Sugar Free Chocolate Chip Cookies

It sounds impossible, I know.

How can a chocolate chip cookie contain no sugar?

Actually, scratch that, I know how a cookie can contain no sugar.  You simply leave the sugar out.  The real question is, How can a chocolate chip cookie contain no sugar and still taste good?  I bet that’s the thing you’re having trouble figuring out.

I’m just gonna go ahead and stop all your troubling.  It is possible.

And I did it.

I made chocolate chip cookies that not only taste great, but also have absolutely no sugar added to them at all.  Not one little grain.  And guess what?  There’s no honey either.  Or maple syrup.  Or molasses.  Or stevia.  Or probably any other usual sweetener you can think of.

So how’d I do it?

Dates!

Those insanely sweet fruits are my new best friend.  All you have to do is soak them in water at least overnight, blend them a bit until they turn into a thick paste, and BAM, awesome all natural sweetener.  Pretty cool, huh?

It’s even cooler when you use it to make amazing chocolate chip cookies.

Sugar Free Chocolate Chip Cookies
(makes 7-10 small cookies)

  • 1/3 cup + 1/4 cup rolled oats
  • pinch salt
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 3 tbsp milk
  • 2 tbsp date paste*
  • 1/4 – 1/2 cup chocolate chips (depending on how much chocolate you want)
In a coffee grinder or food processor grind oats down into a fine flour (if you have oat flour, you can use that too without grinding).  Then, combine newly made flour with all other dry ingredients (not chocolate chips) in a medium sized bowl.  Mix well.  Stir in wet ingredients (including date paste) until everything is smooth and no clumps remain.  Gently fold in chocolate chips.  Form dough into small balls on a sprayed cookie sheet.  They won’t be the prettiest cookies in the world, but that’s o.k.  Bake cookies for 5-8 minutes, or until they dough no longer seems raw, but cookies are still chewy (they may look a but underdone at first).  Let cookies cool before removing from cookie sheet and serving.
*To make date paste, fill a jar with as many dates as possible, fill any remaining space with water, and let soak at least overnight.  Then, blend the dates in a blender or food processor until they become a thick paste.

Please do yourself a favor and throw any doubts you have about these cookie out the nearest window.
Just make them.  That’s all I have to say.  Well, that, and make them now.


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28 Comments

  1. tstanley2

    October 3, 2012 at 9:43 pm

    So they’re really not sugar free. Dates are extremely high in fructose, which affects diabetics and people dealing with candida.

    1. SS

      October 4, 2012 at 7:20 am

      Sorry, I guess you’re right. I guess what I meant to say was that they were free of refined sugar and added sweeteners like honey, maple syrup, etc. Sorry for any confusion. Do you have any ideas on how I could phrase it better do avoid further misconceptions?

    2. Anonymous

      May 27, 2013 at 7:24 am

      I would call them date paste sweetened chocolate chip cookies. I deal with candida and realize most things labeled sugar free have the same intention behind your thoughts though (refined sugar free). These cookies look like a great recipe for my kids though, so I look forward to trying it! Sara

    3. SS

      May 27, 2013 at 9:14 am

      That’s a good idea, Sara. I’m glad you still like the recipe 🙂

  2. maman_et_fille

    October 3, 2012 at 9:50 pm

    Do you have a source for dairy-free, sugar-free chocolate chips?

    1. SS

      October 4, 2012 at 7:26 am

      I’m sure there are some brands out there that sell them, but in the interest of saving money, I suggest making your own. This seems like a good recipe: http://chocolatecoveredkatie.com/2012/01/15/three-ingredient-chocolate-bars-1/

  3. Anonymous

    October 4, 2012 at 9:24 pm

    how much of the rolled oats are you supposed to you use I don’t know what 1/3cup + 1/4 cup means
    and do you know nutritional facts by any chance ?

    1. SS

      October 5, 2012 at 7:13 am

      Sorry to be confusing. I mean 1/3 cup rolled oats and then another 1/4 cup rolled oats. Hopefully, that’s easier to understand. And, no, sorry, I don’t know the nutritional facts. If you’d like to figure them out there are some websites out there that can help you though 🙂

  4. Andi Anderson

    October 14, 2012 at 3:20 am

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  5. sararuwani

    February 2, 2013 at 11:14 pm

    Hi,

    I’m in the middle of trying this recipe, but I just noticed you haven’t included a temperature for the oven! ahh!

    1. SS

      February 3, 2013 at 11:18 am

      Oh my, I’m so sorry. The temp should be 350f. I’ll fix that as soon as possible.

    2. sararuwani

      February 6, 2013 at 3:28 pm

      That’s okay! I used the oven setting from another cookie recipe and they turned out well. I’m going to bake them again today. Thanks so much for posting the recipe.

    3. SS

      February 6, 2013 at 3:47 pm

      It’s my pleasure. I’m glad you enjoyed the cookies even though I made a mistake.

  6. Matt Willer

    February 11, 2013 at 2:50 am

    Oh Really Awesome and testy post it good and give me great offer for buy this so nice. its sugar free dessert oh God good news for me

    1. SS

      April 17, 2013 at 11:54 am

      I’m glad you like the idea!

  7. Anonymous

    April 17, 2013 at 10:37 am

    chocolate chips have sugar in them though!
    what about using cacao nibs in their stead?

    1. SS

      April 17, 2013 at 11:54 am

      Sounds great to me! Then they would truly be sugar free.

  8. Anonymous

    April 29, 2013 at 7:34 am

    I just made these and yum. I just soaked some dates in enough boiling water to just cover, for 10 mins then blitzed them in my magic bullet and voila.. date paste.
    Thanks for this healthy recipe. You do good!

    1. SS

      May 10, 2013 at 3:07 pm

      Awesome! I love that quick version of date paste and I’m so glad you liked the recipe!

  9. Erika

    May 10, 2013 at 2:52 pm

    I am loving your recipes so much! I love working with date paste, but I’ve never tried to make cookies with it–pinning to make tonight, hopefully! 🙂

    1. SS

      May 10, 2013 at 3:08 pm

      Thanks, Erika. I love date paste too, if you can’t already tell 🙂

      Make sure to tell me what you think of the recipe!

  10. Anonymous

    May 12, 2013 at 6:48 pm

    Hi do you blend the water from the dates or strain them

    1. SS

      May 13, 2013 at 7:18 am

      I pack a jar really tight with dates and then fill the remaining space with water. Because there’s so little remaining space there’s never a lot of water, so I blend it with it. If there’s a lot of water though, I would strain some of it. Hope that helps!

  11. Anonymous

    May 12, 2013 at 6:50 pm

    Hi do you blend the water from the dates or strain them

  12. Resse Spencer

    June 15, 2013 at 3:16 pm

    Delicious and guilt free! Thank you!!! 🙂

    1. SS

      July 23, 2013 at 7:40 am

      It’s my pleasure. Glad you like them 🙂

  13. Anonymous

    July 23, 2013 at 12:53 am

    Hi! Thanks for the recipe! Could you use quick oats instead? Also how many cups of sugar do you think is equivalent to the dates? (Just curious)

    1. SS

      July 23, 2013 at 7:41 am

      Quick oats would be fine. About the amount of sugar, I’m not quite sure. Maybe 1/4 cup?

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