These refined sugar free orange coconut macaroons have less fat and are gluten free, making them a healthier alternative to regular macaroons.
Traditionally, coconut macaroons are made with condensed milk and tons of white sugar, neither of which are particularly nutritious.
I’ve managed to healthy mine up a little by removing the gluten and refined sugar. Made with a mix of coconut, oat and buckwheat flours along with a touch of honey, these are naturally a little denser and less sweet than regular macaroons. However, with a delicious hint of orange and a refined sugar-free chocolate drizzle, they are the ideal, healthy snack to keep your sugar cravings at bay.
The measurements below make 7 fairly large-sized macaroons.
- 80g (1 + 1/3 cups) coconut
- 1 tablespoon oat flour
- 1 tablespoon coconut flour
- 1 tablespoon buckwheat flour
- 1 tablespoon honey
- 1½ tablespoons freshly squeezed orange
- 150ml (2/3 cup) milk
- 1 egg white
- 4 tablespoons coconut sugar
- 2 tablespoons water
- 2 teaspoons unsweetened cocoa powder
- milk (if required)
Pre-heat the oven to 175°C (350ºF) and line a baking tray with grease-proof paper.
In a large bowl, mix the coconut and all three flours together. Add the honey, milk and orange juice and stir until combined.
Whisk the egg white until thick and frothy and then stir into the other ingredients. You should be left with a mixture that will stick together when you take a ball in your hand. If this isn't the case, add a little more milk.
Roll into seven fairly evenly sized mounds and place on the prepared sheet. Bake for around 20-25 minutes until the outsides are browning. Allow to cool for around 10 minutes.
For the drizzle: place the coconut sugar and water in a pan and cook for around five minutes until it is bubbling and starting to thicken. Remove from the heat and then quickly stir in the cocoa. The mixture will thicken very quickly so when a drizzling consistency is reached, drizzle over each macaroon and then leave to set. If it becomes too thick to drizzle, add a touch of milk to thin it out. Enjoy!