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Cocodate Cookies

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It seems like more kids have food allergies these days than ever before. It breaks my heart every time a mom tells me that her child can't eat a certain type of food, be it dairy, gluten, nuts, eggs or more. As hard as it can be for kids with allergies to watch their friends enjoying foods that are of limits for them, it can be just as challenging for their concerned parents who are trying to come up with nutritious alternatives that their allergic kids actually want to eat.

Years ago I got turned onto Go Raw Cookies. With only four ingredients and packed with toasty coconut and super sweet dates, they're free of many of the most common allergy-causing foods. They inspired me to make a (hopefully) allergy-defying cookie of my own which, while not raw, are cooked at a very low temperature making them chewy on the inside and a delectable treat for almost anyone to enjoy. Did I mention that they're also super easy to make?

Once you taste these Cocodate Cookies I'll bet you'll wish that you double or even tripled the recipe because you'll want to always have a bunch on hand in the cookie jar, your kid's lunchbox, the car and in big bags in the freezer for everyone to enjoy!

Photo by Maren Caruso

Cocodate Cookies  (makes 20 cookies)

  • Prep Time: 10 mins,
  • Cook Time: 45 mins,
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It seems like more kids have food allergies these days than ever before. It breaks my heart every time a mom tells me that her child can't eat a certain type of food, be it dairy, gluten, nuts, eggs or more. As hard as it can be for kids with allergies...


  • 1 banana, chopped
  • 5 medjool dates, pitted and roughly chopped
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened coconut flakes
  • 1/4 cup sesame seeds


  1. 1. Preheat oven to 275° F.
  2. 2. Place all ingredients in the bowl of a food processor and pulse until smooth.
  3. 3. Using a small ice cream scoop or 1 tablespoon measure, form the dough into balls on a baking sheet and then press down with the palm of your hand to form cookies.
  4. 4. Bake for 45-50 minutes or until golden and serve.
Cocodate Cookies

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  1. Terri

    November 2, 2015 at 8:36 pm

    Thank you for sharing such easy recipes!

  2. Tracy

    July 26, 2014 at 7:51 pm

    My husband made these today with my 4yo. We used sunflower seeds, because he has a sesame seed allergy. They turned out great!

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  9. twifenmom

    April 20, 2013 at 11:09 pm

    Made these today! 14 month old loves them & so did I! Substituted almond flour for sesame seeds as we didn’t have any. Of course with the nuts we can’t send them to daycare, but we’ll make the next batch nut free… I may try cutting back on banana tho as I found them too sweet…

  10. Claudia

    April 6, 2013 at 5:44 am

    I’ve been always intrigued by these. I will try them today an see if by # year old G liked them. Thanks for the great recipes.

  11. Dawn

    April 3, 2013 at 11:19 am

    Thank you so much for this recipe! My 9 year old and 2 1/2 year old both love them. And it’s nice to be able to send a sweet treat in school lunches (peanut free school). I am slowly converting our household to preservative, harmful food dyes, processed foods and dairy free. This really helps!

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  13. more info

    January 30, 2013 at 11:03 am

    In recent year we have seen an increase in the susceptibility of allergies. Baby food allergies are of particular concern as the source may be difficult to detect. Baby food allergies are as common as adult food allergies. If your baby appears distressed for no apparent reason or has unexplained areas of itchiness to the skin, then perhaps he or she has a baby food allergy.

  14. TanyaC

    January 28, 2013 at 5:55 pm

    Yummy! I used 6 medjool dates and came up with 20 cookies. It will vary depending on the size of dates, bananas, how fine & how much you pack the coconut, etc. so if you need 20 cookies, go heavy on measurements. It’s not like baking a cake, it doesn’t need to be perfect proportions. Anyway, I made a batch per recipe. I baked half off and they were tasty. I added one tablespoon of cocoa powder to the second half and they were even more tasty! I made another batch subbing almond meal for sesame (bc I had it on hand) with cocoa powder and those were tasty as well. They don’t spread so push down and they will come out that size. I baked 20 then rotated top/bottom rack, then 20 more minutes. They were a little crispy on edges and soft & gooey inside. Very yummy! Thanks for the healthy cookie recipe that I am happy to serve to my baby girl!!

