Coconut Sugar Giveaway & Soft Banana Energy Cookies

May 8th, 2012 at 7:07 am
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Gluten-free banana energy cookies

If you know me and my style of cooking, you’re well aware that I try to use natural sweeteners in my baking projects instead of refined sugar. I could easily eat raw honey straight from the jar with a spoon. (And if I’m totally honest, I could probably do the same thing with blackstrap molasses.) Dried figs and dates are my go-to snack when I have a sweet tooth. Stevia makes its way into not only my baked goods but also my quinoa porridge, salad dressings, and the occasional less-than-perfect green smoothie.

Life without refined sugar isn’t so bad at all, really, once you get used to it. I understand, though, that not it’s not an overnight switch. Transitioning to a naturally sweetened lifestyle takes time. But thanks to Wholesome Sweeteners, that transition just got a whole lot easier.

The good people at Wholesome Sweeteners have just released a brand new product that happens to be one of my favorite natural sweeteners: coconut palm sugar! Here are just a few reasons to love this delicious ingredient:

  • It’s flavor is terrific! I love the subtle caramel undertones of coconut sugar.
  • It’s an easy replacement for granulated white sugar. I love how simple it is to swap in coconut sugar for white sugar in bread, muffin, and dessert recipes. Although it’s not quite as sweet as regular sugar, I find that I can usually use less than the original recipe calls for because coconut sugar packs a whole lot more flavor.
  • It actually has nutrients! Okay, it’s not like coconut sugar is the next kale or anything. But still, it does contain small amounts of magnesium, iron, and zinc.

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In addition to coconut sugar, Wholesome Sweeteners is my go-to source for other natural organic sweeteners like honey, agave nectar, and blackstrap molasses. But I must say, I’m thrilled that they are now adding coconut sugar to their line of products. I have worked with several brands of coconut sugar in the past. For the most part, they all have roughly the same texture and consistency. But I have found the Wholesome Sweeteners product to be a bit finer, sandier, and less gritty than other brands.

gluten-free sugar-free banana energy cookies

These energy cookies are an easy-to-make treat guaranteed to stick with you! Soft and moist, the flourless cookies are packed with fiber and healthy fats from the nuts and seeds. The coconut sugar and mashed bananas lend subtle fruity sweetness, making them the perfect morning pick-me-up or afternoon snack.

More recipes you’ll love with coconut sugar:

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The Giveaway

UPDATE 5/14/12 – This giveaway is now CLOSED. Thanks to all who entered!

Wholesome Sweeteners has generously offered to give away an assortment of some of their incredible products to one lucky Daily Bites reader! Included in the package:

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It’s simple to enter. Here’s how:

  • Leave a comment on this post telling me your favorite flavor of cookie.
  • Follow Wholesome Sweeteners on Facebook and/or Twitter and leave a comment saying that you did.
  • Follow Daily Bites on Facebook if you do not already and leave a comment saying that you did.
  • Follow Daily Bites on Twitter if you do not already and leave a comment saying that you did.

This giveaway is open to residents of the United States, age 18 or older. The giveaway will remain open until Sunday, May 13, 2012 at 6:00 pm CST. Winner will be contacted via email.

Good luck!

Soft Banana Energy Cookies
Makes 12 hearty cookies

2 medium ripe bananas
1/3 cup Wholesome Sweeteners Organic Coconut Palm Sugar
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
2 tablespoons ground flaxseed
1/2 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
1/2 cup raw walnuts, chopped
1/2 cup raw sunflower seeds
1/2 cup quinoa flakes
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon sea salt

Preheat the oven to 350º F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

In the bottom of a large bowl, mash the bananas until mostly smooth with very few chunks. Add the coconut sugar, olive oil, and flaxseed. Stir to combine. Add the remaining ingredients and stir to combine.

Drop the dough onto the lined baking sheet, using about 2 tablespoons of dough per cookie. Flatten the cookies with your fingertips to about 1/2-inch thick. Bake for 12-14 minutes until golden brown and just firm to the touch, rotating the pan once halfway through. Cool completely before serving. Store in an airtight container.

Disclosure: Wholesome Sweeteners is sponsoring this giveaway, but opinions expressed about the product(s) are strictly my own. I love to promote products that I personally use, endorse, and recommend! So don’t worry. I will always publish my honest opinion and cannot be “bought.”

