Let’s make the weekend even sweeter with these easy almond coconut macaroons. It’s a whip it, mix it and bake it recipe without many ingredients or having too much sugar involved. This is a no flour recipe too, even better!
easy almond and coconut macaroons
Back in the mists of time (my childhood) my Mum used to bake coconut macaroons and I still remember the toasty warming sweet smell of the coconut as they baked in the oven. The anticipation was almost too much. Having to wait for them to cool before we could launch ourselves on to them was torture.
I wanted to bake today. I seem to be baking treats just to cheer us all up these days. It’s not doing anything for my waistline. But it puts a smile on the faces of those around me and that’s what matters.
No flour baking
These almond coconut macaroons are a great wee recipe to have up your sleeve as they don’t require any flour at all. And since there is a definite lack of flour in the shops just now any flour free baking recipes are good.
Even I run out of ingredients now and then. This time I had no flour on hand for cake baking. So I had to come up with a sweet treat that didn’t involve flour. Coconut macaroons was the answer. This is a no flour baking treat, perfect.
Why are these almond and coconut macaroons?
My mum always just used desiccated coconut in her macaroons. But I didn’t have enough coconut (used it all in that yummy coconut, lemon and ginger cake last week) to make much of a statement on the macaroon front.
I had two egg white from making my homemade mayonnaise the other day but I didn’t quite have enough desiccated coconut to make a full recipe.
What to do? Well, substitute of course. Enter the flaked almonds. I love almonds in any form from smoked whole almonds for snacking to ground almonds in baking. Flaked almonds are always in my larder as they are so useful for topping crumbles, adding to homemade muesli or just generally adding some crunch and texture to almost any dish.
I crushed the flaked almonds up a bit in my hands before mixing with the desiccated coconut. I wouldn’t recommend using ground almonds here as they would give a denser texture. Mixing the crushed up flaked almonds with the desiccated coconut gave me a lovely light and moist texture to my macaroons.
These almond and coconut macaroons are toasty crisp on the outside and fluffy, moist and light on the inside.
Only a few ingredients;
You’ll need egg whites, lemon juice, caster sugar , flaked almonds, desiccated coconut, vanilla extract, a pinch of salt and some rich dark chocolate to finish off your macaroons.
There isn’t all that much sugar in these almond coconut macaroons. Only 100g of the white stuff. The desiccated coconut is sweet enough and the addition of vanilla imparts it’s own depth and sweetness.
The lowdown on these easy almond and coconut macaroons
This recipe makes 9 decent sized macaroons. They will keep in a sealed container for about 3 days. You can freeze macaroons if well wrapped in plastic, but quite honestly you will probably eat them all anyway.
Looking for some other sweet tea time treats, then check out my home baking section for lots of lovely inspiration.
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Easy Almond Coconut Macaroons
- 2 egg whites
- 1/2 tsp lemon juice
- 100 g caster sugar
- 80 g flaked almonds roughly crushed
- 200 g desiccated coconut
- pinch of salt
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 100 g dark chocolate
- Preheat oven to 160C and line a baking sheet with parchment
- Whisk the egg whites in a dry grease free bowl till frothy
- add the lemon juice and continue whisking till you get soft peaks and the egg whites are shiny
- Carefully fold in the crushed flaked almonds, desiccated coconut, sugar, salt and vanilla extract
- Use an ice-cream scoop to make domes of the batter on your prepared baking tray
- Bake for approximately 20 minutes till just toasty on top
- Remove from oven and allow to cool for 5 minutes before removing to a cooling rack to cool completely
- Melt the chocolate either in a microwave or in a bain marie (bowl set over a pan of barely simmering water) then dip the bases of the macaroons in the chocolate and drizzle more chocolate on top
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