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Chocolate Cookies...with a secret, healthy secret

My kids favourite cookies!
Prep Time40 mins
Cook Time18 mins
Total Time1 hr
Servings: 12


  • 1/2 cup Dates
  • 1/4 cup boiling water
  • Dash of Bicarb Soda
  • 1/2 cup Chickpeas; canned drained and then measured
  • 2 Tablespoons Maple Syrup
  • 2 teaspoons Vanilla Extract
  • 2/3 cup Almond Meal
  • 1/3 cup Arrowroot Flour
  • 3 Tablespoons Cocoa
  • 1 Egg
  • 1/2 teaspoon Baking Powder
  • dash Salt
  • Optional extras: chocolate chips nuts, coconut


  • Preheat the oven to 175C/350F
  • Line and grease a large baking tray.
  • Place the dates in a small bowl and cover with the boiling water and the bicarb.
  • Allow to sit for at least 30 minutes.
  • Place the dates in a blender and purée.
  • Add the chickpeas, maple syrup and vanilla extract and blend until a smooth paste is formed.
  • Add the egg and blend in.
  • Add the dry ingredients to the blender and mix until combined.
  • A delicious cookie dough will form.
  • Using a dessert spoon, scoop spoonfuls of dough onto the tray.
  • The spoonfuls will form round balls on the baking tray.
  • Will make 12 biscuits.
  • Place in the middle rack of the oven and bake for 16 minutes.
  • The cookies will be firm on the bottom and top, but still soft (not gooey) in the middle.
  • Remove from the oven and allow to cool on the trays.
  • Store in an airtight container for up to 3 days.