Coconut Macaroons
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Vegan and gluten-free coconut macaroons recipe from Oh She Glows Every Day by Angela Liddon. Great for the holidays!
Recipe type: Dessert
  • 1 cup raw almonds, ground into a fine meal* (see note)
  • 1½ cups unsweetened shredded coconut
  • ½ teaspoon plus ⅛ teaspoon fine sea salt
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ½ cup pure maple syrup
  • ¼ cup coconut butter (I used this brand)** (see note)
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 vanilla bean, seeds scraped (I skipped and added more vanilla extract)
  • 3½ ounces non-dairy dark chocolate
  • 1 teaspoon coconut oil
  1. Preheat the oven to 275°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Line a large plate with parchment paper.
  2. In a large bowl, stir together the almond meal, shredded coconut, salt, cinnamon, maple syrup, coconut butter, vanilla extract, and vanilla bean seeds until throughly combined. The dough will be thick and sticky.
  3. With a 2-tablespoon retractable cookie scoop, scoop a ball of dough and pack it in so that the top is flat. (note: I didn't have the right scoop so shaped these with my hands). Release the dough onto the prepared baking sheet. Repeat with the rest of the dough, setting the macaroons about 2 inches apart on the baking sheet.
  4. Bake for 15 minutes, then rotate the pan and bake for 10 to 15 minutes more, until the macaroons are a bit golden around the edges. Watch them closely during the last 5 to 10 minutes.
  5. Let cool on the baking sheet for 10 minutes, then carefully transfer to a cooling rack to cool completely.
  6. In the top of a double boiler, melt the chocolate and coconut oil together over low-medium heat, stirring frequently until smooth.
  7. Dip the flat base of each cooled macaroon into the chocolate and twirl the macaroon until the base is coated in chocolate. As you dip them, place each macaroon onto the parchment paper-lined plate, upside down, so the chocolate coating is facing upward. Freeze the macaroons for 10 to 15 minutes, or until the chocolate has hardened.
  8. Flip each macaroon chocolate-side down and drizzle the remaining chocolate on top (reheat the chocolate until liquid, if necessary). Freeze for 5 to 10 minutes, until the chocolate drizzle is firm.
  9. Store leftover macaroons in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 1 week. Freeze for up to 1 month.
*I grind them in my Vitamix for a little less than 1 minute.

**Angela's instructions advise not to skip this because they won't hold together with coconut oil. She has a recipe for homemade coconut butter in the book (just process unsweetened shredded coconut in your food processor until it's smooth & creamy), but I used the Artisana brand coconut butter and it was great.
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