Comments

  1. Desiree said on May 8, 2012 at 11:27 am

    I love soft oatmeal raisin cookies.

  2. SherriS. said on May 8, 2012 at 12:57 pm

    My favorite flavor is chocolate chip made with almond flour:>)

    Thanks for the chance to win – I’ve been wanting to try coconut palm sugar for a while!

  3. Your cookies look great! My favorite cookie is chocolate chocolate chip. Mmmmm…

  4. My favourite flavour of cookie- has to be oatmeal chocolate chip!

  5. I followed Wholesome Sweeteners! (@veggienook)

  6. I already follow you :) (@veggienook)

  7. Chocolate chip is my fav!

  8. Chocolate chip is my absolute favorite.

  9. And i follow u on fb.

  10. Mallory E said on May 8, 2012 at 1:19 pm

    My favorite cookie is either chocolate chip or white chocolate macadamia!

  11. Sharmista said on May 8, 2012 at 1:19 pm

    Oatmeal raisin cookies, soft & chewy with a little spice. Mmmm…. :)

  12. Following Wholesome Sweetners on Twitter :)

  13. Mallory E said on May 8, 2012 at 1:19 pm

    I like wholesome sweeteners on Facebook!

  14. Mallory E said on May 8, 2012 at 1:20 pm

    I like daily bites on Facebook!

  15. Also I’m following wholesome sweetener on Facebook too!

  16. Amanda k said on May 8, 2012 at 1:29 pm

    My favorite cookie is no bake cookies. Chocolate, pb, oats, etc.

  17. Amanda k said on May 8, 2012 at 1:30 pm

    I like daily bites on Facebook.

  18. These cookies look delicious. I wonder how well they travel. I love almost all cookies but I’m a big fan of macarons and oatmeal chocolate chip. But really, cookies are my go to over other baked goods.
    Thanks for the contest! Would love to try a new brand of coconut sugar that is less coarse.

  19. Amanda k said on May 8, 2012 at 1:35 pm

    Following wholesome sweeteners on twitter.

  20. Margaret said on May 8, 2012 at 1:38 pm

    My favorite cookie is white chocolate macadamia nut w/ cranberries.

  21. Margaret said on May 8, 2012 at 1:39 pm

    I like Wholesome Sweeteners on Facebook

  22. Margaret said on May 8, 2012 at 1:40 pm

    And I’m following Daily Bites on Facebook (Margaret Karen is the screen name) – Nice recipe!

  23. I’m not really a big cookie fan, but anything with oatmeal in it I do like. These cookies look yummy!

  24. I follow daily bites on facebook. Thanks for the chance!

  25. Annette said on May 8, 2012 at 1:51 pm

    I love chocolate chip cookies! I also will be trying this recipe. I love all cookies! I have been using coconut sugar for a few years now. I haven’t seen wholesome brand on the shelves yet but I will definitely give it a try when I see it.

  26. Annette said on May 8, 2012 at 1:52 pm

    Follow you via rss feed.

  27. Elaine said on May 8, 2012 at 2:21 pm

    My favorite is a nutella cookie. Last week I swapped coconut sugar for regular sugar in a cookie for the first time. It was the nutella cookies – and because of the chocolate, it even enhanced the flavor!

  28. Juliet said on May 8, 2012 at 2:40 pm

    Love following daily bites on FB and twitter — I get to know about this giveaways. I haven’t used refined sugars since Jan 1 and don’t miss it at all. I also don’t use wheat flour — almond flour is the way to go, and chocolate chip cookies would have to be my favorite.

  29. I love a huge snickerdoodle cookie! Although, these banana cookies look tasty. I’ll maybe try swapping the quinoa flakes for oats – love that they have ground flaxseed.

  30. Butterscotch Oatmeal-Raisin are my favorite.

  31. I would love these. I love wholesome sweeteners.

  32. My favorite cookie is Chocolate

  33. I liked wholesome sweeteners

  34. I liked daily bites on facebook.

  35. These look great! Hope I get to try the products.

  36. I love anything with a good dark chocolate! Thanks for the cookie recipe–it looks delish!

  37. Rebecca said on May 8, 2012 at 3:34 pm

    This recipe looks fabulous! I have two ripe bannanas sitting on my counter, so I will make them for my kids tonight. My favorite cookie — molasses!

