We’re loving all the Slimming World friendly recipes that others are sharing with us over on our Facebook group, like this one for Low Syn Coconut, Banana and Chocolate Chip Cookies from Emma T. You can read some more about Emma below.
Now, before we get to the recipe let me point out that these Low Syn Coconut, Banana and Chocolate Chip Cookies do include mashed, cooked banana in the recipe.
There are many debates as to whether or not bananas used this way should be synned (yes I know that Slimming World do say syn all mashed/pureed and cooked fruit.) Some people choose to syn cooked/pureed fruit, some people chose not to, and I’m a great believer in each to their own.
Personally, we do not syn cooked/pureed fruit every time. We use common sense. If we have these cookies every once in a while (not all day every day) we do not syn the banana. Having said that, if we were to eat these every day then we would.
What it boils down to is this – the decision is yours. If you chose not to syn cooked/pureed fruit and it affects your weight loss then start synning it. If it doesn’t have any affect on your weight loss and you lose consistently then why stop? Should you chose to syn the banana in this recipe it’s 4 syns per 100g.
Now that that is out of the way… let’s explain the rest of this Low Syn Coconut, Banana and Chocolate Chip Cookies recipe!
What is Sukrin?
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Sukrin Gold doesn’t have that strange after taste that a lot of artificial sweeteners do! It also shares the exact same sweetness and weight to sugar. This makes it really easy to substitute in recipes like this Low Syn Coconut, Banana and Chocolate Chip Cookies.
If you are using a powdered sweetener, then please check how it compares to sugar. In some cases you’ll need to use less, as powdered sweeteners weigh less.
It’s important to note that not all coconut flours are the same. Different brands can vary in density and they can have slightly different absorption abilities. They can even have different syn values.
We only use Sukrin Coconut Flour, as we know it is 3.5 syns per 25g, and we know how much to use to create a recipe successfully.
You can use other brands but please remember to check the syn values and make any necessary adjustments to quantities.
Should I Syn the sweetener in these Low Syn Coconut, Banana and Chocolate Chip Cookies?
As you will probably know Slimming World have changed the recommendations regarding the syn value of granulated sweeteners. Slimming World have confirmed what this change means.
Where there is 1 tbsp or more being used per serving they recommend members count 0.5 Syn per tbsp. If using smaller amounts, like a pinch or teaspoon, there’s no need to worry about Syns at all.
The recipe for these Low Syn Coconut, Banana and Chocolate Chip Cookies uses 1 tablespoon of sweetener and is divided into 16 cookies, so there’s no need to add any extra Syns. However, if you intend eating the whole lot (which would mean you’re over you’re Syn allowance anyway!) then you should add an extra half Syn to the whole recipe.
Here’s a little bit about Emmas’ Slimming World journey, followed by that all important Low Syn Coconut, Banana and Chocolate Chip Cookies recipe…..
There are two things you should know about me: I’ve never been skinny, and I’ve always loved food. It seems this combination doesn’t bode well for a thirty-something with an unrealistic dream of becoming a Wimbledon ball girl…I’m more likely to be used as the ball than the slender runners.
My weight went up and down depending on whether I was a student, heartbroken or blissfully in love. Anyway, having had my first child last July, I had the unfortunate luck of not putting on weight whilst pregnant but putting it on whilst breast feeding instead. So I decided that enough was enough and I’d try slimming world. My husband was also happy to try it though he was even more sceptical than me, and I’m not blessed with the most optimistic of outlooks on life.
So, in February we started. At least we thought we had. I kept cooking meals and dishing them up but neither of us could believe that this was “diet” food…so I’d check all the books again and end up astounded that we could eat such amazing food and lose weight.
First weekly weigh in came and between us we’d lost 1.5 stone in a week. One week. And so it continued, not at that extraordinary rate but on average we lose between 1-3lbs per week and still get to eat all this amazing food!
I’m now back in my favourite size 14 jeans having lost 3 stone. Rich has lost an incredible 4.5 stone. All of his clothes now being too big. If I carry on like this I might fit into that ball girl outfit in time for next Wimbledon…if only Slimming World could make me 17 years younger too!
Fallen off the wagon and need some motivation, or want to help others on their journey?
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You might just find the inspiration you need from our awesome members. If you’ve joined already why not invite any friends that may find it helpful?