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Oatmeal Coconut Fruit Nut Cookies

Oatmeal Coconut Cranberry Macadamia Cookies, Oatmeal Cookies, Toddler, Snack


This school term, my son is required to take up swimming lessons as part of his PE curriculum. While attending one of his swimming lessons, I had a casual chat with my son’s class teacher. She suggested that I packed some light snack for my son to bring along to eat after his swimming lessons. My first thought was to make those healthy, energy-boosting oat bars that I posted awhile back. However, these oat bars would turn soft easily under the hot outdoor weather, and hence could be messy for a kid to handle. Given that, I decided to make cookies instead. I then began to search online for cookies recipes that incorporate lots of nutritious ingredients just like my oat bars recipe. I bookmarked some favourite ones, modified some of the ingredients to suit my preference and created my own version of power-packed cookies. After going through a few rounds of baking experiments to fine-tune the recipe, I finally came up with the cookies that are close to my expectation – soft, chewy, nutty and with the perfect sweetness. They are loaded with chockfull of healthy ingredients such as oats, coconuts, fruits and nuts. Not only are they healthy, they are also super tasty and flavourful too! I really adore how the red-studded cranberries lend a pretty festive look to these cookies.


Oatmeal Fruit Nut Cookies, Oatmeal Coconut Cranberry Macadamia Cookies, Oatmeal Cookies, Toddler, Snack


This recipe is simple, easy to follow and versatile. For a variety, you can mix and match any combinations of dried fruits (apricots, raisins, dates and cherries) and nuts (pecan, walnuts, pistachios and hazelnuts) that you fancy. It’s best to lightly roast the raw nuts before adding them to the cookie dough as this will help to bring out their nutty aroma. For nut allergy sufferers, you can leave the nuts out and substitute with dried fruits. The recipe works just as well. I use a mix of brown and white sugar for this recipe. Brown sugar makes the cookies softer and chewier while white sugar makes the cookies crispier and crunchier. They are interchangeable, and hence the ratio can be adjusted according to individual’s liking.


Oatmeal Coconut Cranberry Macadamia Cookies, Oatmeal Cookies, Toddler, Snack


My hubby loves these cookies very much. He claimed that they are the best I have ever made so far! (It’s the first time he gave such a high rating to my cookies. lol!). Later on, my son had shared these cookies with his class teacher and a few of his classmates. He told me that they all gave positive feedback. One of his classmates even asked for a second helping!


You can make these cookies in advance as they can be stored well in air-tight container. These cookies are not only great as snack, but also perfect as standby munches for gathering or parties!


>> Click on PAGE 2 BELOW for Oatmeal Coconut Fruit Nut Cookies recipe and step by step tutorial.

Oatmeal Coconut Cranberry Macadamia Cookies, Oatmeal Cookies, Toddler, Snack

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  1. Alice says:

    such a great combination! i myself will delifintely love this, but not sure about my kids, dun think they will chew on those visible dried fruits and nuts
    perhaps i need to replace that with choco chips and cheese
    as for the coconut, it’s invisible so not an issue πŸ™‚

    • food-4tots says:

      Alice: Choco chips and cheese – a sweet and savoury combination sounds interesting to me! If you want to make the nuts and fruits not so visible, you may consider chopping them finely. Regardless of which combi you choose, happy trying!! πŸ˜‰

  2. Karin says:

    Hi, thank you for your delicious looking cookies. Are your cookie, the chewy or crispy type? Can I leave out the rolled oats? If yes, do I need to replace it with something else?

  3. Priya says:

    Very tempting and irresistible cookies,feel like munching some.

  4. Alice says:

    Wow! I agreed with your hubby! By looking at the pics I can tell it is surely taste good! I am going to bookmark this for my Xmas baking! Thanks mate! πŸ™‚

  5. LCOM says:

    Looks good and makes such a great snack!

  6. wokandspoon says:

    This looks like it would be crunchy from the nuts and chewy at the same time. A lovely combination!

  7. Who would not like these lovely, healthy cookies!

  8. Hehehee, these cookies have pretty much EVERYTHING I wish for. Nice! (^^)v I love your mini sizes too. My kids sometimes leave some cookies after they choose the biggest ones, so I’m in favor of these sizes. πŸ™‚ Your photos are amazing as always!!

  9. ct says:

    hi there,

    i would like to find out if the butter can be replaced with a vegetable oil?

    thanks much!

  10. Lynn says:

    Made this cookie a few times with different types of sugar. I still prefer the 1st time when I used black sugar (ι»‘η³–οΌ‰ instead of the brown sugar ( ηΊ’η³–οΌ‰. Brown sugar is too sweet for my liking. Just baked some for my kindergarten son to bring to school for Thanksgiving day. Thank GOD for all that we have!!

  11. They look yummy and healthy πŸ™‚ My girl doesn’t like dried fruits or nuts, I will try cutting them into smaller pieces :p

  12. Kary says:


    Where can i get desiccated coconuts? Will store like phoon huat have it?

    Thank You

  13. Wowww… Love the preparation and presentation.. LOVE IT πŸ˜€

  14. may says:

    hi, i made my cookies with combi of white and brown sugar and it turned out chewy or cakey. but my hubby like crispy type more, so can i replace tje brown sugar with white one for he same amt? thanks for ur recipe!

    • food-4tots says:

      May: It’s my pleasure to share. Yes, you can make the substitution. πŸ˜‰

      • May says:

        Thanks. I am a novice and I find that I can always trust your recipes. Tried quite a few and almost 90% success. Always receive compliments, makes me feel so happy. Now I like baking so much and my hubby is asking me what new things i am going to try out weekly πŸ˜› Thanks again!

  15. May says:

    Sorry may i know if i can use those kind of instant oat like Quaker brand?

    • food-4tots says:

      May: Preferably not instant Quaker oat as they are too soft. Please also note that processed oats may contain sugar, salt and other flavouring added to them. πŸ˜‰

  16. Sana says:

    Hi , I just tried these gorgeous looking cookies. Added few chocolate chunks too! Exactly followed the recipe but they turned out to be CAKEY ! πŸ™ What could be the reason ?

    • food-4tots says:

      Sana: Do you mean “chewier”? As mentioned in my post, these cookies are soft and chewier as the recipe calls for brown sugar. Hence, you would not get crisp cookies. Maybe you can try to substitute with white sugar for a more crisp and crunchy texture. πŸ™‚

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