The Lazy Chef: Chococonut Cookies

by Jenn (eating bender) on September 3, 2008

Happy Hump Day! Before I get to today’s Lazy Chef recipe, I wanted to reminisce on some of the freshest tastes of summer. It’s hard to believe that this season is already coming to an end, right?! I absolutely love fall – in fact, it’s my favorite season for so many reasons: leaves changing, weather cooling down and FOOTBALL, to name a few :) But I will definitely miss the fresh produce that only summer can offer.

Today, I tried my first pluot:

I know these have already made their way around the blog circuit, but WOW! I wish I would have tried them sooner! It was so soft, juicy and perfectly sweet – I better stock up! Although, I hear that pluots are fresh through the fall, which makes me very happy, indeed!

And for dinner tonight, our family had some of the best sweet corn yet:

This guy is one of my favorite parts of summer. I always associate summers at home with sweet corn. When we lived in Minnesota, we always visited those little sweet corn stands, and I had plenty of friends who worked at them. Frozen corn is good, but sweet corn on the cob with a little Smart Balance is ALWAYS better!

So as the tastes of summer start to disappear, I look forward to the smells and tastes of fall – mmm, pumpkin! And now, The Lazy Chef!


Chococonut Cookies

These cookies are super sweet and seem much more indulgent than they actually are. The addition of shredded coconut was brought on by the fact that I’ve recently decided that I love it :) I enjoyed being able to taste the pieces in every bite. I would suggest making these with whole wheat flour, but all-purpose was what we had in our cupboards – and that’s how The Lazy Chef rolls!

Ingredients (makes 9 medium cookies):

  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour – no whole wheat on hand :(
  • 1/2 cup old fashioned oats
  • 1/8 cup shredded sweetened coconut
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened chocolate almond milk
  • 1 tbsp. semi-sweet chocolate chips


Note: I realize there’s honey in the picture, but after tasting the batter, I decided I didn’t need it so I omitted it from the recipe :) It’s plenty sweet without it!


Preheat oven to 350* and combine dry ingredients (minus the chocolate chips) in a large bowl.

Mix wet ingredients in a separate, smaller bowl.

Combine wet ingredients with dry ingredients and stir in those chocolate chips!

Separate the “dough” – I put that in quotation marks because it definitely didn’t seem like your typical cookie dough, haha! – into 9 even servings and spread out onto a baking sheet. I used a silicone mat as my non-stick surface.

Bake at 350* for 12-15 minutes, or until edges of the cookie are golden brown.

Place cookies on a wire rack and let cool for at least 5 minutes before eating šŸ˜‰ They’re hard to resist, but worth the wait!

Serve to eager hands :) These cookies are NOT-your-average oatmeal chocolate chip, as they take on an entirely different texture (I think it has something to do with the fact that there aren’t any eggs in there), but are still pretty darn yummy! The addition of the coconut was a definite plus – perhaps serve them with a glass of coconut milk for dipping? That just might be perfection.

Nutrition Information (per cookie):

  • 85 calories
  • 2g fat
  • 16g carbohydrates
  • 1g fiber
  • 2g protein
1 Foodie (Fab and Delicious Food) September 4, 2008 at 12:23 am

Those cookies look sooooo good!

Foodie (Fab and Delicious Food) ~ Thank you! :)

2 glidingcalm September 4, 2008 at 5:44 am

oh Bender. This post is too perfect….. in every way, shape, and form. FIRST OF ALL;
-love the content…cookies-WOW, and pluots (gotta try one! still haven’t!)
-the pictures- ALL SO NEAT and nicely staged
-the layout and organization…..

Basically I’m just so jealous of how beautiful your blog is. So pretty and neat, and not sloppy in the least. The cookies are laid out so perfectly, the ingrdients in the bowl, the specific highlighted words and sentences.

It’s just a pleasure to read Jenn. I’m like a proud mama….errr… blogging friend!

Happy Thursday!

glidingcalm ~ You seriously made my morning with your sweetness! I love love love Gliding Calm!!

3 Megan September 4, 2008 at 5:56 am

I can’t wait to make these cookies. They look so yummy! Love all the pictures. I agree with gliding that this is a very well done post!!!!If I had some blog award I would give it to you now.

Megan ~ Thank you so much – you’re so nice!

4 doghillkitchen September 4, 2008 at 6:32 am

These look so puffy and delicious! I started baking without eggs when we thought my son was allergic. We then found out he only had a dairy allergy but I liked some of the eggless cookie recipes so much I still make them all the time. I’ll give these a try.

doghillkitchen ~ Thanks! Yes, cookies without eggs are definitely interesting and a nice change!

