26/07/2013 09:18 BST | Updated 24/09/2013 06:12 BST

Guilt-Free Caramel Walnut Cookies

Mmmmmm the sweet smell of cookies. There is something very comforting about cookies and these ones are a perfect match for a cup of tea/coffee/smoothie/water. Really any excuse to eat them will suffice. They are sweetened only with a few fresh dates so won't have you off your face on a sugar high.

Ever notice how walnuts look like little brains? Well that is because they are smart little nuts. They are LOADED with vitamin E which is an excellent antioxidant, rich in omega 3 fatty acids which provide an excellent anti inflammatory action for our bodies and contains lots of important B-complex vitamins. What clever little nuts.

3 cups walnuts (you could try using another type of nut, I haven't so I am not sure how it would go)

6-8 fresh dates (if you like things really sweet, go with 8)

1 tbs lucuma powder (OPTIONAL- you can leave this out)

1/2 tsp vanilla powder (or 1 tsp vanilla extract)

Pinch salt

1/2 tsp baking powder

2 eggs

1/2 tsp cinnamon

Extra walnuts to decorate cookies

Preheat your oven to 160C and line a baking tray with baking paper. Add the walnuts & all other dry ingredients to your food processor & blend until the walnuts are a rough flour. Add all other ingredients & blend until a smooth batter forms. It will still be quite sticky. Wet your hands with water and roll the batter into balls and place on the baking tray, flatten them out slightly to cookie shapes. This should make about 12 cookies. Place in try oven for about 15 minutes. You can leave them in a bit longer if you want a crunchier cookie. Once you remove them from the oven, allow to cool for about 10 mins before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely. These freeze well if you want to store them in the freezer, I keep mine in the fridge.