Jan
19
2012

(Avocado Coconut) Cowboy Cookies

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I know what you’re thinking… Avocado? Cowboy? What on Earth?

You know what I’m thinking… Ah, the weirder the better. :)

And I can assure you and me both that these cookies rock. They’re light, fluffy, gluten-free, dairy-free, grain-free, lowish carb, and yummy. They are cookies, of course they are yummy. I wouldn’t make a cookie that wasn’t… or at least I wouldn’t post it, as sometimes even Lori’s produce sub-par baked goods.

But not these! These are good. And I have been enjoying them as a mid-morning snack just about every day. Guilt-free, mind you. Yup, they have chocolate chips in them, but that just adds to the complexity of my snacking. ;)

Don’t you just love how I make up random babble??

Why I used these ingredients:

Avocado: Avocado was used in replace of added oils or fat. The natural, healthy fat in the avocados acts to moisten the cookie and give it a buttery texture and taste.

Banana: Bananas act as a binder, helping the batter stick together. They keep the cookie nice and moist, and give them a slightly sweeter taste without adding tons of sugar.

Coconut: Healthy fats, again! And a bit of a crunch factor. If coconut doesn’t float your boat, feel free to leave these out, if you wish.

Sea salt: Delish! Don’t forget to add salt to your baked goods. Salt, sea salt in particular, adds minerals and enhances the flavor of foods. Salt and make or break a recipe or dish. Don’t be afraid to use salt- if you’re not eating processed foods, you’re not going to consume too much sodium.

Apple cider vinegar: This helps the cookies become fluffy when baking gluten-free baked goods. Don’t ask me why…

Honey: Because it’s yummy, adds complexity, and isn’t process, white sugar. You may sub with any sweetener you’d like.

Cowboy: Because I created these cookies based off of a recipe for Cowboy Cookies from Gluten Free By Nature. She has some crazy-great recipes.

 

 

 Yummy. :)

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lindsay January 19, 2012 at 10:17 AM

youre brillant! these are brillant! I love the avocado woman. Good stuff. and yes, the weirder the better.
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Lori January 19, 2012 at 5:36 PM

AGREED!

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Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table January 19, 2012 at 10:29 AM

I had no idea about the apple cider vinegar! Very cool. Can’t wait to try these out.
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Steph January 19, 2012 at 1:01 PM

and this is what i stumble upon after i pitch the coconut flour…awesome!
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Christin@purplebirdblog January 19, 2012 at 1:30 PM

Noted about the ACV! And seriously… daaaaaaaaaang girl, can I get me somma them balls?! Hahahahahahah I crack myself up ;)
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Amber Shea @Almost Vegan January 19, 2012 at 5:25 PM

Maybe you can make these for me when I’m in San Fran next month ;P
But really, we HAVE to meet up this time. And I think there should be alcohol involved. Maybe cookies too.
We don’t have any details yet on our trip, but I will keep you posted!
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Lori January 19, 2012 at 5:36 PM

OOooooh yes to all! Keep me posted!

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Pure2raw Twins January 19, 2012 at 6:09 PM

Lori another great recipe!!! And love the name too :)
you are always so clever over there.
Love putting ACV in our gluten free baked goods too
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Lori January 20, 2012 at 10:35 AM

yeah, I’m not really sure why the apple cider vinegar creates a fluffy baked good but I’m willing to work with it. ;)

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Chuck January 19, 2012 at 10:37 PM

Wow these sound great! With only 1/4 avocado, can you really taste it though? I’m thinking about adding coconut flour and avocado to a meatloaf tomorrow in place of oatmeal or breadcrumbs
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Lori January 20, 2012 at 11:51 AM

With a whole avocado you wouldn’t be able to taste it. Avocado doesn’t really have a taste in baked goods, just gives it a creamier, richer texture.
:)

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Ela January 19, 2012 at 11:11 PM

The weirder the better, and yes, I do adore how you spin a random babble ;)

That said, I’m kinda leery of the idea of cooking avocado–it just makes me think brown oxidized not appealing… But looking at the recipe, I could imagine subbing applesauce or pumpkin or yam puree for the avo and it would be grand like that too!
love
Ela
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Brenda A April 22, 2012 at 3:52 PM

Oddly enough, the avo didn’t even change colors! Still green!

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Lori April 23, 2012 at 1:39 PM

I know! I thought it would turn brown or something due to baking, but nope! Still beautiful green and delicious.

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Andrew Smith January 20, 2012 at 2:23 AM

What a great tasteful post, i stumble upon after i pitch the coconut flour…awesome, keep up good work.
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Lori January 20, 2012 at 10:26 AM

Thanks!

