Monday, November 4, 2013

Cookie Craving: Coconut Macaroons

Last night a strong cookie craving had me raiding my cupboards for ingredients. Somehow I managed to make a batch of crazy-delicious macaroons without any sugar or flour on hand! These babies are mostly coconut, with ground oatmeal and maple syrup...and chocolate chips, because I had some.

Coconut Macaroons

1/4 cup soy or almond milk
1/3 cup coconut oil
1/2 cup maple syrup
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup oat flour*
1 1/2 cups dessicated coconut
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup Enjoy Life** mini chocolate chips (optional)

Preheat oven to 350ºF.
Blend the soy milk, coconut oil, maple syrup and vanilla together.
Combine the oat flour, coconut and salt in a large bowl.
Add the wet mixture and stir together.
Fold in the chocolate chips.
Scoop large spoonfuls onto a baking tray and bake for about 10 minutes, 
or until the coconut starts getting toasty.
Cool and bite.

NOTES:
Depending on what kind of oatmeal you use, these cookies can be gluten-free. However, the proteins in oats are very similar to those in wheat, barley and rye, so some celiacs may experience an adverse reaction.
*To make oat flour, grind one cup of organic rolled oats in a food processor. I used the flat blade on my NutriBullet.
**Even though they aren't organic, I like to use Enjoy Life chocolate chips because they are made in a dedicated dairy-free facility.

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