- 6 dried dates, soaked in warm water (or about 7–8 Tbsp date syrup)
- 3 teaspoons cocoa powder
- 1 Tablespoon chia seeds
- 2 Tablespoons coconut oil
- 1.5 cups almond meal
- 1/4 tsp salt
- optional: 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
- (If not sweet enough, add a 1/2 Tbsp maple syrup or honey)
- Preheat oven to 350º.
- Soak the dates in the warm water until soft, about 5 minutes or so, then squeeze out the water and add the dates to the blender. You can add about 2-3 Tablespoons of the soaking water if necessary, and the melted coconut oil. Blend until a paste forms. (If desired, add the optional vanilla now.)
- In a bowl, mix together almond meal, salt, cocoa powder, and chia seeds. Add date paste and stir well. It will probably be a little crumbly, which is fine. It might be sticky if you added extra water, which is also fine! Taste and adjust as desired.
- Scoop one Tablespoon of dough at a time and roll into a ball, or shape with your measuring spoon. (Makes 12-16 balls.) Place on a parchment-lined baking sheet and then flatten with your hands, a fork, or the bottom of a glass. (Or leave them with rounded tops!)
- Bake on 350º for 12-15 minutes.
- Tips for this recipe: Based on your blender, and how much water you need to get your dates pureed, the final results might vary. I made these by warming the dates instead of soaking, and then blending them without water. The resulting cookies were firm and almost crunchy, so you can totally do that. I preferred them a little softer, so soaking them works perfectly.
- Prep Time: 8 mins
- Cook Time: 12 mins
- Category: Snack, Dessert, Breakfast, Workout Fuel