Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Coconut Macaroons (GAPS-legal, grain- and gluten-free)

These coconut macaroons are delicious and nourishing. With only a few ingredients, they are very simple to make. I tend to have leftover egg whites from making homemade mayonnaise, and these coconut macaroons are my favorite way to use them up!
I make these macaroons in the dehydrator, which results in a very light and crispy cookie. This recipe is based on the one in Nourishing Traditions, but I changed some ingredients and the cooking method.

Coconut Macaroons:
Beat egg whites and salt in a clean bowl until they form stiff peaks. I like to use my KitchenAid stand mixer with the whisk attachment, but any mixer would work.  Mix in the vanilla extract, and then the honey in a slow drizzle.  Fold in the coconut.

Scoop the cookie batter onto lined dehydrator trays (I use fruit roll trays, but you could also use parchment paper to line your dehydrator).  I like to use a 2-tablespoon scoop to get consistently pretty cookies, but you could also just use a normal spoon. Dehydrate the cookies for about 20-24 hours at 155 degrees F until very crispy (make sure you allow a cookie to cool completely to test if it is done, as they will be a bit chewy when warm).

Makes about 30 cookies. Perfect when served with a glass of raw milk or some homemade ice cream!

*Nourishing tip - To help limit the amount of sweets consumed in your house, store these macaroons in the freezer.  That way you won't feel like you have to eat them all within a few days. Since they have been dehydrated, there is no need to thaw these cookies before eating them; you can eat them straight out of the freezer! 

*Frugal tip - Egg whites can be stored for several weeks in your refrigerator so long as you are careful to make sure there is no yolk present.  Don't throw away any leftover egg whites; instead, keep them until you have enough to make a batch of macaroons!

This recipe is part of Monday Mania at The Healthy Home Economist, Fight Back Friday at Food Renegade, and Pennywise Platter at The Nourishing Gourmet!


Laura said...

I've been eyeing the coconut macaroons in Nourishing Traditions. I am going to take a stab at them using stevia in place of the honey. These look so yummy! Wish me luck :)

Sarah Smith said...

Good luck, Laura! My recipe also leaves out the arrowroot that is in the NT recipe, but I don't miss it at all. Honestly not even sure why it is in there as I can't tell a difference.

Darija said...

Cool, they look great. How should they be baked since I don't have a dehydrator?

Sarah Smith said...

Tiny Homestead, you can cook them this way: Drop by spoonfuls on parchment paper. Bake at 300 degrees for about 1/2 hour or until lightly browned. Reduce oven to 200 degrees and bake another hour or so until macaroons are completely dry and crisp.

Chris said...

Oh, another great way to use my dehydrator and all those egg whites. Thanks!

Nicole said...

doesn't eating egg whites bind the available biotin in the body? wouldnt it be better to cook them?

Sarah Smith said...

Since I make these at 165 degrees in the dehydrator, I think the egg whites are cooked.