Sugar Free Chocolate Chip Bean Cookies and Homemade Date Puree

If you’ve been reading my blog for a little bit than you know I’m a sweets whore. I even wrote a recent post on conquering those sweet cravings!

When it comes to baking and making sweets, I have tried my best to stop from baking/cooking with refined white/brown sugars. It’s been a difficult adjustment to adjust recipes and what not, especially when I am adding liquid ingredients like maple syrup. Baking is such a science, and different measurements of something (like a liquid) can definitely alter the way a recipe turns out.

To top it off, I have recently tried to start baking sweets with natural sweeteners, instead of the other alternatives like stevia, honey, etc. I’ve been pureeing sweet fruits and other ingredients like crazy, and I can tell you that I have failed many many many times.

Many times…. 🙂

There has been a lot of trial and error, and I can definitely say that I am pleased with the result! 🙂

One of my favorite alternative sweeteners are dates. I don’t necessarily enjoy dates by themselves, but pureed into my sweets I am totally okay with! It’s really easy to make your own puree, and you can add it to anything you want a little sweeter. Just a few Tablespoons to your oatmeal for example can be a great alternative to some honey or agave.

Homemade Date Puree

Makes about 1 c. date puree

Ingredients:

1 c. packed dates (Really pack em’ in there!)

water

Directions:

1. Add your dates into a deep bowl or glass, and pour water on top, just enough to where the dates are all covered and soaking in water. Let sit out overnight. The next day, dump out the water and puree the dates in a food processor or blender until creamy. 

If you don’t have dates or a food processor, you could probably substitute overly ripe bananas mashed or blended until creamy and lump free.

Ok, now for those cookies! Not only are these sugar free*, fiber full, good source of protein and healthy fats, but they secretly have BEANS in them…Yup! I went there…

 Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Bean Cake Cookies

Makes about 24 cookies

Sugar free (see note below), vegan, whole grain

Ingredients:

3/4 c. melted coconut oil

3/4 c. date puree

1 TB. vanilla extract

1 Chia egg-2 1/2 TB water mixed w/ 1 TB. chia seeds, set aside until gel forms. (or one egg)

1/4 c. non dairy milk

1 can navy beans, drained and rinsed

1 1/2 c. spelt flour

1/2 c. oats

1 tsp. baking soda

1/4 tsp. salt

2 cups. chocolate chips*

*These cookies can be sugar free if you use “chocolate chips” w/o sugar. This means you could use cocoa nibs, or chop up 1-2 bars of 100% pure dark chocolate, or even raisins. I, however, used dark chocolate chips in mine, which DID have sugar in them. I was serving them to Baby Boo and the Hubby, so I had to give them a little something. :)**

Directions:

1. In a mixing bowl, mix together melted coconut oil, date puree, and vanilla. Next add in chia egg or regular egg, milk, and beans. Mix a little bit on low until the beans start to kind of break up. You don’t want them pureed, just not a bunch of whole beans either.

2. In a separate bowl mix the dry ingredients; flour, oats, baking soda, and salt. Add dry ingredients to mixer and stir until combined. If mixture seems too dry, add a few TB. of milk. Next, stir in chocolate chips.

3. Place a golf sized cookie dough onto baking sheet and press down dough a little. Bake in a pre-heated oven of 350 degrees for 12-15 minutes. (Side note: My oven just broke, and it was acting funny a few days before. So I am kind of nervous to see if the cooking time is different considering my po-dunk oven. Check cookies every so often, and when they are starting to turn golden brown, you know they are done. Don’t let them overcook, you want them soft and chewy!)

One thing I love about these cookies is they are a perfect ‘treat’ to give Baby Boo if she is asking for a cookie. I don’t deprive her, but when lil’ miss asks for a cookie every 15 minutes I don’t care if she has one of these…or two!

I also love to freeze them, heat them up in the morning, and top with peanut butter.

Yes. I love food…

Oh, and many of you asked what kind of cookie dough I was using to top of my morning yogurt…

Well, here it is! Instead of making all the cookies, I saved some of the cookie dough in the fridge (because I made mine w/o eggs), and have been crumbling it over lots of things…and snacking on it multiple times a day.

