Sunday, July 1, 2012

Double Chocolate Chip Coconut Cookies

One of the words you hear most often when you're trying to get healthy is moderation. You can eat all the healthy foods you want, but if you don't watch portion sizes, unfortunately you won't end up with the results you might be looking for. It's all about moderation!

The rule I like to follow is to make sure my plate (or bowl) is made up of fist-sized servings of one protein (like tofu, tempeh, beans, or seitan if you don't eat meat; if you're an omnivore, lean meats like chicken, turkey, or fish are good choices), one whole grain (like brown rice, quinoa, whole wheat bread or pita wraps, and whole-grain pasta), and at least one kind of vegetable. As far as veggies are concerned, you can't go wrong with variety, so mix it up and add a few different kinds to each meal. Don't forget to keep up with your dark, leafy greens, such as kale, chard, lettuce, and arugula.

Some foods you should make sure you include in your diet without overdoing it would be fruit and healthy fats, like avocados, nuts, nut butters, and seeds.

All things considered, however, it's perfectly acceptable (and even encouraged!) to splurge every once in a while and have a "junk day." Eat some of the unhealthy foods you don't normally let yourself eat, but don't make yourself sick. Chips and soda come to mind. But more importantly, I'm thinking dessert!

Yesterday was my "junk day." I had two cans of Diet Cherry Dr. Pepper, Veggie Straws (kind of like Cheetos, but made with veggies and without dairy), popcorn, and way too many cookies!

These cookies.

I think I splurged a little too much, though... I felt pretty sick by the time I went to bed. Oh well. It made me want to eat extra healthy today!

In case you couldn't tell already, I'm really excited about these cookies. I found a few different recipes of somewhat similar cookies, but none that would really quench my cookie hunger, so I made my own! These Double Chocolate Chip Coconut Cookies are super moist and cake-like, with melt-in-your-mouth chocolate chips in the center. Your new challenge (and mine too!) is to eat these in moderation! I'd be curious to know how long these last for you.

Double Chocolate Chip Coconut Cookies 
makes 32 small or about 18 large cookies

  • 2 1/2 C all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 C unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 C vegan sugar
  • 2 Tbs ground flax meal
  • 1/4 C warm water
  • 1/3 C canola oil
  • 1/2 C unsweetened, shredded coconut
  • 1/2 C vegan chocolate chips
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
1. Mix water and flax meal together in a small bowl. Set aside for 5-10 minutes. Preheat oven to 350 F. Lightly grease two baking sheets.
2. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Set aside.
3. In a small bowl, whisk together sugar, oil, and vanilla. Add flax and water mixture. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry. Add chocolate chips and coconut, then mix with a spatula just until everything is combined. Chill in the refrigerator for about 15 minutes.
4. Form dough into balls and place on greased baking sheets. Press flat with your fingers (these won't spread much). Sprinkle the tops with more coconut. Bake for 9-10 minutes. Let cool on the baking sheet for 5 minutes before transferring to a wire rack.

Nutrition Facts (per serving): 129 calories; 6.3g fat; 0mg cholesterol; 73mg sodium; 17g carbs; 1.4g dietary fiber; 8g sugar; 2g protein; 12mg calcium; 1.3mg iron


  1. Holy crap these look good! I love chocolate and coconut together so I would be having a hard time eating these in moderation as well!

    And wow I haven't had Dr. Pepper in years! Now I really want one! I eat really healthy, even my treats tend to be so I think I can allow myself that ;)

    Great post!

    1. Thanks!! These cookies lasted me all of a day and a half... oops! ;) I definitely think you can allow yourself a Dr. Pepper splurge! It is pretty tasty, even if the lasting effects don't make you feel all that great (at least for me, anyway). Thanks for stopping by, Gabby! I love your blog!

  2. Mmm these cookies look incredible. Definitely worth the sugar splurge. I have to try them!

    1. Thanks Ruby! Let me know if you end up trying them. :) I made a second batch last week and they only lasted a day. Haha!