What I really want to call these babies are chookies. Chunky cookies.
They started out as an attempt to make a yummy gluten-free cookie and it is really good that I didn’t offer one to my good friend who suffers from Celiac, because they are NOT! I grabbed a small bag that looks like all the other bags I buy from Sprouts. Tapioca starch? Nah. Rice flour? Nah. Graham flour, perfect! Graham flour is another form of wheat flour, so major gf fail there.
Chookies are really thick cookies that could also be considered a big, fat granola ball, minus the super-crunch.
Before I pass on the recipe, I want to take this chance to talk to you. Because…you are an adult. Also because, you don’t need me to wipe you.
*Disclaimer: If you do need me to wipe you, you’ll need to get on the waiting list.
I’ve been busy playing camp counselor/mom/swim coach/cook/you-get-the-idea, while school is out. While yes, it is fun, it’s also so, so constant. Every day is a new field trip or playdate or experience. I’m ready for a real vacation. I have been away from both kids for one night. Like, never. Like…mama goin’ crazy. Ready for a girl’s trip kind of crazy.
I’m not a big party girl though, I’d love to go to Vegas for some restaurants, gambling, museums and shopping. Translation: Don’t have me plan your bachelorette party.
Can we talk about my kids (again) for just one minute? I’ll keep it short, promise.
My oldest son, Dallas loves to give me “helpful hints”. When I talk about or try to work on my ebook, he wants me to hear all of his ideas. Every word of his ten thousand sentence paragraph. And, here’s what every idea sounds like:
Me: “I’m trying to work on a Harry Potter recipe.”
“Oh, Mom, I know! You could make a thing with pudding and then….
Me: “Hang on Dallas, I’m working on a recipe for E.T.”
“Mom, I have an idea. You just get some pudding…
Me: “Let me just take this picture of this drink for Curious George.”
“Oh! Mom! You know what would be awesome? If you took pudding…
I don’t have a transition here. It’s just pudding, pudding, pudding and on to the next topic.
We’ve seen the kid movies that have all come out. While I loved Turbo, I’m extra looking forward to Cloudy With A Chance of Meatballs 2 in September. My kids are just looking forward to more Red Vines and popcorn.
These are my kids. They are children who have yet to learn that the movie snacks and treats cost more than the film’s budget. Popcorn, two drinks and some candy? Yeah, that will run you about $12 mil.
Alright, back to the chookies. This recipe is a bit funky. No white sugar, no white flour, but it tastes better than you’d expect. I’m gonna go out on a limb and say they taste better than whitened up cookies!
- 150 grams or 5+ ounces of dates
- ⅓ cup coconut sugar
- ½ cup butter (1 stick) - softened
- 2 eggs
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 3 cups oats
- ½ cup graham flour
- 1½ tsp. baking powder
- ½ tsp. salt
- 1 tsp. cinnamon
- 1½ - 2 cups of chocolate chips (depending on desired level of chocolate-ness!)
- In food processor, work together dates, coconut sugar and butter to create a creamy consistency. Transfer to a large bowl and mix in eggs and vanilla. In a smaller bowl, mix graham flour, baking powder, salt and cinnamon.
- Gently stir oats into the wet mixture in large bowl. Add the remaining dry ingredients, followed by chocolate chips.
- Work dough into little balls and gently press the balls down with your palm, onto a greased cookie sheet.
- Bake at 350° for 12 minutes. Let cool completely!