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Chocolate Coconut Macaroons

Chocolate Coconut Macaroons make a sweet treat that’s healthy, grain free and refined sugar free!

Happy New Year everyone! I’m so excited to start a new year with new goals and more focus. 2017 was a great year for us, but I love the optimism I feel at the start of a new year.

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This year, I want to focus more on being present and cherishing the moments with my family. I find that many days I get caught up in getting through the day with work or household chores, and then feel exhausted at the end of the day. One of my goals is to be more organized with my time management and have time with my kids where I’m just focusing on them and enjoying the moments while they’re the little, rather than multi-tasking all day. This is a big goal, but I’m hopeful that by scheduling time for work and household responsibilities, and separate “fun”time with my kids that I’ll be able to accomplish it. I also think that taking 15 minutes a day for just me to rest and think will also help me stay in the moment, appreciate what I have and see what areas I need to keep working on.

The New Year is also a good time for me to reboot our health goals as a family. I always want to exercise more as I find the day to day routines can put exercise on the back burner, but I was excited when my daughter said she wants to take more walks and learn to ride her bike without the training wheels.

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Diet is a big part of a healthy lifestyle too. If you’re like me, then you had way too much sugar over the holidays. Most of the year, we’re really good about limiting sugar intake and opting for refined sugar free recipes whenever possible but the few weeks surrounding Christmas include my husband’s birthday and my son’s birthday so it’s like celebration after celebration in our house with A LOT of cake.

I’m all about moderation instead of elimination, and so we developed a recipe that would allow us to get our sweet fix without the refined sugars. These Chocolate Coconut Macaroons are so so yummy so I just had to share them with you! They’re bursting with flavor and textures, and you’d never know that they’re healthier than most cookies. Plus, they’re simple to make which is always a bonus!

Chocolate Coconut Macaroons

This recipe is gluten free, grain free, dairy free, vegetarian and paleo friendly. It makes 12 macaroons.

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Ingredients:

  1. 2 1/2 cups unsweetened shredded coconut
  2. 1/4 cup maple syrup
  3. 2 tbsp coconut flour
  4. 2 egg whites
  5. 1/2 tsp almond extract
  6. 1/4 cup unsweetened, dairy free dark chocolate

Directions:

  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.
  3. In a large bowl, combine the shredded coconut, coconut flour and maple syrup. You can use a spatula, but mixing with your hands so it’s evenly coated works well too.
  4. Beat your egg whites until they have soft peaks.
  5. Add egg whites to the coconut mixture and continue to fold together so it’s evenly coated. Mixture should be moist and not have any dry spots, so keep folding it together if it does.
  6. Take a small handful of the mixture and roll it in your hands until it forms a small circle. Place on the baking sheet and repeat with the others, making sure there’s an inch between them.
  7. Bake for 10 minutes until the tops are lightly browned.
  8. Let cool completely so that they get firm.
  9. While the macaroons are cooling, melt your chocolate and add to a small bowl.
  10. Arrange the macaroons on a plate and drizzle unsweetened, dairy free dark chocolate on top with a spoon.
  11. Let the chocolate dry or eat them right away if you don’t want to wait šŸ™‚

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If you’re looking for more healthy treats and love chocolate, try making Chocolate Bananas.

  • Kelly

    I love coconut macaroons, and love the allergy friendly options. Yum!

  • kortneykh

    Love coconut macaroons! I totally agree about moderation. After doing Whole30 last year I learnt that elimination is not the right style for me (allergies already limit enough)

  • spabettie

    oh, I wish I had one of these tasty treats right now – they look perfectly crispy and sweet!

  • Sarah Schaap

    I have everything to make these I just have to find some time to whip them up. So good I wish I had some right now because they’re a favorite. I love the chocolate drizzled, I think I’ve only had them with the bottoms dipped in chocolate.

  • I love the combination of chocolate and coconut! These look so good.

  • Alisa Fleming

    These bring back so many memories of childhood, but the ones we made weren’t nearly this healthy! I can’t wait to try these.

  • Leslie Morrison

    OH my! These look delish!

  • Lindsey Willson

    Macaroons are the perfect chewy cookie!

  • Amanda Kanashiro

    I love anything coconut. I’ll have to make some of these soon. Maybe I’ll share a few with my neighbors! šŸ™‚

  • Allergylicious

    You’ve got some great goals for 2018. Time management is one of mine as well, but its still so difficult, even with older kids.

  • GlutenFreeWithEmily

    I love macaroons! Haven’t made them in forever but I love that chocolate topping on yours!