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Coconut Macaroons with Chocolate, Ginger & Pistachio

Coconut macaroons (paleo & sugar free) - A tasty love story

Happy 1st December, first sunday of Advent and Christmas of 2013 – we welcome you big time! I don’t know about you guys but I am already settled pretty good. I have decorated my little lovely Christmas tree, bought all the presents for the big night and now it is time for the first sweet-home-cookie-chocolate-workshop!  There is nothing more magical than the smell of warm christmas spices coming from the kitchen while cozying up on the couch, admiring the sparkling tree and drinking mulled wine.
But as we all know it can be a challenge to enjoy all of Christmas (and now we are talking chocolate calendars, sweet treats everywhere, cookies from your own oven and not to forget countless christmas lunches) and at the same time being able to fit your sparkling dress for New Years Eve.

Candied ginger - A tasty love story

So as always I am trying to make Christmas sweets that actually cooperates with Mission-NYE-Dress! The first christmas treat this year is these little moist & flavourful fellows. Coconut macaroons with a chocolate coating – and an extra flavour boost from candied ginger and salty pistachios. They are super easy to make and as I discovered can be made sugar free. You just need a granulated sugar substitute and they will be just as perfect as they are with regular sugar. You can of course use regular sugar or coconut sugar as well, remember coconut sugar does not influence you blood sugar as regular sugar does, which is really good when avoiding overeating and sugar addiction during Christmas. Another option is to use dates, just mash them up and add them to the batter, and you’ll get a lovely texture and flavour. The coating can be all kinds of chocolate and you can sprinkle it with nuts, dried fruit, freeze dried berries etc. and style them as you wish and maybe as fits this years Christmas theme.
Btw if you are interested in following my Christmas creations or maybe get a look at the beautiful tree you can join me on Instagram where I post all of it :)

Christmas Sweet treats from last year:
Orange flavoured marzipan & nougat sweet treats
Chocolate & date love truffles

Coconut macaroons (paleo & sugar free) - A tasty love story

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Coconut Macaroons with chocolate, ginger and pistachio
Makes around 20 small macaroons

120 g grated coconut
2 eggs
60 g granulated sugar or sugar substitute
1 tsp grund vanilla
Zest from 1 organic lemon
25 g  butter/coconut oil, melted
A pinch of salt

50-100 g chocolate – depending on how thick a layer you want
1 tsp coconut oil
1 tbsp pistachio nuts, salted and unshelled
4-5 pieces candied ginger (or dried tropical fruit, as melon and mango)

Preheat oven to 175 C/350 F (fan)
Whisk together eggs, sugar, vanilla, lemon zest and salt until foamy. Mix in melted butter and coconut and let it rest for 10-15 min until the coconut has soaked up the liquid and the batter is more firm.
Spoon up 1 tbsp of batter and use your palm to shape a little cone, and place it on a lined baking stone. Proceed with the rest of the batter. Bake in the oven for 8-10 min, remove as soon as they are starting to get golden. It is very important that you do not over bake them since they will get very dry. Transfer the paper with the macaroons onto a wire rack and let them cool completely.
Melt chocolate and coconut oil in a double boiler. Finely chop the pistachio and ginger and mix together. Dip the bottom of the macaroons in the melted chocolate (preferable 2 times if using 100 g chocolate) and place them with the pointy end down on a rack (this allows them to balance and make a beautiful coating).    Sprinkle with the ginger/pistachio mix and let them dry completely.
Store the macaroons in the fridge for up t0 a week.

Nutritional Info*
Pr. 100 g / pr. macaroon

Kcal: 470  / 80
Fat: 43 g / 7,4 g
Protein: 8,5 g / 1,4 g
Carbohydrates: 15 g / 2,6 g
Fibers: 5,2 g / 0,9 g

*Based on the recipe using 50 g of chocolate & a non-calorie sweetener

Coconut macaroons (paleo & sugar free) - A tasty love story

Comments (24)

  • I love anything with coconut and of course chocolate is always a winner. These look gorgeous!

  • These look so pretty and tasty I have added them to my list for Festive Bakes already :) Just a quick question though (in air of being as organised as can be) do they keep well at all and for how long?


    • They should keep just fine for a little weekend in the fridge – and I actually have a batch in freezer at the moment and tomorrow I’ll know if they are good for freezing as well, I’ll let you know ;)

  • Åh, de ser så gode ud. Dem må jeg hellere lave i morgen, og tage med på bedsteforældre-besøg!

    • Sikke en god ide – og sikke nogle heldige bedsteforældre ;)

  • mmmm…
    jeg har lige to spørgsmål…
    hvor meget stevia skulle man bruge som sukker substitude?
    kan man finde eller selv lave non-sugar candied ingefær?
    takk for dit inspirerende blog!

    • Hejsa. Jeg har brugt sukrin gold – som er en blanding af stevia og sukrin der søder tilsvarende sukker. Så hvis du har en andet erstatning for sukker fx stevia, så skal du blot tilføje hvad der svarer til 60 g ren sukker :) Og jeg har desværre ikke eksperimenteret med at lave kandiseret ingefær, men jeg ville blot erstatte det med noget andet tørret frugt hvis du gerne vil undgå det rene sukker. Håber du finder ud af det :)

  • I love how you dressed up traditional macaroons by dipping them in chocolate and pistachios and ginger. Yummy!

  • REALLY glad I stumbled upon your blog; we have such similar food philosophies!

    • Love fellow-food souls, so I am absolutely thrilled you found this blog as well :)

  • Whole eggs not just the whites?

  • Hej
    The macaroons look lovely, have never made them so I am tempted.
    Do you use dessicated coconut or fresh grated coconut?

    • Oh they are so easy, a perfect I-want-one-now snack :) and I always use dessicated coconut!

  • Hi there! Just wanted to let you know I’ve compiled a recipe round-up of Healthy Party Sweet Treats on my blog today and I’ve included your recipe! Come and take a look! Thanks for a sharing great recipe!

  • Fabolous recipe….I gave it a try and everybody loved this choco macaroons!

  • Thank you for this receipe, very simple and delicious !

  • sorry but even though for once I actually followed the recipe to the T it came out very bad. It looks like the egg just leaked out on the baking tray. Now I checked other recipes and it seems that traditionally you only should use egg whites and NO butter!!! very mad that I didnt make the comparison before I got started.

    • Hi Jana.
      I am so sorry it did not turn out okay with you. I too followed my own recipe to the point, and it came out as in the pictures. Hope you’ll have better luck with another recipe.
      All the best from Josephine


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