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Cassey January 21, 2012 at 7:10 AM

I love this. I saw your post on the Feather River Cross Fit page.. Thanks for sharing. I am only Day 6 of the Challenge and it is going great. I love new recipes!! Thank you.
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Corinne January 30, 2012 at 4:48 PM

WOW! We just made these, and they are fantastic! I’m always on the search for yummy paleo baked goods, but these are extra-special because my daughter can bring them to her nut-free school for snack!
I may have been a bit more liberal with the liquids, because ours weren’t as “ball-like”, but they are great! Thanks!
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Lori January 30, 2012 at 6:20 PM

Oh great!! SO glad you made them and liked them! They’re healthy but they really do taste great. I literally had about 6 a day… lol

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Laurie February 5, 2012 at 1:41 PM

I am going to make these this afternoon, so excited to try them! Thanks so much for sharing this recipe :)
~Laurie

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Lori February 6, 2012 at 10:31 AM

I hope you like them! Let me know how they turn out!

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Kim February 7, 2012 at 11:08 AM

Thanks for the recipe, Lori! I have these in the oven right now. I subbed the eggs for chia eggs, so I am hoping to get the same end result. Thanks again!!

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Sarah November 27, 2012 at 5:59 PM

Hi Kim, how did the cookies turn out with the chia egg? Would love to try that for my vegan pals.

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Kristen March 1, 2012 at 8:12 PM

Hey Lori I found your blog on the healthful pursuit blog and I’m so happy to have found it! I just made this recipe using flax instead of eggs as a substitute….it came out awesome. I love the combo and texture. I have been searching endlessly for recipes that utilize coconut flour in a unique way. Thanks for the great recipe!

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Lori March 2, 2012 at 11:05 AM

You are welcome and I’m happy you shared the fact you made them- and that the vegan version turned out so well! I really love these cookies so I’m glad you were able give them a try. :)

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Judy April 22, 2012 at 2:38 PM

I just made the dough for these and it is so runny. Are you sure these are the correct proportions?

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Brenda A April 22, 2012 at 2:58 PM

OMGOODNESS! I just made these for my friend that’s visiting…. and I squeezed a little in my little hole- totally amazing awesomeness! Banana bread-esque. Loved it, can’t wait to chow down when I’m cut free :D

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Lori April 23, 2012 at 1:39 PM

I’m SO glad you liked them!!! And you have to make them again when you can eat all of them! lol

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Noel April 29, 2012 at 3:56 PM

Put a tbsp of vinegar in a cup, add a pinch of baking powder and watch what happens – that’s why the vinegar makes the batter “rise”.

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Meaghan May 24, 2012 at 1:48 PM

These were delicious – and they didn’t last very long in my house! Thanks for the recipe. I will definitely be making these again soon…yum!

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Lori October 8, 2012 at 9:59 PM

Lori,
I just made these they are awesome, Love them! Plan to bring them to my crossfit class tomorrow to share w/ the group. Do you have the nutritional information on these by chance?

thanks,
Great name by the way!
lori

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Lori October 8, 2012 at 10:01 PM

Hi Lori,
I just made these and they are so YUMMY! I plan to bring them to my crossfit class tomorrow to share with the group.

Do you have the nutritional information on these by chance please?

thanks,
Great name :)
lori
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Grace October 22, 2012 at 1:33 PM

this pictures of your cookies look amazing and I love the ingredients! But for some reason my batter came out to more of a cake/bread batter consistency, so I put it in muffin tins and hoped for the best. The muffins came out yummy, but the bottoms were wet and mushy….maybe it was because I used frozen bananas, and used a blender to mix them with the Avo and milk. Or maybe because I used spelt flour. Who knows? When I tried adding extra flour to the leftover batter, the muffins came out with a better, firmer form

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Megan V. October 24, 2012 at 4:51 PM

I used almond flour, and had to add more than 2 cups to get them anywhere close to a cookie dough consistency! As a fairly seasoned baker, the proportions just don’t look right in the original recipe. Anyhoo, they’re in the oven baking, and smelling delicious! Thanks for the great recipe!

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sandra October 26, 2012 at 2:18 PM

These came out great!! thanks for sharing!

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Rebekah December 25, 2012 at 1:49 PM

These are the most awesome cookies ever! Sugar whacks me out and I love cookies. These are my new favorite! Thank you!!

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Robbin January 7, 2013 at 12:06 PM

These are the best paleo cookies I have made yet! I love the taste and the texture..I am thinking about using the base ingredients and experimenting with other add-in’s like sugar-free cranberries or dates…have you tried anything other than chocolate chips?
YUMMY!

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Lori January 7, 2013 at 1:17 PM

Wooo! I’m glad you liked them! You know, I haven’t yet. But maybe that will be my cookie-experiment today! Anything would be good in these, I feel like. :)

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Stephanie January 13, 2013 at 5:56 PM

I just made these and had the same problem with the runny liquid batter. Not sure how 1 cup almond milk and 1 cup flour wouldn’t turn out runny? Am I missing something here. Anyways, I just added a lot more flour and made them into muffins instead. They were yummy. Fun experiment. Thanks for the idea.

