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Low-Sugar and Whole Wheat Ranger Cookies with Pecans, Coconut, and Chocolate

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We’re just heading into the time of year when there are cookies and other sweet treats everywhere you look.  I doubt many people are religiously dieting during December, but even for those of us who are just trying to limit our consumption of holiday sweets, it can be a challenge.For a few years now I’ve been experimenting with recipes for low-sugar cookies for the holidays, and this recipe for Low-Sugar and Whole Wheat Ranger Cookies with Pecans, Coconut, and Chocolate, which comes from The South Beach Diet Parties and Holidays Cookbook, is one of the most satisfying low sugar cookies I’ve tried.

These cookies are full of flavor from pecans, oatmeal, unsweetened coconut, chocolate chips, and whole wheat pastry flour, and even if you skipped the Stevia-in-the-Raw Granulated Sweetener and used regular sugar, this would still be a pretty healthful and low-sugar cookie. The book claims the cookies are named for forest rangers who like these cookies for their energy-boosting ingredients, and if you’re looking for a barely sweet cookie to get you through December, this might be just the one.


Low-Sugar and Whole Wheat Ranger Cookies with Pecans, Coconut, and Chocolate

How to Make Low-Sugar and Whole Wheat Ranger Cookies:

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  1. Whole wheat pastry flour is a type of whole wheat flour that’s more finely ground than traditional whole wheat flour, and it’s a great ingredient for baking.
  2. Toasting the pecans on a small cookie sheet placed in the oven really brings out their flavor in these cookies.
  3. Then process together the bran cereal, oatmeal, coconut, and chocolate chips until it’s a coarsely ground mixture.  (It took a bit longer than I expected to get the chocolate chips ground up.)
  4. In a small bowl, mix together the whole wheat pastry flour, baking powder, and salt.
  5. Use a small hand beater to cream together the margarine (or butter), Golden Monkfruit Sweetener (affiliate link) or sweetener of your choice, egg, and vanilla.
  6. Then add the flour mixture and beat on low until it’s all combined.
  7. Stir in the oatmeal-pecan mixture and mix until all ingredients are well combined.
  8. Use a tablespoon to scoop out heaping balls of dough and arrange 2 inches apart on cookie sheet that’s been sprayed with non-stick spray.  (The recipe said 16 cookies, but I only got 12.)
  9. Bake cookies at 375F/190C for 16-20 minutes, or until the bottom is golden and the top of the cookies feels dry.

Low-Sugar and Whole Wheat Ranger Cookies with Pecans, Coconut, and Chocolate

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Low-Sugar and Whole Wheat Ranger Cookies with Pecans, Coconut, and Chocolate

These Low-Sugar and Whole Wheat Ranger Cookies with Pecans, Coconut, and Chocolate are delicious for a healthier cookie option!

Ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup pecan halves or pieces
  • 1/4 cup bran cereal
  • 1/4 cup rolled oats
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened coconut
  • 1/4 cup semi-sweet or bittersweet chocolate chips (the recipe called for bittersweet, but I only had semi-sweet)
  • 1/2 cup whole wheat pastry flour
  • 1/4 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 cup margarine, butter, or coconut oil
  • 1/4 cup Golden Monkfruit Sweetener, or sweetener of your choice
  • 1 egg
  • 1 T vanilla

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 375F/190C.
  2. Put pecans on a small baking sheet and toast in the oven for about 6 minutes, or until they are becoming fragrant and lightly toasted.
  3. Let pecans cool for 2-3 minutes.
  4. While pecans are toasting add bran cereal (I used Fiber One, which has no added sugar), rolled oats (I used Bob’s Red Mill Extra Thick Rolled Oats), unsweetened coconut, and chocolate chips to food processor.
  5. Add pecans as soon as they are cool, then process until the mixture is coarsely ground.  (It took about a minute for me to get the chocolate chips ground.)
  6. In a small bowl, combine whole wheat pastry flour, baking powder, and salt.
  7. In a larger bowl, use a hand beater on high speed to cream together the margarine (or butter), Splenda, Golden Monkfruit Sweetener (affiliate link), egg, and vanilla.
  8. Add the flour mixture and use a low speed to mix until all ingredients are combined.
  9. Remove beaters and use a spoon or rubber scraper to mix in the oatmeal-pecan mixture, stirring until it’s well blended into the batter.
  10. Spray a baking sheet with nonstick spray.
  11. Use a tablespoon to scoop out heaping spoonfuls of batter and place them 2 inches apart.  (Original recipe said 16 cookies, but I only got 12.)
  12. Bake cookies 16-20 minutes, or until the bottom is golden and the top of the cookies feel dry.  (Cookies in the photo were baked for 18 minutes.)
  13. Let cool 20-30 minutes.  These cookies freeze well.

