Chocolate Coconut MacaroonsPosted in Baking, Desserts, Low Calorie, Snacks on January 3rd, 2010 by Eileen Devlin
Can we tell I love a coconut, nut, and chocolate combination? This surprisingly low-cal recipe is excellent. I anticipated them looking differently (like store bought macaroons) but the texture and taste is amazing. When you bite into them they feel soft and as light as air but then end with a nice crunch from the almonds and coconut. Just awesome. I served these as one of the dessert options at a dinner party.
3/4 c slivered almonds, dry-roasted and finely chopped
2/3 c sweetened flaked coconut
1/3 c all-purpose flour
3 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
whites of 4 large eggs
1/2 tsp vanilla
1/2 tsp imitation coconut flavoring
1/4 tsp cream of tartar
1 c sugar
1. Preheat oven to 325 and prep your baking sheets or you can use parchment paper (I did the latter for these).
2. In a small bowl, stir together almonds, coconut, flour, and cocoa
3. In a large metal/glass bowl combine remaining ingredients except sugar and beat on high until foamy. Gradually beat in sugar. Continue beating for 2-3 mins or until the egg whites are glossy and stiff peaks forms and remain standing.
4. Gently fold the almond mixture into the egg whites and drop by rounded teaspoonfuls about 2 in apart on baking sheets. Bake one sheet at a time for 12-14 mins or until tops are dry. Cool on wire racks. For a light dessert serve with strawberries and light whipped cream. I yielded 36 macaroons.
***I still have a feeling that they shouldn’t be as flat but the taste did NOT disappoint.
Nutritional Information (per serving=2 cookies each):
Total Fat: 3.5 g
Cholesterol: 0 mg
Sodium: 20 mg
Carbohydrate: 16 g
Fiber: 1 g
Protein: 2 g