Ever just need a little sweetness after a healthy dinner?? This tasty and quick recipe is something I created last night after an awesome dinner of lamb chops paired with a balsamic roasted brussel sprout & beet salad, with a side of spicy sweet potato “fries.” This recipe is a combination of 2 different spins on the originally macaroon recipe. One is a orange chocolate macaroon from one of the chefs at Bauman College, the other a paleo recipe from my friend Paige Nutt who owns studio 831 in Santa Cruz. These gluten free, dairy free macaroons are a great sweet alternative to the traditional macaroons you will find!!
- 2.5 cups of unsweetened organic shredded coconut
- 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/2 tsp almond extract
- 4 egg whites ( cage free, organic if possible)
- 1/2 tsp sea salt
- 1/2 cup good source honey (preferably raw and local)
- 3 oz dark chocolate, chopped into chunks
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper, or if you have a mini muffin tin, that will work as well.
- Measure sweetener, (if you lightly oil a glass measuring cup it will be easier to get out!) Pour honey into pan over low heat until it begins to become liquid. Add coconut and egg whites. Stir mixture constantly over low heat for about 3 minutes, or until it begins to collect. Remove from heat, stir in extracts.
- Let mixture cool until cool enough to touch.
- Mix chocolate chunks into cool mixture.
- With moist hands, form small rounds and place onto baking sheet, or scoop into muffin tin. You can put them close to each other, they will not spread like a cookie.
- Bake for 20 minutes, or until lightly golden. Let cool in order for it to harden up.
Coconut is a great source of fat and fiber. Unsweetened coconut provides 7.2 g of fiber per cup, which is more than the average fruit and vegetable serving provides. A typical piece of produce, such as an apple, contains approximately 2 g of fiber. Implementing a 1-cup serving of unsweetened coconut in the diet fulfills almost one-third of the daily fiber requirement. Finding ways to include unsweetened coconut in meals is one approach to improving daily fiber levels.