How to make easy coconut cookies

These days I have been baking some healthy cookies. Some of the attempts have been really good while some were close to disaster.

However, of all the attempts, these crunchy and soft coconut cookies are the simplest and easiest to make. With a mischievous kid at home I’m always looking out for easy to make healthy recipes. 🙂

These coconut cookies are made of whole-wheat flour and without baking soda, making them perfectly suitable for kids. My daughter is fond of these soft coconut cookies and like to munch them along with cup of milk.

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Kids normally like taste of coconut thus I often make these easy non cooking coconut ladoos.

If you are looking out for healthy recipes for kids you will definitely like cottage cheese muffins, millet flour and sesame seed cake and not to forget tasty egg-less ragi flour orange cake.

Coming back to these egg-less coconut cookies, here is the list of ingredients:

  • Whole wheat flour: 1 cup
  • Ghee: ½ cup
  • Powdered sugar: ¾ cup
  • Desiccated coconut: 1/2 cup
  • Milk: 3-4 tbsp.
  • Baking powder: ¼ tsp
  • Coconut extract: ¼ tsp
  • Rose petals: few

Procedure

  • Sieve together baking powder and flour twice.
  • In a bowl, beat sugar and melted ghee together for 2 minutes. You will notice sugar dissolving completely.
  • Keep aside 1 tbsp coconut powder and add rest of it in the bowl.
  • Further add coconut extract and flour in the bowl. Rub flour with fingers and mix evenly with ghee and sugar mixture. Proper rubbing and mixing with fingers will result in nice texture of cookies. In around five minutes flour will get collected.
  • Add milk to form a soft dough. You may require to add little more milk, it depends on flour to flour.
  • Divide the dough in equal balls. This quantity will give you approximately twenty medium size cookies.
  • You may use cookie cutter, here I have shaped each ball by just pressing between palms. Roll each ball in remaining desiccated coconut powder and give final shape. After giving shape, stick dry rose petal on each of the cookie.

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  • Bake the cookies at 180°C in preheated oven for 20 minutes. Baking time varies from oven to oven. So keep an eye while cookies are getting baked. On baking you will get nice golden color.
  • They will be soft and gooey when you take them out of oven. Let the cookies rest for 5 minutes and then gently transfer them on cooling rack for further cooling at room temperature. On cooling they will become crisp and crunchy.

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Once cooled, transfer these healthy coconut cookies in air-tight container. These cookies stay good for 15-20 days.

I relish the combination of coconut cookies and healthy ragi cookies with my evening cup of masala tea. Do let me know how the cookies turned out. It’s always good to get your feedback.

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Egg-less Banana oats-Pancakes

There are times when we look for a healthy meal option that gets ready in jiffy and is filling too. It also brings a change from same old regular preparations. This is where egg-less banana and oats pancake becomes helpful.

Some days, my daughter wakes up little late for her school and not much time is left to run behind her for milk and breakfast. This is when these pancakes come really handy. In these whole wheat pancakes, milk and curd is used, so it becomes a good alternative to separate portion of milk and regular breakfast dish.

Eggless banana-oats-pancakes

Even on weekends, when we are going out and know it will be late for lunch then these pancakes becomes a good brunch idea. I usually make some extra and even pack along while going out. Whenever going out, I’m in habit of keeping some home-cooked food for my daughter.

So, here is the list of ingredients for easy and healthy banana pancakes recipe. Quantity mentioned here makes 7-8 medium sized pancakes.

Ingredients

  • Whole wheat flour: ½ cup
  • Roasted oats: 1/3 cup
  • Banana: 1 big size
  • Desiccated Coconut: 2 tbsp
  • Curd: ½ cup
  • Milk: 1 cup
  • Honey: ¾ cup
  • Cinnamon powder: 1 tsp
  • Cashew powder: 1 tbsp
  • Fennel: ½ tsp
  • Ghee (clarified butter) for cooking
  • Glazed cherries: 4-5

Process

  • Take banana, desiccated coconut and mash it with the help of a fork.

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  • Bring together all dry ingredients in bowl.  Add honey, curd and mix properly.

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  • Start adding milk to form a batter with thick consistency. If batter is still thick even after adding 1 cup milk, you can further add 1-2 tbsp milk to it. Adjust quantity of milk according to thickness of batter.  Make sure there are no lumps in batter.
  • Cover and leave the batter for 10 minutes before proceeding to make these soft and scrumptious pancakes.

