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Coconut Oat Breakfast Cookies {gluten-free, date-sweetened}

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January is National Oatmeal Month, and I’m slipping in a recipe featuring this powerhouse ingredient before the month passes us by!

Nature’s Path sent me some of their instant oatmeal packets to try, and – although they were all delicious – I was especially excited about this new-to-me product called Qi’a™. Qi’a™ is a superfood blend of gluten-free rolled oats, buckwheat groats, chia seeds, & hemp seeds, and the creamy coconut version is fantastic! The dried coconut lends a subtle natural sweetness without any added sugar, and I was inspired to use the oatmeal packets to make a healthy breakfast cookie. 

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In order to keep the cookies free of added sugar, I used date paste to sweeten the dough. If you’re unfamiliar with date paste, let this be the perfect opportunity to acquaint yourself with it! All you do is soak dates in boiling water, and then puree the mixture to form a paste-like consistency. You can smear it on toast or waffles, dollop in on top of oatmeal, sub it in for the jam/jelly in a PB&J, or – as I did here – use it to add natural sweetness to baked goods.

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I used coconut oil and added in extra flaked coconut (unsweetened, of course!) for an unapologetically coconutty flavor. The cookies are easy, healthy, hearty, tasty, and portable, which is exactly what you want for your morning meal if you’re on-the-go (or just busy with little ones!).

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Jack, who is almost 14 months (!!!!!), gobbled up the crumbled cookie I offered him, so they also get the toddler seal of approval.

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*I received free product in exchange for this review & recipe. All opinions are my own.

Coconut Oat Breakfast Cookies {gluten-free, date-sweetened}

by Lauren Zembron

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Ingredients (12 cookies)

  • 6 individual packets Nature’s Path Qi’a™ Creamy Coconut Oatmeal
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened coconut flakes
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • pinch of Kosher salt
  • 1/2 cup melted & cooled virgin coconut oil
  • 6 Tbsp date paste (you can sub in an equal amount of honey or pure maple syrup)
  • 2 large eggs, preferably organic

Date paste:

  • Place 10 large soft medjool dates in a bowl and add just enough boiling water to cover them. Let sit for at least 4 hours, or up to overnight. Pour the dates (and the remaining water) into a blender and blend until smooth. Store in the fridge.

Instructions

Preheat oven to 350°F and line a large baking sheet with a silicone baking mat or unbleached parchment paper.

In a large bowl, whisk together the oatmeal, coconut flakes, baking powder, and salt.

In a medium bowl, whisk together the melted & cooled coconut oil, date paste, and eggs.

Add wet ingredients to dry and stir until fully combined.

Using an ice cream scoop or a large spoon, scoop the dough out onto the prepared baking sheet. Gently press down on each cookie dough scoop to slightly flatten.

Bake for 12 minutes, or until the cookies are lightly golden brown around the edges. Cookies will still be very soft.

Allow to cool on the baking sheet for 10 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.

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Chocolate Coconut Peanut Butter

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A while ago I posted my recipe for Vanilla Bean Coconut Peanut Butter, and today I’m sharing with you its darker, richer, more decadent, chocolate cousin.

You may be wondering why I typically photography my homemade nut butters with a spoon; the answer is simple: that’s how most of the jar is consumed. Sure, some of my peanut and almond butters make their way onto a piece of toast with banana slices or into a bowl of oatmeal; but I usually just scoop out spoonful after spoonful (after spoonful) until the jar in empty.

Which doesn’t take too long.

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So grab a spoon, and let’s get to work on this jar.

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Chocolate Coconut Peanut Butter

by Lauren Zembron

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 0 minutes

Keywords: snack chocolate coconut peanuts

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cup roasted, unsalted peanuts, preferably organic
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
  • 1/4 cup + 1 Tbsp semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1 Tbsp + 1 tsp unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/4 tsp Kosher salt
  • 2 tsp pure maple syrup
  • 1 tsp instant espresso powder

Instructions

Place peanuts into the bowl of a food processor. Process until peanuts break down into a paste, scraping down the sides as necessary, about 3-5 minutes. Add in shredded coconut and process until well-combined.

Add in the chocolate chips, cocoa powder, salt, maple syrup, and espresso powder, and process until incorporated. The heat from the food processor blade should melt the chocolate chips.

I store my nut butters at room temperature. Some oil separation may occur with this peanut butter; just give it a good stir before eating.

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