5 Aimee September 4, 2008 at 6:40 am

These look so good!! I have been wanting to bake since last weekend (I have ripe bananas in my fridge) but stupid work and long days and nights = no baking! These look very yummy though, so I’ll have to save the recipe to try soon!!

Aimee ~ Ugh, long days of work = no fun at all!

6 VeggieGirl September 4, 2008 at 6:41 am

Hooray for pluots!! They definitely have a succulent flavor/quality to them.

LOVE…. THOSE…. COOKIES!!! Genius, my friend.

VeggieGirl ~ Mm pluots! Glad you liked the cookies šŸ˜‰

7 Fit Bottomed Girls September 4, 2008 at 7:01 am

I love sweet corn! I spent a summer in MN and it’s the best up there. A summer staple. :)

But, yes, Fall is my fave season, too. You can’t beat the weather!!!

Fit Bottomed Girls ~ I miss Minnie!

8 wholefoodswholeme September 4, 2008 at 7:28 am

i really want to try a pluot, having seen it on so many blogs – but i don’t think i’ve ever seen one… i’m maybe going to WF tomorrow so i’ll look for them there if i do!!

and your cookies – YUM!!! coconut & choc are 2 of my most favourite things! i like that this recipe doesn’t make a huge batch – you keep coming up with these great recipes and my pile of need-to-make is increasing too fast!

wholefoodswholeme ~ Aw, thank you very much!

9 Olga September 4, 2008 at 7:37 am

those cookies look amazing, I definitely need to try making those!

I also absolutely love the fall season for the same reasons =]

Olga ~ Thank you! Yay fall :)

10 Rose September 4, 2008 at 7:59 am

Can I just say your pictures are downright outstanding? I love process photos, and I can tell you really thought about angles in your photos. The one with the cookies on the rack is especially good.

And beyond your photos, this food just looks so good. I need to bake. Soon.

Rose ~ Thank you so much! Your comment really made me smile :)

11 Melissa S. September 4, 2008 at 8:09 am

um, can you came and seriously just bake for me all day long, everyday? and take pictures of all my food? because yours always looks AMAZING. šŸ˜€

and just to ask, i hate coconut, but really want to try these cookies; was the flavor very prominent? i can stand a little bit of coconut, but no a lot.

and pluonts rock.

Melissa S. ~ Aw, you’re sweet :) And while the coconut flavor is present, I would say it’s definitely not prominent – you could always add just a teensy bit less, too!

12 HeatherBakes September 4, 2008 at 8:22 am

Those cookies look amazing! Coconut adds the best texture to cookies :)

I’m glad your pluot was good… I think mine must not have been ripe or something. It was a lot darker and not juicy at ALL.

HeatherBakes ~
I LOVE the texture that it adds – you’re very right about that! Hm…yeah, the pluot I tried was definitely not dark – maybe that’s the key.

13 Sarah September 4, 2008 at 8:22 am

wow those look/sound really good! did you create this recipe all by yourself? you’re a genius haha!

i still haven’t tried a pluot! i’m actually not a huge fan of plums so I think that’s why I’m a little hesitant. I just feel like whenever I have them they are either sort of mealy or sort of sour. But if you say pluots are good, I’ll give them a try…you’ve never let me down before!

Sarah ~ I do a bit of recipe searching and then take what I generally know about how to make cookies and add what I think would taste good :) It’s not totally original, but it’s fun to be able to make my own version! And pluots are definitely like plums in texture – but the taste is much better, in my opinion!

14 gina (fitnessista) September 4, 2008 at 8:29 am

i totally agree with gliding calm.. everything about this post is absolute perfection. it’s so beautiful and enjoyable to read šŸ˜€
i LOVE pluots! i didn’t know that they would be fresh through the fall but i’m way excited to hear that!
those cookies….. look like HEAVEN. i have really been enjoying the coconut/chocolate combo lately i can’t wait to make some of these!!! i just need to buy some chocolate chips (i can’t keep them “on hand” haha) and then i’ll have everything i need to make them.
amazing work, lazy chef šŸ˜€

gina (fitnessista) ~ Thank you so much – you all are way too sweet :)

15 Erica September 4, 2008 at 8:39 am

someone I know happens to have all of these ingredients on hand and may be making these tonight :) thanks!

Erica ~ Ahh yay!!

