Vegan Sugar-Free Macaroons (and gluten-free too!)

I love coconut! About a year ago, I fell in love with a macaroon recipe that I’ve made for several parties and it’s always the first cookie to be gobbled up. A definite crowd pleaser. Many people have asked me for the recipe and it’s been doing the rounds around our community. One friend who works in liquor distribution even made a spiked variation which she presented to their Malibu Rum representative. The original source of the recipe claims that it won her a 1st place Blue Ribbon at her state fair and I believe her!

Sugar-free macaroons - vegan & gluten-free

Delicious sugar-free vegan macaroons.

Unfortunately,the original recipe is extremely sugary and I think that one of the days that I baked it (and sampled it) pretty much caused my highest blood sugar spike ever. Not so good. But with inspiration from Elana’s Pantry and her fabulous sugar-free gluten-free vegan Coconut Cream Frosting recipe, I’ve come up with a new recipe of my own.

Vegan Sugar-Free Macaroons (and gluten-free too!)
Yields 24 good sized macaroons.
1 cup coconut milk
1 cup agave nectar
pinch of sea salt
5 teaspoons arrowroot powder
1 tablespoon water
1 teaspoon coconut extract
1/3 cup coconut flour
3 cups unsweetened shredded coconut

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • In a medium saucepan, heat coconut milk, agave, salt and simmer for 5 to 10 minutes.
  • In a small bowl, combine arrowroot powder and water to form a smooth liquid/paste.
  • Pour arrowroot mixture into saucepan and whisk vigorously to avoid lumps. Bring to a boil, briefly, until shiny.
  • Remove saucepan from heat and whisk in coconut extract. Let cool.
  • In a separate bowl, or in your stand mixer, blend coconut flour and shredded coconut.
  • Add liquid to dry ingredients and blend.
  • Using a tablespoon, form macaroons and place on a cookie sheet lined with a silicone baking sheet or parchment paper.  
  • Bake macaroons for approximately 10 minutes or until they start to turn slightly golden.
  • Place on a cooling rack and try not to gobble them too quickly!
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