Look ma, no baking!  These yummy little bites are not only gluten- and dairy-free, they also don’t require any cooking whatsoever.  Yay for easy!

Now, it would be a straight up lie if I told you these tasted exactly like and had the same texture as traditional baked macaroons.  They just don’t.  So, I was a little apprehensive about making these, as I for sure thought it would go down as one of my kitchen failures, like my first attempt at making homemade mayonnaise.  Eeewww….

However, I was quite surprised when I whipped these together.  So surprised that I ate the whole batch in one sitting, just to make sure it wasn’t a fluke.

Even though these don’t have the exact same look and feel as store-bought macaroons, they do satisfy that sweet craving if one should pop up.  I’ve even Sirena-fied the recipe a bit by adding in some gelatin powder, which also keeps the little balls together (hee-hee, I said balls.)

When I originally saw the recipe from a friend on Facebook, I adjusted the measurements to yield about 12-14 macaroons.  Which, turned out to be a very wise decision seeing I had to make a 2nd batch a couple days later to snap the pictures…because like I said — I ate all of ‘em.

Enjoy!

Ingredients

1 cup organic coconut flakes

½ cup organic shredded coconut

¼ cup raw cacao powder

¼ cup organic maple syrup

2 tbs. melted coconut oil

¼ cup hydrolized-Great Lakes Gelatin powder

Directions

  1. In a large glass or stainless steel mixing bowl, combine all of the dry ingredients.  Easy.
  2. Melt the 2 tbs. of coconut oil and mix in the maple syrup for about 3.7 seconds.
  3. Combine the oil and maple syrup liquid with the dry ingredients and fold together with a spatula.  Very easy.
  4. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and place in the fridge for about 20 minutes so that it cools down and hardens a bit.
  5. Form 1” sized macaroon balls (ha) and place on a cookie sheet or in a glass container.
  6. Place back in the fridge for another 30 minutes, or as long as you can possibly wait, whichever one happens first.
  7. Eat and enjoy.  The easiest step.

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