PALEO Coconut Chocolate Macaroons

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

Instructions:

  • 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.
  • ENJOY!!!!

You could also add some citrus zest, flax or chia seeds, nuts etc.

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.

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About Skinny Fat Kids

I am a fat kid at heart. I don’t start a day without planning a meal; whether it is cooking with friends or trying out a new spot. It might have something to do with being a Mexican/Italian.. Since I was young I loved to help out in the kitchen and was open to all types of food. I appreciate what cooking comes along with… Family, friends and times you will never forget. Food for me is something that you can make taste good even though it is healthy! People have no idea how easy it is to throw together a perfectly well balanced meal that provides them with all the essential nutrients one needs. Each of us have your unique genetic needs, tastes, backgrounds which can be factored into your food and nutrition plan. “Change is one constant in our lives.” You can rid disease and illness through food. Food is something people do not clearly understand. I strongly believe in cooking with local, seasonal, organic, and nutrient-rich ingredients as best as you can. It is essential to eat only grass fed dairy and meat because they provide more essential nutrients as well as high levels of vitamins. Having a garden and knowing where your food comes from is essential! I owe a lot to my mom who many can attest that she is a GREAT entertainer. She seems to always be having a “dinner party” and always throws together something delicious. My objective in this blog is to share my love and knowledge of food and cooking with all you peeps. I want to give you all ideas on how easy it is to eat healthy and make food taste good. I want the standard american diet to be something of the past… TBC
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7 Responses to PALEO Coconut Chocolate Macaroons

  1. Kylee Lynn says:

    Could you do it vegan with flax meal/ h2o combo instead of eggwhites?

  2. Karen Moeller says:

    Looks great Tori! I had no idea you had a blog. Super awesome! I’m making these tonight for Dan (and myself of course) 😉

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