5 Ingredient Chocolate Chip Cookies

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This cookie satisfies your sweet tooth without any added sugar. It’s a simple, five-ingredient recipe that includes dark chocolate, dates and vanilla.


  • 4 ounces Deglet dates (about 16)
  • 1.5 ounces dark chocolate chips (about ¼ cup)
  • 4 egg whites
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder


  1. Place the dates in a small bowl and cover with hot tap water. Let soak for 10 minutes until softened. Drain the water.
  2. Place the softened dates in a food processor and puree until smooth. Add the chocolate chips and pulse a few times to break them up. Add the egg whites and vanilla and pulse a few times to combine. Add the cocoa powder and pulse to combine. The dough will be thick and a bit sticky.
  3. Tear off a large piece of plastic wrap and lay it flat on the counter. Place the dough in the center and shape into a log. Roll up the dough in the plastic wrap and continue to shape until the dough is a smooth log, about 1¼ inches in diameter. Freeze for 2 hours or more, until the dough is firm and sliceable. (The dough will last in the freezer for up to 3 weeks).
  4. When you are ready to bake, heat the oven to 350°F. Line a sheet pan with parchment paper. Unwrap the dough and slice into ¼-inch thick coins. Bake until just set, about 8 minutes. Serve warm.

Nutrition information

Makes 24 cookies

Each serving  (3 cookies) contains:

  • Calories 110
  • Total fat 3g
  • Saturated fat 2g
  • Protein 6g
  • Carbohydrate 22g
  • Dietary fiber 6g
  • Sugar 11g
  • Cholesterol 0mg
  • Sodium 50mg

Recipe developed by cookbook author Sara Quessenberry for Cleveland Clinic Wellness

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