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Coconut Fig Oatmeal Cookies

Coconut Fig Oatmeal

I really love these cookies! They are simple, easy to make, and loaded with heart healthy ingredients and fiber! Most cookies you find at the store are full of sugar which can be addicting. This homemade batch of goodness ended up with the kind of texture that go perfect with a glass of milk, vegan milk that is. My toddler devoured 3 and drank 2 whole glasses of cashew milk along with them! I’ll know better next time to double the recipe for a bigger batch because 10 cookies just wasn’t enough!

Ingredients

  • 2 large bananas
  • 10 dried figs, chopped
  • 1 cup oatmeal, rolled or quick oats style
  • 1/2 cup shredded & dried coconut
  • 1/2 cup brown rice flour
  • 2 tablespoons unrefined coconut sugar
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 2 teaspoons molasses
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. First, in a mixing bowl smash the bananas and stir them into a creamy consistency.
  3. Next, add and stir in the vanilla, coconut sugar, cinnamon, and molasses.
  4. Now stir in the flour and oatmeal until completely blended.
  5. Last but not least, stir in 1/4th cup of the shredded coconut and the chopped figs. The shredded coconut gives the batter a texture that holds everything together and prevents it from being runny
  6. Spoon drops of cookie batter onto a cookie sheet sprayed with olive oil and with a fork, press down and form the cookies. Use the remaining shredded coconut to sprinkle tops of cookies before baking.
  7. Bake for 20 minutes until lightly golden brown. Makes about 10 cookies.

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We were out of real vanilla extract so we were stuck using the imitation. By all means, use the pure vanilla extract to avoid any artificial flavorings and chemicals. Besides, twice as much imitation vanilla flavoring is usually required to match the strength of pure vanilla so you get your moneys worth.

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I rarely use added sugar in my baking but for a batch of cookies, I’ve started using Madhava’s unrefined coconut sugar. As you can see, I’m very conservative using it, especially with a diabetic in the family. I only used 2 tablespoons in this recipe. Nutrition TIP: If you find yourself needing to add more sugar to satisfy your taste buds, work on gradually reducing it from your diet. Unlike all refined sugars and artificial sweeteners, organic coconut sugar actually contains some nutrients such as magnesium, potassium, zinc, iron, and B vitamins.

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I hope you enjoy these as much as we did!

by Lupita Ronquillo, holistic nutrition writer

Carob Cashew Coconut Ice Cream

Carob Cashew Ice Cream

I love this ice cream! Its RICH, CHOCOLATEY, DELICIOUS, FULLY RAW, and VEGAN! The best part is it looks and tastes just like chocolate but so much healthier than any store bought gallon of dairy and sugar filled tub of guilt.

Ingredients

  • 2 cups frozen bananas
  • 1/2 cup raw cashews
  • 1/4 cup lite coconut cream
  • 2 tablespoons carob powder

Carob Cashew Ice Cream ingredients

  1. First, add some of the coconut cream into the blender to help move the frozen bananas from the bottom.
  2. Next, add all the bananas, cashews, and the carob powder.
  3. Blend on high for a few minutes, stopping periodically to push down the ingredients toward the bottom with a wooden spoon.
  4. Add the remaining coconut cream to the desired consistency, which should be thick and creamy, not runny.

by Lupita Ronquillo, holistic nutrition writer

Coconut Ginger Oatmeal Raison Cookies

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Oatmeal isn’t just for breakfast. Oatmeal is actually pretty versatile and can be added into smoothies and used in baking recipes too. These cookies have NO DAIRY, NO EGGS, and NO REFINED SUGAR. They are easy to make and come out nicely from the oven with the added shredded coconut. Their not only delicious but their loaded with fiber, potassium and exploding with spicy flavors!

BENEFITS OF OATMEAL

You can do your heart a lot of good by eating more oatmeal. Oatmeal is known for a phytonutrient called Beta-Glucan which can reduce the risk of heart disease. It can boost the immune system and lower blood sugar spikes in diabetics. Just one serving each day can reduce high LDL levels (bad cholesterol) by 8-23%!

Cook time: 25 minutes. Yields: 12-15 cookies

Vegan Ingredients:

•3 bananas, ripened
•1 1/2 cups rolled oats
•1/3 cup brown rice flour
•1 cup raisins
•1/2 cup shredded coconut, dried
•2 teaspoons Chinese 5 spice
•2 teaspoons ginger powder
•1 teaspoon vanilla extract
•1 squeeze bottle raw honey

Batter and Baking

1. Place bananas into a mixing bowl. Smash and mix them until they are completely mashed.
2. Next, mix in the ginger powder, Chinese 5 spice, and vanilla extract.
3. Then mix in rolled oats very well and then add the flour until completely blended. Now last but not least, mix in the raisins and shredded coconut.
4. On 2 sprayed cookie sheets, spread out cookies with about 2 tablespoons of batter for each cookie.
5. Form the cookies by flattening and rounding them with a fork.
6. Bake for about 20 minutes at 400 degrees. Their done when just the edges of the cookies start to turn golden brown.
7. Use a spatula to remove them onto a plate. For a little extra sweetness, lightly drizzle cookies with honey after removing.

by Lupita Ronquillo, holistic nutrition writer