These Healthy Coconut Cookies will satisfy your sweet tooth without getting in the way of your health goals!
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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 left for military training, I’ve felt like I’m really failing in life.
Sure, the necessities are getting done. The kid’s getting 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 bananas ripe, mashed
- 1/4 cup brown rice syrup (or maple syrup)
- 1/2 cup coconut oil melted
- 2 Tbsp almond milk
- 3 cups whole wheat pastry flour
- 2 tsp baking soda
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1 cup rolled oats
- 1 cup flaked coconut
- 1/4 cup chocolate chips (optional)
- 1 Tbsp coconut oil (optional)
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F
Mash 2 ripe bananas until mostly smooth. Add in brown rice syrup, coconut oil, and almond milk. Mix until just combined.
In a medium bowl, combine flour, baking soda, and cinnamon. Add to wet ingredients and mix until just combined. Fold in oats and coconut.
Scoop small spoonfuls of batter onto a baking sheet, about 2 inches apart. Remember that the way you put the cookies on the baking sheet is the way they will come out of the oven, so do your best to make them nice-looking.
Bake for 12-14 minutes, or until edges are golden brown. Remove and let cool on the baking sheet for a couple minutes before placing cookies on a cooling rack.
If you'd like to dip or drizzle with chocolate, melt the chocolate chips and coconut oil together in small bowl. Chocolate will harden on cookies once it has cooled. You can expedite that process by placing them in the fridge.
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