Candy Dates Macaroons + Day 2 of October Unprocessed

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Day 2 of October Unprocessed Challenge 

Today is lazy Sunday, woke up late, spend the whole day just lazing, reading and cleaning the house. Had a light brunch with these cute cake bites I made yesterday and an early dinner with Pork Porridge.. Cake Bites recipe coming soon!

Brunch: Sweet Potato Cake Bites with Papapa Smoothie and Fruit Salad
Dinner: Pork Porridge

Find out what this Challenge is all about here

Yesterday, I was looking for a sweet treat to make with my leftover egg white, which I used the egg yolks for homemade mayonnaise. And I found an easy recipe – Coconut Macaroons. Don’t be confused with French macaroons, coconut macaroons is baked sweets/candy using dessicated coconut with a crisp exterior and moist, chewy centre . Unlike French macaroons, these macaroons are very easy to make and requires very little skill.

Most recipes use condensed milk to sweeten, I tried using fresh ripe dates (mashed) instead. Natural sweetness from fresh dates and freshly grated coconut – superb combination. I did not have enough coconut, so the mixture was a bit watery but I was able to shaped them into small balls. I’m so pleased with how these macaroons turned out.  They were pretty addictive, and I found myself popping one into my mouth every time I walked past the kitchen.

Candy Dates Macaroons
 
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This coconut macaroons with fresh dates, crispy on the outside with moist, chewy centre.
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Recipe type: Sweet Treat
Serves: 12 Macaroons
Ingredients
  • 2 egg whites
  • 50g fresh ripe dates – mashed (can replace with banana / 50ml condensed milk)
  • 2 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 2 cups dessicated coconut
  • pinch of salt
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 325F and grease the baking tray with cooking oil or line the tray with parchment paper.
  2. In a medium sized bowl, combine all ingredients and mix until fully incorporated.
  3. Form mixture into golf-ball-sized balls, place on prepared cookie sheet and flatten just slightly.
  4. Bake for 15-20 minutes or until golden.
  5. Allow to cool for 10 minutes before keeping in air tight container.

Coconut Macaroons, Date Macaroons

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10 Comments

  1. I just wanted to leave a comment to say that I enjoy your blog. Looking at the number of comments, I see others feel the same way! Congratulations on a very popular blog.

  2. Fantastic idea using dates to sweeten these…they are so cute and look delicious :)

  3. Kristy: Thank you! I am enjoying this challenge!

    Sissi: Thanks! Do try out the dates next time!

  4. I make coconut cookies with almost the same ingredients apart from dates (but I put sugar!). Dates sound like a very interesting twist and so much healthier! Your macaroons look fantastic!
    Thanks for the wonderful idea.

  5. Susie: Do give them a try, and keep me posted on how they turn out

    Anne: You are right, the natural sweetness of the fresh dates and coconut goes so well together. Do give them a try

    Alyssa: Yup, do give them a try

  6. What a challenge! Thanks for sharing such wonderful experience and recipe as well. Enjoy have loads of fun.
    Kristy

  7. I love using dates to make these sweet. I love macaroons, so I will try that the next time I make them!

  8. What a great idea to use dates as your thickener/sweetener! I love dates…plain and simple. But rolling these around in coconut is sooooo much better!

  9. They sound so yummy…. I love dates but have never added them to macaroons. But I will certainly try now. :)

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