  38. Nancy Rush said on May 8, 2012 at 3:46 pm

    I love snickerdoodles and chocolate chip! But, haven’t found a gluten free version of them yet that’s really tasty…

  39. Nancy Rush said on May 8, 2012 at 3:48 pm

    Question on the recipe – I’m avoiding nuts. Do you think I can just take them out, or substitute something else for them?

  40. Nancy: You could replace the walnuts with seeds. If you left them out completely, I think that would be fine, too.

  41. Your “Soft Island Bliss” cookies (posted 1/19/12 on your blog) have become a family favorite! This recipe looks wonderful – can’t wait to try it!

  42. Susan Ruffalo said on May 8, 2012 at 4:43 pm

    I loooove chocolate chip cookies! Thanks for a chance to win! :)

  43. Susan Ruffalo said on May 8, 2012 at 4:47 pm

    Following you on Facebook.

  44. mmm! my favorite kind of cookie is oatmeal raisin :) OR chocolate chip immediately out of the oven. my oh my so good. I would love to try this recipe!

  45. Deb Palmer said on May 8, 2012 at 4:50 pm

    I like Wholesome sweeteners on FB!!

  46. Deb Palmer said on May 8, 2012 at 4:51 pm

    I already like Daily Bites on FB and I get your e-mail. I love to follow you!!

  47. Lindsey said on May 8, 2012 at 4:52 pm

    Those look great! It’s hard to choose just one, but my favorite cookie would have to be an oatmeal chocolate chip cookie. Molasses cookies are a close second.

  48. Deb Palmer said on May 8, 2012 at 4:52 pm

    Thanks for the recipe for these awesome looking cookies. I am going to have to try them and add some bitter sweet choco pieces to it!! I love chocolate chip cookies!!

  49. I love gingersnap cookies

  50. I follow Daily Bites on FB

  51. Follow you on Twitter

  52. Kristin A said on May 8, 2012 at 5:03 pm

    Chocolate chip, no contest!

  53. Follow Wholesome Sweeteners on Twitter

  54. Yum. I’m going to have to try that recipe asap! But my favorite cookies will forever be oatmeal chocolate chip.

  55. Jessica Kenepah said on May 8, 2012 at 5:09 pm

    I love date crinkle cookies!

  56. my favorite cookie flavor is chocolate. second favorite is lemon.

  57. liked wholesome sweeteners on FB

  58. following wholesome sweeteners on twitter

  59. liked daily bites on FB

  60. following daily bites on twitter

  61. Great recipe…! I will be making these soon. Current favorite cookie is Oatmeal chocolate chip or pecan sandies…

  62. I like anything with chocolate or lemon and nuts in them! :)
    I follow you on Facebook.
    I just liked and follow Wholesome Sweeteners too.

  63. Brianna Tittel said on May 8, 2012 at 5:44 pm

    Nothing beats chocolate chip, but any sort of fudgy, chewy cookie is hard for me to pass on!

  64. Amanda said on May 8, 2012 at 5:46 pm

    Cinnamon oatmeal, slightly spicy but so comforting

  65. I a sucker for good ol’ chocolate chip!

  66. I have always been particularly fond of chocolate chip oatmeal–but I also like peanut butter, ginger snap, chocolate chip and before I was wheatless :), my mom’s pfeffernuse.

    I follow you on FB and Twitter, too! I’m excited to make this cookie–I see in the suggestions that you say for people avoiding nuts to add seeds. I thought I might make these for my mom, but she can’t have walnuts–is there a particular seed you’d suggest, or just add more sunflower seeds?

  67. I follow wholesome sweetners on facebook and twitter

  68. I follow you on twitter

  69. I like you on facebook. :)

  70. I follow you through facebook.

  71. I follow you from emails.

  72. I follow Wholesome Sweetners through facebook.

  73. Jessica said on May 8, 2012 at 6:50 pm

    I facebooked wholesome sweetners, and daily bites.

    And I love mixing coconut flakes and other fruit flavors with chocolate chips cookies, so like tropical cookies, orange juice, pineapple juice, maybe cashews or mac nuts into a chocolate chip cookie.

    And raw oatmeal cookies too!

