Toasted Coconut Dark Chocolate Oatmeal Cookies

 

How was your weekend, friends?? I must say, I feel super refreshed after a spontaneous weekend away with my mom and a little change of routine. I made a conscious decision to leave my laptop at home and keep my iPhone use to an absolute minimum (yep, not one single picture. that hasn’t happened in FOREVER) and it was, surprisingly, detoxifying. Yeah, I know that sounds totally strange.

 

Toasted Coconut Dark Chocolate Oatmeal Cookies {made with coconut oil} // pumpkin & peanut butter

 

Have you had that feeling before? Completely shut off screens for a day, two days, a whole weekend? It’s amazing how quickly you forget about all those things you could be doing and start focusing on the present.

I’m not much of a TV person and I’m not one to keep my iPhone attached to my hip, but I am guilty of always having my laptop near me.  I’m the kind of person who’s constantly planning, researching, multitasking—- so I need those breaks every once in a while to bring me back to the “now” and remind myself of what life used to be like without all these screens.

Sometimes I feel like this “screen time” kind of takes over our human instinct to engage in social interaction. We get so much pleasure from our favorite shows, from countless methods of social media, and, for many of us, blogging, that we aren’t as present in our face-to-face relationships. I’m totally guilty of this… especially when I’m “multitasking” during time I should just be spending with Nate. Or with my family. Or just by myself.

It’s times like this weekend when I’m reminded how much I love days without screens. Days with family and friends, days with nature, days being active. As with most things in life, it’s all about that balance. And with technology being SUCH a huge part of our lives nowadays, it’s something we need to learn to add into that equation. It’s definitely a hard thing to balance—what, with work, hobbies, and just simple personal interest being run by technology— but what a difference it makes when I put those screens away and focus on what’s right in front of me.

Whew, that was a whole lot of stream-of-consciousness-jabber! Thanks for listening to my ponderings of the weekend… now let’s talk cookies!

 

Toasted Coconut Dark Chocolate Oatmeal Cookies {made with coconut oil} // pumpkin & peanut butter

Toasted Coconut Dark Chocolate Oatmeal Cookies {made with coconut oil} // pumpkin & peanut butter

 

Ever since I made Minimalist Baker’s Toasted Coconut Pancakes I have been obsessed with toasted coconut. It’s so crispy and nutty and crunchy and makes the perfect addition to essentially every baked good known to man. So when I had an intense craving for chocolate chip cookies the other weekend, I knew a little toasted coconut would be the perfect ingredient to liven things up a bit.

This recipe is a healthier take on your typical oatmeal chocolate chip cookie, made with whole wheat flour, coconut oil, and lots of rolled oats— but it has that added uumphhh thanks to those crunchy toasted coconut flakes. It’s the perfect combination of textures— a little chewy, a little crispy— topped off with loads of creamy, melty dark chocolate chips.

We loved them so much we actually HID them when we had company over. I know, we are officially the worst hosts ever. But THESE COOKIES!

I couldn’t recommend them more. Now go get baking because it’s Monday and cookies make everything better!

 

Toasted Coconut Dark Chocolate Oatmeal Cookies {made with coconut oil} // pumpkin & peanut butter

Toasted Coconut Dark Chocolate Oatmeal Cookies {made with coconut oil} // pumpkin & peanut butter

Toasted Coconut Dark Chocolate Oatmeal Cookies

Serves 22-24
Prep time 15 minutes
Cook time 9 minutes
Total time 24 minutes
Meal type Dessert

Ingredients

  • 1 cup whole wheat pastry flour
  • 1 1/2 cup old fashioned oats
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup coconut oil, melted and cooled
  • 1/2 cup coconut sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
  • 1/2 cup dark chocolate chips (I used Ghirardelli)

Note

inspired by ambitious kitchen's dark chocolate raspberry coconut oatmeal cookies

Directions

Step 1
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Spread unsweetened shredded coconut across a baking sheet and toast in the oven for 3-5 minutes. Remove from oven and set aside.
Step 2
Use an electric mixer to beat together coconut oil and coconut sugar until smooth. Add in egg and vanilla extract, then beat for another 2 minutes or so. In a separate bowl, mix together dry ingredients: whole wheat pastry flour, oats, baking soda, and salt. Pour the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients and mix until just combined.
Step 3
Slowly stir in toasted coconut and dark chocolate chips, then use a cookie scoop to drop cookies onto baking sheet 2 inches apart from each other. Bake for 9-11 minutes. Cool on baking sheet for 1-2 minutes, then remove from baking sheet and finish cooling on a wire rack.

Toasted Coconut Dark Chocolate Oatmeal Cookies {made with coconut oil} // pumpkin & peanut butter

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Hi, I’m Liz and this is my food blog where I share my love of healthy foods and whole ingredients. You will find mostly vegetarian dishes, plenty of sweets, and lots of love from this little kitchen in Durham, North Carolina!

18 Comments

  1. Liz, I relate so much to this post! I am totally guilty of keeping my laptop with me at all times. I did a 24-hour fast from technology a couple months ago and was totally amazed at how good it felt! Definitely need to do it again. Anyway, these cookies look SO amazing! I love toasted coconut. Pinning!

    • Right?!? Didn’t it feel strangely amazing?! I totally think I need to schedule them in every few months— just to keep me grounded and focusing on the present. You will LOVE these cookies. Let me know if you get the chance to try them 🙂

  2. Love this post- very relatable! Speaking of getting away from technology… http://put-phone.viraltales.com/video-doesnt-convince-put-phone-nothing-will/# This video/ poem about putting down our phones and enjoying nature is amazing. Just thought I’d share. 🙂
    On another note, these cookies look amazing! I just want to reach my hand into that bowl of chocolate chips in the fourth picture, and lick the chocolate off the cookie in the fifth picture! Chocolate is my kryptonite. I’m sure these cookies would be too- all my favorite things in them! I make cookies similar to these but they also have granola in them (you can find them on my blog by searching “hippie cookies”).

    • Wow that video was so honest and beautiful! Man, it’s SO SO true. And it starts at such a young age nowadays— even as young as my 6-year-old students. Thanks SO much for sharing that, Ellie! PS Your hippie cookies looks so amazing. Love the addition of dates and granola. Adding it to my try list!

  3. Lovely cookies. And I find it amazing as well how much time I spend in front of the laptop and wonder at those times when Internet and laptops and smart phones didn’t even exist. It is only 10 years ago that I only used Internet in the school, didn’t have a laptop and used my brother-in-law’s old mobile…. And now… (well, I still use my brother-in-law’s old mobiles, he changes them like socks)

    • Right?!? It’s crazy how much has changed in just 10 years! It’s hard to even remember what it was like without a smart phone.

  4. THESE COOKIES!! I love toasted coconut so much too. Plain coconut, not so much. But toasted is where it’s at. Hahaha! I loved that you hid these cookies from guests so you wouldn’t have to share. I’ve done that before too. I’m glad I am not the only one :p

    • Thanks Rebecca! I totally agree— toasted coconut is SO much better than plain old coconut. And I’m glad I’m not the only one hiding cookies from guests either 😉

  5. These sound amazing, and I love that you used coconut sugar! They are on my to-bake list for the weekend.
    And I agree completely with spending time away from the computer – it really does make your time with family/friends all the better!! Lovely thoughts in this post 🙂

    • Thanks so much Erica! It really does make such a difference when you take that break. Let me know how you like the cookies if you get a chance to try them 😉

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