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Best Coconut Flour Cookies: Made in a Skillet and So Good for You, You Can Eat Them for Breakfast! {Grain Free, Gluten Free, High Fiber, High Protein, No Sugar Added, and Dairy Free!}

by Lisa on October 1, 2012

I’ve been drinking too much coffee, more wine than I need, and eating too many nuts.. Since I know this, I’m just jumping in and cleaning things up a bit.  As a result, I want to eat things that are all of the things listed above in the title: grain free, high fiber, no sugar, and dairy free. I can barely believe this would taste good, except that I liked them so much I ate the entire batch in one day!

I wrote a post about detoxing (and one about how to do a detox) a little while ago if you want to read my thoughts about it!

The ingredient that has been saving me all the time lately is coconut flour. I’m able to help my clients keep their grain intake low to none by sharing recipes for things like the coconut flour flatbread and coconut flour pancakes, muffins, and cakes. These things help me too, but right now I need to remove the dairy for a while (not so difficult, I don’t think). This morning, I kept thinking I wanted something bread-y or cake-y, but not pancakes (because then I’d want toppings I want to stay away from right now!)…the idea for the skillet cookies was born!

5 Minute Stovetop Coconut Flour Cookies

2 eggs
2 tbsp coconut flour
2 tbsp melted coconut oil
1 scoop protein powder (21g – I used SunWarrior, but have also used Jay Robb and I’ve subbed in gelatin powder) – I bet you could just sub in a little more coconut flour for this if you aren’t into protein powders.
a few drops of stevia (to taste)

In a frying pan over medium heat, add just over 2 T coconut oil to melt.

In a bowl, add all the other ingredients. Add the melted oil to the bowl, and mix with a fork till well-combined. Taste the dough and add more sweetener if needed. You can add things to these—I think chocolate chips would be amazing, but I’d also try nuts or seeds if you’re into that kind of thing!

Roll the dough into balls with your hands and flatten (they won’t rise or change shape in the pan). Place the cookies in the pan, brown on each side and then eat! They would be fabulous with nut butter, chocolate, or even cream cheese on them. I ate them plain and was completely happy. This made about 7 cookies. I ate some of the dough, so I’m not sure exactly, and it will depend on what size you make them.

Note: if you’re not into protein powders (I try to limit them myself), I recommend trying these with gelatin. The texture is slightly different, but it’s still good! When I used gelatin for these, it was the collagen hydrolysate version (not the gelatin that “gels”).

I’ve also made something really similar in a chocolate format. Don’t judge that pics in that post—I need to take new ones! The breakfast brownies are actually my favorite.

 

20121001-202920.jpg These are a great texture and flavor…you could use maple syrup or some other sweetener if you don’t like stevia. I’m just going sugar free for now (forever?). 20121001-202933.jpg I’m imagining these dipped in peanut butter….or sunbutter…or chocolate pudding. 20121001-202948.jpg This is the closest I’ve gotten to a real cookie texture with coconut flour. Still not really “chewy” but less dry and less spongy than other recipes! I love this texture–it reminds me of a specific cookie my grandma made when I was a kid.

Other random things from this week…

Pizza Grilled Cheese—Cousin loved this (I was too lazy to make the cauli crust so I went with coconut flour flatbread). I didn’t have parmesan cheese, so I subbed in grated cheddar and that worked great!

20121001-203027.jpg Pizza Grilled Cheese on Coconut Flour Flatbread Final product: pizza grilled cheese! 20121001-203040.jpg My Mom sent me this yesterday… I mean, yeah, it totally fits right now! 20121001-203054.jpg This is the view from Palisades Park near the end of my new street. The sunsets here are really amazing…and there are lots of benches, so I’ve spending quite a bit of time here. I don’t really watch tv very often, I don’t need that much sleep, and I’m staying with my cousin in a one-bedroom apartment till Saturday….which is great, but I want to make sure I give her space when she’s home too. So I try to either go to the gym in the evening (spinning was tonight!) or I wander around outside.

 

20121001-203147.jpg …Or for breakfast! (If it’s one if my desserts, that is!). This sign is on a food place on the pier. … A place I’d never eat, but I still love the sentiment! 20121001-203157.jpg I’m drinking one of these everyday. I’m in love with it. The first day, it was kinda bitter…and now I crave it and love the taste more than any other drink. It has celery, cucumber, kale, spinach, and parsley.

News/Notes: Today, I actually sat at my computer grading papers for 8 hours straight (ok, one quick trip to Whole Foods happened during that time). It was not terribly fun, but I like the feeling of crossing things off my list. I’m not feeling great, but it’s my own fault, so I’m taking responsibility for my actions and doing a cleanse (not a crazy one, a real one with a purpose that I made up based on what I need). But see, I don’t like to feel yucky, so I’m easing into it. It’s not so hard for me to stop eating cheese and nuts if I replace them with something, but if I just say I’m going to leave all that eating space open and empty, I’ll be really unhappy. (Which is why the skillet cookies were born). So it’s a process for me to alter the quantity/times that I eat, but I had no trouble keeping out certain things. Today was a success: no nuts/seeds, no dairy, no grains (but I never eat grains anyway), and I’m gradually adding more of specific nutrient dense foods. Oh, also, I am cutting out (down?) caffeine, and I don’t want to do that all at once, so I’m tapering that over a week or two.