If you notice, no baking powder or baking soda is used in these pancakes. As I make these pancakes especially for my daughter, I deliberately avoid baking powder. Banana, curd and milk make these pancakes soft. The best part is these pancakes remain soft even after cooling.

  • Heat an iron girdle on medium heat. Once the girdle is hot, grease it with some ghee and switch off the flame. Let the girdle cool once. Again heat the girdle and take a ladle full of batter and spread on hot iron girdle. This heating and cooling the girdle will prevent the pancakes from sticking on girdle or getting burnt.
  • Drizzle few drops of ghee around the pancake. I have used generous amount of ghee as it is good for brain development of kids. Depending on your choice, you can reduce the amount of ghee or not use it at all.

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I make ghee at home from malai or chhalii formed on the top of milk. You can read post on how to make ghee in microwave to know the easy process I follow to extract ghee.

  • After a minute or two, you will notice pancake on girdle is all bubbly and edges have become dry. With the help of broad spatula, flip it to cook it on other side too. You will get some nice golden brown layer and sweet cinnamon smell filling your kitchen.
  • Before serving, pour honey or any sweet syrup of your liking. Fresh fruit and yogurt also taste good along with pancakes. Since my daughter love cherries, I sprinkle few pieces of it before serving her.

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If your kid is not fond of fennel seeds or cinnamon, you can skip these ingredients. You can add cardamom powder instead.

I hope you try these healthy pancakes and it’s loved by your child and all in the family. It would be great if you can let me know your feedback on it.

My side tip: When kids are in the phase when they just don’t want to drink milk, the recipe that comes handy is egg-less cottage-cheese muffins. Cottage cheese is nutritious and can be given to kids in variety of forms. You can easily make Cottage-cheese at home. If kid has liking for pasta and pizza then you can also try Italian veggie potato which also uses cottage cheese in its preparation and is quite healthy too.

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Veggies Paneer for Kids

As a mother I know how difficult it is to make her child drink a glass of milk. I am sure you’ll not disagree if I say it’s no less than a battle in itself.

After weaning my daughter, all I wanted was that she at least had one small glass of milk to start with. But even this simple task became a headache for me. I tried all possible methods but all was in vain – she would just not drink milk.

Tried different flavors like – rose syrup, saffron, warm chocolate, Bournvita, but all was just a waste of time and effort. I was really on pins and needles.

So one fine day, on her regular vaccine-visit I asked her pediatrician for any solution. However, to my surprise, doctor opined that it’s normal for kids to dislike milk post weaning phase.

Her simple advice was to stop forcing my child to drink milk. Instead, her suggestion was to give her milk only when she demands. She will eventually start drinking once she grows up.

But having said that, she did mention to include other calcium-rich dairy products in her diet – like paneer (cottage cheese), curd etc.

This gave me an idea that instead of literally running behind her with the glass of milk, why not experiment different and importantly interesting (at least for her) recipes with calcium-rich dairy products.

So, in this post I will tell you about one of the many recipes I tried out (she really loved it) with homemade paneer. Best part is, it’s rich in protein and calcium, along with being very easy to make.

So, here we go…

Firstly, I’ll tell how to make paneer at home.

Ingredients:

  • 1 glass of milk
  • 1 Lemon

Procedure:

  • Boil the glass of milk.
  • Add few drops of lemon juice in it and stir well. You can use vinegar or citric acid as well, however I prefer using natural ingredients as much as possible.
  • Once the milk curdles up, take it off the flame after few boils.
  • Let it cool and then strain the water.
Strained cottage cheese
Strained Paneer

Now, let’s move on to the main recipe. This particular preparation can be made in no time and makes good breakfast or evening snack option for kids.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup paneer
  • 1 tomato
  • 1 capsicum
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil/butter/ghee
  • Salt to taste
  • A pinch of black pepper (from my personal experience I can say that taste of black pepper is usually liked by kids, and in small amount it’s healthy too)
  • A pinch of oregano (optional)

Procedure:

  • Grate the veggies (you can add any other vegetables as well according to your child’s liking).
Grated Vegetables
Grated Vegetables
  • Heat the pan, add olive oil and grated veggies.

Grated vegetables in pan

  • Saute a little, add paneer, salt, black pepper, and oregano.

Paneer mixed with Vegetables

  • Mix well and take off the flame, and it’s done.
Veggies Paneer
Final Recipe – Veggies Paneer

It’s not just simple to make, it tastes good as well. It’s not only liked by my daughter but my husband has also become its fan. You can use this mix as sandwich-filling or to make an open-toast as well. There can be multiple combinations. You just need to wear your thinking cap.