Coconut Banana Macaroons - Low Carb, Gluten Free, Sugar Free, Dairy Free
Serves: About 40 1 1/2" cookies
 
Ingredients
  • 1/2 cup macadamia nuts (salted or unsalted), toasted
  • 20 ounces (weighed with skin) bananas, about 4 apple bananas or 3 1/4 regular bananas (see note below)
  • 7 ounces unsweetened creamed coconut (not coconut milk)
  • 1 1/2 cups shredded, unsweetened coconut
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt, omit if using salted macadamia nuts
  • 2-3 pitted dates (optional, see notes below)
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350° and put rack on upper middle level.
  2. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper or grease with butter or coconut oil.
  3. Roughly chop macadamia nuts in the food processor. Remove and set aside.
  4. Puree bananas, creamed coconut, and salt (if using) in food processor. Add shredded coconut, chopped macadamia nuts, and dates (if using) and pulse 4 or 5 times until thoroughly mixed.
  5. Form dough into mounds of about 1 rounded tablespoon each and put on baking sheet. The dough will be wet and sticky. It will form into mounds, but don't expect to be able to roll the dough into balls. Cookies don't spread as they bake so you can put them close together. You may need to bake them in 2 batches, depending on the size of your baking sheet.
  6. Bake for 12 minutes. Change oven temperature to low broil and broil for an additional 2 to 3 minutes to lightly brown top. When cooked, macaroons should still be moist and soft.
  7. May be served warm (taste especially good right out of the oven) or at room temperature. They also freeze well.
  8. Notes:
  9. Bananas: Apple bananas are a small and very sweet type of banana found in Hawaii. They weigh about 5 ounces each (with skin on), as opposed to the big regular bananas that weigh 6 ounces and up. Since regular banana are less sweet, you may want to up the sweetness by adding 2-3 pitted dates to the recipe.
  10. If you add dates: The batter will be darker colored and a little softer. Cookies still look good and taste delicious. Add 1 additional minute to the cooking time and bake for 13 minutes.
Recipe by Preheat to 350˚ at https://preheatto350.com/coconut-banana-macaroons-low-carb-gluten-free-sugar-free-dairy-free/