No-Bake Chocolate Macaroons (Paleo, Vegan)

No-Bake Chocolate Macaroons (Paleo, Vegan)

While I find my Crohn’s symptoms are much less active when I limit the amount of eggs, nuts, and even naturally occurring sugars (i.e. fructose, honey, and maple syrup) I eat in addition to eliminating all grains and dairy, some days I’m totally jonesing for a sweet treat. I have a few go-to recipes for when that happens. One such appease-the-need-for-a-sweet-treat recipe is this delectable, fudgy, no-bake chocolate macaroon.

This recipe comes from an attempt to replicate a paleo version of my maternal grandmother’s legendary macaroons — everyone loved them! Sadly, she passed away when I was only a few months old. And although I never got to know her, I really do feel connected to her through the love of cooking and baking she passed on to my mom and me.

My mom and I are the bakers in the family, and we both enjoy taking up the challenge of paleo-ifying recipes like this one. These tasty little orbs of grain-free, dairy-free, and refined sugar-free chocolatey goodness are bound to cure your craving for a wee something sweet. Enjoy!

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No-Bake Chocolate Macaroons (Paleo, Vegan)
 
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Recipe type: Treats
Serves: 12
Ingredients
  • 1 c chopped, pitted dates
  • ⅔ c water
  • 2 tbsp maple syrup (optional)
  • 1 tbsp pure vanilla
  • 2 tbsp coconut oil
  • ⅓ c cocoa powder (I like Camino brand because it's organic and free trade)
  • ½ c unsweetened, shredded coconut (medium)
  • 1 c nut flour (almond, hazelnut, etc.)
  • Extra coconut for rolling
Instructions
  1. In a medium saucepan simmer dates in water and optional maple syrup until soft and thick -- about five minutes. Stir so that you have a thick paste.
  2. Remove from heat and mix in vanilla, coconut oil, and cocoa powder. Allow to cool slightly about five minutes.
  3. Stir in ½ c shredded coconut and 1 c nut flour and combine thoroughly.
  4. Scoop mixture into 1 tbsp measures and roll in coconut.
  5. Place in refrigerator until chilled and firm. These also freeze exceptionally well.
 

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Martine Partridge, founder of Eat Heal Thrive, is an eater of whole, nourishing, real food. She is also a combatter of Crohn's Disease. Martine wholeheartedly believes that food is the fulcrum for good health and has had wonderful results in managing autoimmunity by eating to heal, and healing to thrive.

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