Coconut wasn’t the in thing when I was young. It’s only since becoming far more health conscious and have a greater nutrition knowledge that it’s become a staple food in my diet. As a little girl, I used to love baking. I remember standing on the kitchen chair so I was tall enough to reach the work surface with the flour, sugar, butter & eggs as my staples.
Scones & pancakes were my favourite things to make. Now a huge part of food is the joy of sharing it with others. But my inner child didn’t quite share the same values haha. I would make a big batch of scones, but I never wanted to share it with anyone, I was such a grinch! I’d give my godmother half of a scone with a stingy amount of jam on it, I think my family found it amusing, but as I look back I am a little embarrassed. I’m glad I’ve moved past that greediness with food, as baking is meant to be shared!
Coconut flavoured treats are so delicious, nutritious and really versatile. I’ve made these cookies so often now because everyone always loves them.
These cookies include only dessicated coconut, but future recipes I will include the use of its milk, cream and flour.
Coconut & Choc Chip Cookies | Vegan & Gluten Free
- 1 cup buckwheat flour
- 3/4 cup dessicated coconut unsweetened
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1/2 tsp bi-carb of soda
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/4 cup coconut oil
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/2 cup honey
- 1/2 cup cacao nibs / dark choc chips
- 1/4 cup toasted coconut flakes optional
- 1. Preheat oven to 180'c & line a tray with baking paper.2. Melt the coconut oil on a low heat until fully melted & allow it to cool before adding the other ingredients. 3. Sift the dry ingredients - the flour, dessicated coconut, salt, baking powder & bi-carb of soda in a large bowl. Sifting will give you an even distribution of the ingredients before they go in the oven.4. Make sure you have the right amount of coconut oil as some can be lost when you melt it. Then add the honey & vanilla extract to the oil, stir it well. It won't fully mix together but that's ok. 5. Add the oil mixture to the dry ingredients and mix well with a wooden spoon. Add in the chocolate chips & the toasted coconut flakes if using. 6. Wet your hands slightly and make balls of the mixture making sure the chocolate chips are mixed well into the mixture. 7. Place balls onto the baking sheet and flatten them slightly to make round cookies.8. Bake for about 12 minutes until they slightly brown. Don't leave them in too long or they''ll overcook and be chewy. 9. Move to a wire rack to cool and then enjoy!
with love & magic