16 eatingbirdfood September 4, 2008 at 8:55 am

I love sweet corn as well. And your cookies look fabulous- the photos you took of the whole process are awesome, you captured every detail – I do not think you can be considered the lazy chef haha.
And, only 85 calories for a cookie, I’ve got to try them!!!

eatingbirdfood ~ Haha, yeah sometimes the Lazy Chef label is pushed a bit because the recipes are a little more involved than I realized!

17 Tom Aarons September 4, 2008 at 9:44 am

I’ve never seen a pluot before, so it’s news to me, and I’m impressed! Thanks! :)

Tom Aarons ~ No problem!

18 Christie I September 4, 2008 at 10:01 am

Those cookies look great, I can’t wait to try them.

Christie I ~ Thanks!

19 ttfn300 September 4, 2008 at 10:05 am

I love love love corn :) and pluots rock, too!

I’ll have to give those cookies a try they look delish!

ttfn300 ~ Thanks!

20 annaalstondonnelly September 4, 2008 at 11:38 am

Those looks amazing! And thank you for the step by step photos.

annaalstondonnelly ~ You’re welcome!

21 Kristie September 4, 2008 at 11:41 am

I want to try a pluot so badly! I still haven’t found them anywhere though. Hopefully if they actually are a fall fresh fruit, then maybe I’ll see them around sometime soon!

And those COOKIES. Whoa! Definitely must try them. They have such a neat looking consistency and sound sooo tasty.

Kristie ~ I hope they show up near you soon! And thanks :)

22 Mark Salinas September 4, 2008 at 12:56 pm

Starving now! As always…such awesome food choices here! Thanks! :)

Mark Salinas ~ No, thank you!

23 Grounded Fitness September 4, 2008 at 3:02 pm

man those things look amazing.

i literally sat here for about 4 minutes trying to pronounce chococnut. embarrassing.

Grounded Fitness ~ Haha yeah, try saying it 5 times fast šŸ˜‰

24 Erica September 4, 2008 at 7:26 pm

Someone totally made these cookies tonight and they are extremely awesome….see my blog :)

Erica ~ You are amazing! Thank you so much for trying my recipe!!

25 Christie September 4, 2008 at 7:43 pm

Your a genius those look great… can make liitle ice cream sandwiches out of those guys!

Christie ~ Ooh what a great idea! You are so genius!

26 caitlin (see bride run) September 4, 2008 at 7:56 pm

by the time i got to the end of your post, the salvia in my mouth was definitely flowing… seriously!!! you made my mouth water.

caitlin (see bride run) ~ Haha…Mission Accomplished šŸ˜‰

27 ChocolateCoveredVegan September 4, 2008 at 8:25 pm

Coconut AND chocolate? Um YUM!

And if you like frozen grapes, you must try frozen cherries! (Raspberries are pretty good too, but they need to thaw just a little.)

CCV ~ Ooh frozen cherries, eh?! Yummmmmy!

28 Erin September 4, 2008 at 9:55 pm

85 cals?!?! Easy as pie to make? HOLY CRAP! I’m so freakin’ stoked to make these! You are a genius!
Good thing Rob doesn’t like coconut so I can eat ’em all! :)
I’m glad you loved your pluot. They’re so heavenly!

Erin ~ Haha yay! I hope you like ’em if you try ’em!

29 meg wolff September 11, 2008 at 5:43 pm

I had to come and browse from VeggieGirl Liz’s site. Fun! Thanks.

30 Nick September 12, 2008 at 12:57 am

Those cookies sound great. Nice and nutritious and not much sugar added at all. And they rise quite a bit which I bet wouldn’t happen if you had some whole wheat pastry flour on hand. I bet they could use some peanut butter!

31 suzanne September 24, 2008 at 9:17 am

I made the cookies with a couple of tweaks, posted on my blog and linked back to your post :) Hope this was o.k.!!

32 Nicolette December 11, 2008 at 2:01 am

WOW! :) I came here from Veggiegirl (who baked this cookies) and after seeing the carefully well placed DETAILED process of baking the cookies, i am sooo going to bake this next! Ha ha!

Mmm, the flavor of coconut is so captivating. I don’t have “coconut milk” here (i live in Singapore) however, i do have coconut juice from the coconut itself! Does that count? Ha ha, bet it will still taste so delish all the same.

33 eatingbender December 11, 2008 at 8:29 am

Nicolette ~ Thank you :) So cool that you are reading from Singapore! I think that coconut juice from the actual coconut counts – in fact, I bet it would be even more fresh tasting! If you do make them, please let me know what you think!

34 March 8, 2009 at 4:11 pm

Amazing site! love the easy layout

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