2-Ingredient Coconut Cookies

2-Ingredient Coconut Cookies!


Amazing coconut cookies which you can have using only 2 ingredients and 15 minutes of your time including baking...I hope I got your interest because they are saviors when it comes to craving something sweet and having nothing on hand - no even a cup of flour or some chocolate.


So hurry up, grab the recipe and make them right NOW! (or save them for later, of course, the recipe is not going anywhere :D)


Grab the recipe along with coconut benefits :)


Highly nutritious

Unlike many other fruits that are high in carbs, coconuts provide mostly fat.


They also contain protein, several important minerals, and small amounts of B vitamins. However, they’re not a significant source of most other vitamins.


The minerals in coconut are involved in many functions in your body. Coconuts are especially high in manganese, which is essential for bone health and the metabolism of carbohydrates, proteins, and cholesterol.


They’re also rich in copper and iron, which help form red blood cells, as well as selenium, an important antioxidant that protects your cells.


Here are the nutrition facts for 1 cup (100 grams) of dried coconut meat :

  • Calories 650

  • Protein 7.5 grams

  • Carbs 25 grams

  • Fiber 18 grams

  • Fat 65 grams

  • Manganese 137% of the DV

  • Copper 40% of the DV

  • Selenium 26% of the DV

  • Magnesium 23% of the DV

  • Phosphorus 21% of the DV

  • Iron 18% of the DV

  • Potassium 16% of the DV

Much of the fat in coconut is in the form of medium-chain triglycerides (MCTs).


Your body metabolizes MCTs differently than other types of fats, absorbing them directly from your small intestine and rapidly using them for energy.


One review on the benefits of MCTs in people with obesity found these fats may promote body fat loss when eaten in place of long-chain saturated fats from animal foods.


May benefit heart health

Studies have found that people who live on Polynesian islands and frequently eat coconut meat have lower rates of heart disease than those who follow a Western diet.


However, native Polynesians also eat more fish and less processed foods, so it’s unclear if these lower rates are due to eating coconut or other aspects of their diet.


Another study in 1,837 Filipino women found that those who ate more coconut oil not only had higher levels of HDL (good) cholesterol but also higher levels of LDL (bad) cholesterol and triglycerides.


Overall, it concluded that coconut oil has a neutral effect on cholesterol levels.


Consuming virgin coconut oil, which is extracted from dried coconut meat, may reduce belly fat. This is especially beneficial because excess belly fat increases your risk of heart disease and diabetes.


A study in 20 people with obesity found the waist size of male participants decreased by an average of about 1 inch (about 3 cm) after they consumed 1 ounce (30 ml) of virgin coconut oil daily for 4 weeks. The female participants did not experience a significant reduction.


However, in one longer study, women who consumed 1 ounce (30 ml) of refined coconut oil daily for 12 weeks experienced a reduction of 0.5 inches (1.4 cm) from their waist measurement, on average.


May promote blood sugar control

Coconut is low in carbs and high in fiber and fat, so it may help stabilize your blood sugar.


One rat study found that coconut had anti-diabetic effects, possibly due to its arginine content. Arginine is an amino acid that’s important for the functioning of pancreatic cells, which release the hormone insulin to regulate your blood sugar levels.


When rats with diabetes were fed protein made from coconut meat, their blood sugar, insulin levels, and other glucose metabolism markers were much better than those that didn’t eat coconut protein.


In addition, beta cells in their pancreas started making more insulin — a hormone that helps regulate blood sugar. Researchers suspected the improved beta-cell function was also due to the high amounts of arginine found in coconut.


The high fiber content of coconut meat can also help slow digestion and improve insulin resistance, which can help regulate blood sugar levels as well.


Contains powerful antioxidants

Coconut meat contains phenolic compounds, which are antioxidants that may help protect cells from oxidative damage. The main phenolic compounds identified include:

  • gallic acid

  • caffeic acid

  • salicylic acid

  • p-coumaric acid

Lab tests on coconut meat have shown that it has antioxidant and free-radical-scavenging activity.


The polyphenols found in it can prevent the oxidation of LDL (bad) cholesterol, making it less likely to form plaques in arteries that can increase the risk of heart disease.


Some test-tube and animal studies have also shown that antioxidants found in coconut oil may help protect cells from damage and death caused by oxidative stress and chemotherapy.*source



So let's jump to the recipe!



Prep: 5 min

Cook time: 10 min

Level: easy

Servings: 6 cookies

Calories per serving: 86 kcal



Find the recipe & nutrition facts below :



Ingredients:

  • 1 cup shredded coconut flakes

  • 2-3 tbsp maple syrup


Method:

Step 1: Preheat oven to 180C.

Step 2: In a food processor or high-speed blender add coconut flakes blend for 4-5 minutes. (it will release oils from flakes.

Step 3: Place in a medium bowl and mix with maple syrup.

Step 4: Roll with your hands or with a spoon balls and place them on baking paper.

Step 5: Bake for 8-10 minutes. Let them cool down completely before moving.



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