I have been dreaming all Summer about making these Coconut Lime Oatmeal Cookies. Like, ALL Summer! It basically combines two of my favorite Summer flavors (i.e. coconut & lime), into a cookie. Does it get any better than that? Now, not that a cookie should be health conscious. Let’s be real – you’re eating a cookie! But, these cookies are made using whole grain ingredients and as little sugar as I could get a way with. Trust me, I tried adding less but it just wasn’t worth it. If I’m going to eat a cookie, it better be a sweet and delicious cookie! 😉
I don’t know if you’ve noticed but I’ve been MIA this Summer. The last recipe I posted was right before Father’s Day. I know, 2 months and no post! If you caught my last blog post on My Top 5 Tips for Relieving Stress then you are all caught up on how I’ve been prioritizing my mental health over my to-do list this Summer.
Besides focusing more on my mental health, I’ve also been really busy. Between trips to Portland to visit my parents, our 10 year high school reunion (yes, it’s already been 10 years!), and a trip to Scottsdale, Arizona, I haven’t really had much free time to get creative in my kitchen. Michael and I were also faced with a really tough decision – to move to Scottsdale, Arizona or Portland, Oregon!
We’re currently living up near Seattle, Washington, but always knew there would come a time when Michael’s job would transfer him to a new location – either somewhere in the West, or possibly the South. We had a couple options thrown around, such as Houston, Texas and Atlanta, Georgia. As tempting as it was to go on a wild adventure in a completely new area of the United States, we knew the closer we were to family the happier we’d be.
Despite the offer to transfer to Portland, Oregon where our entire family is located, we were THIS close to picking Scottsdale, Arizona. I didn’t expect to like Arizona as much as I did. I kept thinking there’s just not enough greenery for someone who has lived their entire life in the PNW. But, Scottsdale blew us away. We had the best weekend together despite the rollercoaster of emotions we faced when trying to decide where to move. Ultimately, we knew deep down that being close to our family and staying in the PNW would be the best decision for us.
So that being said, WE’RE MOVING TO PORTLAND, OREGON IN 1 MONTH!! Cue the cheers and happy dance!
Everyday is Cookie Day
Now that you’re caught up to speed on what I’ve been up to this Summer, let’s talk about these cookies. It took me 3 batches to get these right, although who’s complaining?? That’s 3 batches of delicious cookies! Like I had mentioned earlier, I wanted to try and keep the total amount of sugar down, but they ended up tasting less like a cookie and more like a muffin. NOT what I was going for.
I also wanted to incorporate some whole grains without making them taste whole grain. The oatmeal in itself is a whole grain, so I did about 1/2 whole wheat flour and 1/2 all-purpose flour. I say, “about,” because there’s a little more all-purpose flour than whole wheat.
If you don’t have whole wheat flour on hand, you could likely get away with using only all-purpose flour. I love incorporating whole grains where I can, though, so if you want to try out whole wheat flour I highly recommend Bob’s Red Mill. I may be biased since I’m from Oregon and so is Bob’s Red Mill, and have actually attended conferences where Bob spoke (he’s just as cool as he looks on the package), but his products really are top notch! And I’m not paid to say that. 🙂 Bob’s Red Mill focuses on quality. They even use old milling practices to retain as much nutrition and flavor as possible. Pure awesomeness!
P.S. I haven’t tested this recipe with gluten-free all-purpose flour, but if you try it, let me know in the comments how it turns out!
COCONUT LIME OATMEAL COOKIES
- ½ cup coconut oil, melted and cooled at room temperature
- 2 eggs
- ½ cup sugar
- ½ cup brown sugar
- ¾ lime, zested
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 cup rolled oats
- ¾ cup all-purpose flour
- ½ cup whole wheat flour
- ½ teaspoon baking powder
- ½ teaspoon baking soda
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ¾ cup unsweetened coconut flakes
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit and grease a baking sheet.
- In large mixing bowl, add coconut oil, eggs, sugar, lime zest and vanilla extract. Beat on medium speed with hand or standing mixer for 1 minute. You could also use a whisk if you don't have a mixer.
- In a medium bowl, add oats, flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Whisk the ingredients to evenly distribute them.
- Slowly add flour mixture to wet ingredients, beating slowly until all of the flour has been added and the dough is evenly mixed. Make sure not to over beat the cookie dough.
- Stir in the coconut flakes with a spatula until evenly distributed.
- Using a cookie scoop or small spoon, spoon out cookie dough onto baking sheet. Zest the remaining ¼ lime onto the cookie dough mounds.
- Bake for 12 minutes. Makes 30 cookies.
That’s it, you guys! I hope you enjoy these cookies. I know we’ve thoroughly enjoyed all 3 batches. 😀
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