1. Rene

    Wow! These look amazing! I actually really like the rustic, chunky look of them as well.

    March 17, 2012


  2. Jennifer

    Are they still healthy if I eat a dozen at once? :)

    March 18, 2012


  3. Robyn

    These cookies look great! Did you grind your own Hazelnut meal or can you find that at health food stores? Also, what brand of dried cranberries did you use that contained no sugar? Thanks!

    March 18, 2012


  4. Jessy (squeezetheday)

    These look wonderful! I have homegrown hazelnuts at home, would I have to peel them efore making hazelnut meal? What about cacao nibs, can I leave them out? Honestly, I don’t even know what those are!

    March 18, 2012


  5. Erin @ Texanerin Baking

    No way! I just made chocolate cookies yesterday with all hazelnut flour, coconut oil, dates, and cocoa powder and honey (but it was only 3 tablespoons!). Mine don’t have avocado or egg and mine weren’t fudgy so I guess that’s what I was missing! I’m all about fudgy things so I will definitely be making these! I’m so excited for these! I’m already positive that I’ll love them. I have several avocados waiting to be used. :)

    What kind did you use? One of those little Haas avocados or a normal big one?

    March 18, 2012


    1. Erin @ Texanerin Baking

      I used 3 avocados on chocolate avocado pudding just now but I set aside one that wasn’t quite ripe enough for these cookies. :)

      And really?! Haas are the normal ones? Shoot. That means I’ve been using the wrong size. The ones we have here are from Israel and Africa and they’re a lot bigger. Maybe 75% bigger? And the skin is completely smooth. They’re just different.

      And yes yes yes! Please make a fudgy dense chocolate cake! Grain free too. :)

      March 19, 2012


      1. Erin @ Texanerin Baking

        Yeah, there’s a lot of them. Almost every time we’ve gone shopping in the past few weeks (since avocados are new to us) there’s been a lot of, “Look! They have a new kind of avocado today!” We can only get the Haas ones at the more decent stores and they’re always consistently good but the other types aren’t.

        Haha. You want to healthify *that*? It’s all butter, sugar and chocolate! Good luck with that. :)

        This is an official challenge. The rules are as follows:

        It must be 1) grain free 2) bean free! please? 3) at least kind of fudgy. And I vow to make this cake within one week of your post and will post it on my blog once decent pictures are taken… if I like it. :D

        And by the way, I bought buckwheat flour today! But I don’t have a tube pan (they don’t even exist here) so maybe I’ll wait until you have tested it in a regular pan. Now I’m off to make your alfredo sauce! And it’ll be made with grain free pasta. :)

        March 20, 2012

      2. Nora @ Natural Noshing

        I second that! A dense fudgy cake please!!! :)

        March 21, 2012

  6. Meg @ Sweet Twist

    Looks delicious!! I will be making these for sure!

    March 18, 2012


  7. Cara

    All I can say is WOW. And it must be a sign that I have several ripe avocados to use up this week!

    March 19, 2012


  8. Cara

    PS – I nominated you for SAVEUR’s 3rd Annual Best Food Blog Awards. And I truly meant what I said, about being inspired by your creative use of healthful ingredients and stunning photography. And furthermore, though many of your recipes are special diet-friendly, I truly believe your blog is one that all foodies will be inspired by. Good luck!

    March 19, 2012


  9. Jess @athriftyfoodie

    these looks absolutely lovely. healthy and decadent! im jealous of your colleagues having a taste!

    March 19, 2012


  10. Heidi @ Food Doodles

    OK, I’m totally impressed. These look amazing! I can just imagine how delicious they are, especially with the almond and hazelnut meal. Those sound so good with chocolate :D

    March 19, 2012


  11. Anna

    I ‘m so glad that I found your blog – you post some amazing recipes. You must be really creative. I really have to make these as soon as possible!! There’s only that small thing that I’m a student and don’t have a lot of money – especially not at this time of the month ;) So I was thinking if it might be possible to replace some of the hazelnut/almond meal with for instance oat, wholemeal flour or any other kind of flour? And if it is possible to replace the coconut oil with canola oil?

    March 20, 2012


  12. Aileen

    Can’t wait to make these. Do you know the calorie count, carb, protein, fat count, etc?
    The guys I make sweets for have me put a scoop of protein powder in everything and I use egg beaters. Thank you!

    March 21, 2012


  13. Erin @ Texanerin Baking

    I just sent you my recipe! And by the way, my husband didn’t even realize it wasn’t normal pasta (but really, you need a spicy and super flavorful sauce) and he’s terribly picky about his pasta.

    I’m super excited for your chocolate cake post! And I don’t care about calories. If it’s healthy, who cares? :)

    March 21, 2012


    1. Erin @ Texanerin Baking

      Did you try the pasta? Was it okay?

      April 9, 2012


  14. Nora @ Natural Noshing

    OMGoodness! How did I miss this? I am behind in my blog posts and these looks FABULOUS! I would totally eat these for breakfast….oh I wish I had a whole plateful in front of me!!!!! I can’t look anymore. I am 100% craving these little jewels!