  15. Tanya

    January 28, 2013 at 3:42 pm

    We rn’t suffering from allergies or gluten intolerance but I dont want my little one to miss out when every one is eating sweet treats so I thought this would be a great cookie for her (also easy to eat since she’s ten months and just cutting teeth). They r in the oven now!! Super easy to throw together!!

  16. laurel

    January 22, 2013 at 12:13 am

    I’m super excited about making these. I’m on a quest to find yummy sweet treats, packed with nutrition. Thanks so much for this!

  17. hippie1025

    December 4, 2012 at 4:45 pm

    I have a batch baking now, and they look good. BUT, I barely managed 12 cookies by making my tablespoon scoops very scant (say 3/4 full). Is everyone using very large bananas? I used pumpkin seeds instead of sesame (my daughter’s school has a sesame ban), could that make such a big difference in volume?

    • catherine

      December 4, 2012 at 6:32 pm

      Pumpkin seeds are much larger than sesame seeds, so yes that would make a difference in volume. Pulse the pumpkin seeds in a food processor or blender a few times to get them to the size of sesame seeds, and then measure out 1/4 cup. Also, I do tend to use medium-large bananas. So if your bananas are small you should probably use 2. I use Medjool dates, which are on the larger side. So if your dates are small then use 7-10 instead of the 5 that I use! Hope this helps!

      • hippie1025

        December 4, 2012 at 9:29 pm

        Thanks! They were very tasty, and both my husband and I love them. My toddler was put off by the texture…sigh. But I will be making a big batch for my husband to take to work!

  18. Tina

    November 12, 2012 at 8:07 am

    I just made 1/2 the recipe for my 17 month old daughter. I left a piece on her table to try at her leisure and she gobbled it up! My husband and I avoid grains and dairy and while we don’t restrict these from our toddler, it is nice to be able to have a recipe that we all can enjoy! Thanks again!

  19. Christina

    November 1, 2012 at 4:36 am

    I just made these cookies and they are so good!! I couldn’t get my shoddy food processor to make paste so my dates are more chunky but just as good. Finding a recipe for actual flourless/sugarless cookies is very hard because everyone wants to use sweeteners so thanks!

  20. Daphne

    October 28, 2012 at 6:00 pm

    Hi everyone,
    Are you cookies supposed to crunchy or chewy? Mine turned out chewy and my boy didn’t like it. Please help!

    • catherine

      October 29, 2012 at 1:00 pm

      They come out a little crunchy on the outside and chewy in the center! They won’t get totally crunchy because of the ingredients, but you can bake them longer if you want a firmer texture!

  21. Vania

    October 5, 2012 at 9:40 am

    I remember you had a no bake similar recipe and now I can’t find it. do you have that recipe?

  22. Esther

    September 22, 2012 at 9:02 pm

    My husband and I aren’t fans of coconut but I wanted to give these a try anyway.

    They were delicious and we didn’t get too bothered by the coconuts! Probably not our favorite (only b/c of the coconuts), but definitely one that we’ll probably come back to every so often. =D

    Thank you! I have another go-to snack for my gf/ef kid! =D YAY!

  23. Lynn

    September 21, 2012 at 12:41 pm

    The cookies are good and simple to make. The absolute best part is my 20-month old little helper can be part of the baking every step of the way! She helped pit, peel, chop, measure, pour and flatten. She sampled ingredients – as she knows a good chef samples her food as she cooks. She nibbled here and there and I didn’t have to worry about the raw eggs, salt or other unpleasant ingredients.

  24. Anika

    September 2, 2012 at 7:42 pm

    i was out of sesame seeds so i substituted flax seeds, and my little guy who is GFCF loved these!

  25. Kate

    August 27, 2012 at 9:05 pm

    This is so great! Luckily my daughter doesn’t have food allergies, but these look so good I will make them anyway.

  26. Kelly Wood

    August 26, 2012 at 5:39 pm

    I just made these and they are fantastic. I don’t want to share them with my daughter.

    Because new things have to pass her lick test first, I put a chocolate chip on top of half of them when I took them out of the oven and then spread it around.

