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Healthy Lemon Macaroons

Bake These (Almost) Paleo Lemon Macaroons

This post was originally posted on Running to the Kitchen and written by Gina Matsoukas, who is part of POPSUGAR Select Fitness.

These clean-eating lemon macaroons are filled with bright lemon zest and lemon juice then dipped in dark chocolate for a delicious treat.

To learn all about these (almost) Paleo treats and Gina, check out her blog!

(Almost) Paleo Lemon Macaroons

(Almost) Paleo Lemon Macaroons

Healthy Lemon Macaroons

Ingredients

  1. 2 egg whites, at room temperature
  2. 2 tablespoons maple syrup
  3. Pinch of kosher salt
  4. 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  5. 1 tablespoon lemon juice (or 1/4 teaspoon lemon extract)
  6. Zest of 1 lemon
  7. 2 cups shredded unsweetened coconut
  1. For the chocolate dip
  2. 1/2 cup dark chocolate chips
  3. 1/2 tablespoon coconut oil
  4. Zest of 1/2 a lemon

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350ºF and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Combine the egg whites, maple syrup, and salt in a large bowl. Beat with a handheld mixer (alternatively, do this in a stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment) until soft peaks form, about 2 minutes.
  3. Add the extract and lemon juice and beat again until just incorporated.
  4. Fold in the coconut and lemon zest until fully combined.
  5. Scoop about 1 1/2 tablespoons of the mixture and roll into a loose ball then place on the baking sheet.
  6. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes until the edges start to turn golden brown.
  7. Remove from oven and let cool completely.
  8. While the macaroons cool, make the chocolate dip by combining the chocolate and coconut oil in a small bowl. Heat until melted and stir together until smooth.
  9. Dip the macaroons in the chocolate, then sprinkle with the lemon zest.
  10. Let the chocolate set for about 1 hour.
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