Coconut is all the rage at the moment – and with good reason. It has many nutritional benefits, especially coconut oil.
When Coconut Merchant asked if I would like to sample some of their products I said yes immediately. Coconut Merchant sell coconut in different variants – coconut oil, coconut flour, coconut sugar, even jams and syrups. When my package arrived I was surprised, and thrilled, at the produce I was sent to try.
I love the baked coconut chips – little crisp pieces of coconut flesh which taste so buttery. These are good on their own, but would be great piled on top of some cupcakes.
I decided to make some coconut and strawberry cookies with my stash. These contain the coconut flour, so are gluten-free. They also have coconut syrup instead of sugar, so no nasty refined sugars going on. The syrup is thick and dark in colour so added a rich brown tone to the cookie batter. And I used healthy coconut oil for the fat. The strawberries I used were freeze dried ones I bought online, but pieces of real strawbs would work too.
I used a recipe based on one I had seen over at Detoxinista. She made chocolate chip cookies in her recipe. She does explain, thankfully that the batter starts off quite wet, but if you let it sit, the coconut flour absorbs the moisture (as do the freeze dried strawberries). She also mentioned that the cookies don’t change shape in the oven, so I wet my fingers and squashed them down a bit, into cookie shapes.
I did leave mine a little too long in the oven, so they were a bit 'caramelised' on the outside. But they tasted great nonetheless. Disneyboi particularly liked the coconut flavour, so I shall pack a few in his lunchbox this week!
Here’s how I made them…
Coconut and Strawberry Cookies
Healthier cookies made from coconut products and freeze dried strawberries
- 40 grams coconut flour
- 60 ml coconut oil, melted
- 60 ml coconut syrup
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- Pinch of salt
- 2 medium eggs
- 10 grams freeze dried strawberries
Preheat the oven to 180C and line a cookie sheet with greaseproof paper.Combine the flour, melted oil, syrup, vanilla and salt in a bowl.Crack the eggs into the bowl and mix through.Add the freeze dried strawberries and stir these through also.Let the mix sit for at least 10 minutes to let the moisture absorb.Take tablespoon amounts of the batter and place on the cookie sheet. Press down gently with damp fingers.Bake in the oven for 12 to 14 minutes, keeping an eye on them.Allow to cool slightly before enjoying!
DetailsPrep time: Cook time: Total time: Yield: 15 cookies approx.