Easy Breezy Coconut Macaroons (gluten-free)


Inspired by Detoxinista’s Blonde Macaroons (you really should check out her fantastic blog), I set out to create my own version of these chewy sweets.  Given that I can’t find unsweetened coconut flakes where I live (small town Germany), I knew I would need to tweak the recipe, as I would be using a sweetened substitute instead.  After a few attempts at my own version, I’m quite happy with the results.  I do, however, look forward to giving these goodies a makeover when I’m back in the states in a few months and am able to access an unsweetened coco product.

ingredients

*2 cups sweet shredded coconut

*1 Tbsp coconut oil, melted in microwave for ~ 20 seconds

*1.5 tsp vanilla

*1/4 tsp + pinch salt

*egg white from one large egg or the egg whites of two small eggs

*2 Tbsp Almond Flour

*optional: 1 to 2 Tbsp date paste (I enjoyed that slightly sweeter taste of the batch that had the date paste)

*optional: 1/4 tsp almond extract

how to

*Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.

*Line baking sheet with parchment paper.

*Add sweet flaked coconut and coconut oil to food processor and blend for about 5 minutes, scraping sides every couple minutes.

*Add vanilla and salt and pulse 3 to 5 times.

*Add egg white and pulse about for about 10 seconds, scrape sides with spatula, and pulse for another 5 seconds.

*Place this mixture in bowl and stir in almond flour.

*Form tablespoon size dough balls and place on baking sheet.

*Bake for 8-10 minutes, or until slightly golden brown on top.  I kept a close eye the last few minutes since they turned golden brown quickly towards the end.

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