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Chocolate HEALTH Cookies

I definitely have a chocolate addiction and I enjoy indulging it in healthy ways. You know I have a thing for using unexpected ingredients (See my chocolate pudding recipe) and this recipe is no different.

I based this recipe on my popular dessert hummus recipe from my blog and was very pleased with the results. I can't wait to make another batch...I think next time I will add in some fresh mint to the food processor.

Chocolate HEALTH Cookies


  • 10 Medjool Dates, soaked
  • Soaking water
  • 15 oz. can Eden Organics Salt-Free Garbanzo Beans (aka chickpeas)
  • ½ cup cocoa powder (I used Wonderslim Wondercocoa)
  • 1/3 cup organic peanut butter *
  • 1 1/2 tsp. alcohol-free vanilla
  • 4 packets Sweetleaf Stevia


  1. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F.
  2. Pit the dates and put them into a bowl.  Press the dates down into the bowl and cover them with filtered water until they are JUST covered (it is ok if a tiny bit of the dates peak out through the water).  Soak the dates in the water for at least 30 minutes.
  3. Once the dates have soaked, place all of the ingredients in a food processor and pulse 10-15 times.  Scrape down the sides and process the mixture until there aren’t too many chunks.  Stop and scrape down the sides with a rubber spatula.  Repeat this process until the batter is the consistency you like (I prefer a few small chunks).
  4. Use you medium scooper (mine is 2 Tbs) and scoop the batter onto a parchment lined baking sheet. Bake for 15 minutes, turning the cookie sheet half way through.
  5. Take the cookie sheet out of the oven and smoosh down the cookies with a fork to flatten them.
  6. Return the cookie sheet to the oven and bake for 10 more minutes.
  7. Cool (If you have the patience) and enjoy!


You can try substituting with another nut or seed butter, though I haven’t tried to, but my guess would be that sunflower seed butter would make the best sub.






Gretchen is a Nutrition Specialist with Certification in Plant-Based Nutrition through Cornell University. At a young age she experienced a series of illnesses that propelled her to seek nutrition-based solutions. She is absolutely passionate about sharing the health benefits of a plant-based lifestyle and can be found doing so through her website Veggie Grettie, as the Editor of Chic Vegan, and as freelance recipe developer and writer. Gretchen lives in Southern California with her husband, two children, and 4-legged best bud.



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20 comments on “Chocolate HEALTH Cookies”

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Christina Rodeghier
11 Months Ago

Yes this weekend! !!

Tiffany Lyn
11 Months Ago

Christina Rodeghier shall we try?

Maria Baeza
11 Months Ago

I have got to try these!!!!

Amy M North Erving
11 Months Ago

That's not a very appetizing photo... Looked like a pile of poo

Steve Claas
11 Months Ago

You may want to use the stevia leaf /flakes. Most stevia products have an alcohol sugar which is toxic to your body.

ForSteve's Artwork
11 Months Ago

No offense but I thought it was a dinosaur turd.

Plant Based Plate
11 Months Ago

I'm assuming that the chickpeas should be drained?

Diane Malpass
11 Months Ago

Looks interesting but can't see the point for extra sweetness from the Stevia, surely the sweetness from the dates would be sufficient.

Douglas D Eden
24 Mar 2014

I cant imagine dates being sweet enough ? ? ? BUT then I cant eat my oatmeal or wheaties withotu sugar on top

Diane Malpass
24 Mar 2014

I don't use any refined sugar Douglas and I don't have a sweet tooth, so just the dates would be sweet enough for me. Dates are naturally sweet, you can heat them up with a little water and make a date syrup which can be used as a sugar replacement.

Vernon E Gissendanner
11 Months Ago

At first glance, I thought it was something else.

Jade Anne Kirkland-Burr
11 Months Ago

Lily Anne Burr whip up a batch


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