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Oatmeal-Coconut Cookies

Oatmeal-Coconut Cookies

Since school is now starting back up and we are getting into a good routine, I have a little more time on my hands! As any parent knows, summer is a blessing with the long days and excitement of vacations and endless ice cream popsicles. However, good things must always come to an end and school is back in session. (Thank Goodness!)

I was thinking that these cookies would be a good teacher gift, but really they are great for anytime of year. When you feel there’s a need to bring a gift to someone, maybe a family member or a friend that’s having a hard time, these cookies are wonderful. They take minimal time and a mixer does all the work for you. Plus my kids love to help with this since everything is just dump it in and scrape the bowl sides every one in a while.

Plus it makes a whole bunch so you can really spread the wealth very easily! And with oats and coconut in these, they could almost be breakfast, right?!

Oatmeal-Coconut Cookies
Oatmeal-Coconut Cookies

Oatmeal-Coconut Cookies

Ingredients:
1/2 cup softened butter
1/3 cup sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp baking soda
1 egg
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 1/4 cup flour
1 cup rolled oats
1 cup shredded coconut (I use unsweetened. If using sweetened, reduce sugar to 1/4 cup)
1/2 cup raisins and/or dried cranberries (I like to mix them half and half)
1/2 cup chocolate chips

Oatmeal-Coconut Cookies
Oatmeal-Coconut Cookies

Directions:

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. In the electric mixer bowl, cream the butter by mixing on medium speed for 15-20 seconds. Add the sugars, baking powder and soda.

Oatmeal-Coconut Cookies
Oatmeal-Coconut Cookies

Beat until combined and scrape down side to incorporate all ingredients. Add in egg and vanilla and beat again, scraping sides if needed.

Oatmeal-Coconut Cookies
Oatmeal-Coconut Cookies
Oatmeal-Coconut Cookies
Oatmeal-Coconut Cookies

Turn mixer on lowest speed and add flour in 1/4 cup at a time to incorporate slowly. Add in oats, coconut, dried fruit and chocolate chips.

Oatmeal-Coconut Cookies
Oatmeal-Coconut Cookies
Oatmeal-Coconut Cookies
Oatmeal-Coconut Cookies

Drop cookies with a scoop 2 inches apart on a parchment lined cookie sheet. (I use a scoop like this one.) Bake 10-12 minutes until cookies are set throughout and edges have browned slightly. Transfer off sheet to let cool.

Oatmeal-Coconut Cookies
Oatmeal-Coconut Cookies

Makes about 3 dozen.

Oatmeal-Coconut Cookies
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Recipe type: Baked Goodies
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Serves: 3 dozen
 
Oatmeal-Coconut Cookies are a delicious, easy-to-make drop cookie with a hearty bite of raisins, dried cranberries and a sweet surprise of chocolate chips.
Ingredients
  • ½ cup softened butter
  • ⅓ cup sugar
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • ½ tsp baking powder
  • ¼ tsp baking soda
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1¼ cup flour
  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • 1 cup shredded coconut (I use unsweetened. If using sweetened, reduce sugar to ¼ cup)
  • ½ cup raisins and/or dried cranberries (I like to mix them half and half)
  • ½ cup chocolate chips
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. In the electric mixer bowl, cream the butter by mixing on medium speed for 15-20 seconds. Add the sugars, baking powder and soda.
  2. Beat until combined and scrape down side to incorporate all ingredients. Add in egg and vanilla and beat again, scraping sides if needed.
  3. Turn mixer on lowest speed and add flour in ¼ cup at a time to incorporate slowly. Add in oats, coconut, dried fruit and chocolate chips.
  4. Drop cookies with a scoop 2 inches apart on a parchment lined cookie sheet. Bake 10-12 minutes until cookies are set throughout and edges have browned slightly. Transfer off sheet to let cool.

 

Please let me know what you thought of the Oatmeal-Coconut Cookies! I would love to hear from you!

Banana Chocolate Chip Bread

Banana Chocolate-Chip Bread- Revisited

Today was my daughter’s 4th birthday! It was such a fun day since I asked her what she wanted to do and then we tried to fit it all in! We went to IHOP in our pajamas, ate lunch at the pool (picnic lunch!) and then out to dinner at her favorite restaurant. Oh we also made a cake too. I was really loving all the ideas she came up with this year.  I couldn’t help but think how different this year was than all the birthdays past since this year she really had an opinion about it. Happy birthday my sweet baby girl!

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However, I made this recipe below a few days ago. (It’s all gone now; it doesn’t ever last long!) But I made it into a bread loaf instead. We went over to my cousin’s house and brought this as a dessert… it did not disappoint! I made a few changes to my original banana chocolate chip muffin recipe based on what I had and what I thought sounded good. Here are my changes in the revisited version:

Banana Chocolate-Chip Bread

Ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup greek yogurt, honey flavored
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 1/2 cup flour
  • 1/4 cup flaxseed meal
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 cup mashed banana (usually 2 meduim size)
  • 1 cup dark chocolate morsels
  • 1 tsp vanilla

*Revisited! I used a honey-sweetened yogurt so I lessened the amount of sugar and just replaced it instead of the sour cream in the original recipe. Also, dark chocolate morsels instead of semi-sweet chips were used. (I had a friend so ingeniously suggest m&m’s as well! Gotta try that next!)

