Chocolate-Dipped Coconut Macaroons

If you want an occasional treat, you might as well have the very best recipe that uses only plant-based ingredients! Fran Costigan’s Chocolate-Dipped Coconut Macaroons are made with chia seeds instead of egg whites, and contain a delicious blend of shredded coconut, coconut flour and coconut (or almond) milk. This recipe is ideal for Passover celebrations but can be enjoyed at other times throughout the year to highlight special moments with family and friends.

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup + 2 tablespoons toasted shredded coconut, divided
  • 1/4 cup coconut flour
  • 3 ounces dark chocolate, melted
  • 7 tablespoons + 2 teaspoons organic granulated sugar, divided
  • 3 tablespoons water, room temperature
  • 3 tablespoons vanilla coconut milk or almond milk
  • 1 tablespoon white chia seeds, ground*
  • 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • PREP TIME 20
  • COOK TIME 14
  • Serves 24-26

Directions

  1. Position a rack in the center of the oven and preheat to 375°F. Line a rimmed baking sheet with a sheet of parchment paper.
  2. Lightly grind 7 tablespoons of the sugar in a blender and set aside until needed.
  3. Put the ground chia in a small bowl. Pour the water over the chia. Set aside for 5 minutes undisturbed and then whisk hard. The chia gel will be lumpy at first but will smooth out as it hydrates.
  4. Whisk a few more times while you sift the dry ingredients. (You can make the gel ahead of time and refrigerate for up to 3 days. Whisk vigorously before using.)
  5. Place a wire mesh strainer over a medium bowl. Add the coconut flour and the 7 tablespoons of ground sugar to the strainer and stir with a whisk to sift the ingredients into the bowl. (If any small bits remain in the strainer, add them to the mixture in the bowl.) Stir 1/2 cup shredded coconut into the dry ingredients.
  6. Whisk in the chia gel. Use a silicone spatula or your hands, if necessary, to get the gel thoroughly mixed into the flour mixture. Add the coconut (or almond) milk and the vanilla extract and mix with a silicone spatula, pushing hard on the dough until it holds together when squeezed in your fingers.
  7. Form the macaroons. Use a 1-teaspoon measure to scoop out rounded teaspoons of dough. Squeeze the dough hard in the palm of your hand so that it sticks together, and then roll into balls.
  8. Coat the macaroons. In a small bowl, mix the remaining 2 tablespoons of coconut and 2 teaspoons of sugar. Roll the dough balls in the coconut-sugar mixture. Press each ball on the baking sheet to flatten the bottoms.
  9. Place the baking sheet on the middle rack of the oven and immediately reduce the heat to 350°F. Bake for 14 minutes until the bottom of the macaroons are lightly browned.
  10. Set the baking sheet on a wire rack. After 3 to 4 minutes, lift the macaroons off the baking sheet onto the rack. Cool the macaroons to room temperature and then refrigerate until cold before dipping the bottoms.
  11. Dip the bottoms of the cold macaroons in the melted chocolate. Set the coated macaroons on an acetate sheet or parchment-lined tray and refrigerate until the chocolate is set.
  12. Freeze the macaroons in an airtight container for up to one month.

*Grind at least 3 tablespoons of chia at a time, in a small spice and nut grinder and store the ground chia in a small covered jar in the refrigerator or freezer for a couple of months.

Recipes reprinted with permission from Vegan Chocolate © 2013 by Fran Costigan, Running Press, a member of the Perseus Books Group Photo: Lisa Pittman