Coconut and Date Cookies

  • Yield : 24 biscuits
  • Prep Time : 5m
  • Cook Time : 15m
  • Ready In : 20m

These new coconut and date cookies are the result of a recent pantry clear out. Harry and his little playdate were very impressed. The cookies freeze well so are perfect for lunch boxes or taking out and about.

They are egg free and you could use your preferred milk for allergies or intolerance’s and the dates make these cookies pretty sweet so the sugar is optional for the older kids.

Harry’s new favourite word is “coooookie”.

Nutrition Note: Rolled oats are a great addition to baked goods.  They add texture, fibre and protein and are low in salt, plus they have a low glycaemic index (GI) providing a sustained energy for busy little bodies.

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  • 1 cup pitted dates, roughly chopped
  • 1/4 cup rolled oats
  • 3 Tbsp wholemeal plain flour
  • 1/2 cup desiccated or shredded coconut
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • ½ ripe banana
  • 1 tbsp coconut oil
  • 1 tbsp brown sugar or golden syrup (optional)
  • 1/4 cup milk


Step 1

Preheat oven to 180°C. Line 2 baking trays with oven proof paper.

Step 2

Place all ingredients (except milk) in your food processor and blend to combine. Place mixture in a bowl. -

Step 3

Stir through the milk until a moist batter forms. -

Step 4

Roll teaspoon sized balls, place on the baking tray and flatten gently. -

Step 5

Bake for 12 - 15 minutes. Cool. -

Step 6

Store cookies in the refrigerator or freeze separately. -

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Recipe Comments

  1. posted by Rachel@curious runner girl on October 22, 2013

    These look and sound amazing. I just happen to have all the ingredients in the pantry so will give them a go today I think. Thanks for the recipe 🙂

    • posted by Allie on October 23, 2013

      We hope you enjoy them 🙂 Ax

  2. posted by Sonia on October 22, 2013

    These sound amazing, can u make without banana? Or can u recommend a substitute?

    • posted by Allie on October 23, 2013

      Yes you should be fine to make these without the banana. You could always try half a grated apple or some extra dried fruit for moisture. Enjoy, Ax

  3. posted by Jem on October 22, 2013

    Can’t wait to try these, if my 4 year old doesn’t like them, I’m sure I will 🙂

  4. posted by Lynda on October 27, 2013

    I just made these, my 22 month old loved them! And after complaining there was no chocolate chips in them my husband devoured 6!! Then admitted they didn’t need choc chips and were delicious.
    Thanks for the super easy reciepe! Will def be making again

    • posted by Allie on October 29, 2013

      Thanks Lynda, I love hearing about the hubbies devouring the food too 😉 These are a tad more-ish so I’m not surprised! Ax

  5. posted by Laura on November 14, 2013

    These are delicious! I didn’t have any dates so swapped them for half a cup of sultanas and half a cup of seed mix (chia, linseed, sunflower and pepitas) and they turned out a treat. Thanks!

  6. posted by Lucy on November 27, 2013

    These are currently on the cooling rack (except those that I scoffed down whilst still hot)! Delicious!

    • posted by Allie on November 27, 2013

      Yummo, enjoy 🙂 Ax

  7. posted by Aliza on December 24, 2013

    I made these yesterday, i didnt have time to tell, but they were delicious!
    and my friends loved them too! It was a lovely success!

  8. posted by Alison on January 2, 2014

    I used honey as it’s a lot healthier than the proccessed garb brown sugar/maple syrup. They were yummy thanks!

  9. posted by Tina on January 9, 2014

    Hi, will these freeze ok? Can I use olive oil rather than coconut?

    • posted by Allie on January 12, 2014

      Hi Tina, they should freeze well. You can use oil, butter or even avocado (I have heard it works). Enjoy, Ax

  10. posted by Kelly on January 19, 2014

    Hi, these sound delicious! Just wondering if you used dried dates or the fresh medjool dates?

    • posted by Allie on January 19, 2014

      Hi Kelly, I used some organic (additive free) dried dates and chopped them up. Enjoy 🙂 Ax

  11. posted by Christie on February 22, 2014

    Hi. Could you replace the milk with water or juice?? Would they still work?