You caught me! 😉

Be back later this week for some super totally awesome Easter Treats…

That is, if my oven get’s fixed. If not…Can I come over?

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  1. Love love love that these are sweetened with date purée!! They look amazing girl.

  2. i’ve never had cookies with JUST dates as sweetener, but can’t wait to try it out… i think they sound amazing!! 🙂

  3. YUM! Dates to sweeten and beans in the cookies too? Star cookies! And I love the idea of saving some cookie dough and sprinkling it on things. Yummay!

  4. Love these! I can relate to all the trial and error that goes into making sweets without refined sugar or oil. I highly recommend a book I just read called “The Complete Guide to Vegan Food Substitution” by Celine Steen & Joni Marie Newman. It really helped me, especially with the whole liquid to dry ration when subbing maple syrup for sugar! 🙂

  5. Hello! You can come OVER and use my oven to bake up some treats anytime 😉

    These look so good!

    Happy Monday love! Hope you are great! <3

  6. OH yum! I can’t wait to try that date puree in these! We just started using date sugar, but it’s not quite our favorite. This is such a great idea and can’t wait to try it. They honestly look amazing!!

  7. I’ve been meaning to try baking with dates for a while, i’ll have to give these a try!

  8. I’ve been planning to experiment with beans in cookies – this recipe looks great! I love dates and their savory sweetness. 🙂

  9. These look amazing! I definitely prefer the dough over the actual cookies! I’ve seen lots of recipes with beans in them, but this one takes the cake I believe! Enjoy your Monday!!

  10. Mmm I would definitely eat up that dough! Yum. These look fantastic.

  11. Hi! I have a silly question…is there a way to just print your awesome recipes? I’ve been copying into Word and deleting the extra photos/comments, to just get the recipe to be 1 page…am I missing something? Sorry, I’m sure this has been addressed! Thanks! Love your posts!

  12. What a great idea!!! Love the date puree!! I LOVE DATES. I can’t wait to think of something to make with it!!!! 🙂

    <3

  13. Can’t wait to try these!!! Always looking for a healthy cookie recipe.

  14. The only things I do not have on hand are spelt flour and navy beans – would whole wheat pastry flour and garbanzo beans work???

    • Spelt is a little lighter than Whole wheat pastry so if the dough seems to dry, I would add more liquid. As for the garbanzo beans, I am pretty sure they would equal out to the same! Let me know how they turn out if u try!

  15. Angie T. says:

    I just found your blog a few days ago and couldn’t wait to make these cookies. I was scared of making a cookie with beans! I just made them and they are off-the-hook delicious!! My whole family loves them too. Thank you for creating a delicious, healthy alternative to the old-fashioned choc chip cookie. These are even better!! Can’t wait to try more of your creations.

    • Oh Angie this comment just made my week!! I am so glad you and your family enjoyed the cookies! I am so sad because I just ran out of them a few days ago :(! I think I need to make more! 🙂

  16. Arielle – these cookies are incredible! I’m trying to ween myself off of refined sugars (keyword: “trying”). This recipe will definitely help me do so! I may end up making my own chocolate chips next time (out of coconut oil, cocoa powder, vanilla extract and agave nectar) to eliminate refined sugars completely. I made them with dark chocolate chips and they were fantastic! I ate 3 of them yesterday… and I plan on having some when I get home from work tonight. The only way I could control my cravings was to freeze half the batch. Super excited to know I can thaw them out in a couple weeks when another craving comes around. Yummy! Please keep the refined-sugar free dessert recipes coming! They definitely will help curb my out-of-control sweet tooth.

  17. Melissa says:

    Just made this….so good! Thanks!

  18. Yummm! These look delicious! I’m definitely gonna make these!

  19. These look amazing, I cannot wait to try them!!! Do the beans make you, err, “toot”? Would they also work with chick peas instead of navy beans?

    • Thanks Sal! As for the ‘tootin’ part, I think it all depends on the person haha. But it’s only a little amount of beans in each cookie. Chickpeas are not as soft as navy beans are so the cookies might turn out a little more dry. (So adding more liquid might help)

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