Preheat the oven to 180 degrees celsius and line a baking tray with greaseproof paper.
Place the dates in a small bowl and cover with the hot water, leave aside to soften for at least 15 minutes.
In a food processor, blend the dates to a paste, add the coconut oil and mix well. Add in all the other ingredients (except the chocolate chips) and process until it forms a sticky dough.
Break off about a tablespoon of the dough and roll into a ball. Flatten and place on the baking tray. Add four or five chocolate chips to each cookie by pushing them down into the dough. Repeat until all the cookies are finished. Don't worry if it feels a little greasy, this is just the coconut oil which acts slightly differently to butter.
Bake in the oven for about 12 minutes or until turning golden.