Chocolate Chip Macaroons

>> Monday, August 27, 2012

You know it: I make cookies all the time. Plus, I absolutely love shredded coconut. So, can you believe I've never made macaroons before?

I can't either.

I made these macaroons as a treat for Stephen after his 5K PR yesterday. I found this recipe hiding out in an old card stack from college. I think it belonged to one of my roommates. I lived in like 1,000 apartments, so I can't really figure out who wrote it up.

But thank you, whoever you are, roomie!

I took some liberties, most notably exchanging egg for flax meal. That's right. This recipe is gluten-free and vegan depending on what flour and chocolate chips you choose to us. (Though adding them at all is suggested, but entirely optional.)

What you'll need . . .

  • 1-1/2 cups shredded coconut (unsweetened) 
  • 1/4 cup oat flour (or whole wheat, etc.) 
  • Pinch salt 
  • 1/2 cup dark brown sugar 
  • 2 tablespoons flax meal
  • 1/4 cup almond milk (unsweetened) 
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup 
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 
  • 1/2 cup mini chocolate chips

Method . . .

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment and set aside. 
  2. In a large bowl, combine the brown sugar, flax meal, almond milk, maple syrup, and vanilla extract.
  3. Add the coconut and flour to this mixture. You may wish to add more flour depending on how wet the mixture is. 
  4. Fold in the chocolate chips.
  5. Then scoop out in heaping tablespoonfuls onto the parchment. You don't need to space them terribly far apart. 
  6. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes, until lightly toasted brown on edges. 
  7. Let cool before eating.

While I was taking these photos, Stephen challenged me to make the tallest stack of macaroons I could. I didn't get very high . . . and the minute they were up so I could take the photo, they fell down again.

Today on Writing Chapter Three, I've written about why my desired way of parenting is at odds with my personality. I also posted other stuff on that site, but haven't been keeping up with it on here, so be sure to read if you're interested.

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