I booked my flights to NY for Oct 25-Nov 5. By the time I leave, I want to feel great. I have a lot of people to see while I’m home, and I have scheduled my movers to transport my stuff to California so I’m sure I have lots to do to get ready for that.

What do you think about the skillet cookies? I have been thinking about trying something like this for a while—I usually just want a quick treat in a limited quantity, and preheating/baking seems like too much of a process to be worth it!

Have you made up anything new in the kitchen lately? 

Do you ever do cleanses or detoxes?


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  • cathy@1970kikiproject

    good luck with your “cleaning things up” plan, lisa! the important thing is to do what you feel best in order to be happy!! so glad you booked your flight – matthew is going to be SO excited and you will have a great time seeing everyone, seeing familiar spots through your new “california” perspective!
    eight hours of marking??!! eesh! i hope today involves some different plans!!

  • Heather (Where’s the Beach)

    Ok, I need those cookies in my life. Could I use another flour? I don’t have coconut flour. And I feel the need for detox after my San Diego trip!

  • http://www.thrive-style.com/ Lisakthrives

    Hi Heather! I bet you could sub in something else, but you’d just have to add extra because coconut flour has so much fiber. It’d probably be easy to just stir and adjust as you go—it really does turn out like the texture of regular cookie dough!

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  • ChrisHazard

    Hey, congratulations on moving to California. I hope and pray it works for you!….hey, don’t forget to vote for Proposition 37. (you and your cousin…) Will be making your cookies soon. I made your coconut flour bread with ham and it was delicious. Quick and easy. Thank you for all your recipes.

  • http://www.thrive-style.com/ Lisakthrives

    Go Prop 37!!!

    Thank you and thanks for the feedback on the flatbread :-)

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  • Ana

    These cookies look great! Thanks for sharing, and please let us know how they turn out if you try different flavors or different types of protein. I really like this recipe and will try these for sure!
    Ana

  • http://www.thrive-style.com/ Lisakthrives

    Hi Ana, I will definitely post updates when I try new versions! I’m pretty excited about how easy and great these are :-) Thanks for the comment!

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  • http://twitter.com/purelytwins Lori and Michelle

    cookies sounds great! although I do find most things made with coconut flour tend to always taste similar just in a different form. Still a great option for grain free though.

  • http://smileandglow.blogspot.com/ Tonette Nicolas

    Oooh… I’d love to try these! :)

  • http://www.thrive-style.com/ Lisakthrives

    If you do, let me know how you like them!!! :-)

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  • http://www.facebook.com/linnaia.crist Linnaia Crist

    Could these be made with bean flour?

  • itzyskitchen

    Those cookies look awesome! Like fantastic pancakes! Fun recipe. Next time I pickup coconut flour, I’m making these! I’m sure you’ll be feeling better in no time

  • Brittany

    You had me at your title! These cookies look amazing. I need like 10 of them for breakfast tomorrow. They will go well with the box of Joe Joe’s I have stashed in my locker at TJ’s. I loveee that note from your mom..love love love it.

  • meri

    Oh man- I’m feeling like a failure because you have these delicious looking cookies up and it even says they are easy and 5 minutes- now my only problem is I don’t have the ingredients! I wish I could reach in and grab these.

  • Lauren

    I haven’t dabbled in coconut flour much, have some chickpea flour recipes to try. These sound delicious and the sunset pic is gorg.

  • Jess

    Will you make me these skillet cookies? AND the pizza grilled cheese?? Holy YUM!

  • http://twitter.com/tamzinsparkles Tamzin Pettitt

    Wow those cookies are being created very soon by me they sound fab!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=8359753 Lauren George

    Those cookies look amazing and I love how you can make a limited quantity. If I have stacks of cookies in the house I will eat them all. :) Woops. The best thing I have made lately is pumpkin spice crepes. Allthe yumminess of pancakes with way less carbs!

  • thehealthyapron

    I will be making those today! sounds yummy!! Thanks for sharing Lisa!

  • http://www.thrive-style.com/ Lisakthrives

    Hope you like them and let me know what you think too! I’m sure you will do this, but just adjust amounts and stuff accordingly—different brands of coconut flour and protein powder make them come out differently :-)

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  • Phoebe

    I found this yesterday & have made 3 batches since!! That’s in less than 24 hrs. My husband loves them. After the third time they really looked at pretty as yours! That was a result of using 1/4 cup coconut flour & whey. Thanks so much!! It’s our new favorite!

  • http://www.thrive-style.com/ Lisakthrives

    Phoebe, I’m so glad you and your husband like them! They are definitely a favorite in my house too :-) Thanks for the feedback!
    ~Lisa

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  • denise

    what can i sub in for the eggs because i am vegan

  • http://www.thrive-style.com/ Lisakthrives

    Hmmmm…. I’m not really sure. I’ve never made them without eggs so I don’t know if they’d work with something else. My first thought is you could experiment with a chia or flax egg… but I have tried them in other things and they don’t always stick together. If you experiment, let me know!
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  • http://www.facebook.com/i.looove.uuuu Amy E Potts

    i made these with about a teaspoon of local honey and dark chocolate chips, i think they would be really good cooked in butter too but i followed your recipe. still getting usto the texture of coconut flour and do prefer almond meal but i didnt have any so went with the coconut!

  • http://www.facebook.com/i.looove.uuuu Amy E Potts

    oh and i didnt use protein powder so they were not near as pretty as yours, they kindof looked like salmon patties!! LOL

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