Chocolate-Dipped Toasted Coconut Macaroons

Chocolate-Dipped Toasted Coconut Macaroons

These macaroons are crunchy on the outside, chewy on the inside, footed with a perfect layer of dark chocolate, and so deliciously snackable and somewhat addicting, that portion control is paramount! They are also top of the list on our Fueled & Fit EDGE 90-Day Challenge because they are low-fat, low-carb and low-sugar! So, when you are craving something a little sweet OR needing something to take to a potluck–THIS is one of your go-to desserts or snacks!

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Chocolate-Dipped Toasted Coconut Macaroons
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Prep Time 20 Minutes
Cook Time 45 Minutes
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Prep Time 20 Minutes
Cook Time 45 Minutes
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Instructions
  1. Preheat your oven to 350 F.
  2. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper and evenly spread the shredded coconut over the sheets.
  3. Bake for approximately 15 minutes, removing and stirring every 5 minutes.
  4. Separate 4 egg whites into a bowl and add the pinch of salt.
  5. Beat the eggs on high until almost stiff peaks are formed.
  6. Slowly add in the heated honey about 1 tsp at a time, beating simultaneously.
  7. Once all the honey is added, beat the egg whites until stiff peaks are formed. {Note: stiff peaks are marked by when you shake the beaters and the peaks of egg white foam do not move or wiggle.}
  8. Fold in the cooled and toasted unsweetened coconut with a large spatula.
  9. Line the baking sheets with more parchment paper.
  10. Using a gallon-sized Ziploc bag, spoon the egg white/coconut mixture into the bag filling towards one corner. Cut the corner of the bag off. {Note: an actual pastry bag works, too.} Squeeze about 1 tablespoon dollops onto the baking sheet.
  11. Bake for 15 – 20 minutes, or until the outside is golden brown.
  12. Remove from the oven and let cool while you prepare the chocolate.
  13. Melt the chocolate chips on a double boiler. {Boil some water in a small sauce pan and place a large glass bowl on top of the pot. Add the chocolate chips to the glass bowl and stir constantly until evenly melted, then remove from the heat.}
  14. When the cookies are cooled, dip the bottom into chocolate and set on parchment paper.
  15. Set the chocolate by placing the cookies in the refrigerator. This should take about 30 minutes.
  16. Plate and enjoy!
Recipe Notes

Lily's Dark Chocolate Baking Chips are sweetened with Stevia and can be found at HEB, Whole Foods, etc.

Coconut Date Bites

Coconut Date Bites

Instead of reaching for typical candy and cookies filled with refined sugars, preservatives and saturated fats, have a coconut date bite! They can be made in 10 minutes, require no cooking or baking, and your family and friends will love them because they taste just like cookie dough! This is a great, fun recipe to make with kids too!

When you consume raw unprocessed foods that are not cooked above 104° F, your body metabolizes them much more efficiently, allowing your body to focus energy on other parts of your system, other than digestion. These gluten-free, raw, vegan bite-sized treats provide healthy fats, natural sugars, and macro-nutrients that will satisfy your sweet tooth, give you a little burst of energy, and keep you away from the candy dishes!

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Coconut Date Bites
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Category Desserts, Snacks
Diet Level 1: Sugar Free
Prep Time 15 Minutes
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Category Desserts, Snacks
Diet Level 1: Sugar Free
Prep Time 15 Minutes
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Instructions
  1. Combine almonds, cashews, and coconut in a food processor or high powered blender.
  2. Pulse or blend until ingredients break down into small pieces but not into butter.
  3. Add dates and 1 Tbsp of water for moisture. Blend until a thick dough is formed.
  4. Remove the dough from your blender and stir in cacao nibs.
  5. With a measuring spoon, divide the dough into 10 balls, at 1 tablespoon each.
  6. Place in mini cupcake liners and store in a container in the freezer. Cool for 20 minutes before consuming.
Recipe Notes

A word about cacao nibs. Be careful when purchasing. As always, READ THOSE INGREDIENT LISTS!! For example, at HEB there are two brands that look the same at first glance. However, if you notice, there is one little word inserted in the name..."sweet"...  If you read the ingredient list of the "sweet" version, they have added "certified organic cane juice" so it is NOT your best choice. The other one is totally unsweetened. So, although they BOTH say "natural" and "organic," if you don't look carefully, you could make a wrong choice!

Navitas Naturals Organic Cacao Nibs (CHOOSE THIS ONE!)

Navitas Naturals Organic Cacao Sweet Nibs

Almond Date Truffles

Almond Date Truffles

Here is a great “dessert” recipe. This is also a great portable snack to carry with you on trips or in your purse.

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Almond Date Truffles
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Prep Time 20 Minutes
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Prep Time 20 Minutes
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Instructions
  1. Put the dates and vanilla paste in a food processor and run until a chunky paste forms.
  2. Add the almond butter and pulse a few more times.
  3. Add the coconut, cocoa powder, salt and cinnamon and pulse a few more times. The mixture should be a tad crumbly, but press between your fingers and stick together. If it seems too wet to hold in a ball, add more coconut. If too dry, add a touch more almond butter or a splash of water.
  4. Roll a heaping tablespoon of the mixture between your palms to form a ball. Repeat with remaining mixture.
  5. Put your chopped almonds on a plate and roll each truffle in the almonds (apply a bit of pressure to get them to adhere).
  6. Place the plate in the fridge to chill for at least an hour. Truffles will keep covered in the fridge for a couple weeks.
Recipe Notes

Some dates can be super dry and hard, but for this recipe, you want to try to get your hands on some that are plump and slightly glossy, with no crystallized sugar on the surface. You can find quality Medjool dates at Costco, Trader Joe's, and HEB has this brand in the produce area: Bard Valley Natural Delights Medjool Dates. No added sugar, no preservatives.

The Vanilla Bean Paste can also be found at HEB in the spice isle. I use Taylor & Colledge Organic Vanilla Bean Paste.

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