Weight Watchers Recipe of the Day: Low-Fat Banana Date Coconut Cookies
Soft banana cookies with a generous amount of chopped dates and coconut and a little cornmeal for an interesting texture. Soft, chewy, and delicious.
How Many SmartPoints In These Low-Fat Banana Date Coconut Cookies?
Each soft, chewy and delicious cookie has just a 3 WW Freestyle SmartPoints. Not bad for such a yummy treat and much better than many coffee shop and bakery options.
Low-Fat Banana Date Coconut Cookies Recipe Notes
If you’re a fan of banana bread, cakes, and cookies, I think you are going to love these little gems.
Ripe bananas are a must, so wait until your bananas have lots and lots of brown speckles!
Since there’s very little fat in the recipe it’s the mashed banana puree that keeps these cookies moist, so be careful not to bake them too long or they will be dry.
With most cookies, it’s usually best to take them out of the oven a minute sooner than later.
According to my calculations, each cookie has about 78 calories, *2 Weight Watchers PointsPlus, *3 WW Freestyle SmartPoints.
Watch this short video to learn a little more about Weight Watchers Freestyle:
A soft & chewy banana cookie with a generous amount of dates and coconut and a little cornmeal for interest.
- 2 tablespoons non-hydrogenated shortening, such as Spectrum
- 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
- 1 large egg
- 1/2 cup mashed banana (1 large very ripe banana)
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- 1/2 cup cornmeal
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
- 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
- 1/2 cup chopped pitted dates
- 1/2 cup sweetened flaked coconut
Position an oven rack in the center and preheat oven to 350F degrees. Line 2 cookie sheets with parchment paper or lightly grease them.
In a large bowl, beat together the shortening and sugar with an electric mixer until well combined. Add the egg and continue beating until light creamy. Beat in the mashed banana.
In another bowl, whisk together the flour, cornmeal, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves.
Add the dry flour mixture to the wet egg mixture, beating until well blended.
Stir in the dates and coconut.
Arrange the dough by heaping teaspoonfuls spaced about 2 inches apart on the prepared cookie sheets.
Bake until light golden brown, 10 to 12 minutes.
Remove from the oven and transfer the cookies to wire racks to cool completely.
I used 1 teaspoon Penzeys Cake Spice Blend instead of the cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves with good results.
Weight Watchers PointsPlus: *2
Weight Watchers Freestyle SmartPoints: *3
*PointsPlus® and SmartPoints® calculated by Simple Nourished Living; Not endorsed by Weight Watchers International, Inc. All recipe ingredients except optional items included in determining nutritional estimates. SmartPoints® values calculated WITHOUT Weight Watchers Zero Points fruits and vegetables using the WW Recipe Builder.
This video from The Happy Pear shows how to make sugar-free, gluten-free Coconut Date & Banana Bites:
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No-Bake Peanut Butter Chocolate Oatmeal Cookies (5 WW Freestyle SmartPoints)
Healthy Breakfast Cookie Recipes – from my collection and other favorite blogs and websites
7 Ways to Make Easy Healthier Cookies – tips & tricks for lighter cookies
Banana Oatmeal Cookies (4 WW Freestyle SmartPoints)
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