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Chocolate Chip Cookies

An American classic transformed into a better-for-you version that is still chocolaty and delicious.

  • Author: Dr. Rosane Oliveira
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 12 minutes
  • Total Time: 22 minutes
  • Yield: 12-16 1x
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  • 5 Medjool dates
  • 1 cup pastry flour, whole wheat
  • 1/2 cup chocolate, dairy-free, broken into chunks
  • 34 tbsp sucanat
  • 1/4 cup walnuts, chopped (optional)
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 cup Homemade Nut Milk or store-bought plant-based milk
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F and line baking tray with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat.
  2. Soak dates in water for a few minutes to soften.
  3. Mix flour, chocolate, sucanat, walnuts (if using), baking powder, and baking soda in a large bowl.
  4. Drain water from dates. In a blender, add nut milk, dates and vanilla extract then blend until smooth.
  5. Add liquid to bowl of dry ingredients and mix well.
  6. Using a spoon or ice cream scoop, place dough on lined baking tray.
  7. Bake until golden brown, about 12 minutes.
  8. Remove from oven and cool 5-10 minutes before serving.

Notes: Batter will be on the wet side and difficult to handle without a spoon. Consistency may change depending on the type of flour or nut milk you use. If dough is too thin to work with, you may add a tablespoon or two of additional flour, and/or place in the refrigerator to firm up a bit.

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Rosane Oliveira, DVM, PhD

President & CEO, Plant-Based Life Foundation | Dr. Rosane Oliveira combines a lifelong passion for nutrition with 25 years of genetics research to create programs that help people develop healthy habits on their journey towards a more plant-based lifestyle. She is a Visiting Clinical Professor in Public Health Sciences and was the founding director of the first Integrative Medicine program at the UC Davis School of Medicine. She completed her postgraduate studies in Brazil and did her postdoctoral training in immunogenetics and functional genomics at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.