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Super Food Macaroon Bars

Back to School Time is upon us! That means some extra, easily packable recipes from me. These bars make the perfect granola bar replacement and they are packed with super-foods and 100% gluten free. They would work great in your child’s lunchbox or as your own sweet treat! They are also packed full of my absolute favorite food: coconut!  They are no bake and take minutes to make. You can even get the kids involved. Hope you enjoy them!

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Ingredients: 

  • 1-cup unsweetened shredded coconut
  • ¼ cup maple syrup
  • ¼ cup almond meal
  • 1 tbs. maca powder
  • 2 tbs. melted coconut oil
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 1 tsp. sea salt
  • ¼ cup goji berries
  • ¼ cup carob chips or cacao nibs

Directions:

  1. In a mixing bowl combine the coconut, maca powder, sea salt, and almond meal until combined.
  2. Next add in the maple syrup, vanilla extract, and coconut oil, stirring well to combine.
  3. Lastly add in the goji berries and carob chips.
  4. If the mixture is not sticking well together add in another tablespoon of maple syrup.
  5. Press the mixture into a 6X6 container, cover, and freeze overnight.
  6. Slice into bars and store in the freezer.

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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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