• Coconut Macaroons

    January 4, 2009

    Oh boy. These coconut macaroons are scrummmmptious, but also TROUBLE!! I’ve eaten, um, five already! 😳 The wonderful and genius people at Self magazine (December 2008) put a chocolatey, but low-fat twist on this chewy classic cookie. Oats replace part of the coconut to make this a low-fat yet still satisfying treat.

    Makes about 40 macaroons

    Vegetable oil cooking spray
    10 egg whites*
    2 cups unsweetened dried shredded coconut
    2 cups plain quick-cooking oats
    1 tablespoon vanilla extract
    3/4 cup sugar
    2 tablespoons bittersweet chocolate morsels
    1 teaspoon trans-fat-free soft-tub margarine

    Preheat oven to 350°. Spray 3 baking sheets with cooking spray; set aside. Stir egg whites, coconut, oats, vanilla, sugar and salt in a bowl until well blended. Drop tablespoons of dough onto baking sheets, half an inch apart. Bake macaroons until light golden, 12 to 15 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack and cool completely. Place chocolate morsels and margarine in a glass bowl or measuring cup. Microwave on high until chocolate melts completely, 40 to 50 seconds, or melt in a 350° oven 5 to 6 minutes. (Do not overheat chocolate or it will scorch.) Dip a metal teaspoon into warmed chocolate and gently drizzle chocolate over cookies in a zigzag pattern. Cool completely. Store in an airtight container in a cool, dry place for up to 3 days.

    THE SKINNY: 52 calories per macaroon, 1.9 g fat (1.3 g saturated), 7.4 g carbs, 0.8 g fiber, 1.6 g protein

    * I used liquid egg whites instead of the “real deal,” which seemed to work fine, but the macaroon batter was really watery. If you decide to use liquid egg whites from the carton, I recommend using less than what equals “10 egg whites” when measuring. You can always add more liquid egg whites if needed. My batter was so watery that I needed to add quite a bit more oats and coconut. 

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    VeggieGirl January 4, 2009 at 4:33 pm



    Andrea (Andrea's Eats) January 4, 2009 at 4:35 pm


    Andrea’s Eats…Kepping it real


    ttfn300 January 4, 2009 at 4:51 pm

    omg, these sound fantastic…


    Shelby January 4, 2009 at 4:55 pm



    Kristie January 4, 2009 at 5:15 pm

    Mmmm…. Bookmarking this one. Sounds awesome… I have plenty of coconut in the cupboard just itching to be baked into macaroon form.


    K January 4, 2009 at 6:13 pm

    Oh wow, those look great Tina!


    Heather McD (Heather Eats Almond Butter) January 4, 2009 at 6:19 pm

    coconut…chocolate…I’m sold. 🙂


    Marianne January 4, 2009 at 6:36 pm

    Those look awesome – but I’m a sucker for anything coconut 🙂


    Krista January 4, 2009 at 6:47 pm

    Ohhh! Those sound like a great treat!!


    Victoria January 4, 2009 at 7:09 pm

    Love macaroons. I made them for the holidays and had such a hard time not eating most of them. I really just love anything with coconut.


    Kati January 4, 2009 at 9:39 pm

    these do look really good :> what is the salt measurement though? i think you wrote salt slices…or something like that 🙂


    Tina January 5, 2009 at 5:34 am

    @Kati: Haha! I have no idea what that means! I copied the recipe right from the Self website and never noticed! I just added a quick shake of salt to the recipe– probably 1/4 tsp.


    Andrea [bella eats] January 6, 2009 at 9:44 am

    Yum! I saw these in Self and dog-eared the page to make them this month! Glad you’ve given them such a rave review!!! 🙂


    John (Tara's Hubby) September 27, 2009 at 2:55 pm

    Yup – Non-fattening enough for her but tasty enough for me. I am sold.
    And they’re so simple to make. Thumbs up


    Jinny September 29, 2009 at 12:31 am

    Super post, Need to mark it on Digg


    ROBYN April 11, 2012 at 2:18 pm

    I am going to have to try this recipes I acutually just bought maccaroons yesterday and ate 4 at once they are so good but it was 220 calories for 4 eeekk


    Lyn, the lifestyle artist October 7, 2013 at 5:36 pm

    Healthy desserts can be somewhat difficult to come by but they are definitely worth it in the end. Desserts taste great and they are wonderful after your meal but I really liked how these cookies had healthy ingredients and seemed pretty easy to make too. Shouldn’t feel too guilty about eating these after dinner.


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