Baking is so much fun and I love to do baked treats for my kids. These low sugar coconut cookies are perfect for afternoon tea, or a sweet (but not really) treat in the lunchbox. We love the flavour of coconut and the fact that it adds sweetness to these cookies, meaning they don't need much sugar!
If you've followed my blog for a while, you'll know that I love to try and make things healthier, so I've added wholemeal flour into these. It doesn't greatly effect the texture, but it does help them to be a little better for you. I think by making our sweet treats as low in sugar and as filled with good stuff as we can, we are doing the right thing by our kids.
These have been a major hit since baking and you'll be glad to know that they freeze well after baking, meaning they are perfect for storing in the freezer to keep up lunchbox variety. If they are placed in the lunchbox frozen, they are ready to eat by lunchtime in summer.
Miss 6 helped with making these and really enjoyed mixing the ingredients in after the initial stint in the mixer. You don't have to have a mixer for these, but creaming butter and sugar by hand is a tough job.
These are really reminiscent of something my Grandmother made when I was a kid, but I can't remember what she called them. My Grandmother was quite the baker. Unfortunately now, at nearly 94, her mind isn't as quick and her hands aren't as nimble, so she can't bake anymore. I used to lovely raiding the tupperware in her kitchen to try her sweet treats.
My earliest experiences of baking were perched on a handmade stool in her kitchen, handmixing the pastry for apple pie. I still have the stool, it's very nifty and can flip upside down and be a set of steps. Quite handy when you're short like me. The pyrex bowl in the picture reminds me of the bowls that were in her kitchen too.
If you're a mum who loves a sweet treat, these are fabulous with a cup of coffee! They are easy to make and with a batch making nearly 40, they are worth getting the mixer messy for. I have to admit I am half tempted to dip them in dark chocolate...but then they won't be as healthy.
Need more baking recipes that are yummy and healthy at the same time? Check out my recommendation below:
- Basic low sugar cookie dough…and 4 ways to make it fun!
- Neapolitan marble cupcakes, really low sugar!
- Orange poppyseed mini cakes with hidden chia, low sugar!
Low sugar coconut cookies
- 125 grams butter room temp
- ⅓ cup raw sugar
- 1 egg
- 1 cup wholemeal self raising flour
- 1 cup plain flour
- 1 cup desiccated coconut
- Preheat oven to 180 degrees.
- In a mixer, cream the butter and sugar together.
- Add the egg and beat until incorporated.
- Add the flour and coconut and mix by hand until well combined.
- Roll teaspoonfuls of the dough into balls, then squash onto a baking tray to make discs of the dough.
- Bake at 180 degrees for 15-18 minutes, or until golden.
- Cool on a wire rack.