Let’s Enjoy World Coconut Day with Coconut Cookies (GF and Vegan)

Happy World Coconut Day! Did you know, today is the day to celebrate this special day with some coconut!

 

Today is also Friday, meaning you’re finally having a nice long weekend. For those who live in the US, coming Monday is Labor Day, the final day to have a beach party or BBQ party in your backyard in the 2022 season (I think…we’ll finally start seeing the temperature going down from now, so a lot of people rushed to the beach to make some summer memories. This is why I think going to the beach on Labor Day is the worst idea ever. Who else have spent several hours to find just 1 parking spot?)

 

If you’re like me, let’s bake something in your kitchen on this lovely long weekend by using coconuts! The aroma of sweet coconuts wafted from the oven is irresistible, and the texture of coconuts flakes is such fun in your mouth. 

 

Ready to check the recipe? Let’s cook!

 

<Today’s Recipe>

Coconut Oat Cookie

coconut cookie

<Ingredients>

  • 140g old fashioned oat
  • 4 tablespoons coconut oil
  • 2 tablespoon sugar
  • 4 tablespoon almond milk
  • 40g shredded coconut flakes

 

<Directions>

  1. Preheat the oven to 375°F.
  2. Spread parchment sheet over the baking pan and set aside.
  3. Put oats in a food processor and process until it gets a powder-like texture. Set aside.
  4. Mix coconut oil, sugar, and almond milk together in a mixing bowl.
  5. Pour it over the oats and mix well, say, about 5 min or so.
  6. Add coconut flakes and mix well.
  7. Make a small ball, flatten it to make the shape. Place them on the baking pan prepared in direction 2.
  8. Bake it for about 15~20min. Cool it and enjoy!

 

<Cooking Tips>

Usually I add all purpose flour to make it easy to combine the dough, but this time I tried it without them because while I was mixing the dough, it seemed to work just fine to combine all the cookie dough. If you want to try a gluten free diet, try making oatmeal cookies by processing oats first to make it just like flours and take a little extra time to mix the dough. Then the oats soak up the liquid and become perfectly sticky. I think my regular cookie recipes will be based on this recipe!

coconut cookie

<A Little Story about Coconut and Me>

So do you like coconuts? I love them, but some of my friends avoid eating them just because they’re not familiar with coconut flavor or its unique texture. This is a totally understandable situation if you are growing up in Japan. Since Japan doesn’t have ideal climates to grow coconuts, we hardly see them in stores, or if we’re lucky to see them, they’re like edible gem that only doctors or lawyer’s families can buy. 

 

When I was about to leave Japan for the US, I and some of my friends decided to go to Okinawa, Japan. Since they have more tropical climates, their food culture is so much different from where I used to live even though it’s still a part of a tiny island of Japan. We enjoyed pork noodles, purple yam donuts, or tropical fruit we hardly ever seen as fresh, and it also gave us an opportunity to try fresh coconut from one of the street food vendors. They cracked the coconut, added some fruit juice of our choice, and gave it to us(as I told you, fresh coconut in Japan is pricey so we, 4 people, shared it.) Just because the “glass” was fresh coconut, we truly felt special vacation vibes and admired how it made our whole trip fancy. 

 

…and not being familiar with food can trigger some tragedy. Now I live in California and usually see fresh coconuts in stores, I know what coconut is like. I don’t remember eating coconut flesh back on my Okinawa trip. All I remember is enjoyed a mix of coconut water & pineapple juice contained in a coconut shell, chatted for some time to discuss if we could bring it back to home but settled in for the answer of no, and dumped it in a trash can…wait, did we send the most precious part to dump…?

coconut cookie

 

Happy World Coconut Day, everyone! If you happen to know how to rewind life, let me know in a comment please!!

 

<Other Yummy Ways to Enjoy Coconut>

Perfect silky dessert! Coconut Milk Pineapple Jelly

coconut milk pineapple pudding

If you prefer savory, make some soup! Coconut Milk Soup

coconut milk soup

How about enjoying a gorgeous breakfast? Peanut Butter and Caramelized Banana Pancake

pb banana pancake

Enjoy home cooking and your own creation of homemade food:)

18 Comments Add yours

  1. johnrieber says:

    I am a coconut fan to be sure! Sharing now!

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    1. Tanooki says:

      Thank you john! Enjoy some coconuts🥥🌴

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  2. Laura says:

    That’s quite a story. I’ve always had coconut available, I cannot imagine something seemingly so common being unavailable. I love coconut, I’ve made coconut cream pie, coconut bread and coconut shrimp, all so very tasty and special treats. I think it’s time to make coconut banana rice pudding, it’s just too warm to turn on the oven. Great post, have a wonderful weekend.

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    1. Tanooki says:

      Yes I so agree with it’s too hot to turn on the oven🥵🔥 Last a couple of days it hit 110F because of heatwave here😅 And yes, anything made with coconuts are special treats…you actually made me drool thinking about all these food!🤤

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  3. I love coconut and you inspired me to use some of the shredded coconut I have in the freezer to bake cookies. All your coconut dishes look and sound extremely mouth-watering. 🥥🥥🥥

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    1. Tanooki says:

      Ahh yes!! They’re calling your name saying “hey tanja, do you remember I’m in the freezer?”😆 Hope you enjoyed baking some coconut cookies! (and I really hope it wasn’t that hot to turn on the oven…we have heatwave here now🥵🔥)

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      1. I have actually put off my baking for the time being because of the current heat wave. But compared to California, our 94 degree days seem a walk in the park (though they are not). I hope you are surviving the 100+-degree days, and I hope things will cool down soon!

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      2. Tanooki says:

        Thank you! Yes, hopefully…🍨☀️🍦☀️🍧

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  4. elvira797mx says:

    Wow! Looks delicious! Thank’s for share Tanooki.
    Great recipe! Have a lovely day!

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    1. Tanooki says:

      Thank you Elvira, you too🙌💕✨

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      1. elvira797mx says:

        You are welcome, Tanooki.
        You as well! 🙏💕✨

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  5. Livia says:

    I’ve always loved coconut. The first time I met it in Europe was inside Bounty chocolate bars. 😁
    We also don’t have coconuts in Switzerland, Italy or Germany, just like Japan. But after eating my first Bounty, I immediately fell in love with coconut.
    Only many years later, when I visited Malaysia for the first time, I had the chance to experience young coconut – the water and the still soft fruit flesh. And I fell in love even more with this one.
    How about you? Do you also drink the coconuts in the US, I mean the young ones that don’t have the thick white flesh yet, but just the glossy, wobbly thin layer?

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    1. Tanooki says:

      Ah you met coconut in a perfect way👀💕✨
      To be honest, I didn’t know there are ordinal coconut and also young coconut😳 I thought the one in the shell should be fine for any cooking, but sounds like no?👀🥥 I actually seen them in a market, but haven’t set my hand on these coconuts yet because I doubt if I could handle them properly😱 I guess it’s time to check youtube video how to crack the coconut and how to prepare them for cooking😋🥥

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  6. These look delicious 🤤 I have such a sweet tooth haha

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    1. Tanooki says:

      Haha~ me too!😋🙌💕🥥🌴✨

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