Coconut Macaroons

Need a quick last minute cookie for Christmas??Try these! I found some delicious little treats at Whole Foods and I fell in love with them. They are called “Snacaroons” made by Laughing Giraffe. They are these little raw, vegan coconut mounds with various flavors. Whole Foods isn’t close but I found them online also. However, they are pretty pricey so I decided to try my own little version. Result = fantastic! These are just slightly baked so they have a nice little crunch but still a gooey texture inside. I made a variety of flavors with the same base ingredients and will probably experiment more. If you like coconut macaroons, you will love these gluten free, dairy free version (note, mine are not vegan as they do have egg whites)! This recipe makes about 24 small cookies

12 oz of unsweetened coconut flakes (I like Bob’s Red Mill)
¼ cup coconut oil
1 Tbsp almond paste (or additional coconut oil)
1 egg white (you could use egg replacer with a little experimentation)
¼ cup almond milk or coconut milk
1 tsp sea salt
¼ cup raw coconut sugar (regular sugar will work)
Mix ingredients together in a large mixing bowl until well blended. This will be your base. To make plain macaroons, form mixture into small cookies using a scoop and place on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Bake at 350°F for about 10 minutes. Watch closely to make sure the coconut does not burn. Drizzle with melted chocolate if desired.
Here are a few variations I’ve tried to so far:
Amaretto Cherry

1/3 of the base mixture
¼ cup cherries, finely chopped
1 tsp Amaretto liquor (you can omit this if desired)
Mix together and bake according to base directions.
Pumpkin Pie

¼ cup pumpkin puree
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1 tsp maple syrup
1/3 of the base mixture
Mix together and bake according to base directions.

2 Tbsp caramel sauce (homemade or store bought)
1 tsp maple syrup
1/3 of the base mixture
Mix together and bake according to base directions.

Other variations: Cranberry Orange – add in 1 tsp orange zest, 1 tsp minced cranberries, 1 tsp orange juice to 2 cups of the base mixture. Caramel Bailey’s – add in 1 tsp of Bailey’s liqueur to the caramel version. Peanut Butter – add 2 tsp peanut butter or almond butter to the base mixture. 

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