  74. My favorite cookie I created years back when my children were small and its still my “go to cookie”…Oatmeal Peanut Butter Sunflower Seed Walnut Cookies. They crack as they bake, their crispy chewy and just delish! :) I am looking forward to trying them with coconut palm sugar.

    I have been making alot of transformations from the white sugar to natural sugars. My hubby has been very accepting of the better changes. :)

    I look forward to baking up a batch of these devine tasty morsels!

  75. This recipe looks great! My favorite cookie is definitely chocolate chip, with any kind of add-ins — nuts, etc.

  76. I am following Wholesome Sweeteners on Facebook.

  77. I am following Wholesome Sweeteners on Twitter.

  78. I am following Daily Bites on Facebook.

  79. I am following Daily Bites on Twitter.

  80. Catherine said on May 8, 2012 at 7:22 pm

    My very favorite cookie would have to be molasses cookies baked with real thick blackstrap molasses. Yum. They taste great frozen too!!

  81. Ashley said on May 8, 2012 at 7:24 pm

    My favorite cookie is the traditional chocolate chip! Thank you for the giveaway!

  82. Ashley said on May 8, 2012 at 7:27 pm

    I like WS on FB!

  83. Ashley said on May 8, 2012 at 7:27 pm

    I like you on FB too :)

  84. Ashley said on May 8, 2012 at 7:28 pm

    I follow you on twitter!

  85. My favorite cookie is oatmeal chocolate chip cookies!

  86. I “liked” your Fb page

  87. I liked Wholesome Sweeteners on FB

  88. Margie said on May 8, 2012 at 7:38 pm

    Chocolate chip of course!

  89. Stephanie said on May 8, 2012 at 8:12 pm

    My favorite cookie is anything with chocolate in it!

  90. I like gingerbread cookies or cut-out sugar cookies with frosting, but they must be moist!

  91. My favorite cookie is oatmeal chocolate chip. Thanks for the give away.

  92. Cindy W. said on May 8, 2012 at 8:50 pm

    My favorite cookie is a chocolate chip cookie.

  93. What a great giveaway! My favorite cookie is a gluten-free chocolate chip cookie :)

  94. coleen said on May 8, 2012 at 9:04 pm

    any cookie redolant of ginger-y goodness! what a wonderful giveaway, too!

  95. coleen said on May 8, 2012 at 9:05 pm

    also ‘following’ daily bites on twitter (already do on fb!)….

  96. coleen said on May 8, 2012 at 9:05 pm

    followed wholesome sweeteners on fb and twitter

  97. What a great giveaway…I love baking with coconut sugar! It’s a toss-up for my favorite cookie between my gluten free chocolate chip zucchini cookies or carrot breakfast cookies!

  98. Stephanie said on May 8, 2012 at 9:49 pm

    These look great, Hallie! My favorite cookie is raw cashew butter cookies – you eat them straight from the freezer! We use coconut sugar all the time – would love to try a new brand.

  99. I’d have to say my favorite is gingersnaps. I have little self control if I make those!

  100. Melissa said on May 8, 2012 at 10:42 pm

    Following Whole Sweeteners on FB and chocolate chip is my favorite!

  101. Melissa said on May 8, 2012 at 10:42 pm

    Wholesome…not Whole Sweeteners. :)

  102. I love coconut sugar. I use it all the time. My favorite cookie is a peanut butter cookie.

  103. I follow DAily Bites on FB already.

  104. I LOVE coconut sugar, this is a great giveaway! My favourite flavor of cookie is lemon

  105. Theresa said on May 9, 2012 at 12:53 am

    I would have to say chocolate peanutbutter cookies are my favorite. I would love to win, thanks for the opportunity. Love all your recipes!

  106. Carole said on May 9, 2012 at 1:36 am

    MY FAVORITE COOKIES ARE OATMEAL AND RAISIN. I AM VERY FOND OF APRICOT AND PEACHES ALSO.

  107. Deanne Johnson said on May 9, 2012 at 2:22 am

    I love chocolate chip cookies!

  108. Theresa P. said on May 9, 2012 at 2:33 am

    My favorite cookies are chocolate chip. but i haven’t tried the banana energy cookies yet. looking forward to trying them! I love coconut sugar. thanks for the opportunity.

