Coconut Macaroons

A sweet, coconutty treat, perfect for an afternoon snack with a cup of tea, coffee or glass of milk
coconut macaroons

Mrs Crimble’s traditional coconut macaroons have been calling me every time I go shopping, no idea why as it’s not something I usually buy, but that’s GD (and pregnancy) for you and so it’s time to make a safer version, here come the sugar free coconut macaroons!

These really hit the spot for me and yes they are extremely crumbly (to the point that my son ate his with a spoon), but who cares if they taste just like the real thing but without all the added sugar?!

*They are very sweet and so you may find that if you’ve not eaten anything sweet in a while that the amount of sweetener in the recipe needs reducing to your taste.

Please don’t ask me how long these last for as I can’t answer due to the speed they have been devoured in my house! If you get the chance to experiment, then please let me know!

For this recipe I use Tesco East End desiccated coconut. This coconut is unsweetened and is very fine, which works perfectly for this recipe and is a bargain at 70p 200g bag

To make these coconut macaroons nut free

To make this recipe nut free, simply replace the ground almonds with 15g of coconut flour instead and increase the egg whites to 4 large egg whites.

coconut macaroons

Coconut Macaroons

A sweet, coconutty treat, perfect for an afternoon snack with a cup of tea, coffee or glass of milk
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Cooling Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes
Course: Snacks
Cuisine: British
Diet: Diabetic, Gluten Free, Vegetarian
Keyword: biscuits, coconut, macaroons
Free or Membership Recipe: Free Recipe
Free from: dairy, gluten, nuts
Servings: 15 macaroons
Calories: 148kcal
Author: Jo Paterson

Ingredients

  • 3 large egg whites room temperature
  • ¼ tsp cream of tartar (or ½ tsp of lemon juice)
  • 90 grams xylitol or erythritol sweetener
  • 30 grams ground almonds
  • 250 grams unsweetened desiccated coconut
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 100 grams coconut cream as needed, scooped from the top of a tin of coconut milk (or double cream)
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 170ºc fan and line a baking tray with baking parchment or a silicone liner
  • Beat the egg whites until frothy (NOT making peaks, just frothy) then add the cream of tartar OR lemon juice and carry on beating until soft peaks form. This can be done by hand but is much faster and easier with an electric whisk
  • Add the xylitol a teaspoon at a time and whisk until the peaks can hold their shape and are shiny/glossy
  • Add the almonds, salt, vanilla extract and desiccated coconut to the egg whites and fold through
  • In a separate bowl, mix the coconut cream with some coconut milk until softened, then add to the coconut mixture *as needed, folding until fully combined.
    *The mixture should be sticky and quite wet (add more cream if needed to create a sticky mixture). The mix should hold its shape well when clumped together
  • In your hands, form the mixture into domes, or slightly flattened balls to form macaroons. (You can use spoons or an ice cream scoop if you prefer not to get mucky hands). The macaroons will not rise or spread when baking, so flatter you make the macaroons at this point, the harder/crunchier they will become and so this is why I leave mine quite large and dome shaped, to give a more moist and 'cakey' texture.
    Place each one gently on a baking tray lined with greaseproof/parchment paper or a silicone mat, leaving a gap around each one
  • Cook for 15-20 minutes or until they're just beginning to turn golden on top. It is wise to keep a close eye on them in the oven or they will become too dark in colour and too firm
  • Remove from the oven and allow to cool on the baking tray. Whilst waiting for them to cool, melt the chocolate if using
  • The macaroons hold their shape much better after they have been left cool for a while. Once cooled, you can decorate the macaroons with some melted dark chocolate if you wish. You can *carefully* pick each macaroon up and dunk the bottom in some melted chocolate, then carefully place back onto baking paper.
    You can also drizzle some melted chocolate over the top of each macaroon
  • Allow the chocolate to cool so that it hardens. You can speed up the process by putting them in the fridge for a while until completely set. They are set when you can easily peel them from the baking paper
    coconut macaroons

Notes

To make these coconut macaroons nut free

To make this recipe nut free, simply replace the ground almonds with 15g of coconut flour instead and increase the egg whites to 4 large egg whites.
 
SWEETENERS
The brand of xylitol that I use and is most widely available in larger supermarkets is Total Sweet. To find a local stockist, please check this link. It is important to note that xylitol, although a natural sweetener, is highly toxic to dogs, so no sharing your GD treats with your furry friends!
total sweet xylitol
Artificial powdered sweeteners such as sucralose (like Splenda) or aspartame (like Canderel) can be used in the cake but you need to use MUCH MUCH LESS (approx. 6.5 tbsp but please double check your sweeteners label as they can all differ). Total Sweet xylitol weighs the same as granulated sugar, so you need to work out the equivalent amount to use if using these sweeteners instead. If using Truvia, use this Truvia conversion chart to help you work out the amount required.
For the best outcomes with this recipe it is best to use the ingredients recommended and in the quantities stated.

Nutrition

Calories: 148kcal | Carbohydrates: 5g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 14g | of which saturates: 12g | Fibre: 3g | of which sugars: 1g

Nutritional info. is based per serving unless stated otherwise and is only a guide. The nutritional content will vary depending on the exact ingredients used

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