We’re rounding the bend to the home stretch of our challenge. This is going to be a close one to call. Lots of check-marks on the grid. And you guys are looking more and more svelt.

Here’s a little something to take the edge off those sweet cravings, if you are still having them! But who doesn’t like a cookie? Thanks Brian for the recipe and the samples!

Chocolate Chip Cookies:

4 dates, pits removed

1 1/2 cup walnuts

1/2 cup pecans

1 tsp baking soda

1/8 teaspoon salt

2 tablespoons coconut oil

1 egg

1 teaspoon vanilla

1/4 cup unsweetened shredded coconut

1/4 – 1/2 cup dark chocolate chips


Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.

Grind dates in the food processor until a paste forms, about 40 seconds. Add walnuts and pecans and blend until very finely chopped, about 35 seconds. Add baking soda and salt and pulse a few more times.

Warm the coconut oil so it is in liquid form. With the food processor running, drizzle it into the batter with the egg and vanilla. Stop mixing as soon as the egg and oil are blended in.

Scrape the batter into a bowl and stir in coconut and chocolate chips by hand. The dough will be sticky and wet. Drop 12 portions of the dough onto a cookie sheet, then flatten slightly with your fingers.

Bake 15 minutes, or until nicely browned.