13 balls out of this dough) and space them out on the sheet.
- Gently press down on each of the balls to flatten.
- Bake for until the edges are golden (this has taken anywhere from 12 to 18 minutes, depending on the oven I am using).
- Remove the cookies from the oven and place them on a rack to cool.
- Store the cookies in baggies in the fridge or eat them now.