Crush the oatmeal in a food processor until they form finer bits.
Add whole wheat flour, sugar, coconut powder and salt and process until the mixture is well blended.
Cut up cold butter into small pieces and add to this mixture.
Pulse the food processor until it forms a coarse crumbly mixture.
Add milk a teaspoon at a time until the mixture starts to come together to form a loose dough.
Remove from the processor and knead the dough, adding more milk if needed to form a dough
If you do not have a food processor, you can do this in a bowl too. Just mix the dry ingredients. Add bits of cold butter and gently mix with your fingers to incorporate the butter well until it form a crumbly mixture.
Then add milk a teaspoon at time, kneading to form a dough.
Place in cling wrap and refrigerate for about 20 minutes.
Preheat oven to 200 degrees Centigrade or 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
Lightly grease a baking pan and keep aside.
Remove dough from the fridge and roll out to about 3 mm thickness.
Cut into desired shapes (I have used a round cutter). Prick with a fork to prevent the cookies from puffing up in the oven.
Place in the prepared pan and bake for about 15 minutes until light golden brown.
Remove and place them on cooling racks to cool completely.
At this stage, you can eat them as such for a healthy crunchy treat.
For a more decadent experience, you can coat some of them with melted chocolate.
Melt the chocolate in a microwave or double boiler until fully melted.
Spoon a little melted chocolate over the cookie. Spread thinly (working from the center to the edges) and using a toothpick or skewer, draw a line vertically and then horizontally to form a pattern on the chocolate.
Place on wire racks to allow the chocolate to set.
Enjoy these healthy, crunchy, whole meal biscuits or cookies with your evening tea or coffee. They are great pick-me-ups to enjoy any time.
Coconut adds a distinct tropical flavor to it. You can omit these if you want and add more whole wheat flour instead.
I have used very little sugar in it as I love my cookies less sweet. Feel free to add a bit more.
Instead of dark chocolate, you can use milk chocolate or even white chocolate.