Thursday, 4 June 2009

Banana Coconut Chocolate Drops

I really didn't know what to call these, it's not my recipe but was featured on Heidi Swanson's blog as 'Nikki's Healthy Cookies' - but I had to give them a different name so, Banana Coconut Chocolate Drops it is! Now, how are they healthy? Mainly from no added sugar and the use of coconut oil, but also they are butter, flour and egg-less.... now, obviously I can get on without butter, flour and eggs but the sugar-less aspect had me very skeptical. However, they are very good and I will definitely be making these again! I can't say I missed the sugar, they are still sweet and as Heidi says the coconut gives them an almost macaroon quality -yum! I really want to cut down on the sugar and it's a great way to still have something sweet and not stress about it too much. They are still quite calorific mind you, so don't confuse 'health cookie' with 'diet cookie'! Just click on the link above for the original recipe in cups, I have adapted it here in grams, I also recommend halving this as I did, recipe makes a lot!

3 large ripe bananas, mashed
1 tsp vanilla
60ml extra-virgin coconut oil, barely warm so liquid
220g rolled oats
70g ground almonds
44g shredded coconut (recipe calls for unsweetened, I did use desiccated sweetened as that's what I had)
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp baking powder
170 - 200g dark chocolate chips or chunks

Preheat oven to 180C and line baking sheets with paper. Combine the bananas, coconut oil and vanilla and set aside. Combine oats, almonds, coconut, cinnamon, salt and baking powder. Add dry to wet and stir till combined, it will be 'wetter' than most cookie doughs. Fold in chocolate then drop dough 2 tsp apart on sheets and bake for 12 - 14 minutes or until golden. Let cool on racks.


  1. Ooh, they look lovely and I love anything that is sugar free!

    I think I will make a batch for a bake sale later this month :)

  2. These sound very nice and remind me of macaroons. I can imagine that they must make a great snack.


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