Sunday, December 21, 2014

Coconut Macaroons - Gluten and Lactose Free

Christmas is a hard time if you are Gluten and Lactose Intolerant.  I still make lots of cookies for friends and family the usual way, but I've branched out this year to start making Gluten and Lactose Free cookies so I can enjoy them too!  One of the easiest cookies to make is Macaroons. This recipe is so simple that I hesitated in even posting it, but then I realized that a lot of you might enjoy making them, so here it is. I used unsweetened Coconut Flakes or Chips and then a little bit of sugar. You can also use the sweetened Coconut that you buy at the grocery store, but then eliminate the sugar in the recipe.  I think these are absolutely delicious - I hope you will too!

Coconut Macaroons

4 cups unsweetened Coconut Flakes
2  large Egg whites
1/4 cup sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon Vanilla Extract

Heat oven to 325 degrees.  In a large mixing bowl, mix the egg whites and sugar together until frothy.  Add salt and Vanilla Extract and stir to combine. Add in the Coconut Flakes and stir to coat fully.  

Drop heaping Tablespoons of the Coconut Mix onto Parchment or Silpat lined baking sheets (very important!)  Use your fingers to press the mixture into a rounded shape.  Bake for 10 minutes and turn pans around. Bake about 10 more minutes or until the Coconut is Golden Brown on the edges and top.  Cool and remove from pan.  Store airtight in a can.

Five Element Analysis

Coconuts are a tropical fruit and are naturally sweet so they are considered an Earth food.  They are known in Chinese Medicine to have anti-microbial and anti-viral properties and are used for treating parasites. It is also considered one of the best remedies for diarrhea. The fat of the Coconut is good for the Gallbladder and for Arteriosclerosis and the arteries. The egg whites and hint of salt contribute some of the Water Element and the Vanilla Extract adds a hint of the Metal Element. Even still, this is primarily an Earth treat and a very healthy one too!

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