These easy and Healthy White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Cookies are softy, chewy, and sure to be your next favorite cookie recipe! Made with no added sugar, flour, or oils!
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I wouldn't put it passed me to have shuffled a stack of chocolate chips and glass of milk into my face and called it the most important meal of the day once or twice, but I'm talking about these bad boys, that you can actually eat for breakfast and still earn your gold star for whole grains and fruit first thing in the morning. Coconut? Check. Macadamia nuts? Present. Choco-flippin'-late?! SIRYESSIR.
Why this recipe works:
The bananas and applesauce give these cookies moisture without any oil.
Macadamia nuts & coconut add a nuttiness and crunch.
The extra drizzle of white chocolate adds just the right amount of sweetness.
How to Make these Cookies:
Start by preheating your oven to 350°F, and lining a cookie sheet with parchment paper, or coating with cooking spray. Set aside. In a large mixing bowl, combine 1 ½ cups of rolled oats (gluten-free if necessary), 1 teaspoon of cinnamon, and ¼ teaspoon of salt.
In a separate bowl, mash together 1 very ripe banana, ½ cup unsweetened applesauce, and 1 teaspoon vanilla extract. Stir banana mixture into oats.
Stir in ⅓ cup of unsweetened shredded coconut, ⅓ cup white chocolate chips. and ⅓ cup chopped macadamia nuts. Drop batter by the spoonful onto prepared baking sheet, and shape with hands if necessary into 12 flatten rounds. Bake in preheated oven for 8-10 minutes or until firm. Let cool for 5 minutes on baking sheet before transferring to wire cooling rack to cool completely.
If desired, melt ¼ cup of white chocolate in a microwave-safe bowl, heating for 30 seconds, stirring, and repeating until melted. Drizzle onto cookies, and let dry completely before serving.
- Using a ripe banana that has been frozen & thawed actually works best. Freeze those bananas before they go bad & you'll always be prepared to make a batch of these!
- The drizzle of white chocolate at the end isn't necessary, but definitely kicks these cookies up a level.
- Shaping the dough with your hands or a clean spoon is the best way to make sure they stay together before baking.
Are these gluten-free?
If you are using certified gluten-free oats, than these can easily be made gluten-free.
How long do they keep?
Since these are a more moist cookie, they keep best in the refrigerator for up to 5 days. They can also be frozen to be kept up to a month.
What if the cookies aren't staying together?
The dough does require a little handling to form into cookies, but using your hands or a clean spoon to shape them into rounds is generally all you need to keep the batter together. If the mixture is too dry, you can always add a couple tablespoons more of applesauce.
Money Saving Tips for these White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Cookies:
- Freeze your ripe bananas. Everyone learned this from their grandma, right? Saving those dark and handsome bananas saves food waste, money, and also makes these cookies even better. Just make sure you peel before freezing.
- Buy in bulk. Buying the coconut in the bulk section and a larger container of oats are both cheaper alternatives to smaller, prepackaged options.
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