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Lori January 20, 2013 at 8:36 AM

I think when I made them, the type of coconut flour I used soaked up a LOT of liquid- hence the large amount of almond milk.. but I have noticed that coconut flours are NOT made equal and some soak up more, some soak up less liquid.. sorry they didn’t turn into cookies for you but I’m glad you were able to adapt the recipe and made yummy muffins!

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Mary C January 14, 2013 at 9:58 AM

Lori these look amazing. I will try very soon and let you know how they turn out!

~Mary

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Lori January 20, 2013 at 8:30 AM

Great! Please do!

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Kristin January 14, 2013 at 6:36 PM

Finally a paleo cookie recipe that doesn’t need a food processor! & they are amazing! Wish I would have found them sooner!

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Lori January 20, 2013 at 8:29 AM

Glad you found them now. :)

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Bob January 15, 2013 at 8:02 AM

Hi Lori. Thanks for the recipe. Do you think these would still be as good using almond flour? I don’t have the coconut flour and almond is handy. Your thoughts? Thanks!

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pb January 31, 2013 at 11:15 AM

Hi, Just wondering why you’ve chosen to use coconut flour over other gluten-free flours….we are new to gluten-free baking and haven’t tried any. Thanks!

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Lori October 26, 2013 at 7:44 AM

Coconut flour is just a great replacement for gluten AND grain free. It’s also pretty high in protein, low in carbs, and SUPER high in fiber. It’s a fun variation to play with, too. If you’re following a strick Paleo diet then coconut or almond flour would be your go-to “flours”.

Thanks! Hope that helped!

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Mike May 5, 2013 at 5:06 PM

We substituted almond milk with lightly diluted full fat coconut milk….maybe that helped thicken things up….Turned out perfect! Thanks for the recipe!!!

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Kristy May 14, 2013 at 3:56 PM

Hi there,
Was really excited to try these for some girls that are coming over. However, I decided to make my own coconut flour as I couldn’t come to pay the price for it at the grocery store. Epic fail! I had put some coconut in the food processor to make my own flour. However it turned out more sugary than flour like. When I put all the ingredients together it was more like a soup rather than a dough. I ended up adding in regular flour (which completely undid all intentions of making a gluten free treat) to get it back to a dough consistency. Would I have had better luck if I had used the store bought coconut flour? Guess I’ll find out if the cookies turn out as they are in the oven as we speak. ;)
Thanks!

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Renee July 8, 2013 at 7:12 PM

Does anyone know why my cookies turned a black/green color the next day? They taste good, but they look gross. Also, my flour soaked up all the milk. I had to add more.

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Lori August 25, 2013 at 7:55 AM

Coconut flour can soak up a LOT of liquid and sometimes the different brands of flours vary. I’ve had recipes where I’ve made them twice, three times, always adding in a slight difference in liquid.

The green/black color, no doubt, was from the avocado. Should definitely still be good though! ;)

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Crystal October 1, 2013 at 5:43 PM

Just made these and they turned out great just the right ingredients and my sugar loving chocolate eating father in law loved them also and was very surprised to find out the ingredients!

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Ronda November 17, 2013 at 8:08 PM

I made these tonight for me and my 7 year old. I put some pecans in mine to give it a bit of a crunch. I used coconut milk and 65% cacao chocolate chips. My son and I loved them. Thank you so much for sharing this.

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Candice December 10, 2013 at 1:47 PM

So I just tried making two batches of these ….they both turned out really runny! Not like dough at all
Any thoughts on what I’m doing wrong???

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Lori January 23, 2014 at 7:13 PM

Interesting. Sorry they didn’t turn out!! I wonder if the coconut flour density was different- that tends to be the very first thing that makes a difference. The amount of liquid with coconut flour is tricky. IF you’re willing to try it one more time, I would suggest decreasing the amount of almond milk by at least half (so maybe start out with 1/4- 1/2 cup almond milk) and/or increasing the amount of almond flour. Also, the bananas in this really help to keep things together… hope you try these again, as they are some of my favorite cookies!

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Robyn February 3, 2014 at 9:17 PM

Mine are always runny, but that is fine, they bake up nicely, although I only use 1 heaped tablespoon and watch them closely. Taste great and everyone paleo or non paleo love them!

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Lisa Pozzobon April 4, 2014 at 7:52 AM

These were SOOOO watery when I followed everything exactly.
I had to add like twice the amount of flower that the recipe called for.
I baked for 20 mins and they were a bit dry :(

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Lori September 28, 2014 at 8:24 AM

Gotta love trial and error…. and burnt cookies! Glad you tried them, sorry they didn’t turn out perfectly, but glad you found a cool solution!!

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