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Coconut Wheat Sticks

March 22, 2011

Photo by Gerik

Joe and I are travelers. We have been fortunate to have worked for a college that had a strong student mission program. Many times I was recruited to do the cooking for the groups on their shorter trips and Joe’s job was to make sure everyone was present and accounted for, especially for the plane departures! Not any easy task for a group that could climb into 30 or more students and faculty plus all their luggage.

Because we traveled in a group, being adaptable also meant being prepared. Snacks to carry us through to a meal were really important but just as important was suitcase space. We needed something dense and satisfying while taking up only a small space.

The Coconut Wheat Stick recipe came from one of my favorite home-ec teachers, Mrs. Boyd, when I was in 9th grade. At the time, I dismissed them as being too healthy but once I started looking for something easy, healthy and filling, I changed my mind and promptly put the recipe into production. Over the years we have relied heavily on these tasty snacks for our travels.

I’m not a granola bar person but I will gladly eat a handful of these treats at one sitting when on a journey. In a pinch, 1 or 2 sticks with a bottle of water has satisfied my hunger until the next meal. With careful rationing we have stretched a 2 dozen batch of these through a 3 week mission trip down the Amazon.

Not a traveler? It’s okay to make a batch just to snack on! They won’t replace a bowl of ice cream when you’re feeling snacky but they will taste pretty yummy as a quick breakfast on your way out the door, in your sack lunch or as an afternoon pick-me-up.

Coconut Wheat Sticks

4-5 dozen

2 tsp. salt
½ cup sugar
1 cup shredded coconut
1 ½ c. whole wheat flour
4 cups flour
4 T. shortening
½ c. oil
1 cup milk

Mix dry ingredients well.
Cut shortening and oil into mixture, actually I use a Kitchen Aid mixer to just mix it well without all the cutting in stuff!
Add cold milk and blend together.  Pour the dry feeling mix onto a baking pan.
Roll out pastry in a large cookie sheet with rolling pin.
Score into bars
Bake 425 degrees for about 15 minutes (sometimes a little more time is needed)
Cut along score lines

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. March 22, 2011 8:30 pm

    My hubby’s grandma makes something similar to these…. oh, they are so yummy!! We call them Grandma crackers. Yes, they are great for snacking!

  2. April 4, 2011 9:26 pm

    Hello Pat, I am making these one day this week, what a great recipe. Cannot wait to try them. Still thinking about the sugar coated dried cherries! ….RaeDi

    • April 4, 2011 9:38 pm

      They are simple but good. My 8 year old granddaughter even loves them!!

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