Cocoa Date Oatmeal Cookies


I bake quite a few cookies on a regular basis. While doing so I try and replace ingredients and make the somewhat healthier. However, I still try not to eat too many of them. I guess it is part of a little experiment that I do with myself. An experiment that is supposed to find out how sugar cravings come about and with how much or how little to satisfy them on a short term basis, or how long I can hold it out before I collapse and have two bars of chocolate and a box of cookies in one go.

When it comes to sweets, I definitely have a few favorites: dates, chocolate, and oat cookies. They are all combined in these utterly delicious Cocoa Date Oatmeal Cookies. My family did not really get a chance to try them. Apart from one or two I had them all. 
I love the date flavor. It's  got this deep, tangy, dark flavor to it. It almost tastes a little burned, if you know what I mean. So if you can get your hands on date syrup, go for it. Otherwise honey will be fine too, as there is still plenty of chopped dates in them that makes them as tasty.   

Now to the health side of these cookies: dates provide natural sweetness and are packed with fiber. They contain considerable amounts of iron and potassium. Unsweetened cocoa is known to lower cholesterol and is packed with antioxidants. Cocoa also serves as a great anti-depressant (we knew that somehow, didn't we?). Oats are packed with fiber too. They lower cholesterol, are rich in antioxidants and stabilizes blood sugar.

After all, no reason to feel bad, but I still do, having eaten all these cookies by myself......


(Print Recipe)

1/3 cup whole wheat flour
3/4 cup regular rolled oats
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
2-3 teaspoons unsweetened cocoa powder

1 egg
3 tablespoons butter (softened)
1/2 cup date syrup (or regular honey)
1/2 teaspoon  vanilla extract

1/2 cup dried dates, chopped

Yields ca. 20 cookies
Preheat oven to 180C. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

In a bowl, combine flour, oats baking soda, salt and cocoa powder. Stir until well mixed. Set aside.

In another bowl, beat the egg lightly. Add butter, vanilla extract and honey/date syrup. Stir until well combined. Add wet ingredients to dry ingredients. Stir in the chopped dates.

Drop heaped teaspoons of the batter onto the baking sheet. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes.