Guilt Free Cookies with Agave Nectar

January 22, 2009

I’ve had some amber agave nectar and organic coconut oil in my pantry for a while, and it’s been recently screaming to be used in baking.  Once I saw that Anna at CookieMadness had whipped up a batch of Agave & Honey Oatmeal Cookies, I was reminded that it was time to put those 2 healthy ingredients into action.

My recipe was adapted from Old-Fashioned Oatmeal Raisin Cookies in Baking with Agave Nectar by Ania Catalano.

Baking with Agave Nectar

Baking with Agave Nectar

It’s similar to the recipe Anna used and to RecipeGirl’s variation with M&Ms.  I baked the full recipe instead of scaling it down, and I got 24 cookies.  I substituted coconut oil for all of the butter, and agave was my only sweetener.  I also used ground flax seeds instead of wheat germ, and omitted the raisins since I’m allergic and skipped the M&Ms to make these as guilt-free as possible.

As soon as I got these scooped out on the cookie sheets, I was wishing that I had added some sunflower seeds and chopped walnuts to the batter.  Once these were out of the oven, it was clear that those additions would have been scrumptious, so next time I’ll do that!  I may also add some dried cranberries or cherries, and perhaps a little shredded coconut to complement the coconut oil’s great flavor.

I hesitate to even call these cookies, to me they’re more of a healthful substantial pre-workout or post-workout snack.  They’re sturdy and cakey, and not very sweet which is a plus for me since I’m not a big sweets eater.  A slight little sprinkle of turbinado sugar on top of each cookie before baking might even be called for!  I loved these chunky cookies, and they got thumbs-up from my coworkers.  I’ll definitely make them again.  I love that they’re tasty, but they seem to be such great fuel for our bodies!

Agave Coconut Oatmeal Cookie

Agave Coconut Oatmeal Cookie

Agave Coconut Oatmeal Cookies

1/2 cup organic coconut oil
3/4 cup amber agave nectar
2 extra large eggs
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 1/2 c whole wheat pastry flour
1 3/4 c oats (not quick cooking)
1/4 c flax seed (pulverized in coffee grinder)
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt

Preheat oven to 325 degrees, and line 2 cookie sheets with parchment paper or release foil.

Beat the coconut oil in a large bowl with the agave nectar for about 2 minutes until it’s well blended and slightly fluffy.  Add the eggs one at a time and then add the vanilla.  In another smaller bowl, combine the flour, oats, flax, cinnamon, soda, and salt.   Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients, and stir until just combined. Drop onto cookie sheets by heaping tablespoons and flatten out slightly.  Bake for about 12 minutes until the bottoms are slightly browned and the tops are dry.  Don’t overbake.


10 Comments so far

  1. Posted by CoconutOilGuy

    January 22, 20093:46 am

    Hello! Your “Agave Coconut Oatmeal Cookies” look mouth-watering! The photo looks great!

    I also like your set of ingredients, overall. Of course, you’re using coconut oil! :-)

    Just my two cents.

    Your Drugstore in a Bottle

  2. Posted by LilSis

    January 22, 20096:48 pm

    Those look great, BigSis! If they aren’t overly sweet, then I know I would like them. I really do love oatmeal cookies, but most are too high in calories. I like the idea of adding dried cranberries, too. I guess I should buy me some agave nectar!

  3. Posted by BigSis

    January 22, 20097:31 pm

    CoconutOilGuy: Thanks for coming by! Love the coconut oil!

    LilSis: Do try the agave. It has a really nice flavor that is kind of like maple syrup. It’s much better for your blood sugar, as it has a lower glycemic index. I’m not sure how much your guys will like these, so maybe if you make them, you’ll actually get to eat one or two! I bet they freeze great, so they wouldn’t go to waste. I found that they did start to get a tad drier after 2 or 3 days, but a quick 10-second trip to the microwave made them moist and warm again.

  4. Posted by ljsayshey

    August 18, 200911:10 am

    I did the calorie count for these and if you make 18 cookies there are approximately 167 calories each!!
    Hope this helped :)

  5. Posted by BigSis

    August 18, 20095:07 pm

    Well, thanks for doing that, lj! It’s great to know the counts.

  6. Posted by marla {Family Fresh Cooking}

    February 22, 20101:56 pm

    These sound great, I would love ’em more with the nuts too!!

    Just became a fan on FB!!
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  7. Posted by jen

    December 14, 20104:32 pm

    Made these, they came fantastic! I had to alter the recipe a little since I didn’t have some stuff, but they still came out delicious.

    I halved the recipe, used more oats instead of the flax flour and canola oil instead of coconut oil.

  8. Posted by Allie B

    May 16, 20125:21 pm

    cookies are in the oven right now
    Added peanuts to them for a little extra oomph!

  9. Posted by Alexis

    July 15, 20126:09 pm

    Love these cookies, I add about a 1/3 a cup of coconut flakes and it is perfect.

  10. Posted by BigSis

    July 24, 20127:27 pm

    That’s a great idea, Alexis. I’ll try that next time! Thanks for your comment.

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