Too busy baking cookies

by Peachy Palate on December 13, 2013

Too busy baking cookies to share the recipes! Though I have managed to get around to it!

Soft, lightly chewy, wholesome oat cookies with chocolate chunks, coconut and pecans. Close to my ultimate cookies; the perfect balance of nutritious and delicious!

I’ve discovered the joys of baking with sweet potato (I still haven’t posted the sweet potato pancakes from last week but they’ll be up first thing tomorrow!)…and it is magical!

A joyous colour bestowed to cookies, awesome texture and amazing flavour…the latter obviously being down to the other ingredients!

Chocolate chunks, toasted pecans and coconut, a trio of bliss whatever the form, even if it’s just by the mere handful!

These cookies are one of my favourites and rival the banana oat cookies (clearly a simple adaptation!)…

I’m in need of getting involved in some sort of cookie swap or donation perhaps! I’ve turned in to the cookie monster. Eyeing up recipes, adapting them and concocting different ideas is proving to be a total distraction from pretty much everything else. Who knew it was possible to dream up cookie ideas as you sweat it out in a spin class!


Blog post writing is clearly taking a back seat with baking winning out every time.

I plan on doing virtually no cooking over Christmas…well for at least a few days. One because my kitchen will be over run by my family who’ll be on holidays from work and two because I reckon I’ll have a freezer full of treats to keep me going!

I’ll have the almond chocolate thumbprint cookies up tomorrow evening for you! Two completely diverse cookies in terms of texture, flavour and ingredients…variety is the spice of life!

What’s your idea of the ultimate cookie? Doing any cookie swaps this season?

Sweet Potato Oatmeal Cookies

by Michelle Hunt

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 10 -12 minutes

Keywords: bake snack dessert gluten-free vegan vegetarian almond meal oat flour sweet potato


Ingredients (18 cookies)

  • 3/4 cup (90g) gluten free oats
  • 1/2 cup (55g) almond meal
  • 3/4 cup (90g) gluten free oat flour (just grind from oats in food processor!)
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 60g (1/2 cup) roughly chopped pecans
  • 1/4 cup (45g) dark chocolate chips or chunks
  • 1 heaped tbsp desiccated coconut
  • 3 tbsp (42g) coconut oil melted
  • 1/2 cup (80g) coconut sugar
  • 1/4 cup (60g) cooked sweet potato puree
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 tbsp ground flax


Preheat oven to 180C (350F).

Mix together oats, oat flour, coconut, almond meal, baking powder and soda, ground flax and cinnamon.

Blend together sweet potato puree, melted oil, coconut sugar and vanilla.

Add wet to dry and fold to combine. Add in chocolate chips and pecans.

The dough will be thick, like a granola bar!

Roll the mixture in to 16 – 18 small balls.

Press down flat on a baking tray lined with baking parchment and shape using damp hands.

Bake in the preheated oven for 10 minutes. Remove and allow to cool for 10 minutes on the tray. Store in a seal tight container for 3-4 days or freeze for up to one month.

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{ 10 comments… read them below or add one }

Josefine {The Smoothie Lover} December 13, 2013 at 10:03 am

Looks lovely Michelle! I just love oatmeal cookies . Thank you for sharing a healthier recipe


Peachy Palate December 13, 2013 at 11:53 am

No problemo! My mum was a massive fan of these ones!


Nikki @ The Road to Less Cake December 13, 2013 at 11:25 am

Wow, I’ve never thought of putting sweet potato in cookies. Yummers!

I hate to say this, Shell, but in your intro you’ve put “Two busy baking cookies to share the recipes” instead of “too”. Sorry! It’s the journalist in me. Please tell me if I have over stepped my mark and am being too nitpicky. I love your blog, it is one of my favourites to read (and drool over!)


Peachy Palate December 13, 2013 at 11:54 am

Ha yep I know I spotted it in the title and changed it! Going to change it now! :)


Ashley @ My Food N Fitness Diaries December 13, 2013 at 3:58 pm

I’m LOVING all of these sweet potato recipes lately. :) Yummm!


Peachy Palate December 13, 2013 at 7:38 pm

I just bought canned Sweet Potato from iherb to make it even easier so lots more to come!


Elizabeth @ Positive Change December 14, 2013 at 6:15 pm

Never thought of adding sweet potato! How yummy does these look!! Where do you buy your coconut sugar? I am going to be so experimenting in the kitchen with cookies this weekend! Can’t wait to see what I come up with!


Peachy Palate December 14, 2013 at 6:50 pm

I buy Iswari brand from the happy pear but if you’re not in Ireland iherb have one I’d recommend!


Carley @ Optimistic Health December 15, 2013 at 12:50 am

Goodness gracious these are brilliant! I’m all about baking with sweet potato but never tried it involving chocolate, looking forward to this one!


Peachy Palate December 15, 2013 at 12:14 pm

Thanks Carley!! They are super yummy!


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