• Healthy Chocolate Coconut Cookies

    by Rachel on June 21, 2012

    Healthy Chocolate Coconut Cookie Recipe
    When I ran across these Vegan Chocolate Cookies on Pinterest, I was intrigued. They got great reviews on the Weight Watchers site and Pinterest.  But, I knew I could make them much healthier and still taste good to my kiddos. That’s how my healthy Chocolate Coconut Cookies recipe was born.

    First, here’s the quick and dirty nutrition break down for you health-conscience folk:

    whole wheat flour, almond flour, and unsweetened coconut = fiber

    almond flour (aka ground almonds) and coconut oil = healthy fats

    cocoa powder = antioxidants

    3/4 cup sugar = less sugar than the original recipe and still delish

    no eggs = vegan

    Now, for the taste test results…

    1 – My kids helped me whip these little cookies up and went crazy over the batter (which contains no raw egg) and the cookies themselves. Jack, aged 5, said, “Yum! Yum! Yum! These are soooo good, mommy!”

    2 – My sister-in-law’s review: “These remind me of Samoas.” (You know, the Girl Scout cookie.)

    3 -My neighbor, Windy, via text: “The cookie is great. Would love the recipe.” (Note: She is the best neighbor. We’ve been swapping samples of healthy recipes with one another all weekend. Our kids love delivering them door to door. So fun!)

    4 – My review: I think these Chocolate Coconut Cookies are reminiscent of a brownie because of the texture, but my kids insist they are cookies.  Now, don’t expect some decadent dessert here, but they are a pretty tasty snack.  I personally love the coconut and chocolate combo, and the coconut oil makes them so moist.  To me the best part is that I feel like I could feed the kids these for breakfast, snack or dessert.

    healthy chocolate coconut cookies

    Chocolate Coconut Cookies

    Yields: Makes: about 30-35 cookies

    Ingredients

    • 1 cup whole wheat flour
    • 1/2 cup almond flour (I find this at Trader Joe's in baking aisle)
    • 2/3 cup cocoa powder
    • 1 tsp baking soda
    • 1/2 tsp salt
    • 3/4 cup brown sugar
    • 1/3 cup coconut oil, melted
    • 1 tsp vanilla
    • 3/4 cup hot water, almost to a boil
    • 1 cup unsweetened shredded coconut

    Instructions

    Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Spray two cookie sheets with cooking spray or line with foil or parchment paper.

    Whisk together flours, cocoa, baking soda, and salt in medium bowl. Next, combine sugar, oil, and vanilla using a hand-held or standing mixer. Add 1/2 of water and 1/2 of flour mixture and mix briefly until combined. Add the last of the water and flour mixture and mix again just until combined. Finally, add the shredded coconut and mix one last time until fully combined (don't over mix).

    Scoop about a tablespoon of batter per cookie onto to the cookie sheets, spreading them about 1-2 inches apart. Wet the spoon and lightly press each cookie down with the back of the spoon.

    Bake for about 8-10 minutes, just until set. Do not over bake or they will become dry.

    Let cool for 2 minutes on sheet before transferring to a plate or your mouth. :)

    http://thrivinghomeblog.com/2012/06/healthy-chocolate-coconut-cookies/

    healthy chocolate coconut cookies

    If you like this recipe, you might like one I made years ago called Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookies.  I need to make them again, but I remember liking them right out of the oven.

     

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    Kat June 27, 2012 at 3:30 pm

    Thanks for this recipe. I am so anxious to try it.

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    Em Miller June 27, 2012 at 10:32 pm

    Chocolate and coconut and cookies are my three favorite things. AND they’re healthy?! You are speaking my language!

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    Carole June 28, 2012 at 8:57 pm

    Lovely use of chocolate. It would be super if you linked this post in to Food on Friday : Chocolate

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    Kelly Baer August 14, 2012 at 1:23 pm

    Egg free!!! Hooray. My son has egg and nut allergies so it’s always great to find a recipe that doesn’t call for eggs ( obviously can’t use the almond flour, but I would assume regular flour would work too? )

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    Rachel August 15, 2012 at 12:32 pm

    Yes, I think regular flour would work fine. Glad this is helpful to your family!

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    Lin Lahlum September 5, 2012 at 1:56 am

    Where do you find unsweetened coconut? If you can’t find it, is is possible to just skip the sugar in the recipe?

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    Rachel September 5, 2012 at 2:01 am

    I find unsweetened coconut in the health food section (the baking aisle). You might be able to find it in the regular baking aisle at your store; just check the label carefully. If you go with sweetened coconut, my best guess is to cut back the sugar to 1/2 cup. Hope you enjoy them!

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    Aimee June 19, 2013 at 3:48 pm

    Is it possible to use coconut flour instead of almond flour?

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    Rachel June 19, 2013 at 3:51 pm

    Hi Aimee,

    From my limited understanding, almond flour and coconut flour bake differently so they are not interchangeable. Do you have some flax or wheat germ? That would work in it’s place. Or just more wheat flour. Hope that helps!

    Rachel

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