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Pumpkin-Chocolate-Chip Macaroons

January 1, 2012

Bonne Année!  Hope everyone had a good time ringing in the new year last night.  My first entry of the new year (and last installment of the holiday dessert posts) is a recipe for a pumpkin and chocolate infused macaroon.

I first made this recipe a few weeks ago for a holiday party, and it was so easy and delicious that I decided to make it again for the New Year’s Eve celebration I attended.

Pumpkin-Chocolate-Chip Macaroons

Ingredients:

2 heaping cups shredded, unsweetened coconut
1/2 cup almond flour
1/4 cup pumpkin puree
1/2 cup maple syrup (or sweetener of choice)
1/3 cup dark chocolate or carob chips
1 tbsp coconut oil
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp pumpkin pie spice
1/8 tsp sea salt

Yields 25-30 cookies

(Using my dehydrator for the first time!)

Instructions:

1.  Mix the coconut, almond flour, chocolate and spices in a large mixing bowl.

2.  Whisk together the pumpkin, oil, vanilla, and maple syrup.

3.  Combine wet and dry ingredients, and mix together with hands until doughy.

4.  Scoop in tablespoon-sized amounts onto lined tray.  Dehydrate at 115 degrees for 6-8 hours.  If using an oven, try baking at 250 degrees for 35 minutes.

The macaroons were a big hit at both gatherings. At one of them, a friend overheard a guest exclaiming to the host how good they were and asking what was in them! Needless to say, it was a proud moment for me.

Here’s to a happy and healthy year ahead!

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4 Comments leave one →
  1. January 2, 2012 8:00 am

    Ooo I’ve been having a bit of an obsession with shredded coconut so I might need to give these a whirl!

    Happy new year! : )

    • January 2, 2012 11:44 am

      You should…shredded coconut is pretty amazing isn’t it?! Happy new year Amy!!

  2. January 7, 2012 11:24 am

    A pumpkin flavored macaroon sounds awesome. I have a sweet treat linky party going on at my blog till Monday night and I’d love it if you’d come by and link your macaroons up. http://sweet-as-sugar-cookies.blogspot.com/2012/01/sweets-for-saturday-51.html

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