Dark Chocolate, Date and Ginger Cookies
I’ve been having a love affair with these dark chocolate, date and ginger cookies. They are JUST what I’ve been looking for.
You know: sweet-but-not-too-sweet, gooey, delicious, comforting, foodgasmic, healthy, melt in your mouth…
Wait- what?! Rewind. HEALTHY, you say?
Oh, yes, my friends. Healthy cookies that taste damn delicious. Mmmmmmhmm. I’m very excited too. These oaty, nutty, fruity cookies have some competition.
Oh um, PS: these are so easy to make, too.
I whipped them up in the space of about 20 minutes one night a couple of weeks ago when I got the sudden and overwhelming urge to bake.
Which has been happening rather a lot lately.
There’s a rather deceivingly deadly pattern emerging. I’ll come home from work, dump my things, get into something suitably cosy and wonderful (read: sweatpants, a fluffy jumper… and a dressing gown for extra cosy points) and then, just as I’m about to head over to my laptop to do some work, I find myself inexplicably drawn to the kitchen to do some baking. It’s quite annoying really, because it’s putting me a little behind with important life admin.
But then I remember how happy it makes me to bake something healthy and delicious and suddenly I don’t really mind so much at all. Besides- it means that I have a PORTABLE DESSERT to take to take to work as an afternoon snack, and who can argue with that? No one. Thankyou cookies.
It’s most likely down to my Great British Bake Off obsession, which I’ve been eagerly following for the past few weeks. Admittedly, I’d never make most of the super decadent things that they make on the show, but I do love to watch it as a source of inspiration for my healthified bakes. Anyway, I was so happy to see Candice win! She totally deserved it- that girl is one hell of a baker. Frankly, I find it quite bamboozling to think that these are everyday people with non food related jobs, and yet they’ve somehow found the time to become absolute baking wizards. I mean, round of applause.
I noticed recently that Candice is going to be at the Cake and Bake Show this year along with many of the other runners up. I got VERY excited because Andrew and I went to the Cake and Bake Show in Edinburgh last year and had an absolute whale of a time. But on further investigation, it seems that the show is only happening in Manchester and London this year! WHAT is up with that, Edinburgh? This gal ain’t impressed.
At least there’s the Foodie’s Festival and VegFest to look forward to in the next month. If there’s one thing I absolutely adore, it’s a food festival. HELLO and hi free samples. Anyone else going this year??
Until then, if anyone needs me, I’ll be chomping on these cookies. Sweatpants, fluffy jumper, dressing gown and life admin in tow.
- 50g rye flour
- 50g ground almonds
- 1tsp baking powder
- 1.5tsp ground ginger
- 65g chopped dates
- 50g maple syrup
- 1 medium egg, whisked
- 25g coconut oil
- 40g 85% dark chocolate, broken into rough chunks
- Preheat the oven to 140 degrees fan (160 degrees regular oven), then line and grease a baking tray.
- In a mixing bowl, mix together the dry ingredients.
- Do the same with the wet ingredients in a separate bowl.
- Combine the wet and dry ingredients, then stir through the chocolate chunks.
- Bake for 10-12 minutes or until starting to go slightly golden brown.
- *Most delicious fresh out of the oven, but perfect to take out with you for an afternoon snack!
- *These cookies will keep well in an airtight container for up to a week.