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Whole-Grain Coconut Waffles

Healthy whole wheat waffles are easy and tasty!  Use almond milk to make this healthy waffles recipe.

Whole Wheat Coconut Waffles from JensFavoriteCookies.com - use almond milk to make these waffles healthy and delicious!While this is primarily a dessert blog, I occasionally like to share some breakfast ideas with you.

I’d like to say that’s because you can’t have dessert for breakfast, but who am I kidding?  What are chocolate muffins and coffee cake, if not dessert that you eat for breakfast?

And yes, I’m aware that this particular breakfast is pictured slathered in syrup and toasted coconut, but beyond that, these babies are actually healthy.  They are healthy in the sense that they are extra-wheaty and dairy-free.

I was a little worried that the gaggle of teens at my house would turn their noses up at these “healthy” waffles.  I warned them that they were whole-grain.  They literally answered by saying, “We don’t care.  We want the waffles.”

Fine with me.  Dive in.  Just save me one.

Whole Wheat Coconut Waffles from JensFavoriteCookies.com - use almond milk to make these waffles healthy and delicious!

At my house, the teens come in the extra-skinny variety.  My doctor always tells me they are underweight, and not to restrict their diets at all.  Trust me, doc, there are no food restrictions in this house.

Since I am overly fond of dessert foods, I sometimes worry that their diet is a little heavy on the carbs, and light on the nutrients.  I figure it can’t hurt them to eat whole grains once in a while.  It also gave me an excuse to try the new Silk Almond Coconut blend.

Whole Wheat Coconut Waffles from JensFavoriteCookies.com - use almond milk to make these waffles healthy and delicious!Whole Wheat Coconut Waffles from JensFavoriteCookies.com - use almond milk to make these waffles healthy and delicious!Whole Wheat Coconut Waffles from JensFavoriteCookies.com - use almond milk to make these waffles healthy and delicious!

Have you seen this stuff?  I asked my good friend about it, since she had to cut dairy out of her diet a while back.  Dairy AND gluten.  She almost can’t eat anything.

She told me she uses Silk Almond Milk all the time, and that she really likes the Silk Almond Coconut Blend.  It doesn’t have as strong a coconut flavor as coconut milk does, and it’s a nice change from using almond milk every day.  She bakes with it, cooks with it, even pours it on her cereal.

I think you should try the Silk Almond Coconut Blend for yourself, and to make it a little easier, I am including a coupon!  CLICK HERE to get the coupon details.

I’m sure you’ll have trouble keeping your kiddos away from these waffles long enough to get your own helping, but they’re worth the trouble!


Want more?  Try these breakfast favorites!

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Muffin Bites


Whole-Grain Coconut Waffles
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Whole grain waffles made with almond milk and coconut.
Recipe type: Breakfast
Serves: 5
  • 1½ cups whole wheat flour
  • ¼ cup wheat germ
  • ½ cup shredded coconut
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1½ cups Silk Almond Coconut Blend
  • 1 egg
  • ⅓ cup vegetable oil
  • ½ teaspoon coconut extract
  1. Combine flour, wheat germ, coconut, sugar, baking powder, and salt in a bowl.
  2. In a separate bowl, combine Almond Coconut milk, egg, oil, and extract.
  3. Pour wet ingredients into dry ingredients. Mix until combined, mixture can be slightly lumpy.
  4. Pour into waffle iron, and cook for 5-8 minutes.
  5. Top with syrup and toasted coconut.


This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Silk. The opinions and text are all mine.

Peanut Butter Granola Bites

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Peanut Butter Granola Bites from JensFavoriteCookies.com  -  packed with protein, dried fruits, and nuts.Robb and I have been having this disagreement lately.

It all started when I decided to make some healthier eating choices.  The truth is, I found the new rules to be kind of a drastic change from the old ones, and really difficult to stick to.  So, I came up with a brilliant plan…


I figured I could have a weaning-off period, a period during which I don’t completely give myself to the new lifestyle with wreckless abandon, but I start moving in that direction by getting halfway there.  Robb has always been a black-and-white kind of guy, so the whole idea of half measures makes him nuts.

He says I should just do it, or not do it.  Half measure are for wimps.

To each his own, I guess, my half measures have been working out great for me.

