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Chef AJ's Chocolate Chip Snickerdoodles

I wish I could have filmed my meal prep this weekend. It was productive and fun. LOL! One day I will film my meal prep just for grins. This weekend I prepared chickpeas, chickpea salad, quinoa with leeks, air fryer chickpeas, air fryer tofu and a chopped salad. I have meals for the entire week packed in containers and ready to go. And, I did not forget dessert.

Are you familiar with Chef AJ? If you are not, then I would highly encourage that you explore her website and/or watch her YouTube channel. Chef AJ interviews guests from around the world who share insights, advice or their own personal journeys related to nutrition, health, and wellness. I started watching Chef AJ in 2020 and I watch at least one of her interviews a week. I recently purchased a copy of her newest book (released March 2022), "Unprocessed 10th Anniversary Edition: Revitalize Your Health with Whole Foods". I have tried a few of Chef AJs recipes in the past but I was intrigued by her Snickerdoodle Cookie recipe, mainly because it only had FOUR (4) ingredients!! That's right, a cookie with four ingredients. I made the cookies, and they are wonderful. While chocolate chips are not usually part of a snickerdoodle recipe, I thought that a little cocoa or chocolate would complement the vanilla and cinnamon in the recipe. The flavors go great together but I welcome your feedback if you try the original recipe or my chocolate chip version below.

Chef AJ’s Chocolate Chip Snickerdoodles

Serving Size: Two (2) cookies, Servings: Six (6)

Prep Time: 10 minutes, Total Time: 30 minutes


  • High speed blender

  • Bowl

  • Spatula

  • Ice cream scoop

  • Baking sheet

  • Oven

  • Silicone mat or parchment paper (optional)

  • Reusable bag or storage container


  • 1 cup rolled oats

  • ½ tablespoon cinnamon

  • ½ teaspoon vanilla power (note: please use the powder, not the liquid)

  • 1 teaspoon ground flax and chia

  • 6 ounces dates, pitted

  • 2 tablespoons vegan chocolate chips (recommend mini chips)


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit (180 degrees Celsius).

  • Place the oats, cinnamon, vanilla powder, ground flax & chia blend in the blender.

  • Pulse until the oats are ground and the ingredients are well combined.

  • Add the dates to the blender bowl.

  • Pulse for 1 – 2 minutes. You may need to scrape down the sides of the bowl or give the blender bowl a shake to ensure all the ingredients are well combined.

  • Add the chocolate chips and pulse 3 – 4 times until they are no longer completely whole. Do not over process.

  • Using the ice cream scoop, scoop the batter out of the bowl and onto silicon baking mat.

  • Press down on the balls gently to flatten.

  • Bake for 4 minutes.

  • Remove from oven and carefully flip (they are hot).

  • Bake for another 4 minutes.

  • Remove from the oven, cool, and serve!


  • Vegan Snickerdoodles YouTube video:

  • If you do not have a high-speed blender, you can soak the oats in a cup of hot water to soften them. Chef AJ recommends a NutraMilk Nut Processor in her cookbook.

  • I use the Carrington Farms Organic Flax Chia Blend. You can purchase from many retailers including Walmart and Amazon.

  • A good cinnamon and vanilla powder really add flavor to these cookies. You can purchase both from Walmart and Amazon. Chef AJ recommends the in her cookbook and provides a code (CHEF AJ) to receive two free small samples. I purchased some cinnamon from LocalSpicery and it is lovely. I add cinnamon to everything.

  • I purchased my ice cream scoop for $5 from Amazon. (Note this price may vary depending on your location and the year in which you are reading this post 😊)

  • You can purchase dates from any grocery store. Just remember to pit them before adding them to your blender. You can purchase pitted dates for a little extra out of pocket cost.

  • If you want chocolate chips that are free of the most common allergens try the Enjoy Life Chocolate Chips.

  • Chef AJ’s recipes are SOS free (sugar, oil, salt). If you do not have a nonstick baking pan, a silicone mat or parchment paper, it is ok. I did not find these cookies sticky at all, and they only bake to firm them up a bit.

  • Store the cookies in a covered container or a reusable Ziplock bag for 5 – 7 days (if they last that long).

Keywords: Chef AJ, Snickerdoodles, Cookies, Dessert, Snack, Vegan, Plant positive, Meal Prep


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