    • Ruth

      August 27, 2012 at 12:34 pm

      This made me laugh! My son has to do the lick test too! :)

  27. marla

    August 26, 2012 at 2:45 pm

    LOVE!! Linking back to this tomorrow :)

  28. Lisa

    August 25, 2012 at 2:32 pm

    Just made this and they are tasty… but seem to be heavy on banana and light on the date flavour. Perhaps I’m using the ‘wrong’ dates? Mine are pitted and about the size of a fresh olive/large grape? Say 3cm long? I put 10 in since 5 seemed soooo small. Even though the cookies are only about 5-10ml each, I still only got 18 out of the recipe. They are really good, but I think somehow I made a mistake… Love weelicious recipes, btw. They are always huge hits in my house. :)

    • Carrie

      August 29, 2012 at 11:10 am

      Lisa, you may have used figs. Dates are a couple of inches long and about 1 inch across. They are soft and very creamy/sticky inside with a honey like sweetness. Medjool and Deglet Noor are common varieties.

      • Lisa

        September 3, 2012 at 7:52 am

        Thanks, Carrie. They were definitely dates, Medjool, to be exact. :) The cookies were still good, just not very ‘date-y’. Next time, I’ll just put way more in – these are a nut-free great school snack.

  29. catherine

    August 24, 2012 at 12:21 pm

    Allergies are all around us, everywhere. Whether they are food allergies or environment allergies. As I said in the post above, “They inspired me to make a (hopefully) allergy-defying cookie of my own”. For just about every food I know at least one person who is allergic to it. One of my best friends is allergic to apples! I am so excited about this recipe because it does not contain dairy or gluten or nuts which seem to be the largest issues in the Weelicious community! I hope this recipe can be enjoyed by many, and I hope for those allergic to ingredients in these there are just as many awesome recipes for you to find here! So let’s group hug and move on to enjoying our food and our loved ones!

    • april

      August 24, 2012 at 2:08 pm

      You are very diplomatic and incredibly patient! Thanks for all you do!!

  30. Diane

    August 23, 2012 at 10:48 am

    Catherine, any suggestions on what I could replace the bananas with? I love this recipe, just need a sub here and not sure what other fruit might work.

    • catherine

      August 23, 2012 at 10:50 am

      Hmmm the banana and the dates are what holds everything together. I’ll try to think of some other fruits that would be the same consistency! You could leave them out, but then I think the cookies would be heavy on the date flavor.

  31. Inessa

    August 23, 2012 at 7:49 am

    Can I substitute coconut flakes for something else? Or can I leave it out? I don’t like the taste of them but really want to make this recipe.

    • catherine

      August 23, 2012 at 9:38 am

      You could try leaving them out and replacing with the same amount of sesame seeds. They will be a different flavor, though!

  32. michelle

    August 22, 2012 at 8:24 pm

    I love the banana/date/oatmeal cookies and can’t wait to try these ones. I just know we will love them!

  33. april

    August 22, 2012 at 12:45 pm

    Why does everyone feel the need to tell Catherine EVERYTHING they’re allergic to? I read the comments because sometimes people have great ideas to go with the recipe. If you’re asking her for a substitution fine, but good grace–just don’t make the recipe if it’s not for you!

    • Samantha

      August 23, 2012 at 1:47 am

      April you are SPOT on!! i was skimming comments and just shaking my head. Who ARE these people who feel the need to tell Catherine all about their family allergies and what they can’t eat etc.?!?! It is SO obnoxious! NO ONE cares about YOU! And Irina’s “Not as allergy friendly” as you think comment…well there are the top 8 allergens and since this doesn’t have any of those, they are allergy friendly. And Catherine doesn’t have to make a recipe for you either! Either go somewhere else or come up with one on your own,

      • J

        August 23, 2012 at 9:29 am

        Sesame is actually a very common allergen. Not in the top 8, but in the top 10.

        • Ruth

          August 23, 2012 at 12:11 pm

          Seems like anyone can be allergic to just about anything! Bottom line – it’s the parent’s responsibility to check recipes for ingredients their child is allergic to and then make the decision to fix it, substitute, or avoid it. The creator of the recipe shouldn’t be taken to task for it. Keep up the awesome work and the awesome recipes, Weelicious!

        • J

          August 24, 2012 at 10:41 am

          Sheesh!!!! I only wanted to point out that for some, sesame often brings about anaphylaxis, like nuts or treenuts. Yes, everyone has allergies, but some are more potent than others!! For my kids’ friends, I’d be careful about handing out sesame snacks just as I would peanut/nut snacks.

