Maintenance – Chocolate Drop Cookies (no bake)

I was in the mood for a treat last week (surprise, surprise) but I wanted to make sure that it was sugar-free and gluten-free (since I had already had my sugar binge which you can read about HERE).

I was originally going to make something with peppermint extract and was terribly disappointed to find my bottle EMPTY.  So I turned to the next best thing – almond extract.  These treats turned out perfectly.  For the photo I decided to add a little dollop of peanut-butter and a few chocolate chips. It was a delicious combination 🙂

Chocolate Drop Cookies

1 cup of dates (about 12 medjool dates)

1 cup rolled oats

1/4 cup chopped cashews

1/4 cup chopped walnuts

1 tsp stevia powder

3 TBS cocoa powder (I used dutch processed)

1/4 tsp Almond extract

1/4 cup unsweetened coconut

Almond milk as needed*

Soak the dates in about 1/2 cup almond milk overnight (or for a few hours to soften).  Drain the milk* off and use as needed.

Combine all of the ingredients into a food processor.  I had to do this in steps.  I started with the dates and a little of the milk.  I set these aside in a bowl and then put the rest of the ingredients into my processor and blended until in was well chopped.  Then I slowly added in the chopped dates, adding a little of the milk.

Once the ingredients are well incorporated, simply roll them into a ball, flattening slightly.  These will keep in the fridge for quite a while.

Source: WFM 1-10

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