    March 21, 2012


  15. stephchows

    So happy to find these, they look amazing!! I love healthy baking and love using avocados in cookies! Will have to add this to my “to do” list :)

    March 23, 2012


  16. SofieMaria

    Uhm they are SO delicious! My girlfriend and I are so happy that we can eat cookies on our non-sugar-diet! :)


    Sofie – Denmark

    March 27, 2012


  17. Erin @ Texanerin Baking

    I made these the night before leaving on a little trip to bring with us and they’re amazing! I even got my husband to admit that they were yummy (I added lots more chocolate for him so that he’d eat them and not whine). I didn’t do any of the chilling and rolling into a log because I was in a hurry and it was no problem! They were a bit sticky, but I could still roll them into little balls, which I flattened with my fingers. And they came out fudgy! You definitely can’t taste any avocado and they almost taste like bad for you cookies. I didn’t have a fridge so mine have been at room temp and no problem there either (although they might taste better cold). Thanks for a great recipe. :)

    April 9, 2012


  18. Ashley Kalila
    Ashley Kalila

    I have been a secret stalker for quite a few months now and when I saw these I knew I had to make them! I have spent a lot of money an time searching all the ingredients.. Couldn’t find hazelnut meal anywhere here in The Netherlands, so I decided to do it with Spelt flour and also vanilla extract is basically doesnt exist here except for this tiny little shop just around the corner of my house! Hahahaha but anyway getting back to what the beautiful cookies, just made them.. Didn’t have a food processor so when I put everything in the blender it wouldnt blend.. So added some soymilk… also how do you get it be a firm dough??? without liquid of any kind? I added some more soymilk when i was whisking it alltogether because it became a fluffy powder… I added some agave syrup because i wasnt sure if it would be sweet… didnt put it in the fridge because didn’t have the time but i am glad to say they came out wonderfully! They are subtly sweet, and very filling. They are so rich! I do wish I added a little bit more agave syrup just so the sweetness would be a bit stronger but all in all, this is the first time I made cookies on my own and i am glad to say they turned out very well! Just want to add how much I love your site and I come here nearly everyday! Thank you for your wonderful recipes Mrs. Healthy Foodie! :)

    April 26, 2012


  19. Emil

    Wonderful dark cookies! I prefer them to white ones!

    June 28, 2012


  20. Emma

    I love these!! They are a staple at home for anyone curious on Nutirtional info I used (1/2 dried apricots instead of cranberries) as unsweetened cranberries are hard to get in Aus! and 1 cup carob poweder in place of cacao powder and nibs :)

    36 Servings

    Amount Per Serving

    Calories 75.4

    Total Fat 5.1 g

    Saturated Fat 0.6 g

    Polyunsaturated Fat 0.5 g

    Monounsaturated Fat 1.9 g

    Cholesterol 5.1 mg

    Sodium 2.6 mg

    Potassium 103.5 mg

    Total Carbohydrate 6.3 g

    Dietary Fiber 1.4 g

    Sugars 4.3 g

    Protein 2.2 g

    Vitamin A 1.6 %

    Vitamin B-12 0.2 %

    Vitamin B-6 2.0 %

    Vitamin C 1.0 %

    Vitamin D 0.3 %

    Vitamin E 3.8 %

    Calcium 1.0 %

    Copper 3.8 %

    Folate 2.2 %

    Iron 1.7 %

    Magnesium 2.8 %

    Manganese 9.3 %

    Niacin 1.5 %

    Pantothenic Acid 1.3 %

    Phosphorus 2.2 %

    Riboflavin 1.7 %

    Selenium 46.1 %

    Thiamin 1.5 %

    Zinc 1.1 %

    *Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

    This website will help you out in case of recipe nuiritional searching!

    Either way these little gems are full of healthy fats, vitamins and minerals and I just love them!

    September 19, 2012


  21. Sarah

    Hi there, I found this recipe when I was searching for a healthy chocolate cookie with sea salt. I modified it a bit to fit what I had in the house. I made them and they were delicious! Very chocolaty and they came out the perfect consistency – firm but not crisp. I also rolled them out onto a baking sheet, popped it in the freezer for 10 minutes, then took it out. Then I used cookie cutters to cut them out and it came out PERFECTLY and they were adorable. Before baking them I sprinkled them with sea salt. I think next time I will add a bit more honey as they weren’t quite sweet enough to share with others (I don’t mind them less sweet but others will). Here are my substitutions that worked well.

    Almond flour for hazelnut meal
    Coconut flour for almond meal
    3/4 cup unsweetened applesauce for avocado (did not have an avocado)
    3 tablespoons honey for dates (did not have dates)
    Added 1 mashed up sweet potato
    No dried cranberries
    No Brazil nuts

    October 19, 2012


  22. Caitlin

    I just made these today! ( i was impatiently waiting all week til today when I’m off work to make these!). I halved the recipe though so I wouldn’t be ‘stuck’ with 36 cookies! and I made a couple of substitutions to cut cals and fat as well – instead of the 1 egg, I used egg white and instead of the coconut oil, i basically used a flax ‘egg’ instead (ground flax + water). Oh and instead of the cacao nibs, i used some carob chips because I had those (and didn’t want to go out and buy a big bag of cacao nibs just for this! :)). and i omitted the brazil nuts because i’m not a fan. the nutritional breakdown for mine if anyone is curious ended up being per cookie: 85 cals, 10 carbs, 4g fat, 2g protein!

    I used the deglet noor type of dates, not the medjool, so i’m wondering just out of curiosity, how they would turn out with medjool dates… I love that I can eat sweet stuff and not feel guilty AT ALL, because I know everything in it is totally nutritious and good for you! now if only I could get my husband liking stuff like this..! :). and I love avocados, and i love that you can bake with them in desserts and you can’t taste them at all! :)

    February 22, 2013


  23. Kelly

    I love your recipes!.

    July 11, 2013



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