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2-Ingredient Coconut Banana Cookies {vegan, grain-free, flourless}

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Crispy-chewy, 2-ingredient coconut banana cookies can be made from start to finish in less than 30 minutes! They are vegan, flourless, grain-free, and sure to please one and all (especially, you!).

Stack of 2-Ingredient Coconut Banana Cookies on a white plate

Healthy, Easy Cookies Worth Celebrating

Happy Monday, everyone! I hope that you had a good weekend.

I ran a half marathon with my early morning running buddies on Saturday morning, and it was perfect in just about every way: ideal running weather (low 50s, somewhat overcast), cheerful crowd, super sponsors, and lots of friends in attendance.

4 of my 5 running mates ran, and 3 of us got new personal records (whoo-hoo!!!). And, in my book, the one who didn’t get a PR really did because she ran on what was the last day of an intense 3 week cleanse (and still finished within minutes of her usual super-fast time).

I credit my Dad for my fast time; I dedicated the race to him, in honor of Veterans’ Day, and felt him with me (you’ve got this, darlin’!”) the whole way.

pictures of me with running friends

(It looks like I’ve had 20 cups of coffee in the pre-race photo; just one, I swear!)

Following a long shower, big breakfast, and a few hours of reading/dozing on the porch, I headed to the kitchen to bake for the week ahead (as well as for afternoon tea + more reading). Included in the mix were these super-easy, delicious and healthy cookies: 2-Ingredient Coconut Banana Cookies.

2-Ingredient Coconut Banana Cookies on a wire cooling rack

2-Ingredient Banana Cookies that are Vegan & Grain-Free

This is a follow-up post to my recipe from a few years back for 2-Ingredient Banana-Oat Cookies.  It is one of my most popular posts (easy, delicious, thrifty, vegan, gluten-free), but some of you have written to ask if these could be (1) crispier, and (2) made without grains.

Yes and yes!

Step one: Replace the oats with unsweetened, shredded  coconut.

2 ripe bananas and a wooden bow full of unsweetened coconut

It is not a measure for measure replacement of coconut for oats–the ratio of coconut to banana is greater in this recipe than oats to banana in the previous recipe.

Finely Chop the Coconut to Breadcrumb Texture

Additionally, one extra (small) step is required: finely chopping the coconut until it is about the size and texture of panko breadcrumbs:

unsweetened coconut that has been very finely chopped

You can chop the coconut in a food processor, but it can also be done by hand (use a large kitchen knife). I do not recommend using a blender, though; it will over-process the coconut. You’ll end up with baked coconut banana smoothie instead of cookies.

My second trick? Flatten the cookies into circles before baking to promote toasted coconut crispiness. The cookies do not spread on their own, so if you simply scoop and bake, you’ll have a cookie akin to a mounded macaroon. That’s a delicious option, too, but to achieve an even, crisp bake, press out the cookies with moistened fingertips.

I used a small cookie scoop to measure the batter (it’s a 2-teaspoon scoop) and pressed each cookie into a 2-inch rounds. This yields exactly 17 cookies.

cookie scoop filled with cookie dough, on a white background

And, oh my goodness, what delicious cookies!

If you love toasted coconut as much as I do, you will adore these cookies.

Healthy Benefits of 2-Ingredient Coconut Banana Cookies

The cookies are:

  • grain-free
  • gluten-free
  • vegan (egg-free & dairy-free)
  • added sugar free
  • flourless

And they are heavenly with a cup of tea and a good book when you are enjoying a relaxed, weekend afternoon.

Exercise Recovery Cookies

Also, how many cookies also qualify as superior exercise recovery fuel? These do!

The natural coconut oil in shredded coconut is an excellent source of medium chain triglycerides, which aid in the process of muscle recovery, while bananas are rich in fast-acting carbs and potassium, exactly what your body needs to recover after a bout of intense exercise (half marathons included!).

Happy baking, everyone!

More Minimalist Baking to Try & Love:

  1. Banana Oat Cookies {2-ingredients, gluten-free, vegan}
  2. 2-Ingredient Flax Sandwich Bread {vegan, keto, grain-free}
  3. 3-Ingredient Almond Flour Cookies {Vegan, Oil-Free, Keto Option}
  4. Chocolate Coconut Flour Cookies {Vegan, Keto Option}
  5. 2-Ingredient Almond Flour Crackers {Keto, Vegan, Paleo}
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2-Ingredient Coconut Banana Cookies {vegan, grain-free, flourless}


  • Author: Camilla
  • Prep Time: 5 mins
  • Cook Time: 20 mins
  • Total Time: 25 mins
  • Yield: 17 (2-inch) cookies 1x
  • Diet: Gluten Free

Description

Crispy-chewy, 2-ingredient coconut banana cookies can be made from start to finish in less than 30 minutes! They are vegan, flourless, grain-free, and sure to please one and all (especially, you!).


Ingredients

Scale
  • 1 and 1/2 cups (80 g) unsweetened shredded or flake coconut
  • 2 (small to medium) ripe bananas, peeled

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350F. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. In a food processor, very finely chop the coconut until it is the texture of breadcrumbs.
  3. Add the bananas to the food processor; process until just blended into a smooth, even mixture (dough).
  4. Drop the cookies by round tablespoons onto prepared sheet, spacing 2 inches apart. Using moistened fingertips (simply dip fingers in water), flatten each cookie into a 2-inch round.
  5. Bake in the preheated oven for 17 to 20 minutes until golden brown and the edges appear crisp. Transfer cookies to a cooling rack and cool completely.

Notes

No food processor? No problem. Very finely chop the coconut by hand using a large kitchen knife and a cutting board. Add the bananas and chopped coconut to a large bowl, and mash until blended (and bananas are completley mashed).

Storage: Store in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 2 days, the refrigerator for 1 week, or the freezer for up to 6 months.

Optional Additions:
-pinch of fine sea salt
-1 teaspoon vanilla extract
-1/2 teaspon ground cinnamon, ginger, allspice or cardamom

  • Category: Cookies
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: American

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1 cookie
  • Calories: 58
  • Sugar: 1.9 g
  • Sodium: 2.5 mg
  • Fat: 4.7 g
  • Saturated Fat: 4.3 g
  • Carbohydrates: 4.6 g
  • Fiber: 1.3 g
  • Protein: .6 g
  • Cholesterol: 0 mg

Keywords: 2-ingredient cookies, healthy cookies, grain-free, vegan, egg-free, dairy-free, flourless, gluten-free, bananas, no added sugar, coconut flakes, shredded coconut

 

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