Saturday, January 19, 2013

Paleo Macaroon Bites

This dessert was intended to be a 21-Day Sugar Detox treat (which it is) but it is also just an amazing dessert! I think I've stumbled on a delightful treat with no sugar necessary - or maybe that's just my detoxed taste buds talking.
 
I was inspired by Paleo By Diana's Balanced Apple Pecan Bites and Elana's Pantry's Paleo Coconut Macaroons. I wanted to create a nut-free treat as I limit my nut consumption (more on that later), so macaroons came to mind and green apples seemed like the perfect solution to sweeten them up. I cannot recommend these enough - they are AWESOME.
 
Paleo Macaroon Bites
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
by The Paleo Professional
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 12 minutes

Ingredients (18 bites)
2 large organic egg whites
1 organic green apple
¼ teaspoon sea salt
1 cup unsweetened coconut flakes
3/4 cup unsweetened coconut shreds
 
 Instructions
  1. Peel and shred apple into a small bowl
  2. Add egg whites to a medium size bowl
  3. Stir in salt
  4. Add both types of coconut and apple to medium size bowl and stir well
  5. Refrigerate for 30 minutes (softens coconut and helps it to hold together)
  6. Using a small scoop (i.e. melon baller, cookie dough scoop, or small ice cream scoop), fill with batter, pack very firmly and release bites onto parchment paper lined baking sheet
  7. Bake at 350 degrees for 10 minutes, then broil for 2 minutes if you want them more golden
  8. Remove from baking sheet and place on cooling rack for 10 minutes
  9. Enjoy warm or at room temperature
  10. *Note: you could also make this with only flakes or only shreds, but I believe the combination of the two creates the best consistency. Also note if they don't hold together well, add 1 more egg white to the batter.


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12 comments:

  1. Kinda wish I was doing the green apple thing so I could make these!! The cravings are hittin' me right now! haha These look great, and I like the revamp on your site.

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    1. Ugh - well you could easily make it without the apple? I'm sure the coconut itself would still be a tasty treat... bummer about the apples! We're finishing our detox with a celebratory dinner out tonight. It's gone so well that I think I'm going to keep at it in my own modified way! Post on that coming soon :)

      And thanks re: the site - still working on a few more changes and getting the recipage up and running. Little by little!

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  2. Do you not do anything to the egg whites? You just put the ingredients into them and stir? No whipping?

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    1. Hi StephMeyer - nope, no whipping necessary! I would be interested to see if they came out any differently if you did whip the egg whites but these cooked perfectly as is. I'm always about quick and easy recipes so it definitely saves time not have that extra step too! If you try it, I'd love to hear how it goes.

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    2. Thanks Jess. I will have to try this out, I like the recipe because you didn't add any sweeteners to it, and it seems like a good treat too. ;)

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  3. Just finished making these, and in my taste buds opinion they are a 3 out of 5. I'm not doing a detox and still have some sugar cravings so that's probably why. Will make again...thanks for the recipe!

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    1. Thanks for the feedback! Since you are not detoxing, here are a few ideas to sweeten them up a bit: use a sweeter type of apple, add more apple, add a little paleo approved sweetener such as honey, maple syrup, or palm sugar. Enjoy!

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  4. A little bit of vanilla extract works quite well.

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  5. Mine didn't hold together. Think I turned my shredded apple into apple sauce. They still tasted good. Is coconut known to have a calming effect like chamomile? Did your sugar detox include fruit? What types?

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    1. Hi William - I'm sorry to hear that! Next time try adding an additional egg white as there likely wasn't enough binder in your mix to hold it together.

      As for fruit on the detox, I allowed 1 barely ripe banana or green apple daily. Those are the 2 fruits that the 21DSD recommends if you plan to include fruit. I think many people attempt to go fruit free but I did well and had good results while including 1 daily serving.

      I am not familiar with coconut as having a calming effect but I did a quick google search and found one article stating that it can be the case. I wouldn't be surprised as coconut seems to be quite the superfood! http://voices.yahoo.com/how-enjoy-coconut-its-healthy-properties-this-42250.html?cat=5

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  6. Amy @ Serving Pink LemonadeApril 12, 2013 at 8:30 PM

    Just finishing up week 2 of my 21DSD and made these tonight. They were wonderful! Thanks for the great recipe.

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  7. these look and sound delicious. thank you for the recipe! do you have any idea on the nutritional stats?

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