** Note about the bananas, I like the kind that are a day or two overripe. So lots of brown spots! Not like the perfect, pretty yellow ones in the background.

*** Another note! (Last one, I promise!) The butter softens so much faster (less than 20 minutes) when left out all cut up like that. I usually warm up the plate with water in the microwave and then cut it up on the plate and leave it out. So much easier than remember an hour before I want to bake with it!

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Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Stir yogurt and soda together in a small bowl and set aside. (I had my special helper do that, so helpful!)

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Cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Make sure butter is really soft and room temperature when doing this step. * See above note!

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Add egg, beating well.

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Beat in sour cream yogurt mixture.

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Stir in remaining ingredients. (Trust me, they are all in there, my helper just dumped them all in.) Don’t over mix it!

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Eat a few extras.

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Spoon into greased muffin pans loaf pan. (I used the butter wrapper with my pan, I love that thing!)

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Bake for 18-22 44-48 minutes. It will be down when golden brown and toothpick comes out clean. Let cool 15 minutes or so before removing from pan. Slice when just warm to the touch.

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Banana Chocolate-Chip Bread
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Serves: 12 servings
 
An update from my delicious banana chocolate chip muffins! Trust me, they do not disappoint!
Ingredients
  • ¼ cup greek yogurt, honey flavored
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • ½ cup butter, softened
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1½ cup flour
  • ¼ cup flaxseed meal
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 1 cup mashed banana (usually 2 meduim size)
  • 1 cup dark chocolate morsels
  • 1 tsp vanilla
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Stir yogurt and soda together in a small bowl and set aside.
  2. Cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Make sure butter is soft and room temperature.
  3. Add egg, beating well.
  4. Beat in yogurt mixture.
  5. Stir in remaining ingredients. Do not overmix.
  6. Pour into greased loaf pan.
  7. Bake for 44-48 minutes. It will be done when golden brown and a toothpick comes out clean.
  8. Cool 15 minutes before removing from pan.
  9. Slice and enjoy!

 

Please let me know what you thought of the Banana Chocolate-Chip Bread! I would love to hear from you! These little people enjoyed it alright!

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Also, it cracks me up the difference between Harper in the original post, and the older Harper! Thankfully, she still loves to help me bake!

Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins

Banana Chocolate-Chip Muffins

This recipe comes from my mom and she makes these muffins every time we come to visit them in Texas. She always has a huge Tupperware container sitting out on the counter and its the first thing I eat when we walk in the door, usually after our super long 12 hour drive!

Since we’ve already decided that we will be celebrating Thanksgiving and Christmas here at our house in Florida, I was really excited to whip up a bunch of these for old times sake! They tasted just like my mom makes them, all chocolatey and delicious! (Even better since I had my special helper with me!)

Banana Chocolate-Chip Muffins

1/4 cup sour cream
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 cup butter, softened
3/4 cup sugar
1 egg
1 1/2 cup flour
1/4 cup flaxseed meal (or wheatgerm)
1/2 tsp salt
1 cup mashed banana (usually 2 meduim size)
1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 tsp vanilla

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Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Stir sour cream and soda together in a small bowl and set aside. (I had my special helper do that, so helpful!)

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Cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Make sure butter is really soft and room temperature when doing this step.

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Add egg, beating well.

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Beat in sour cream mixture.

Banana Chocolate-Chip Muffins- Sour cream & soda added

Stir in remaining ingredients. (Trust me, they are all in there, my helper just dumped them all in.) Don’t over mix it!

Banana Chocolate-Chip Muffins- Stir in remaining

Eat a few extra chips.

Banana Chocolate-Chip Muffins- Eat a chocolate chip!

Spoon into greased muffin pans. (I used the butter wrapper with my silicone pan, I love that thing!)

Banana Chocolate-Chip Muffins- Spoon into muffin pan

This is what I got when I said, Smile!

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Bake for 18-22 minutes. They will be down when golden brown and toothpick comes out clean. Let cool before removing from pan.

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Acting silly while our muffins baked!

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Enjoy while warm, that’s when they taste the best! (Bathtime was where these muffins where enjoyed. Otherwise I would have posted a pic of her eating one!)

Please let me know what you thought of the Banana Chocolate-Chip Muffins! I would love to hear from you!

Banana Chocolate-Chip Muffins
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Recipe type: Breakfast
Prep time: 
Cook time: 
Total time: 
Serves: 12 muffins
 
Ingredients
  • ¼ cup sour cream
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • ½ cup butter, softened
  • ¾ cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1½ cup flour
  • ¼ cup flaxseed meal (or wheatgerm)
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 1 cup mashed banana (usually 2 meduim size)
  • 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1 tsp vanilla
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Stir sour cream and soda together in a small bowl and set aside.
  2. Cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Make sure butter is really soft and room temperature when doing this step.
  3. Add egg, beating well.
  4. Beat in sour cream mixture.
  5. Stir in remaining ingredients. Don’t over mix.
  6. Spoon into greased muffin pans. (I used the butter wrapper with my silicone pan, I love that thing!)
  7. Bake for 18-22 minutes. They will be down when golden brown and toothpick comes out clean. Let cool before removing from pan.