Peanut Butter and Date Cookies (grain-free, no sugar)

Thank god it’s Friday. Well, for you it’s Friday. For me, it is Wednesday morning and I’m figuring out how to arrange my schedule to get all of my work done. I think that my work week may have to spill into my Saturday - not the greatest feeling. But I am trying to purposefully be grateful that I have so many wonderful things on my plate (both literally and figuratively). I have also been finding refuge in the kitchen. I always do. When things get especially busy, or stressful, that’s where I go. I know as a yoga teacher I should say that I turn to yoga or that I get my stress out with a long run or at the gym. I totally do those things, especially when I find myself stressed. But nothing does it for me like baking.

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There is something about the process of getting outside of myself and stepping into creativity. I love getting my hands dirty around food and now that gardening is a 25hour/week job, I just don’t find stress relief in my garden. I’m all about the kitchen – mainly baking. 

So as you may know, it’s day 10 of the superhero challenge as I am writing this (day 12 when this is published!) and I am being fully compliant, I just have to get those gosh darn points! My stubbornness is really showing. I wasn’t planning on taking out alcohol, but now that I can see that stinkin’ leaderboard…. I just can’t help myself but want all the points. So, I was not going to let my desire to make cookies make me eat sugar, or wheat, and thus loose my points for the day. I wasn’t going to bake at all and then I thought to myself “girl, you’re better than this. You of all people can whip up something totally delicious and totally challenge worthy.” So I got to work. 

That little voice in my head was right. I figured it out. These cookies are chewy, hearty, gooey in the center and perfectly nutty. They are not exceptionally sweet, mine weren’t very sweet at all, but they don’t need it. Flavored with chopped dates and cocoa nibs, these cookies are spinning with the love and flavors of whole foods and so good, you can eat them for breakfast (I just did). These are not your average peanut butter cookie. 

Peanut Butter and Date Cookies

 

INGREDIENTS: 

½ cup Peanut Butter
1/3 cup almond flour
¼ cup coconut flour
3 Tbsp honey (more if you want a sweeter cookie) 
1 whole egg
1 tsp vanilla extract
¼ tsp baking soda
pinch of salt
¼ cup dates, chopped
2 Tbsp. cocoa nibs (could also use chocolate chips) 

DIRECTIONS: 

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. 
In a bowl, cream peanut butter and honey
Add the egg and vanilla extract and stir until combined. 
Mix in baking soda and salt, stir again. 
Then add in almond and coconut flour. If dough is too wet, add more coconut flour. 
Stir in mix-ins. 
Shape into a large ball and scoop out Tbsp. size rounds. 
Place cookies on a baking sheet and press down with a fork
Bake for about nine minutes. 
Enjoy! 

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