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Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Coconut Cookies Recipe. Gluten-Free Friendly. Vegan Adaptation

Posted on 30th of January, 2013 by Lévana

Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Coconut Cookies Recipe. Gluten-Free Friendly.

This Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Coconut Cookies recipe is directly inspired from my original “mother” oatmeal cookie recipe, which I developed for my latest cookbook, one of the many variations for them I have included. I’m a total sucker for oats,  and look for any conceivable excuse to spread them on thick. Easy, too. Hide them well:-)))) But even if you do find them, and splurge on them, no harm done: they are REAL food! Made with oil, and so healthy. Oats, chocolate and coconut? As good and good-for-you as it gets, right? I often make a meal out of them, with a giant cup of tea (try Earl Grey with this!) If you decide to go all out, throw in a cup of chopped nuts. I rarely do this, because I must always accommodate nut-allergic eaters, my granddaughter leading the pack. But here’s what I do: I divide the dough right down the middle, one half sans nuts, one half with, bake the nut-free half first, then mix the nuts in the other half for those of us nutty cookie lovers out there.
I am giving you instructions for a big batch; they freeze very well, and so does the unbaked dough, so make a big batch while you have everything going (of course, no problem dividing all ingredients in half for half the dough). Freeze any unbaked dough for another day.

1 3/4 cups vegetable oil
4 eggs (Vegan: use 1/4 cup flaxmeal mixed with 2/3 cups warm water)
1 cup sucanat (health foods stores), settle for packed brown sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
3 cups flour, all purpose, whole wheat pastry, spelt (Gluten-free: Use any GF flour)

2 3/4 cups old fashioned oats
2 cups packed unsweetened coconut (settle for sweetened, but in this case take out 2 tablespoons sugar))
3 cups chocolate chips, the smaller the better

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. In a food processor, cream the oil, eggs, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, salt and vanilla, until light and fluffy. Switch to pulse, and add the flour in 2 additions, pulsing each time only 2-3 times, until just combined. Transfer the mixture to a mixing bowl, and add the oats, chips and coconut. Combine thoroughly by hand.
Drop by heaping teaspoons on a (real, not disposable) cookie sheet lined with foil or parchment paper, 1 inch apart. Flatten them slightly with your hand. Bake one sheet at a time. Bake 20 minutes. the texture will be crisp. leave one baked cookie out a few minutes to cool. If it is not perfectly crisp, return the sheet in the oven to crisp one or two more minutes. Store at room temperature in a cookie tin. makes about 100 cookies



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  1. Yoii, on Said:

    Tried this recipe, added a few of my own tweeks, i like how you didn’t specify what kind of flour as i usually just use whatever i have. this time it was wild rice, quinoa, a little premix, and a dash of coconut flour, i also used carob chips instead of chocolate, and since i didn’t have enough coconut, i used raisins and sun flour seeds. i wouldn’t recommend my version as it doesn’t like to hold together, way too much chunky stuff. also i had no baking soda on hand, oh well. anyway i wanted to thank you for this recipe because of it’s largeness. when i make cookies they never last so thank you!!!

    • Lévana, on Said:

      Yoii Way to go! I usually ALWAYS say which flour, precisely because I want my readers experimenting with EVERYTHING. In fact in my cookbook I have an extensive chapter on what flour choices, what my favorites are, all sweeteners etc…. Do you have the cookbook? I recommend it highly :-)))

  2. Caryn, on Said:

    Looks like a great recipe. My daughter made chocolate chip cookies last week but with the coconut and oatmeal this looks like a better one.
    To make it even healthier I would suggest coconut, palm, or olive oil since vegetable oils, having an extraordinarily high percentage of omega-6 fatty acids, upset the body’s omega-3 to omega-6 balance and are generally produced through chemical processing. Also, make sure that the oats are certified gluten-free as well (if this is a concern) since there are issues of cross contamination.

    • Lévana, on Said:

      As a rule I don’t like to list very expensive ingredients: some people just can’t afford it.
      I talk at great length about gluten-free oats in my book and on my blog. Very important :-))) Here’s what I wrote about it in my cookbook:
      “Many containers of oats of all shapes and sizes are marked “gluten-free.” You might conclude that it means the gluten has been removed from a grain that originally contains gluten. In fact the exact opposite is true: In and of themselves, oats have no gluten whatsoever.
      They might contain traces of gluten only because they are often counter-intuitively processed in machinery that also processes gluten grains. Fortunately, grain processors are increasingly processing oats in gluten-free machinery, letting our gluten-free friends enjoy them to the fullest and allowing the confusion to dissipate”.