These Healthy Coconut Cookies will satisfy your sweet tooth without getting in the way of your health goals!
As an adult, and especially as a parent, we have so many responsibilities. From getting the laundry and dishes done to teaching our children how to be stand-up human beings who will eventually spread their wings and fly off into the world. Sometimes, our responsibilities seem overwhelming and unmanageable.
Since my wife has been gone, I’ve felt like I’m really failing in life. Sure, the necessities are getting done. The kid’s being fed, we both take showers, and we’re getting to where we need every day. But things like the sweeping, laundry, toilets, vacuuming. Honestly not sure when I’m going to get to those things. Probably the week before my wife gets home in a few months…
So as I was taking care of some of my necessary responsibilities over the weekend, I also made a list for my seven-year old to tackle before we headed over to Grandma’s house. Things like: make bed, put shoes away, separate library books from books you own, and put blocks away. Simple things, and really not a crazy long list. Well, apparently the kiddo thought otherwise, because next thing I know, he came into my room:
“Mom. I’m just not comfortable with the number of responsibilities you have given me.”
Oh sweet boy. If you only knew just how easy you have it right now. The very little I ask of you. How I wish I could go back to the days when my list was so simple as just separating books or making my bed. He may have a rude awakening in about ten years.
One of the responsibilities that I do take seriously is filling my family with food that keeps us healthy and strong. Foods that aren’t full of chemicals. Foods that I control the ingredients. Over the weekend, I was really tempted to buy a new package of yummy-sounding Mocha Chunk Chips Ahoy. But then I thought about it. I can make cookies that taste fresh, have healthier ingredients, and that I will feel okay with my kiddo eating.
And that’s exactly what I did. I made some delicious cookies using the spotted bananas I had sitting on my counter, a bit of agave, and lots of yummy coconut! Those are some ingredients I can totally agree with!
And because sometimes you still have to indulge and please your sweet tooth, I melted down a little dark chocolate and dipped a small portion of the cookies right into it. Sprinkle with a little bit of coconut, and I have a little treat that I feel good about and have no problems feeding my kiddo.
2 slightly ripened bananas, mashed
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup agave
1/2 cup coconut oil, melted
3 teaspoons almond or soy milk
1 cup flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 cup rolled oats
1 cup coconut, shredded
optional: handful of dark chocolate chips to dip cookies into.
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
- In a blender or food processor, blend together the mashed bananas, vanilla, sweetener, oil, and milk.
- In a large bowl, sift together the flour, baking soda, and cinnamon. Stir in the oats, and then fold in the banana mixture, stirring well. Mix in the shredded coconut.
- Scoop spoon-sized portions onto a lightly greased baking sheet or one lined with a silicone mat.
- Bake for 12-14 minutes or until golden brown.
- Optional additional chocolate: if you want to add the melted chocolate, add about 1/2 cup of dark chocolate chips into a microwave-safe bowl. Microwave about 30 second at a time, stirring in between, until melted and smooth. Dip cooled cookies into chocolate or spoon chocolate over the cookies. Sprinkle a little coconut on top. Let chocolate sit for about an hour so chocolate can harden.