We love a good cookie around here. However, I can honestly say we haven’t bought a store bought package of cookies, for as long as I can remember! In fact, my kids (when they were younger) were so surprised when I opened a box of Girl Scout cookies to see the cookies were already cooked for us! Imagine, cookies we didn’t have to bake.. they couldn’t believe it.
The healthy benefits of homemade cookies compared to store bought:
- Homemade you can add healthy add-ins like nuts, dried fruit, flax meal, whole wheat flour, etc.
- Homemade you can use healthier fats such as coconut oil or canola oil, as opposed to trans fats.
- Homemade you can cut the sugar in half, and still have a great tasting product.
- Homemade you can have less sodium.
- Homemade doesn’t have artificial preservatives, chemical shelf stabilizers, artificial colors, or artificial flavors.
So, while these cookies turned out really crumbly, they were still super tasty. We crumbled some up on purpose to top our plain yogurt! So good!
Tropical Oatmeal Cookie Recipe
- 1/3 cup roasted unsweetened coconut (I spread the coconut on my cast iron pan and roasted until browned.
- 1 1/2 cups oats
- 1/2 cup whole wheat flour
- 1/2 tsp baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 cup coconut oil
- 1 tsp vanilla extract.
- 3/4 cup coconut sugar
- 1 egg
- 1/4 cup chopped dried apricots (optional)
- 1/8 cup sunflower seeds (optional)
Mix dry ingredients. Add the wet ingredients. Mixture will be dry. Press into greased mini muffin tin. Bake at 350 for 10 minutes. Wait till cookies cool completely before taking out of muffin tin.
We actually loved them as-is, but I read a few things about crumbly cookie troubleshooting. I’m sure there just wasn’t enough fat, but one suggestion was to add 1 TBL milk or cream to dry, crumbly cookies.
So, keep your kids healthy with homemade cookies, and stop buying them from the store!
Thanks for all your kind words about my marathon this weekend. Apparently you all think I’m way more athletic than I truly am, but I’ll let you think that for awhile!