healthy chocolate coconut cookies

Healthy Chocolate Coconut Cookies

By Rachel Tiemeyer

These chocolate coconut cookies are reminiscent of a brownie with a soft, delicate texture.
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, age 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.

These chocolate coconut cookies are reminiscent of a brownie with a soft, delicate texture.

These chocolate coconut cookies are reminiscent of a brownie with a soft, delicate texture.

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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Healthy Chocolate Coconut Cookies

  • Author: Thriving Home
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 30-35 cookies 1x
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Baked
  • Cuisine: American


Healthy chocolate coconut cookies are delicious flavor packed in every bite.


  • 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 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup coconut oil, melted
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 3/4 cup hot water, almost to a boil
  • 1 cup unsweetened shredded coconut


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Spray two cookie sheets with cooking spray or line with foil or parchment paper.
  2. 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.
  3. Finally, add the shredded coconut and mix one last time until fully combined (don’t over mix).
  4. 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.
  5. Bake for about 8-10 minutes, just until set. Do not over bake or they will become dry.
  6. Let cool for 2 minutes on sheet before transferring to a plate or your mouth. 🙂

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10 replies
    • Rachel says:

      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 says:

      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!

  1. Kelly Baer says:

    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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