Our Gluten-Free Holiday Coconut Macaroon

Family Holiday Gluten-Free Coconut Macaroons

Our Gluten-Free Family Holiday

Coconut Macaroons

 

Easy and delicious, gluten-free coconut macaroons.  Even the name of the cookie makes my mouth water!

 

I love the holidays as it gives me yet another reason to bake lots of cookies.  Yes, I love cookies.

 

Over the years we have had fun switching all of our favorite recipes to create our gluten-free versions and happily so many are hits.

Homemade gluten-free coconut macaroons

These coconut macaroons are one of our favorites,

especially for the holidays!

 

Although the cookies you find in the store are tasty, they are typically high in sugar, and contain many unhealthy additives. Read the labels and you can find one that does fit your tastes.  Take a look at my last blog post, sharing different coconut macaroons we’ve found in stores.

 

Our Own Recipe

 

The best coconut macaroon is always the one you make at home.  Being in charge of the ingredients, you know exactly what’s in your cookie. Our own coconut macaroon recipe is tasty and delicious with no regrets due to sugar.  We are positive it will be a hit on your holiday table as it is on ours.

 

Let’s Get in the Kitchen:

Start with simple fresh ingredients: shredded coconut, coconut sugar, vanilla, lemon zest (make sure you use an organic lemon), organic brown rice flour and tapioca flour, organic eggs – all topped off with your favorite dark chocolate.

 

Preheat oven to 325º.

Lemon zest and egg whites baking gluten-free

Whisk the egg whites, vanilla and lemon peel in a medium bowl.

 

Bowl of flours for gluten-free coconut macaroons

Blend the coconut, sugar, flours and salt together in another bowl.

 

coconut macaroon dough mixture

Add the dry ingredients to the egg mixture. Stir well to combine.

You should have a nice sticky consistency.

Notice that the mixture can become a little darker if you are

using coconut sugar which has a brownish color.

 

gluten-free coconut macaroon dough on cookie sheet with scoop

Spoon small mounds of the mixture onto a cookie sheet lined with a baking mat or parchment paper.

A small scoop works well here.

 

just baked gluten-free coconut macaroons

Bake about 10-15 minutes, until cookies are light brown around the edges.

 

Let cool on wire rack.

Drizzle with chocolate (See details below) or enjoy plain.

 

Our Gluten-Free Holiday Coconut Macaroon

These delicious, easy treats are the perfect cookie to add to your holiday table!

Yields makes about 1 1/2 dozen cookies

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Ingredients

  • One 7 oz. pkg. gluten-free coconut flakes
  • ¼ cup coconut sugar
  • 3T brown rice flour
  • 2T tapioca flour
  • Pinch of salt
  • 3 egg whites
  • 2 t. grated organic lemon peel
  • 1 t. vanilla
  • ½ - 1cup chocolate chips

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350º.
  • Whisk the egg whites, vanilla and lemon peel in a medium bowl.
  • Blend the coconut, sugar, flours and salt together in another bowl.
  • Add the egg mixture to the dry ingredients. Stir well to combine. You should have a nice sticky consistency.
  • Spoon small mounds of the mixture onto a cookie sheet lined with a baking mat or parchment paper. A small scoop works well here.
  • Bake about 8-10 minutes, until cookies are light brown around the edges.
  • Let cool on wire rack. Drizzle with chocolate or enjoy plain.
  • Tip for the addition of chocolate: Place ½ cup of chocolate chips with 1T Earth Balance Butter or coconut oil in a stainless steel bowl.
  • Fill a small pot about 1/4 full with water.
  • Place the bowl on top of the pot, bringing the water to a boil. The chocolate will start to melt as it sits on top of the water bath.
  • Using a potholder, remove the bowl and stir the chocolate well. This should be smooth and creamy.
  • Spread a layer of the chocolate on the bottom of each cookie.
  • Let set until the chocolate hardens, about 30 minutes or so.
  • To be more creative: Once the bottom chocolate is set, spread the cookies out on a piece of wax paper.
  • Place melted chocolate in a pastry bag or sandwich baggie, snip a very small piece of one corner of the bag. Squeezing the bag, drizzle the chocolate over the cookies in a zigzag motion – let chocolate set, about 20 minutes.

Notes

Good cookie to freeze if you have any left!

Nutrition

Calories

4984 cal

Fat

94 g

Carbs

885 g

Protein

147 g
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For the addition of chocolate:

Place ½ cup of chocolate chips with 1T Earth Balance butter or coconut oil in a stainless steel bowl.

 

Fill a small pot about 1/4 full with water.  Place the bowl on top of the pot, bringing the water to a boil.  The chocolate will start to melt as it sits on top of the water bath.

 

Using a potholder, remove the bowl and stir the chocolate well.  This should be smooth and creamy.

Adding chocolate to the bottoms of gluten-free coconut macaroons

Spread a layer of the chocolate on the bottom of each cookie.

Let set until the chocolate hardens, about 30 minutes.

 

Be more creative:

 

Gluten-free coconut macaroons ready to be decoratedOnce set, spread the cookies out on a piece of wax paper.

Chocolate in a baggie for decorating

Place melted chocolate in a pastry bag or sandwich baggie.

You don’t need a lot here. Snip a very small piece of one corner of the bag.

The chocolate should be melted but not too runny.

 

decorating coconut macaroons

Squeezing the bag, drizzle the chocolate over the cookies in a zigzag motion.

Let set about 20 minutes.

 

Homemade gluten-free coconut macaroons

Place them on a fun holiday dish to serve to friends and family!

 

plate of gluten-free coconut macaroons

Or, leave some out for Santa!

 

Try the recipe and let me know what you think!.

Happy Holidays!

 

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Disclaimer: The views shared here are in no means meant to replace that of your doctor. I am a Certified Integrative Nutrition Health Coach, here to encourage, support and inform you on living gluten-free.  I am not a doctor and do not diagnose, treat, prevent or cure.  Always seek the advice of your own Medical Provider regarding any questions or concerns you have about your specific health, or any medications. The information shared is for educational purposes only and is not allowed to be reproduced, replicated or sold.

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