Healthy Coconut Oatmeal Cookies: A Simple Recipe

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Whether you want to eat them for breakfast, or as a healthy midday treat, these cookies are for you. With this simple recipe, you can easily make your own delicious coconut oatmeal cookies. 

For many North Americans, there is nothing better than a chewy chocolate chip cookie. Our friends down under feel that way about Anzac biscuits. These crunchy coconut oatmeal cookies were sent to soldiers during WWI because they could last a long time. This recipe is our take on the delicious cookies.

Crunchy Coconut Oatmeal Cookies

coconut oatmeal cookies
Crumble a cookie on top of some greek yogurt for a delicious breakfast treat. (Photo: CC0 Public Domain / Pexels - Martinus )

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups wholegrain rolled oats 
  • 1 cup flour
  • ¾ cup shredded coconut (unsweetened)
  • ½ cup butter 
  • ½ cup maple syrup 
  • 1 tsp honey 
  • 1 tbsp boiling water 
  • ¾ tsp baking soda 

Tip: If you want to make even healthier cookies, try spelt flour instead of white flour.

Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350˚F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper, or parchment paper substitute.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, combine oats, flour, and coconut.
  3. Using a small saucepan, heat butter, maple syrup and honey on the stove, until the butter melts. Remove from heat and stir in baking soda and boiling water.
  4. Pour the wet ingredients into the bowl containing dry ingredients and mix until combined.
  5. Roll out tablespoon-sized balls and place on a baking sheet with plenty of room for spreading. 
  6. Flatten each ball with a fork before placing the baking sheet in the oven. 
  7. Bake for 8-10 minutes, or until golden brown — baking time may vary depending on your oven. 
  8. Allow the coconut oatmeal cookies to cool on the baking sheet for approximately five minutes before moving to a cooling rack. 

Tip: these cookies will stay fresh for several weeks when stored in an airtight container. 

Feel free to add extra mix-ins like cranberries, pecans, raisins, or fair trade chocolate chips, depending on your personal tastes! 

Fair Trade Coconut

Coconuts are a key ingredient for coconut oatmeal cookies. While some states produce their own, most coconuts in the US are imported from Puerto Rico, Cuba and Central America. As the global demand for coconut is increasing each year, coconut farmers around the world can’t keep up. Due to the rise in global temperatures, different pests are becoming more of a threat to coconut yields.

Therefore, it is important to support fair trade farming practices. This helps ensure that farmers are being paid a fair wage, and are better equipped to deal with challenges as they arise. Look for the Fair Trade Certified seal on your coconut products! 

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