Sugar Free Strawberry Coconut Cookies, sweetened only with fruit, nut and dairy free and so delicious.

Strawberry Coconut Cookies

The excitement and celebrations of the last two months or so has calmed. It has felt like I have been on a hamster wheel ever since my husband’s 40th birthday in late July. The busyness came to a crescendo with the twin’s third birthday two weeks ago. And now it feels like things are settling to normal levels of chaos. For a couple of weeks anyway. But one thing for sure is that spring is in the air and more importantly, strawberries are EVERYWHERE. If you are living in Australia you are probably lucky enough to be able to grab a punnet of strawberries for one dollar. And they are goooood. Sweet and juicy. Just perfect. And the perfect excuse to make these delicious Strawberry Coconut Cookies that are free from added sugars and only sweetened with fruit.

Strawberry Coconut Cookies, sweetened only with fruit, nut and dairy free and so delicious.

Now I am going to put it out there – there are a few tips for baking these Strawberry Coconut Cookies. These cookies have a tendency to get little dry due to the coconut so to avoid this, take care with measuring the dry ingredients. Ensure that the dry ingredients are loosely measured, you do not need packed cups. Also, make sure you are using a large overripe banana (measuring around 200g). So if you do not have bananas that big, you may need two bananas. Using an overripe banana will ensure the cookie is sweet enough as there is no added sugar in these Strawberry Coconut Cookies other than the naturally occurring sugars in the ingredients.Strawberry Coconut Cookies, sweetened only with fruit, nut and dairy free and so delicious.

These cookies are not overly sweet, they have a subtlety to them that I like. And I love the fresh strawberries in them.I have recently been working on more recipes that are sweetened only with fruit and do not have added sugar. Have you tried my delicious Apple Oat Cookies or my Carrot Cake Muffins yet? They are really yummy and I love giving my kids a healthier baking option.

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Sugar Free Strawberry Coconut Cookies, sweetened only with fruit, nut and dairy free and so delicious.

Strawberry Coconut Cookies

  • Author: Bernadette - Goodie Goodie Lunchbox
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 12 minutes
  • Total Time: 22 minutes
  • Yield: 18 cookies
  • Category: Baking

Description

These delicious Strawberry Coconut Cookies are sweetened only with fruit and they are a healthier option for school lunch boxes or snacks. Nut and dairy free these Strawberry Coconut Cookies are also great for baby led weaning. 


Ingredients

  • 1 large (200g) overripe banana 
  • 1 egg 
  • 1/2 cup low flavour extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 cup coconut milk 
  • 1 tsp vanilla bean paste
  • 1 1/2 cup quick oats
  • 1/2 cup wholemeal flour
  • 1/2 cup desiccated coconut 
  • 150g strawberries finely diced (will result in 1 cup of diced strawberries)

Instructions

  1. Preheat your oven to 180c and line a baking tray with baking paper
  2. Mix the dry ingredients together in a large bowl
  3. In a smaller bowl mash the banana thoroughly and whisk in the egg, oil, coconut milk and vanilla bean paste until combined 
  4. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and mix together
  5. Add in the diced strawberries and stir to combine
  6. Spoon generous tablespoons of the mix and with wet hands shape the dough into cookies or with two spoons shape each portion of the mixture into cookies. The mix will be quite sticky.
  7. Bake the cookies for around 12 – 14 minutes or until they lightly golden and the mixture bounces back when touched lightly.

I hope you enjoy these Strawberry Coconut Cookies! If you do bake these, please share them with me on Instagram or Facebook!

Happy baking

Bernadette x

Sugar Free Strawberry Coconut Cookies, sweetened only with fruit, nut and dairy free and so delicious.

 

Sweetened only with fruit these delicious Strawberry Coconut Cookies are perfect for school lunches or for a healthier snack for kids. They are dairy and nut free so perfect for baby led weaning. #sugarfreebaking #babyledweaning #sugarfreesnacking #sugarfreekids #healthierbaking #lunchboxpacking #lowsugarbaking #bakingforkids

19 Comments

  1. Using bananas to replace sugar is such a clever trick! These cookies look super yummy and crunchy 🙂

    • They’re really yummy! They’re a bit softer than they look. It’s nice to have a healthier baked treat for school lunches…or even breakfasts right?! Bernadette x

  2. Are quick oats the same as instant oats?

  3. Hi
    The coconut milk, is it the thick kind or the one we use to replace cow’s milk? In Belgium we call them both coconut milk.
    This recipe looks great. Can’t wait to try it.

    • Oh I am not entirely sure. I would use the coconut milk here in curries or smoothies. It is probably closer to a milk consistency and is really just to add a bit more moisture to the bake. Bernadette x

  4. Hi!
    How long would these keep in the fridge for? Especially being that the strawbs are fresh.
    Thanks

    • Hi,

      I haven’t tried to store in the fridge, and I normally find storing baking in the fridge dries them out. I tend to freeze after baking and then just grab our as needed. Then they last for two-three months. Thanks, Bernadette x

  5. Hi, lot of your recipes u recommend are good to freeze. Don’t they are soggy after we defrezzed? Say these cookies in this case especially as it would be good to have a bit crunchy

    • They are not really a crunchy consistency so they are fine to freeze. I find even the crisper sort will still be crunchy though. Thank you, Bernadette

  6. can you replace the coconut milk with something else? saves me a trip o the store seeing I have everything else

  7. Hi, How Can I substitute the wholemeal flour, so it can be gluten free?

    • I do not bake with gluten free flours so I am not entirely sure. At a guess I would say GF oat flour would work well but I have not tried. Other people who have made my recipes use a GF flour from the supermarket and say that my recipes turn out well so I am guessing that would work too. Happy baking, Bernadette

  8. Hi Bernadette,
    Can I substitute the vanilla bean paste for vanilla essence or something similar? x

  9. Hi, I’m just about to try some of your cookies out 🙂 you freeze a few of them which I will do, just wondering though how long can you sit them in a air tight container room temperature or air tight container in the fridge thanks

    • Hi Ema, I haven’t done any shelf testing with these ones so I couldn’t say for sure. I would be hesitant to store in the fridge though as I think this would dry them out. Thanks, Bernadette

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