Monday, May 2, 2016
There has been such good press about the medium chain triglycerides in coconut lately that this hardly seems like it should be a 20.
But with butter, processed flour, and sugar, alas, it is. Sigh.
MCTs are not absorbed in the same way that other fats are in our bodies, and they are processed differently. Therefore, they will not likely increase your cholesterol in the same ways that other fats may. Check out more info here.
I still say use moderation with coconut, as it is still high in saturated fats. However, the more research that comes out about the benefits, the more I turn into a believer!
Soft Toasted Coconut Oatmeal Cookies
Makes 28 large cookies
2 cups old fashioned oats (rolled oats)
2 cups all purpose flour
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1 cup white sugar
1 cup brown sugar
1 cup butter, softened
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
1 cup coconut, toasted until lightly brown in a nonstick pan over medium heat
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a large mixing bowl, combine butter and sugars, and mix until smooth. Add eggs and vanilla and mix until incorporated.
In a smaller bowl combine oats, flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Add dry ingredients to butter mixture and mix until combined. Add 3/4 cup coconut and mix again.
On a baking sheet lined with parchment paper, scoop 2 Tbsp cookie dough into small balls, leaving 2" in between each ball (the cookies do spread quite a bit). Top each ball with flakes of remaining coconut.
Bake for 12-14 minutes, or until lightly brown around the edges. Remove from the oven and allow to cool for 3-4 minutes before transferring them to a rack to cool.
Optional Lemon Buttercream
Will fill 14 whoopie pies
3 Tbsp flour
1/2 cup milk
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup butter, softened (not quite at room temperature)
1 tsp lemon extract
In a small saucepan over medium heat, combine milk, flour, and sugar. Whisk as mixture comes to a low boil, then reduce heat to medium low. Continue to whisk until a smooth pudding is formed.
Transfer mixture to a bowl and place in the refrigerator for 20-30 minutes to cool.
When mixture is cooled, place butter into a mixing bowl and beat for 2 minutes. Add pudding mixture and lemon extract. Continue to mix until well combined and fluffy.
To make whoopie pies: Place 2 Tbsp frosting on a cookie, spread evenly and top with an additional cookie.
Posted by Lindsay Kay Kordick, MS, RD, LN, EPc at 6:47 PM