Power Cookies

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Sweet treats don’t get any better than this…

What is a cookie to you?

A treat. A sweet indulgence. A reason to smile. A reward. An incentive.

A regret. A guilty memory. A reason to exercise. A sugar crash. An error.

Want to know what a cookie is to me? It’s an opportunity.

An opportunity to package enjoyment, nutrition, energy, and sweet flavor into a user friendly handheld morsel.

You see, there’s simply no reason to entertain antiquated cookies that contain only empty, sugary calories — cookies made with wheat flour, refined sugar, butter and milk chocolate. Especially when it’s so easy to swap out those empty calories and harmful components with ingredients that offer both nutrition and flavor.

Don’t worry, friend, I’m not suggesting that you resign to eating crumbly “health food cookies” that taste like cardboard. You know me better than that – if the taste doesn’t give me a blissful pause then I’m not eating it and I’m certainly not sharing it. So rest assured that these Power Cookies deliver a flavor that will have you coming back for more.

So what are the magical, nutritious ingredients that I’ve used to earn these morsels the title of “Power Cookies”? These cookies are made with dates (wholesome sweetness and fiber), molasses (nutritious sweetener), coconut oil (good fat), coconut palm sugar (low glycemic sweetener), almond flour (low carb flour with healthy fat), flax meal (omega-3 fatty acids, fiber and protein), eggs (protein), unsweetened coconut flakes (fiber, protein and healthy fat), raw walnuts (healthy fat), pepitas (fiber and healthy fat), and stevia sweetened, zero sugar dark chocolate chips.

Now is it clear why I named these Power Cookies?!? That’s a lot of nutrition for a cookie. Oh, and the flavor! Once you taste it you’ll forget all about the nutrition and will revel in the flavor…Enjoy!

Power Cookies
A Recipe by Diana Keuilian
4.8 from 13 reviews

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INGREDIENTS
Serves 36

Wet Ingredients
  • 10 dates, pitted
  • ½ cup coconut oil, melted
  • ½ cup coconut palm sugar
  • ¼ cup molasses
  • ⅓ cup coconut cream
  • 1 Tablespoon vanilla extract
  • ½ teaspoon almond extract
  • 1 egg
Dry Ingredients
  • 1 ¼ cup blanched almond flour
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • ¾ teaspoon baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 2 Tablespoons flax meal
  • 1 cup unsweetened, shredded coconut
Mix-Ins
  • ⅓ cup walnuts, raw and unsalted, chopped
  • ⅓ cup pepitas, raw and unsalted
  • ⅓ cup sliced almonds
  • 1 cup chocolate chips, Lilly’s brand – dark chocolate chips sweetened with stevia
INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line two rimmed baking sheets with parchment paper.
  2. Place the dates in a bowl of hot water. Soak for 10 minutes. Drain off the water and place the dates in a food processor. Add the remainder of the wet ingredients and pulse until smooth.
  3. In a large bowl, combine the dry ingredients. Add to the wet ingredients in the food processor by the spoonful, pulsing until fully combined.
  4. Transfer the dough to a large bowl and stir in the mix-in ingredients. Place in the fridge for 30 minutes to chill before forming the cookies.
  5. Form the cookies from Tablespoons of dough, forming balls and then pressing to flatten slightly on the prepared baking sheet. Space the cookies two inches apart. Bake for 15 minutes, or until cooked through and golden. Enjoy!
NUTRITION

Calories: 98     Fat: 8     Carbohydrates: 7     Sugar: 4     Sodium: 40     Fiber: 1     Protein: 1.5    
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Fill your freezer with bags of these Power Cookies…just in case :-)

Comments

  • Karen February 27, 2016 at 7:26 pm

    These Power Cookies look delicious; can’t wait to try them! Can you please provide nutrition information breakdown?

    • Diana February 29, 2016 at 10:27 pm

      Hi Karen,

      Sure thing – nutritional info has been added above per cookie. Enjoy!

  • Shar February 27, 2016 at 9:50 pm

    What are the nutrition facts? I need to know how many grams of sugar are there per cookie, or per specific number of cookies. Some people have to watch their sugar intake, no matter how healthy a food item claims to be. For instance, raisins (not included in this recipe, I know) are called sugar rockets by some professionals in the medical field. They are loaded with sugar and cause spikes in blood sugar that are not good for diabetics. I’m concerned about the dates, coconut palm sugar, and molasses in this recipe.

    • Diana February 29, 2016 at 10:26 pm

      Hi Shar,

      Please see above, the nutritional facts have been added and are listed per cookie. Also feel free to leave out up to 30% of the sweeteners or up to 50% if you choose to sub in some stevia to keep the natural sugars low. Have you tried Lily’s Dark Chocolate Chips? These have a zero sugar count as they are sweetened with stevia and taste really great – you may enjoy.

  • chia February 27, 2016 at 10:32 pm

    is coconut cream meant ti be coconut oil?… 🙂

  • chia February 27, 2016 at 10:34 pm

    oh wait, sorry, i see both…. blind..what could be substituted? instead of cream?..if not available.

  • allan foth February 29, 2016 at 1:36 am

    Yeppie, now I can make my cookies and eat them too!!!! allan

    • Diana February 29, 2016 at 10:24 pm

      You sure can, Allan! Enjoy 🙂

  • Helen Diels February 29, 2016 at 2:56 pm

    THANK YOU!! These were wonderful. I made them last night. The dough was pretty soft, so I thought for sure they would flatten and spread out, but they really held their shape. I may have made mine larger than yours because it took 25-30 minutes to cook. I will definitely keep a bag of these in my freezer. They’re delicious in the morning with a cup of tea.
    These are 5-star for sure.

    • Diana February 29, 2016 at 10:24 pm

      Hi Helen, Thanks for sharing – so glad you enjoyed these cookies as much as I did 🙂

  • Helen Diels February 29, 2016 at 2:59 pm

    The 5th star wouldn’t light up the first time, but it does now.

  • Juliette February 29, 2016 at 10:39 pm

    Power cookies are one of my favorite cookies now. I thank you so much for delicious recipes.

  • Alysha February 29, 2016 at 10:41 pm

    Yummmm!

  • Mina February 29, 2016 at 10:43 pm

    Love the taste of power cookies

  • Rosco February 29, 2016 at 10:44 pm

    Can’t stop eating power cookies so delicious.

  • Bella February 29, 2016 at 11:03 pm

    Hi Diana,

    I wanted to thank you for the power cookie recipe. My family loves them.

  • Ann Marie March 1, 2016 at 1:28 am

    Power cookies look so good.

  • Lily Z. March 1, 2016 at 5:32 am

    Oh these cookies look so good i got to make them soon.

  • Sevuk k March 1, 2016 at 5:34 am

    Looks really good

  • Alina Vac March 1, 2016 at 5:56 am

    Can’t wait to taste

  • Dova March 4, 2016 at 7:51 am

    I love these cookies! Yum =)

  • Vicki Wellington July 20, 2016 at 6:48 pm

    I just have a question, I’m allergic to walnuts, what nuts can you suggest for the power cookies. Cookies are always a staple at our house and if I can make a healthy cookie everyone likes I’d be delighted!

    • Diana August 1, 2016 at 5:11 pm

      Hi Vicki,

      Pecans are a great alternative to walnuts. They’re similar in texture.

      Let me know how it works with Pecans instead. 🙂

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