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Paleo Coconut Macaroons

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Paleo Coconut Macaroons

When I found this recipe at Empowered Sustenance I was really skeptical about how these macaroons would turn out. I’ve tried other cookie recipes like my Banana Chocolate Chip Cookies and Perfectly Healthy Cookies. While they were good, I’m always on the hunt for better.

I found better! Not just better but BEST! I’m having trouble putting into words how delicious these macaroons are. Lauren at Empowered Sustenance got it right! They are easy, sweet, moist, coconutty and paleo! If you like macaroons, you will LOVE these, paleo or not!

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Baked perfectly for 18 minutes for the first batch. I did 17 minutes for the second batch because the oven was really hot and I didn’t want the bottoms to burn.

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These are deliciously sweet, moist, coconutty and addictive. There is a subtle banana taste but the majority of the flavor is definitely undeniably coconut. I love that something so delicious is also paleo, vegan and dairy free!

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I took this recipe an extra step and dipped a few in a little organic chocolate which does have dairy in it taking them out of the vegan category but the hubby will appreciate it so I just did a few for him. They are perfectly delicious without the chocolate though.

Paleo Coconut Macaroons
 
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Paleo Coconut Macaroons. These macaroons are also vegan because they are dairy free. Moist and delicious!
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Recipe type: Paleo, Vegan
Ingredients
  • **This recipe made 2 dozen**
  • 2 very ripe bananas, mashed until creamy
  • 2 cups finely shredded unsweetened coconut (I bought it at Whole Foods in the bulk section)
  • 4 teaspoons coconut flour
  • ¼ cup coconut oil, melted
  • ¼ cup raw honey or raw maple syrup (I used raw honey)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract, optional but I used it
  • ¾ teaspoon cinnamon
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  2. In a large bowl mash the ripe bananas with a fork until creamy, try to get all the lumps out.
  3. Add the raw honey and whisk together.
  4. Add the remaining ingredients and mix well until combined well.
  5. Form into tablespoon-size balls and place on a parchment paper lined baking sheet.
  6. Bake for 18-20 minutes, until the bottoms look golden brown. Mine were completely done at 18 minutes.
  7. I reduced the time by a minute for the second batch because the oven was so hot.
  8. Let cool COMPLETELY until removing from the baking sheet, otherwise they will crumble.
  9. ***Optional: Once cooled completely, dip bottoms in melted chocolate and put in the fridge to set***

 

If you like coconut and healthy treats, you have got to try these. They will not disappoint!

Update: Shortly after posting this recipe the hubby came home and immediately tried them. He’s had 6 since then. He like them with AND without the chocolate. Score!

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The Differences Between Raw Honey and Processed Honey

The Differences Between Raw Honey and Processed Honey

I love learning about healthier versions of the foods or products I use. You may have noticed that there are a lot more honey choices at the store than there ever was before. I really wanted to know what all the hub-bub was about raw honey so I bought some at Whole Foods yesterday and started investigating.

I found this awesome graphic on www.naturalrevolution.org.  I love this site. “Natural Revolution seeks to empower people with solutions to embrace a natural life for a healthy mind, body, home and planet.” The differences were really eye opening. Shocking actually.

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by Karen Foster — There are well over 30 commercial producers of honey that have no traces of pollen and lack beneficial vitamins and enzymes among a host of other natural constituents which are removed due to pasteurization and processing. Most golden honey you see at your local grocery is dead and far from the health promoting powerhouse of its raw unpasteurized counterpart. Processed honey is not honey at all and if you desire any kind of health benefits, you must stick to the real stuff.

The article at Natural Revolution has more in-depth information that I encourage you to read. Really good stuff.

The look between Raw Honey and Processed Honey is vastly different too.  Natural Revolution shows the difference in this graphic:

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I have to admit, before investigating the differences, I was clueless. I thought that because I was purchasing organic honey that I was getting more out of my honey. Nope, I was just purchasing organically processed honey which still has little nutritional benefit.

Raw honey reminds me of coconut oil the way that they both start off in a more solid state and when heated just a little, become liquid. Raw honey tastes better to me than processed honey, it just looks different.

I also want to note that I am allergic to bee stings (venom) and was a little apprehensive about non-pasteurized honey thinking that I might have an allergic reaction.  As suggested by some websites, I tasted a tiny bit and waited for a reaction, tasted a little more and so on until I had eaten a tablespoon full. No reaction and dee-licious! (But of course if you are allergic to any honey products, do not consume even raw honey.)

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So I’m sad to say that I have evicted the cute little honey bear face from our house. We are all raw, all the way!

 

 

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