Rabu, 30 Desember 2009

Coconut Macaroons & review of Tropical Traditions


My Simple GAPS-friendly, gluten free, dairy free, real whole food, 4-ingredient Macaroon Recipe:

6 egg white (save the yokes to add to scrambled eggs)
       (beat until stiff peaks form, I used the whisk attachment on my Kitchen Aid mixer)
Pinch of sea salt
2/3 cup honey (run your honey under some hot water if it has crystallized, it needs to be liquid)
       (add sea salt to the eggs. Slowly pour in honey as the beater is still going)
2-1/2 cups of shredded coconut, unsweetened (see below for a chance to win shredded coconut from Tropical Traditions!)
       (fold in the shredded coconut with a spatula until it's thoroughly mixed. Be gentle, you don't want to deflate the eggs)

Preheat oven to 250

I used a big cookie scoop to scoop onto the an greased (I used coconut oil of course) cookie sheet, but you could mound with a tablespoon also. I left about an inch between my cookies; they don't spread a whole lot.  Time will vary depending on how big your cookies are, these took about 50 minutes.  Allow to cool briefly on the cookie sheet, remove with a thin spatula and cool completely.  They will continue to harden and dry as they cool.

Enjoy! Our family, ahem, ate the entire batch in one day.
Nourishing Traditions has a macaroon recipe on page 532 as well, which isn't GAPS friendly but is just fine for non-GAPS-type people :) (More info on GAPS)

Tropical Traditions sent me a gallon bucket of their shredded coconut to review. I wanted to make GAPS-legal dairy free cookies, so macaroons were a good choice.  A gallon of shredded organic coconut for $15/gallon? I was going to buy some anyway, I don't think this deal can be beat!

The soft white finely shredded coconut.  I love that it comes in a snap-lid bucket too, the bucket is great for re-use after the coconut is used up, and it's easy to store in the pantry. High quality organic coconut, it's exactly what I expected to get from Tropical Traditions. As I've tried their products (coconut oil, coconut cream concentrate, and now shredded coconut), I've always been impressed by their high quality food, fair and ethical treatment of workers, and great customer service.

If you are a first time customer and use my referral code, #5682145, a free book about coconut oil will be included with your order (they credit my account with coconut oil when you use that as well, just so you know, I like this deal ~grin~).

To use the code, in the checkout screen when it asks where you heard of Tropical Traditions, choose 'referred by a friend' and then put in the #5682145. If you don't see the place to put in the #, don't worry, you can just email Tropical Traditions through their customer service page after you place your order and they'll be sure to hook you up with the free book.

Giveaway has closed, #36 won, I'll be emailing in a  minute

I'm signed up for the Tropical Traditions newsletter. I've never made Macaroons before, but I'm excited to try them (email removed for privacy)

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Giveaway ended on 1/6/10 and the number was picked by random.org on the 7th

Disclaimer: Tropical Traditions provided me with a free sample of this product to review, and I was under no obligation to review it if I so chose. Nor was I under any obligation to write a positive review or sponsor a product giveaway in return for the free product.

My first batch of macaroons. A little dark, but still good.  The oven was at 300 for an hour for these.

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