While these look like cookies, they're really a chewy treat that tastes similar to chocolate chip cookie dough. Yummy!
I don't call them cookies, because I think a cookie must have a crunch — and I like people to understand what they're really are eating when they bite into something. (Ever had a sip of what you thought was water and then been surprised — somewhat unpleasantly — that the drink was actually wine or soda? Know what I mean? Not good.)
Whenever possible, I love to create treats with some healthy elements — but only if the treat tastes like a treat and not a "health food!" I think I've done this here. Dates are a fantastic source of dietary fiber and are one of the best natural sources of potassium. And flax meal (ground flax seeds) are chock full of fiber, antioxidants, and Omega-3 fatty acids. They have a bit of a nutty flavor, which is delicious in sweets. Add chocolate and crunchy granola (I suggest my Honey Roasted Chai Granola) and your family can enjoy these for a dessert or a snack! And did I mention they're quick and easy to make?
- 2 cups pitted dates
- 1 cup of your favorite granola
- 1/8 cup flax meal
- 1/2 cup mini-semi-sweet chocolate chips
- 1/2 cup shredded, unsweetened coconut
Makes 2 dozen
Add the dates to a food processor and use the blade attachment to make a paste. In a medium-sized mixing bowl, add the date paste to the granola, mini-chocolate chips, and flax meal. This is a very sticky combination, so the best way to combine the ingredients is with your hands.
Cover a large plate with the coconut and set a second large plate next to it. Using a 1 1/4-inch ice-cream scoop or your hands, form approximately 1 1/4-inch balls of the "dough" and place them on the coconut-covered plate, about four at a time. Roll them gently in to coat each one with the coconut. Place them on the clean plate as you go.
An additional note:
This is a great recipe for kids who like to help! They love rolling the "dough" in the coconut!