Coconut macaroons might be the simplest cookie to paleo-ify. They’re practically paleo as they are, coconut and egg whites make up the bulk of these tasty morsels, both of which are pretty paleo. No flour substitutions necessary- score!
And of course there is no shortage of macaroon recipes out there. The best macaroons I’ve had are an Ina Garten recipe; that woman knows her desserts. Her recipe includes sweetened condensed milk and sweetened coconut, two things I’d rather not use. Luckily, adapting her recipe was almost as simple as it is to whip up these cookies. I used unsweetened coconut, of course, and replaced the sweetened condensed milk with coconut milk combined with a bit of honey. And in my humble opinion, no macaroon is complete without a good drizzling of chocolate.
Chocolate Drizzled Coconut Macaroons
4 cups unsweetened finely shredded coconut (about 12 ounces)
1 can full fat coconut milk
1/4 cup honey
2 egg whites
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1/4 cup chocolate chips
1 tablespoon coconut oil
- Preheat oven to 325˚
- In a medium bowl, beat the egg whites with the salt until medium peaks form. Set aside.
- In a large saucepan, bring the coconut milk and honey to a simmer over medium heat. Don’t walk away from it; it will boil over. Let it simmer for 2-3 minutes, stirring occasionally.
- Turn off the heat and stir in the vanilla. Add the shredded coconut and stir to combine.
- Gently fold in the egg whites.
- Drop onto a parchment lined baking sheet with a small ice cream scoop, about 2 tablespoons per cookie.
- Bake at 325 for 25-30 minutes or until they’re golden brown. Transfer to a wire rack to cool. Save your parchment lined baking sheet, though- it will come in handy for catching the chocolate that doesn’t land on the cookies!
- Once the cookies are cool, melt the chocolate chips and coconut oil in a double boiler over simmering water.
- Place the wire rack(s) over the baking sheet and drizzle the chocolate over the macaroons. Allow the chocolate to harden before eating. Yeah right. Let me know if you can wait, and I’ll send you some kind of willpower medal.