Peanut Butter Granola Bites from JensFavoriteCookies.com  -  packed with protein, dried fruits, and nuts.

One of my alternatives to junk-food snacking this season is these Granola Bites.  There is still enough sweetness in them to make them really fun and delicious, while packing a protein punch that keeps the cravings at bay. Continue reading “Peanut Butter Granola Bites” »

Plain Oatmeal Cookies

Oatmeal cookies from scratch;  You can easily make these delicious plain oatmeal cookies from scratch and impress your family.

Plain Oatmeal Cookies from Jen's Favorite CookiesYou guys?  It’s 2014.  Exactly how did that happen?  2013 was kind of a blur for me.  A hard working, always blogging blur.

I’m hoping this year I can take some time to smell the roses, so to speak.  Or smell the cookies.  That would be more appropriate, especially given that the roses in our yard haven’t been doing too well, but we have had cookies a-plenty.

I don’t often purchase cookies (with the possible exception of Oreos, because yummmm!) but there is one I buy on rare occasions.  It comes from a local bread store, where the pumpkin chip bread is divine, the breakfast sandwiches are all that and a bag of chips, and the cookies are as big as your face.  When I need a quick gift or want to treat myself to something special, I buy a half dozen of their plain oatmeal cookies.

You have to know that I’m the world’s biggest fan of chocolate chips, but these plain cookies are to die for.  Seriously.

Plain Oatmeal Cookies from Jen's Favorite Cookies

I decided to try to recreate the experience at home.  I didn’t hit the mark exactly, but I came pretty close.  This cookie is not quite as sweet as some others on this site, and that coupled with the absence of chocolate chips makes it a lovely choice for January.  Something simple after December’s abundance of sugar and butter.

Are you making resolutions this year?  One of mine is to eat less sugar.

Plain Oatmeal Cookies from Jen's Favorite Cookies Plain Oatmeal Cookies from Jen's Favorite Cookies

Don’t misunderstand me.  If you are looking for an applesauce cookie recipe, you are looking in the wrong place.  We will have none of that on this blog.

But, I believe in simplicity and clarity, and I think this Plain Oatmeal Cookie is just the dessert to embody those qualities.

Here’s to simplicity in 2014!

5 from 5 votes

Plain Oatmeal Cookies

A simple oatmeal cookie with just a hint of cinnamon.

Cook Time 9 minutes
Servings 5 dozen
Author Jen @ Jen's Favorite Cookies


  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 3/4 cups flour
  • 2 1/2 cups quick oats


  1. Cream butter and sugars. Add eggs, vanilla, and water, and mix well.

  2. Add salt, soda, and cinnamon and mix well. Add flour, and mix just until combined. Add oats and mix just until combined.

  3. Drop spoonfuls onto a greased or lined baking sheet, and bake at 350F for 8-11 minutes.

Chocolate Protein Shake

Protein shake recipes are a must when trying to eat more protein.  This chocolate smoothie includes bananas, peanut butter, and chocolate protein powder.

protein shake recipesMy dad might be the whitest person I know.

And I’m not talking about his skin color, although it applies in that sense as well.

My kids just took this color-code personality test at school.  Did you ever take this test?  The colors represent different personality types.  Red is strong, dominant, independent, a take-charge leader.  Blue is mostly emotionally driven.  White is a peacemaker, non-confrontational, easy-going type.  Yellow is all fun, and focused on socialization.

The Lizard is a red-white, which sounds sort of impossible, since they are basically opposites, but it definitely didn’t surprise me.

The Fruitarian is white.  ALL white.  As in, I think there are 40 questions on the test, and 37 of them were white.  Did I mention he’s a middle child?  He’s one of the few people I know who can compete with my dad in white-ness.

chocolate smoothie

I’m a blue, by the way.  Robb says I should take the test again, just to be sure.  {He’s hinting that I’ve become more red with age.  But he’s wrong.  Obviously.}

Robb is pretty darn white himself, but The Lizard is convinced that he is red.  He cited some specific, and to be honest, rather compelling reasons why.  Most of them center around Robb’s nickname when dealing with the kids:  “The Hammer.”

Some time ago, The Hammer decided to pump up and strengthen his general sense of manliness with some weight lifting.

Which required protein powder.