        • Summer

          August 24, 2012 at 1:21 am

          Allergy awareness? WHAT? Like Ruth said anyone can be allergic to anything! So there is so ‘awareness’ to bring about.. I’m allergic to chocolate, my mom tomatoes, and my daughter salmon. Anyone care? Yeah I didn’t think so…

        • j

          August 23, 2012 at 3:11 pm

          True. I only commented as the recipe was touted as allergy friendly, whereas for many (kids) it’s not. I wasn’t complaining, only trying to bring about more allergy awareness.

  34. Irina

    August 22, 2012 at 12:20 pm

    These sound great! But they are not as “allergy-friendly” as you would think. My mom is allergic to sesame seeds and I know a lot of other people allergic to them.

  35. Mya

    August 22, 2012 at 11:44 am

    These look amazing, sadly my nut allergic friend is also allergic to coconut…its hard to win when you’re allergic to everything!

  36. Catherine

    August 22, 2012 at 11:28 am

    This looks like a great recipe! I will be trying these!

  37. Knocked Up and Nursing

    August 22, 2012 at 11:21 am

    Thanks for the allergy friendly recipe. We are Gluten, dairy, corn, and dairy free. AND I happen to have all these things on hand :)

    • Erin

      August 23, 2012 at 4:35 pm

      Wow, what do you eat?! I’m impressed. Wish I could do it. We try to be wheat-free and that is in EVERYTHING.

  38. Shannon

    August 22, 2012 at 10:57 am

    Thanks for this egg free / dairy free recipe… I am lactose intolerant and my daughter is allergic to eggs…. The only irony…. My husband is allergic to sesame seeds!! LOL!

    • catherine

      August 22, 2012 at 11:38 am

      Oh no! Maybe sub sunflower seeds? That would be a different flavor, but would still provide the texture and protein!

      • Catherine

        August 22, 2012 at 12:55 pm

        Ah, I was going to ask if sunflower seeds would be ok to swap in for the sesame seeds. thanks for answering my question :-)

  39. Monette

    August 22, 2012 at 9:23 am

    I have dates sitting around and I almost throw it away but I changed my mind and I am glad I did!

  40. Kate's Mom

    August 22, 2012 at 9:09 am

    I was so excited for an allergy-friendly recipe…until I saw the sesame seeds. My daughter is allergic to eggs, peanuts, tree nuts and sesame seeds (to just name a few) and our allergist has said that kids with nut allergies tend to have a significantly higher chance of having a seed allergy.

    • Carrie

      August 29, 2012 at 11:14 am

      Can she eat soy? They have soy nuts and soy nut butter (similar to peanut butter).

  41. Colette

    August 22, 2012 at 9:03 am

    I am so excited to try these! How long will these stay good? Do you think these would freeze ok?

    • catherine

      August 22, 2012 at 11:39 am

      They freeze beautifully-before and after baking. I have some in the freezer right now! Kept in an airtight container on the counter they’ll last about a week.

  42. Lisa

    August 22, 2012 at 8:40 am

    Our friend’s child is allergic to sesame seeds. So many food allergies out there. I use the book “Welcoming Kitchen” by Kim Lutz. She suggests uses pumpkin seeds so I think it would work here as a replacement for sesame seeds. Maybe first roasted, then chopped? I haven’t baked much with pumpkin seeds in the mix, just on top of baked goods. Chia seeds might also work but I don’t like the taste of them personally.

    • Sharon

      August 22, 2012 at 12:38 pm

      You might also like to try toasted pine seeds for the delicious nutty flavour. Toss in a frying pan (no oil) until they start browning and that amazing smell fills the kitchen! Chop finely to match the texture of sesame, I guess. Good replacement for the sesame and is safe for nut allergies, etc.
      If you wanted to use pumpkin seeds you would have to use the pepitas – shelled and roasted.

  43. Tera

    August 22, 2012 at 8:33 am

    Thank you SOSOSOSO much for making an allergy free recipe. It is wonderful to see. I have been hoping that you would offer more recipes for our community, especially snacks & meals. hint hint :)
    Thanks again!