    • posted by Allie on February 24, 2014

      Hi Christie, I think they would still work with some juice or fruit puree. Let us know how you go. Ax

  12. posted by Ruth on February 28, 2014

    My two kids LOVE these! So do I! Easy peasy and delicious! I love food processor recipes =)

  13. posted by Claire on March 1, 2014

    Yum! I started making these with my (nearly) 2 yr old, but realised I didn’t have banana, so through in some peanut butter and a couple tsp of the Mayver’s Hazelnut and Cacao spread for healthy chocolatey goodness. Delicious!

  14. posted by Jo on March 11, 2014

    These are delicious. My toddler loves them and is more than happy to eat them frozen (same with your carrot fruit biscuits and chewy fruit biscuits). In fact he often fishes them out of the freezer and brings the bag to me to open. I added a squirt of honey, instead of the sugar option, but the dates make them very sweet so I won’t add it next time.

  15. posted by Chantal Secomb on May 22, 2014

    Hey Ladies do you know how many calories are roughly in these???

  16. posted by Danielle on June 30, 2014

    My fussy toddler loves these 🙂 Thank you! I am coeliac so I made them with quinoa flakes and used a whole banana also. Yum!

  17. posted by Vicki @ Boiled Eggs & Soldiers on September 25, 2014

    Just made an adaptation of these (using amaranth due to Gluten issues and Rice Malt Syrup) they are delicious! Thanks

  18. posted by Casey on October 27, 2014

    These were made with the intention of freezing most of them as quick and easy toddler snacks for my 13mth old instead of resorting to store bought muesli bars and high sodium crackers, well they didn’t quite make it to the freezer after the kids and hubby stole a few each for their lunchboxes! Needless to say we will be making more. So easy to whip up and so insanely delicious. I may have undercooked them but the texture was a gorgeously soft macaroon like cookie. We all loved them! PS- they taste amazing crumbled over frozen berries for desert too!

  19. posted by Jess on October 29, 2014

    Good & easy recipe. Substituted dried apricots for the dates – delicious. Doesn’t need the sugar, the dried fruit makes them sweet enough. Thanks.

  20. posted by KB on November 8, 2014

    Normally i prefer crunchy not soft bikkies but these are chewy, gorgeous and very moreish. Thanks for a great recipe.

  21. posted by Amanda on January 28, 2015

    How good are these….

  22. posted by Briar on March 16, 2015

    I’m about to try making these for the first time.
    Can you please tell me, is it plain or self-raising wholemeal flour I should use?

    • posted by Jess on March 19, 2015

      Hi Briar, it’s wholemeal plain flour and I have updated the recipe above. Thank you, we hope you enjoy them – they are delicious. Jx

  23. posted by souhair on June 2, 2015

    Made these for my 16 month old and she absolutely loved them! So did the rest of the family.. Definitely will make them regularly! 🙂

  24. posted by Kelli on June 21, 2015

    Just wondering why you now seem to be calling biscuits cookies? Is it a conscious change to reach viewers in the in the United States?

    • posted by Allie on June 23, 2015

      Hi Kelli, no we just write whatever comes to us 😉 we have a mix of biscuits and cookies but you are welcome to call them whatever you like. Ax

  25. posted by Skye on August 12, 2015

    Would these still work if you cut out the food processor step & made sure the dates were finely chopped?

  26. posted by Alex on August 24, 2015

    Delicious! My 7 month old loves them, as do I. I used olive oil instead. No extra sugar/golden syrup needed as the dates are already super sweet. Thanks for a great recipe.

  27. posted by Mira on September 24, 2015

    Hi, I just made these, my son (3.5) loves it. Just wondering, are these meant to be soft and chewy?

    • posted by Allie on October 2, 2015

      Yes they are quite soft 🙂

  28. posted by Ronni on December 23, 2015

    Hi I am just about to make these bickies i cannot wait to taste them…

  29. posted by Allie clarke on April 20, 2016

    Hi wondering if you could replace the flour with coconut flour or almond meal please is so what’s the amount thanks

  30. posted by Tanya Freeman on July 6, 2016

    So yum! Love these biscuits. Just wondering why you mention storing them in the fridge. Would they be ok in an airtight container on the kitchen bench?

  31. posted by Danielle on July 25, 2016

    These are delicious!! Thank you!


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