Which required recipes.

chocolate smoothie

Seriously?  Have you ever tried to drink protein powder mixed in water?  You can’t plug your nose and gag it down!  Even the “good stuff” is terrible.  And thus, I have been on a quest to make whey protein palatable.

This recipe is by far my best effort.

I’m not going to lie.  There is no secret ingredient in the world that can mask that chalky aftertaste, but trust me when I tell you this is as close as you are going to get.

And, double bonus, drinking this shake made me feel full, and curbed my cravings for chocolate dipped Pecan Sandies for several hours.

Because not even this amazing shake can stop that craving forever!



Want more?  Try these blended beverages!

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4.0 from 2 reviews
Chocolate Protein Shake
A chocolate banana shake made with protein powder.
Recipe type: beverages
Serves: 2
  • 1½ cups chocolate milk (or regular milk + 1 big squirt of chocolate syrup)
  • 2 scoops chocolate protein powder (I used Muscle Milk)
  • 1 banana
  • 1 T. peanut butter (I prefer creamy)
  • 3-4 ice cubes
  1. Place all ingredients in a blender. Blend until smooth.

Fruit Leather

Homemade Fruit Leather

My poor husband.  He is not a morning person AT ALL.  Neither am I, truth be told, but I can make myself get up and smile and get feeling pretty good by 7:00 am most days.

He can’t.  

Remember when you were a kid and your mom got you up in the morning and you didn’t want to get up?  Remember how bright the lights were, and how your eyes would close tight and refuse to open?  Robb never grew out of this.  

He’s a thirty-something man whose eyes are stuck shut.  Every. Morning.

Me: It’s time to get up.
Him: Just 5 more minutes.
Every. Morning.

Fruit Leather

Yesterday, he thought he would get a little comfort from our daughter, the Hippie Chick.  He really should have known better.  The women in our family (both sides, really) are known for their strong, independent spirit and their gift for attitude and sarcasm.

Robb: Tell me a story.
Hippie Chick: Once upon a time, there was a man.  He was supposed to go to work, but he laid in bed sleeping.  So he got fired.
Robb: Ack!  You’re wrecking it!!

Hopefully he will be awake and alert by lunchtime.

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Chocolate Yogurt Granola Bars

Chocolate Frosted GranolaUnder normal circumstances, I try to limit the amount of baking chips I purchase.  But, let’s be honest, you can’t expect a girl to just never buy chocolate chips, can you?

I found a clearance basket at my local grocery store that was full of Ghiradelli bittersweet chocolate chips.  I’m not sure whether they were being discontinued or what, but they were going for $1 a bag.

I bought 5 bags.  And regretted not buying more.

Having this much self control is exhausting.  I’m pretty sure I deserve an award {or at least a reward} for all the money I didn’t spend last week.  Check me out:  I went to Hobby Lobby and spent less than $20.  I went to World Market and spent less than $25.  AND I went to IKEA and spent less than $30.

If you don’t include lunch.  Which I don’t.  Because that was a separate self-control win altogether. {Chocolate cake, anyone?!}

Yogurt granola bar

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Date Nut No-Bake Cookies

No bake nut cookieI just heard my kid say the words, “We’ve got to get mom off the computer.”

{pause for effect}

This is the same kid who said, “Blogging is a nerdy woman thing to do.”

He’s not related to me, I swear.  He didn’t spring from my belly, grow up in my house, and throw countless purple-face, sweating and screaming tantrums, only to disrespect me after FIFTEEN YEARS of patience, dedication, sacrifice, and wise parenting.  MY kid would never do that.

Continue reading “Date Nut No-Bake Cookies” »

Coconut Ginger Granola and Product Review

Granola recipe with coconut, ginger, and almonds.  This healthy granola recipe is made with coconut oil.

granola recipe

It’s a first for me, doing a product review on this blog.  I got this big bottle of coconut oil in the mail, and I immediately went to work searching high and low for ways to use it.  And by that, I mean I typed the phrase “coconut oil” into the search bar on Pinterest.  I’m kind of a research genius that way.  I also asked my Facebook friends, and even sent the question to the Thumb community.  I got some interesting results from all this “research.”

