For some reason, I’ve been on a mission to find coconut flakes. (Whole Foods has them — unsweetened too!) I have big ideas. These cookies, brownies, oatmeal, coconut-crusted haddock . . . the ideas are all there. I started small. I’ve been letting some bananas get extra ripe on my kitchen counter just for these cookies. I haven’t made them since I was in Ithaca. I completely forgot about them! The coconut gets slightly toasted in the oven and gives the cookies a needed tropical feel in March. I’d say the total prep and baking took 15 min. total. Definitely worth trying these Coconut Banana Cookies!
If you search “no-bake pumpkin cookies,” most recipes use a pumpkin pie pudding mix and no real pumpkin. Uh, what? No, I would not like pudding in what are supposed to be pumpkin cookies — I think I’ll pass. What happened to going back to the basics? After turning to one of my favorite healthy dessert blogs, I discovered another winning recipe from Chocolate-Covered Katie; she used real pumpkin in a tasty, but obviously simple way. I originally made these No Bake Pumpkin Cookies substituting coconut sugar and coconut oil for sugar and vegetable oil (because why not try new things?), but I felt the coconut oil and sugar together overwhelmed the flavor, and the tropical notes did not mix with pumpkin pie spice. Thus, I recommend the recipe below, swapping the vegetable for coconut oil since it’s less refined. I especially recommend using the added chocolate and pecans — a delicious way to have real pumpkin and still have cookies! Continue reading ““Forget-That-Oven” Pumpkin Cookies”
This “cookie” recipe was a great find this year. Someone in my program at Cornell made these “cookies” for a get-together, and I was immediately intrigued. All I could think was, “Just bananas and oats? Are you sure?” They seemed like a trick; the “cookies” seemed too simple, so there had to be a catch, right? I always buy too many bananas, and they end up overly ripe on my counter. Now, I purposefully buy too many bananas just to make these cookies or freeze for smoothies. The mashed banana is a natural glue to bind the oats and whatever else you decide to throw in. Simply and delicious — the perfect guilt-free dessert or snack!