Wednesday, 27 March 2013

Paleo Chocolate Coconut Cookies

This recipe began life in the book Practical Paleo. I've added more cocoa and butter to boost the flavour.

As with all my paleo recipes you'll probably be surprised that these are not very sweet, but give your taste buds a few seconds to adjust and you find them very satisfying (I hope!)

Ingredients

  • 2 eggs
  • 50g melted butter 
  • 20g honey
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup or 250ml shredded coconut (I used desiccated as I don't have shredded)
  • 3 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • pinch of bicarb of soda
  • pinch of salt
  • 1/2 cup sliced almonds

How to make

  1. Set oven to 170ºC
  2. Whisk the eggs, melted butter, honey and vanilla until well combined and a little frothy
  3. Mix in the cocoa, bicarb of soda and coconut
  4. Add the almonds and fold in
  5. Divide into small mounds on a baking parchment lined tray
  6. Bake for 15 mins, check if done -- they should feel a little springy to the touch, add a few more mins if required.

What next?

Be interesting to experiment with other flavours to go alongside the cocoa, perhaps reduce the cocoa and add peanut butter, or raspberries, or orange oil?

Paleo Coconut Macaroons

This recipe started out as Nigella Lawson's Coconut Macaroons recipe but I've tweaked it to add more egg white and remove the sugar (replaced with honey).

Ingredients

  • 4 large egg whites
  • 1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar (this makes it easier to whisk the whites)
  • 100g honey (or caster sugar)
  • 30g ground almonds
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 250g shredded or desiccated coconut

How to make

  1. Set oven to 160ºC
  2. Beat the egg whites until frothy, then add the cream of tartar and beat until soft peaks are formed
  3. Add the honey and continue wisking until the peaks hold their shape
  4. Fold in the almonds, salt, extract and coconut - you should end up with a slightly wet mix, but stiff enough to hold its shape when you do the next step
  5. Form into little mounds about 5cm across on some baking parchment, you should get about 10 or so
  6. Cook for 15 mins initially and check, they should be nicely golden in parts, add another few minutes if not done.

More things to try

  • Drizzle with some melted dark chocolate - something like Lindt 70%.