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Coconut Oat Goji Berry Cookies

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Coconut Oat Goji Berry Cookies, Honest Fare by Gabrielle Arnold

You’ve got to respect the person who just whips up a batch of oatmeal raisin cookies from scratch at 10pm for no other reason than to satisfy a craving. I’m not talking about myself, of course. I would probably never do such a wild thing. But, that’s exactly what a friend (rather discretely) did for us after dinner the other night, reminding me of how very much I love oatmeal cookies. I limited myself to just one pancake-sized, warm and chewy with the steam still rising cookie that that evening, but I thought about those damn things for the rest of the week. Until one morning, it occurred to me that I should just throw caution to the wind and bake a batch of spontaneous cookies for breakfast! So I basically just opened the cupboard and started pulling things out and this is what I came up with…

Instead of sugar I used honey. And rather than butter, I went with coconut oil. Also added some coconut flakes and flax seeds for good measure. And I didn’t have any raisins so I used goji berries.

And there you have them – Coconut Oat Goji Berry Cokkies. Impossibly good. They’re somewhere between an oatmeal raisin cookie and a coconut macaroon. But they taste healthy so they’re perfect for breakfast! I’ve experimented using brown sugar in place of half the amount of honey and it results in a sweeter and richer cookie, so definitely do that if you’re looking for more of a sweet treat.

I happen to love raisins, but I didn’t miss them at all here. In fact, the earthiness of the goji berries is fantastic with the nutty sweetness of the coconut flakes. Not to mention that goji berries are great for you! Super food status, with one of the highest vitamin C ratings and more iron per serving than spinach and amnio acids than bee pollen. They’re also said to increase HGH (Human Growth Hormone) production. Nothing wrong with cookies that keep you young and beautiful! And here’s a great source for organic goji berries online. The dark chocolate covered ones are awesome too….obviously not for cooking with though.

If you haven’t experimented with coconut oil before, this recipe is a great place to start. You’ll be shocked at what a fantastic substitute it is for butter. In this case, the coconut oil results in a much cleaner and less greasy cookie, but you can actually use coconut oil as a substitute for other oils and butter in most your cooking and baking. (Some additional info on the health benefits of coconut oil.)

These things are cookie monster material. Luckily they’re guilt free!

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Recipe

Prep + bake time: 40 minutes. Makes about 2 dozen cookies. These cookies are lightly sweetened so feel free to add or even substitute in brown sugar for half the amount of honey for a slightly sweeter and richer flavor.

You need:

  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1 1/2 cups large rolled oats
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/3 tsp salt
  • 1 Tbsp cinnamon
  • 2 Tbsp flax seeds
  • 1/4 cup goji berries
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened desiccated coconut
  • 1/2 cup honey (add some brown sugar too for sweeter version)
  • 1/2 cup coconut oil
  • 1 egg beaten with 1 Tbsp water
  • 1 tsp vanilla

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 325° Use this lower temp and keep your eye on the cookies because the honey cooks faster than sugar and has the potential to burn.
  2. Except for the goji berries, mix all dry ingredients together in a large bowl. Mix all wet ingredients together in another bowl. Combine wet and dry ingredients together and fold in goji berries until evenly distributed in the batter.
  3. Cool mix in the fridge for at least 20 minutes. This will make it easier to shape and work with.
  4. Place heaping teaspoonful sized balls of batter on a lined baking sheet and press each lightly in center.
  5. Bake 15-20 minutes or until the bottoms are just golden brown.

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12 Comments

  1. Posted October 10, 2012 at 10:53 PM | Permalink

    So happy to have found your loverly site. These look fantastic and I love how light everything feels.

  2. Hilary
    Posted October 17, 2012 at 1:06 PM | Permalink

    I bought coconut oil (for the first time) and saw this recipe on the same day! It’s meant to be :)

  3. Goofyfamily
    Posted November 7, 2012 at 10:00 AM | Permalink

    Very Good and I actually made them vegan…I was so excited to see an oatmeal type cookie that I started making the cookies before I had lined up all the ingredients.

    I did not have flax seeds so I substituted with 1 Tb ground chia and 1 Tb whole chia seeds and I used maple sugar instead of the honey.

    I am doing my best to eat vegan so if I take the time to cook I make it vegan. So…by the time I got down to the egg I was already committed to making something so I just left it out.

    I was worried it might make a big difference and maybe it did but they still held together well and what a taste, yum!

    I never would have tried these if I had seen the egg…so glad I didn’t. Thanks for the inspiration.

  4. Kels
    Posted November 13, 2012 at 6:39 PM | Permalink

    I made them today; I love that they’re not too sweet and great for a quick am treat.– Two thumbs up!

  5. Posted November 14, 2012 at 10:46 PM | Permalink

    Sounds delicious!! Certainly hope we end up making these to satisfy a late-night craving. Do you think cranberries would be an acceptable substitution for the goji berries?

  6. Posted January 9, 2013 at 2:43 PM | Permalink

    I just made these with the chia seed suggestion instead of egg, only I didn’t grind it, just left them as is. Delicious!!!! Thank you :)

  7. gabi
    Posted January 9, 2013 at 4:57 PM | Permalink

    Oh that sounds very interesting – I ‘ll have to try it! Thanks

  8. Posted January 12, 2013 at 5:22 AM | Permalink

    I just turned the oven on at 8pm to make these. It’s a hot summers day here in Australia and I have had a hankering to make these all day. Only cool enough now and my oh my these were delicious!

  9. Posted May 12, 2013 at 6:43 AM | Permalink

    I have a packet of goji berries and a jar of coconut oil from a recent trip to china town, I think I’ll use them for this recipe! Thank you!

  10. sandeepa
    Posted May 20, 2013 at 8:41 PM | Permalink

    they look amazing! feel like making them right now. do you think I can use extra virgin coconut oil instead of coconut oil?

    many thanks
    sandeepa

  11. gabi
    Posted May 21, 2013 at 7:20 PM | Permalink

    I’d say give it go – I don’t see why not :)

  12. EKG
    Posted September 13, 2014 at 9:23 PM | Permalink

    I have been looking for healthier sweet options when I came across this recipe. Everyone in my family loved them! I left out the coconut flakes and added more flax seed and a few dark chocolate chips. Delicious! I will definitely be making these again. Thank You!

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