These cookies have the appearance of being healthy… they have nuts! And oatmeal! Despite the appearance of health, they still taste like a treat. I will often add chocolate chips to them to make them even more fun and my son likes them better that way. The coconut can be a deal-breaker for some, though. I tend to add it in to half the cookies after the dough has been spooned onto the cookie sheet in order to please both the coconut loving and the anti-coconut factions in my house.
Here we have a double batch of dough. I recommend baking half the dough and putting the rest in the freezer for later. To do so, roll out a piece of plastic wrap. Using a spatula, spoon the leftover dough from the mixing bowl onto the plastic and work it into a long, log-like shape. Wrap it in more plastic and put it in the freezer. A few days or weeks later when you are ready to bake the frozen part, you can slice it with a sharp knife to make neat medallions.
- 2 cup all-purpose flour
- 1 cup flaked coconut
- 1 cup rolled oats
- 2 tsp. baking soda
- 1 tsp. salt
- 1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
- 1 1/2 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
- 12 Tbs. (1 ½ stick) unsalted butter, at room temperature
- 1 very ripe banana, mashed
- 2 eggs, at room temperature
- 1 cup chopped dried apricots or golden raisins
- 1 cup chopped walnuts
- 1 cup chocolate chips (optional)
Preheat an oven to 325°F. Lightly grease 1 or 2 baking sheets or line each with a Silpat nonstick liner.
In a bowl, stir together the dry ingredients: flour, coconut, oats, baking soda, salt and cinnamon. In a mixer, cream the brown sugar and butter until fluffy. Add the banana and eggs and beat until blended. Stir in the flour mixture, about 1/2 cup at a time, then stir in the apricots and walnuts and chocolate chips.
Spoon the dough by heaping tablespoonfuls onto the prepared baking sheet(s), spacing the cookies about 2 inches apart. Bake until golden brown, 12 to 15 minutes, switching pan positions halfway through baking if 2 pans were used.
Remove from the oven and let the cookies cool on the baking sheet(s) on a wire rack for about 5 minutes. Transfer the cookies to the rack and let cool completely. Store in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 3 days.