One result was that I discovered that people are not cooking with coconut oil very much.  I mean, when it comes to actual recipes with coconut oil as one of the ingredients, there are few.  It didn’t stop me from trying a few things, things you will probably see on this blog very soon.  The very first thing I tried was this coconut oil granola.

healthy granola recipe

The brand of coconut oil I am using today is Tropical Traditions.

Tropical Traditions provided me with a free sample of this product to review, and I was under no obligation to review it if I so chose. Nor was I under any obligation to write a positive review or sponsor a product giveaway in return for the free product.

I made a few changes to the recipe I found.  As usual, my changes are prompted by what’s in my pantry.  Or more appropriately, what’s not in my pantry.  One thing I added that I was very happy with was the crystallized ginger.  It has a different texture than the rest of the granola… it’s soft and chewy.  It has a strong flavor that gives a little extra kick to the granola.  There’s something about that coconut-ginger combination that I really like.

granola recipe

My husband said he liked this granola quite a bit.  He thinks it has a lot of different flavors in it, and he’s not wrong.  Each bite is a little different from the last.  And it is really yummy with honey-flavored greek yogurt and sliced fresh strawberries.

So, here are a few interesting facts about this brand of coconut oil.  It’s made in the Phillippines by a pretty old-school traditional method that keeps it from being highly processed or mass produced.  It’s organic.  And while I’m not exactly qualified to be making any medical claims, I can tell you that it has a boat-load of antioxidants.  Which is good news for you!

Get the [tooltip text=”spoiler alert: If you watch carefully, you’ll see a very technical process involving a guy sitting on a really long board in order to squeeze the coconut to death. Don’t worry, though. His butt is nowhere near your coconut oil.”]juicy details[/tooltip] here:   Tropical Traditions Gold Label Virgin Coconut Oil

I know you want to buy the gold label stuff now!!

I should mention here that I also used the oil in a non-food way this week, too.  My son has this super weird and unusual skin condition on his hands and feet.  It’s basically extra thick skin, which looks kind of blistery, and sometimes dries and peels off.  We’ve been working on the problem with a pretty heavy regimen of supplements, which make the skin drier and flakier than normal.  In an attempt to scrub the crazy huge amount of peeling skin off, I gave him a little bit of coconut oil and some coarse sea salt and had him scrub hard for a few minutes, before washing it off.  It wasn’t a magic pill or anything, but it definitely helped soften up his skin some, and he was very happy.  I think we might try it again when we have more time available for scrubbing.

healthy granola recipe

My opinion of the coconut oil is that I like it.  It’s definitely tasty and healthy.  Don’t get me wrong, it’s no substitute for butter, but then again, what is?  It is pretty pricey compared to other oils, too.  However, the health benefits might outweigh the costs in this case.  Good fats are essential to a healthy diet.  Or so I’m told.  Either way, I’ll definitely be buying coconut oil again.  And look for some more coconut oil recipes in the near future!

4.7 from 3 reviews
Coconut Ginger Granola
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A granola made with coconut oil and ginger.
Recipe type: Breakfast
Serves: 4 cups
  • 3 cups oats
  • ⅔ cup sliced almonds
  • ⅓ cup chopped brazil nuts
  • ⅓ cup flaxseed
  • ½ cup dried cranberries
  • 1 cup coconut
  • zest of 1 lemon
  • ½ tsp. cinnamon
  • ¼ tsp. nutmeg
  • 2-3 T. diced crystallized ginger
  • ½ cup honey
  • ¾ cup coconut oil
  1. In a small saucepan over medium heat, mix together honey and coconut oil, heating just until smooth and melted. Remove from heat.
  2. In separate bowl, combine all remaining ingredients.
  3. Pour honey mixture over the oat mixture and stir to coat.
  4. Pour onto baking sheet, and smooth it into one even layer. Bake at 325 degrees for 20-30 minutes, until toasted to a dark brown, stirring every 10 minutes.
  5. Allow to cool completely before eating.

If you enjoy this recipe, you might also enjoy:

Coconut Oil Granola from Hungry Girl Por Vida

Almond Butter Granola from Peanut Butter Fingers

Olive Oil Granola from The Kitchn

Iced Oatmeal cookies from Jen’s Favorite Cookies

This recipe linked up at:  Finding Joy In My Kitchen;