Paleo Cookie Snow Day

by in Blog Posts, Food & Nutrition January 22, 2016

Like most of the East Coast, it is a SNOW DAY here in Charlotte!
Reminder to self: time to hang out with our neighbors, do some cooking, baking and enjoy the kids and their friends being home.

Here is a recipe that was shared with me at a women’s church dinner a couple of weeks ago. Usually, I have very limited options when it comes to these “pot luck” style get-togethers, since I cannot eat any flour. This really means that the dessert table is regularly and completely off limits. And, yes, I do love my sweet treats when I can eat them!!
So, you can imagine how excited I was to know that my friend, Elaine, made these delicious paleo, vegan, gluten-free cookies that I was be able to ENJOY 🙂 And not just gluten-free, but made with whole healthy ingredients that had everyone commenting about how good they were!

1 1/2 cups raw walnut halves
1 cup dates, pitted (about 12)
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 flax egg (1 tablespoon ground flax or chia seeds + 3 tablespoons water)
1/2 cup dark chocolate chips

Preheat the oven to 350F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. In a food processor, process the dates and walnuts together until a crumbly texture is formed. Add in the salt, baking soda, vanilla, and flax egg and process again until smooth.

Add in the chocolate chips and briefly pulse, just to combine.

Spoon the batter onto a lined baking sheet, and use your hands to gently flatten the cookie dough. (Tip: Wet your hands with water to prevent sticking!) Bake at 350F for 12 minutes, or until the edges are slightly golden. Allow to cool on the pan for 10 minutes. Enjoy!