The Healthiest Cookies EVER (Paleo, Vegan)

A bold statement, but these cookies deserve it.

healthy-cookie-recipe

They are made with 100% whole food ingredients– no flour, no added oil, and no added sugar. And believe it or not, they still taste great!

I actually made these cookies with the intention of turning them into “lactation cookies” for one of my good friends who recently had a baby, but they turned out so well that they’d make a perfect treat for anyone at anytime. This recipe features walnuts and flax seeds, which are a good source of folate and omega-3 fatty acids, and they are paired with fiber-rich dates, to help balance your blood sugar. They are so satiating and delicious, you don’t even need the chocolate chips! (Though, if you don’t mind a little added sugar, feel free to add them in.)

These healthy cookies have a soft and tender texture that reminds me of my childhood favorite “soft batch” cookies. If you prefer a firmer cookie, simply store and serve them directly from the fridge or freezer.

The Healthiest Cookies EVER (Paleo, Vegan)
Makes 12 cookies

Ingredients:

1 1/2 cups raw walnut halves
1 cup medjool 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 (optional– see sugar-free options in the notes below)

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 350F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silpat. In the bowl of a food processor fitted with an “S” blade, process the dates and walnuts together until a crumbly texture is formed. Add in the salt, baking soda, vanilla, and flax egg (see how to make a flax egg here) and process again until the batter is relatively smooth, a little stickier than traditional cookie dough.

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

healthy-cookie-dough-mix

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, then transfer the cookies to a wire rack to cool completely.

Serve immediately, and store the leftovers in a sealed container in the fridge or freezer for best shelf life. These cookies should last a week in the fridge, and a month or more in the freezer.

SONY DSC

4.8 from 63 reviews
The Healthiest Cookies EVER (Paleo, Vegan)
Author: 
Serves: 12
 
Cookies made with 100% whole food ingredients for a healthy treat anytime.
Ingredients
  • 1½ cups raw walnut halves
  • 1 cup medjool dates, pitted (about 12)
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 flax egg (1 tablespoon ground flax or chia seeds + 3 tablespoons water)
  • ½ cup dark chocolate chips (optional)
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 350F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silpat. In the bowl of a food processor fitted with an "S" blade, 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 the batter is relatively smooth. Add in the chocolate chips and briefly pulse, just to combine.
  2. 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, then transfer the cookies to a wire rack to cool completely.
  3. Serve immediately, and store the leftovers in a sealed container in the fridge or freezer for best shelf life. These cookies should last a week in the fridge, and a month or more in the freezer.

Notes:

  • I love the buttery flavor of these cookies when made with walnuts, but I have a feeling that pecans or almonds would work well, too.
  • If you don’t have access to dates, raisins can be substituted in most cases, but the flavor will be slightly different.
  • If you don’t want to use a flax egg, one chicken egg can be used instead.
  • Optional add-ins that are free of added sugar include: cacao nibs, raisins, shredded coconut, chopped nuts

Enjoy!

Reader Feedback: What’s your favorite healthy dessert?

Share:
Meet Megan Gilmore

Hi, I’m Megan. A former fast food junkie turned certified nutritionist consultant, trying to make healthy living as easy as possible. I believe in eating delicious whole foods on a regular basis to help naturally support the body’s detox organs— no juice fasting required. (Unless you want to!) If you make one of my healthy recipes, tag @detoxinista on Instagram or Facebook so I can see!

186 thoughts on “The Healthiest Cookies EVER (Paleo, Vegan)

  1. Onaella

    For someone who does not cook not bake (still living with mom) your site has been a great help for me through my weightloss efforts. Your not to naughty snacks and very simple recipes are just what I needed. I did a little too much pulsing with the chocolate chips so this turned out as a chocolate cookie (no complaints). I love these the only challenge I had was I did not realize how spongy they would feel so I kept thinking they weren’t done (did I say I can’t cook or bake?) Anyways I love these even though they were a little hard for me to manage….can’t believe something so healthy tastes so good!

    Reply
  2. C

    Walnuts are pretty high in omega 6 fatty acids. Hazelnuts or almond would be even healthier. Or coconut. 🙂 Still, sounds delish. Putting on my to-try list!

    Reply
  3. Dawn

    It was my 1st time baking cookies. I used 6 medjool dates. I didn’t have a food processor and used my blender but added too much water to thedate+walnut mixture in the blender. I thickened the batter out by adding way more flour. Totally didn’t expect to surprise myself at the outcome but I did! They tasted very healthy and not sweet, just the way I had wanted. I had 4 of them at one-go and batch-stored the rest for breakfast tomorrow and dessert the rest of the week. Thank you! Following on Facebook.

    Reply
  4. Lori

    These are THE BEST grain free cookies I have ever tasted. I would choose these over some of the traditional cookies available to me before this strict diet began in our household.

    All that said, I have to say THANK YOU! My daughter has been very ill for several years, and we have finally found a doctor who is pointing us in the right direction with a rather strict diet. It has seemed impossible to find something akin to a “treat” without altering even the supposedly best recipes a bit: no grain, no cane sugar, no eggs, no dairy…It was beginning to feel like we’d have to start imagining cookies and pretending to eat them UNTIL WE FOUND THIS RECIPE!

    BLESS YOU, DEAR LADY!

    Reply

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Rate this recipe: