cocoa for coconut [cookies & coupon code!]

20 Jun

Spoiler: My mom says these are the best cookies I’ve ever made.

And considering the sheer number of cookie recipes on my recipe page (which I haven’t updated in like two months, oops), that has to be saying a lot.

But let’s backtrack, shall we?

A few weeks ago I was approached by the very-sweet Jen from Kelapo Coconut, asking if I’d like to do a review of their virgin coconut oil. Having experimented with coconut oil once before, I was more than happy to oblige. However, I was in the thick of finals so I had them send it to my home address and upon arriving was ecstatic to find this waiting in my dining room for me:

Ideas for different cookies and desserts bounced around in my head for weeks. While there are certainly plenty of savory ways to use it, I was obviously inclined to use in baking for that slight coconutty taste I found it lent to baked goods.

There are a bunch of reasons to love coconut oil that I’m not particularly keen on getting into now; suffice it to say it’s a delicious and more wholesome source of fat! Not to mention that it’s delicious. The Kelapo coconut oil was a little harder than I expected but blended beautifully into these delightful morsels of goodness.

These are chocolatey, dense, and just slightly coconutty. Aka perfectly delicious in every way. I am SO happy to have had the chance to try this product and experiment with something I might not have picked up off the shelf myself!

But should YOU want to try your hand at these cookies or any of the many recipes on Kelapo’s recipe blog, I am happy to announce that I was given a coupon code just for my lovely readers to use on Kelapo products. Just type in Nicole20 (case sensitive) into the code box when ordering to get a whopping 20% off your order!! The code is valid for a month, through July 20th.

These cookies, however, did not last even a day.

Cocoa for Coconut Cookies
By me :)
Makes 12-16 cookies; easily doubled!

1/2 tablespoon flax + 3 tablespoons water, microwaved for about a minute & stirred until eggy
1/4 cup Kelapo coconut oil
1/4 cup sugar
2-3 tablespoons cocoa powder (depending how dark yours is)
1/2 cup flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup unsweetened coconut flakes
1/4 cup chocolate chips
2 tablespoons cocoa nibs (completely optional, see below!)

The main offenders…

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Put flax & water in a small bowl or mug and let sit until thickened.

In a small bowl, beat together coconut oil and sugar until well mixed.  Beat in cocoa powder and flax egg until well combined. Add in dry ingredients up until coconut flakes; mix until thoroughly combined. Stir in coconut, chocolate chips, and cocoa nibs (if using).
Bake for 8-10 minutes or until edges are set.

ENJOY!

Notice the use of cocoa nibs?

Well, I got to visit a chocolate factory last week and my friends bought these as a thank-you gift for my mother for hosting them… And of course I couldn’t resist tossing them into cookies. And pretty much everything else. The deep dark 100% chocolate taste is just irresistible. They don’t particularly SHINE in these cookies (too much other stuff going on) but they do add a pleasant crunch here and there. Totally optional though!

Ever tried coconut oil? What’s your favorite thing to do with coconut oil/any coconut product??

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26 Responses to “cocoa for coconut [cookies & coupon code!]”

  1. Jess June 20, 2011 at 8:12 pm #

    YUM!! Those look fantastic.

    best cookies EVER?! need to try ’em :D

  2. Sally June 20, 2011 at 9:14 pm #

    Nicole, your blog is wonderful! I love it. Those cookies sound very good. What’s your opinion on using nuts in the cookie recipes?

    What are you up to this summer? You, your mom, Alexandra, and I really need to get together. I am leaving on Saturday for a week in Pennsylvania/Virginia but I’ll be back late on the 4th of July.

    Love,
    Sally

  3. Talia June 20, 2011 at 9:50 pm #

    Wow!! These look so yummy!!

  4. keepnthefaith June 20, 2011 at 9:59 pm #

    Yum! Coconut is seriously one of my favorite flavors ever. And with chocolate?? Mmm even better :) I use coconut oil a lot in my raw chocolate treats and stuff!! I love the benefits of it :)

  5. Tara June 20, 2011 at 10:16 pm #

    Oh my, best cookies? That’s saying a lot. I love the use of cacao nibs! You have to try putting them in pancakes — so crunchy! Anyway,I have coconut oil that I need to use up so I must try these. I use coconut oil instead of butter in scones which usually works pretty well.

  6. Ellie@fitforthesoul June 20, 2011 at 11:11 pm #

    If these are the best in your mom’s opinion, then it MUST BE b/c you do have a lot of recipes haha! They sound delicious and i’m convinced Nicole~
    I think coconut oil is one of zeeee best and I love it in all baked goods of course, in particular oatmeal-y cookies and raw bars and treats :D

  7. sugarcoatedsisters June 21, 2011 at 12:45 am #

    I love the recipe name, so clever Nicole! I have never cooked with coconut oil, but I love using coconut milk in Thai curry/soup dishes

  8. Emily June 21, 2011 at 4:35 am #

    These look INCREDIBLE! I am in the process of creating a care package for my friend who in interning in DC all summer, I think I’ve found something to add! :)
    How are they after a couple days?

  9. Jess@HealthyExposures June 21, 2011 at 4:50 am #

    ooh, these DO look good! I love the combo of coconut and chocolate. Who doesn’t?!
    I love adding coconut to baked goods, too. or for popping popcorn!

  10. kaila @ healthy helper! June 21, 2011 at 4:58 am #

    These look absolutely delicious!!! I love the combo of cocoa and coconut oil! Delish!

  11. Amanda @ Running with Spoons June 21, 2011 at 5:47 am #

    Coconut and chocolate? Uhm. Yes please! I love using coconut oil and try to include it in most of my recipes. I also love to saute veggies on it… takes the taste to a whole other level! It’s also great in smoothies and oats. Ooo now I’m craving me some coconut ;)

  12. movesnmunchies June 21, 2011 at 6:13 am #

    YES!! coconut oil is the bomb!! u are seriously tHE QUEEN of cookies!

  13. Victoria (District Chocoholic) June 21, 2011 at 9:35 am #

    Nibs! Coconut oil works so well with chocolate – I like using it to make vegan ganache

  14. cinnamonalicious June 21, 2011 at 10:30 am #

    Oh ma goshhhh, these look amaaaazing!!
    I love using coconut oil, just used it yesterday in a sweet tater/chickpea salad thingy, SO good!!

  15. Stefanie June 21, 2011 at 12:01 pm #

    Those cookies look delish. :) The best thing I made with coconut oil was cornbread. It had a slight coconut taste to it but was not over powering.

  16. teeneatlive June 21, 2011 at 12:14 pm #

    Um…those look amazing! :D I haven’t tried coconut oil, is it really worth it? i don’t want to buy it and not like it!

  17. Carrie June 21, 2011 at 2:02 pm #

    First off, I wanted to thank you so much for stopping by blog and leaving such kind words. Comments like yours make my day!!
    Second, these cookies look a-maz-ing!! I love the combo of chocolate and coconut! I have never tried coconut oil but I have a feeling I am going to invest in some very soon!!! Yum!

  18. peacebeme June 21, 2011 at 2:25 pm #

    I haven’t ever tried coconut oil, but I love ANYTHING with coconut and I would love to bake with it.

  19. Stephanie June 21, 2011 at 4:06 pm #

    Those cookies look perfectly lovely! I also love the crunch of cacao nibs. I can’t eat them alone, but they’re delicious mixed in with other stuff.

  20. Matt @ The Athlete's Plate June 21, 2011 at 4:43 pm #

    These look simply amazing.

  21. janae @hungryrunnergirl.com June 21, 2011 at 5:05 pm #

    I NEED THOSE NOW!!!! Thank you for that amazing recipe gorgeous girl!! Thinking about YOU!!! PS LOVE your recipe page…..I am going to be making quite a few things from there.

  22. Jenn @ Peas and Crayons June 21, 2011 at 6:04 pm #

    I’m so jealous. I seriously want to bathe in coconut oil =) I used some in my stir fry tonight and then rubbed the rest on my hands. glorious

    ummm i need you to bake me these cookies btw.. stat <3

  23. Kate (What Kate is Cooking) June 21, 2011 at 6:51 pm #

    I’m not a huge fan of coconut, actually. I’d like to try coconut oil in cookies though- I always use vegetable oil, which apparently isn’t good for you!

  24. Christine (Merf) June 21, 2011 at 7:56 pm #

    yum yum yum. Chocolate chocolate chip, perfecto. I use coconut oil all the time, any time I bake, to grease pans, etc. I use it as a butter replacement.

  25. Heather @ Kiss My Broccoli June 23, 2011 at 7:21 pm #

    I really need to do more experimenting with coconut oil…especially since I just got a Hugh Jass jar sent to me! I’ve only tried it in a few baking recipes and I’ve used it to saute up some spinach…yum! But give me dried coconut and I will put that shiz in EVERYTHANG!

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