Dave Zen’s Orbit Oatmeal Cookies

This recipe comes from a friend I had back in the 1990’s, when Earth Day was new to Canada and being in touch with Mother Nature became more of a mainstream philosophy where I lived in Calgary. Dave was a very healthy dude who talked of going off the grid and starting a commune – he was cool! The cookies are healthy, especially if you choose organic ingredients, and they will make you feel good (what cookie doesn’t?!) The recipe is easy enough for kids to help with.

I lost touch with Dave years ago, but every time I have one of these cookies I imagine him, existing on a higher plane now with a beautiful aura of peace around him. I hope the cookies help inspire us to be good stewards of our world. 

Dave Zen cookies

3 cups whole wheat flour

2 cups rolled oats (NOT quick oats)

2 cups chocolate chips (carob chips can be substituted if you’re feeling extra healthy)

2 cups unsweetened medium shredded coconut

1 cup butter (coconut oil can be substituted)

1-1/4 cup honey

2 tsp vanilla extract

2 eggs (optional; they make the cookies a bit more chewy and moist)


Measure out flour, oats and coconut in a large bowl and blend together. Cream the butter and honey until smooth, then add eggs and vanilla. Incorporate flour, oats and coconut gradually and mix well. Lastly, stir in chocolate chips.

Bake at 350F for 10-15 minutes, or until golden on top and firm to the touch. Cool on a wire rack and store in an airtight container.

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