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Raw Chocolate Macaroons (Gluten Free, Paleo, and Vegan)

It’s no secret I have a serious love of chocolate. Unfortunately a lot of my prior favorite chocolate treats are loaded with a combination of chocolate and sugar. Instead I try to find the purest, best chocolatey foods I can find, and limit the sugar. If I can’t find them, I make my own and this recipe is no exception. The sugar comes from pure maple syrup, and while it is still sugar, it is a far more natural form than white table sugar. These macaroons remind me of my favorites from Hail Merry. They are easy to make and require absolutely no baking. I’ve even provided you with a bunch of versions just in case you’re not as big of a chocolate fan as me. Enjoy!

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Ingredients: 

  • 1 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
  • ¼ c pure maple syrup
  • ¼ cup almond meal 
  • 2 tbs. unsweetened cocoa (or cacao) powder
  • 2 tbs. melted coconut oil
  • ½ tsp pure vanilla extract
  • sprinkle of sea salt

Directions: 

  1. In a mixing bowl combine the shredded coconut, almond meal, cocoa powder, and sea salt, mixing well. 
  2. Slowly add in the maple syrup, mixing well to combine.
  3. Add in the melted coconut oil and vanilla extract.
  4. Form the mixture into small rounded tablespoon-sized macaroons.
  5. Place on greased parchment paper and freeze until set (about 2 hours or so).
  6. Store in the freezer or refrigerator

Makes 9 macaroons

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Vanilla Bean Macaroons 

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Ingredients: 

  • 1 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
  • ¼ c pure maple syrup
  • 1/3 cup almond meal
  • 2 tbs. melted coconut oil
  • ½ tsp pure vanilla extract
  • The beans from ½ of a vanilla bean
  • Sprinkle of sea salt

Directions: 

  1. In a mixing bowl combine the shredded coconut, almond meal, vanilla beans, and sea salt, mixing well.
  2. Slowly add in the maple syrup, mixing well to combine.
  3. Add in the melted coconut oil and vanilla extract.
  4. Form the mixture into small rounded tablespoon-sized macaroons.
  5. Place on greased parchment paper and freeze until set (about 2 hours or so).
  6. Store in the freezer or refrigerator

Makes 9 macaroons

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Cinnamon Cacao Nib Macaroons

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Ingredients: 

  • 1 cup shredded unsweetened coconut
  • ¼ cup unsweetened coconut flakes
  • ¼ cup almond meal
  • 2 tbs. cacao nibs
  • 1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • Dash of sea salt
  • 2 tbs. melted coconut oil
  • 1/3 cup pure maple syrup

Directions: 

  1. In a mixing bowl combine the shredded coconut, coconut flakes, almond meal, cacao nibs, cinnamon, and sea salt, mixing well.
  2. Slowly add in the maple syrup, mixing well to combine.
  3. Add in the melted coconut oil and vanilla extract.
  4. Form the mixture into small rounded tablespoon-sized macaroons.
  5. Place on greased parchment paper and freeze until set (about 2 hours or so).
  6. Store in the freezer or refrigerator

Makes 9 macaroons

What’s your favorite chocolate (or vanilla) treat? 

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Coconut Chocolate Chip Macaroons

These macaroons are gluten free, dairy free, egg free, and almost Paleo. Do you have anyone in your life that once they hear these words they automatically pass?! My sister is the queen of this. Once I tell here something is Paleo she gives me “that look” and I know she’s already skeptical before she even tries it. I promise you these are an exception though. They just have some really great quality ingredients packed with flavor so you don’t need a lot of them. They get crunchy on the outside and chewy on the inside. Perfect cookie in my book. So when you make these don’t tell anyone they are free of anything! Let them try them, make their opinions and then inform they just how good they are. I bet they’ll be surprised!

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Ingredients: 

  • 2 cups shredded unsweetened coconut 
  • 2/3 cup pure maple syrup
  • 1/2 cup almond flour
  • 1/4 cup cacao nibs
  • 2 tbs. coconut oil, melted
  • 2 tsp. vanilla
  • dash of sea salt

Directions: 

  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. 
  2. In a mixing bowl combine the coconut, almond flour, cacao nibs, and sea salt.
  3. Add in the vanilla and melted coconut oil and begin to mix.
  4. Slowly add in the maple syrup until the coconut mixture begins to get sticky. You may need more or less syrup depending.
  5. Shape your macaroons in tbs. sized balls and place on well greased (these will stick!) baking sheet.
  6. Bake at 350 degrees for 15-18 minutes until the tops start to brown slightly.

Makes 20 Macaroons 

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What’s your favorite “healthier” treat that tastes great? Are you skeptical of foods labeled as “healthy”??? 

P.S. I mentioned my coach, Sarah Jenks yesterday and wanted to make sure you’re not missing out. She’s releasing brand new training videos for Live More Weigh Less and I am so excited to share them with you! Check it out here