  109. Nicole said on May 9, 2012 at 2:40 am

    My favorite flavor of cookies is chocolate chip!

  110. Nicole said on May 9, 2012 at 2:42 am

    I follow Wholesome Sweeteners on Twitter as @Nicoles_SDC

  111. Nettie said on May 9, 2012 at 3:15 am

    I LOVE coconut sugar….Favorite flavor of cookie? Anything dark chocolate of course!!

  112. Recently found ur site! Thank you for all the fabulous tips! My favorite cookie is oatmeal raisin! Now I can’t wait to try the coconut sugar!!

  113. My favorite cookie flavor is samoas! Thanks for the great giveaway!

  114. Meghan said on May 9, 2012 at 3:11 pm

    I’m partial to peanut butter cookies

  115. My favorite is so hard to say but I will never turn down an oatmeal cookie!

  116. good old chocolate chip is my favorite!

  117. I liked you on facebook :)

  118. I liked wholesome sweeteners on facebook ;)

  119. My favorite flavor of cookie has to be oatmeal raisin with walnuts, followed by snickerdoodle and peanut butter!

  120. Ashlie said on May 9, 2012 at 6:54 pm

    I love anything with cinnamon and other sweet spices, so gingersnaps and snickerdoodles are at the top of my list!

  121. Love any cookie with any type of coconut in it!

  122. Like Wholesome Sweetners on Facebook

  123. I just wanna say that I love your recipes they succeed every time I try something new nothing goes wrong. Just ate the banana bars it is so tastyyyyy. Luckiely my husband doesn’t like Banaba so I am gonna eat them bymyself. Thank you very much!

  124. I LOVE a good chocolate chip cookie with…lately I’ve been into oatmeal chocolate chip, or anything with oatmeal! And coconut sugar is the BEST! I use it constantly, with basically everything I sweeten!

  125. My favorite cookie has always been oatmeal raisin.

  126. Kimberly said on May 10, 2012 at 2:42 am

    My favorite cookie is a chewy Molasses Spice Cookie.

  127. Kimberly said on May 10, 2012 at 2:43 am

    I liked you on Facebook.

  128. Kimberly said on May 10, 2012 at 2:43 am

    I follow you on Twitter.

  129. Kimberly said on May 10, 2012 at 2:44 am

    I followed Wholesome Sweetners on Facebook.

  130. Danielle said on May 10, 2012 at 3:54 am

    I love oatmeal chocolate chip cookies!

  131. Danielle said on May 10, 2012 at 3:55 am

    I follow you on twitter! (@dssorensen)

  132. Danielle said on May 10, 2012 at 3:55 am

    I liked you on facebook!

  133. Danielle said on May 10, 2012 at 3:56 am

    I liked wholesome Sweeteners on Facebook!

  134. I love fruit and nut cookies … like trail mix in cookie form! Easier to carry with you. :) And I bet coconut sugar would work wonderfully there!

  135. Follow you on Twitter!

  136. Follow WS on Twitter!

  137. Colleen M said on May 10, 2012 at 4:13 am

    My favorite cookie is oatmeal raisin!

  138. Rebecca said on May 10, 2012 at 3:52 pm

    Made these last night. They are so yummy and will be going into regular rotation in our house!

  139. Tara Swick said on May 10, 2012 at 3:53 pm

    My favorite kind of cookie is an arrowroot powder chocolate or carob chip cookie! Yum! Yum!

  140. Tara Swick said on May 10, 2012 at 3:55 pm

    I am following Wholesome Sweeteners on FB!

  141. Tara Swick said on May 10, 2012 at 3:56 pm

    I am following you on FB!

  142. LOVE Coconut sugar! I use it all the time in baking and no one can tell the difference. My favorite flavor of cookie is peanut butter- yum!

  143. Great giveaway! I use coconut sugar, too, and more since finding your blog! :)

  144. My favorite kind of cookie is coconut orange!
    I am now following Daily Bites and Wholesome Sweeteners! Wooo

  145. My favorite cookies are oatmeal chocolate chip!

  146. Carolyn said on May 11, 2012 at 7:27 pm

    I love oatmeal raisin cookies. What a great giveaway! I love coconut sugar!!!!!

  147. I tend to love them all – love that crispy, crunchy texture. If I had to pick a flavor it would have to include a hint of chocolate. ;-)

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