I’m not going to rant about how you should eat such-and-such amount of coconut oil per day to prevent this-and-that. But, I will tell you that the stuff is awesome, is getting more and more affordable every day, AND you can make adorable little bite-sized coconut macaroons like these without ever firing up the oven. Whaaaat?
That’s right, these no-bake coconut macaroon bites are raw-ish, vegan, paleo, and gluten-free friendly. All you need is a few simple ingredients and you can crank out a batch of these deliciously poppable, guilt-free, good-for-you treats in minutes.
You could also think of these as a DIY Hail Merry Bites if you’d like. If you do, I encourage you to take this recipe and play around with flavors to imitate your fav Hail Merry treats! Here’s how I think you can get their indulgent flavors at home:
Caramel Sea Salt (just add some almond flour, more maple syrup, coconut sugar – that’s where the caramel flavor comes from, and a pinch of sea salt in top)
Dark Chocolate (just add some cocoa powder & a bit more maple syrup to offset the bitterness of cocoa)
Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough (just add some Enjoy Life mini chocolate chips, more maple syrup, and a bit of almond flour)
Hope you enjoy these fun lil coconut bombs!
No-Bake Coconut Macaroon Bites
Makes 10-12 balls Total Time: about 10 mins
No-Bake Coconut Macaroon Bites are suitable for paleo, vegetarian, vegan, raw-ish, and gluten-free diets.
1 1/4 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
3 tablespoons warm coconut oil (you can sub up to 1/3 of this with MCT oil if that’s in your diet)
1 tablespoon warm water
1/2 teaspoon natural vanilla extract (can substitute almond, lemon, orange, or another natural extract for other fun flavors!)
1 tablespoon maple syrup or honey
pinch of sea salt
1. Combine ingredients in a food processor or blender and pulse a few times to combine. The mixture will be a really thick cookie dough texture. If it’s really crumbly, add more warm water 1-2 teaspoons at a time.
2. Use a small cookie scoop to scoop and drop small mounds onto parchment paper. You should be able to scoop 10-12 depending on the size of your scoop. If you don’t have a scoop, you can use your hands to roll little bite-sized balls. You might have to chill the dough if it becomes too difficult to roll since the coconut oil melts quickly with the heat of your hands.
3. Chill the bombs for a few minutes until they are set and transfer to an airtight container. Keep refrigerated!
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