Monday, May 2, 2016

Low-Carb and Sugar-Free Coconut Macaroons Recipe

Prep Time : 15 min   Cook Time:    15 min.   Total Time: 30 min.  Yield : 14 Coconut Macaroons   

This Low-Carb and Sugar-Free Coconut Macaroons recipe is very easy to make. There are only four ingredients, which mix up easily, and require only 15 minutes to cook.

The only trick, especially when not using sugar (which attracts moisture), is keeping them from being too dry. Here's how I do it.

4 large room-temperature egg whites (should be about 1/2 cup)
1 teaspoon good-quality vanilla extract
1 cup sugar substitute (I like liquid forms of Splenda, with zero carbs)
About 2 tablespoons water
2 cups unsweetened shredded coconut
Heat the oven to 375 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with either parchment paper or a silicone mat.
Measure 4 large room-temperature egg whites (about 1/2 cup). If the 4 egg whites don't add up to quite 1/2 cup, add a little water to reach that level.
Then add the 1 teaspoon good-quality vanilla, 1 cup liquid sweetener and 2 tablespoons water. (If using powdered sweetener, mix it in with the 2 cups unsweetened shredded coconut.

Mix egg white-vanilla-sweetener mixture with the 2 cups unsweetened shredded coconbut.
The mixture should just hold together. Let the mixture set a minute or two and you'll be able to mold them better.
Roll into balls a little bigger than an inch in diameter. Slightly flatten and put on baking sheet (whatever size and shape you put them on the baking sheet is how they will stay, they don't rise or expand during bakingh. Space at least half an inch apart.

Turn down the oven to 325 F, and bake for about 15 minutes, but start checking them a couple of minutes before. You want them golden brown on the bottom, and just barely starting to brown on top (although if you like them a little crisper, bake a couple of minutes longer).
Makes about 14 cookies, but yield will vary based on size of the cookies.

Nutritional Information: Each cookie has 1 gram effective carbohydrate plus 2 grams fiber, 2 grams protein, and 76 calories.

Difference between Macaroons and Macarons
Macaroons: Macaroons are cookies made with a combination of egg whites, usually coconut (although almonds and other variations exist), and vanilla. The cookies are easy to prepare and bake.

Macarons: Macaron cookies are delicate cookies made with almond meal (the same thing as finely ground almond flour), sugar, egg whites sandwiched together with ganache, buttercream, caramel or fruit fillings.
The only coconut you might find in a macaron is in the filling.

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