Notes:

I prefer Golden Monkfruit Sweetener (affiliate link) for baking.

Recipe adapted slightly from The South Beach Diet Parties and Holidays Cookbook.

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Low-Carb Diet / Low-Glycemic Diet / South Beach Diet Suggestions:
Low-Sugar and Whole Wheat Ranger Cookies with Pecans, Coconut, and Chocolate (made with Stevia Granulated Sweetener or another sweetener) would be approved for phase 2 or 3 of the South Beach Diet. Bittersweet chocolate chips would be the best choice for South Beach or low-glycemic diets, but the semi-sweet chocolate chips I used only had 8 grams of sugar in 30 chips, so if that’s all  you had these would still be pretty low sugar cookies. These are too high in carbs for traditional low-carb diet plans.

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    36 Comments on “Low-Sugar and Whole Wheat Ranger Cookies with Pecans, Coconut, and Chocolate”

  1. I think I'll prepare with sweetened coconut for now because I don't want to wait, it looks so delicious!

  2. Denise, I'm impressed! I think even maintaining your weight during December is an achievement.

    I'm not sure about substituting for the coconut but personally I'd be inclined to double the pecans since they're a flavorful ingredient.

  3. The cookies sound yummy, but my husband is allergic to coconut. Has anyone tried making it w/o or substituting anything else for it? Thanks, M

  4. These look just right–nice and substantial, and low on sugar!

  5. Low sugar! Just what I need… Thanks for sharing.

  6. A few years ago I set a goal to lose five pounds during the month of December. My husband thought it was a crazy idea with all the temptations of the holidays – but I ended up losing four pounds. Hey, I figured four out of five was 80 percent and that was pretty good. Having a few treats like these Ranger Cookies that aren't off the chain with sugar and fat is a big help.

  7. So glad people are liking this. I agree about preferring the hearty taste of this to sweeter cookies. It's just sweet enough for me.

  8. I've never used whole wheat pastry flour but I keep meaning to!

  9. I love the rustic and hearty taste of ranger cookies made with whole wheat flour; this cookie is one I would make year round!

  10. Kalyn, low sugar and whole grain sound sweet to my ear. Wonderful recipe!

  11. Thanks Paula!

    Shirley I was skeptical about the toasting step, but after I tasted the pecans I tasted a plain one vs. a toasted one and there was a big difference in the flavor.

  12. Love the heartiness of these cookies, Kalyn! I bet I could convert the recipe to gluten free, too. I've never heard of Ranger Cookies, but I love the concept. I've never toasted pecans before for a recipe, but I'm developing a new cookie recipe and plan to try toasting some for that.

    Thanks!
    Shirley

  13. what a great recipe! such cookies sounds great!

    have a nice time,
    Paula

  14. Monica, I have Bob's Red Mill brand which I bought at Whole Foods. I think any health food store will have it, or you can order online: http://www.bobsredmill.com/coconut-flakes.html

    (They're a little pricey, but I keep them in the freezer in a plastic jar with a screw-on lid, so they last forever.)

  15. These sound great, but I can never find unsweetened coconut. I even asked once at the grocery store and they thought I was crazy. Any suggestions?

  16. Joanne, that sounds like a good plan. (I'm working on that extra exercise mojo myself!)

  17. Yes, moderation. That's exactly what I'm going for. And if I lose a few pounds by trying to add in some extra exercise…then I won't argue. 😛

    Love the sound of these cookies! A treat that I can indulge in without any guilt!

  18. Paula, I also like the Whole Foods brand (365 Organic Whole Wheat Pastry Flour.)

    Soma, thanks! They really are good, and just sweet enough.

  19. A cookie! Even without the thought of dieting, I would prefer these cookies anytime to the regular sugar ones. So much texture and flavors here.

  20. Ranger cookies are one of my favorites. I always have Fiber One in the house but not the Whole Wheat Pastry Flour. Will have to keep my eye open for the Hodgson brand.