Honey & Orange Infused Macaroons

Hey you guys! Here I am attempting my baking skills again and pushing myself to explore that side of the foodie world, I would much prefer be that mad food scientist in the kitchen cooking, throwing spices around and ingredients that I know will marry perfectly together into a delicious meal. But, you have to step out of your comfort zone to push yourself right?! So here is a recipe that is simple, always a favorite for all you coconut lovers, no refined sugars and darn right drool worthy, Honey & Orange Infused Macaroons made within 20 minutes, only need one bowl and a few ingredients, you’re gonna love love love!

I myself am a huge coconut lover, so when I got the opportunity to learn and bake a coconut macaroon recipe while partaking in a cooking class last month in Morocco, I jumped on the opportunity. The only problem, Moroccan’s LOVE their sweets extra sweet (as in loads of sugar) and pair these macaroons with their sweet delectable mint tea! So, as you know, I take inspiration from recipes around the world and put my “healthier” twist on them 🙂 I made a couple of versions of my healthy macaroons and finally came out with a batch that was perfection! The honey sweetens them just enough, then you get a subtle hint of citrus from the orange and the vanilla hits your palate after a couple bites, YUM!

I packed some Honey & Orange Infused Macaroons with us yesterday for a winter hike in the Kananaskis, we hit up the Grotto Canyon trail and brought our husky pup, Nara, with us! We packed a picnic and ended it all off with some macaroons, couldn’t have been a more perfect day out in the mountains, sun peaking through and lighting up a winter wonderland as we made our way along a frozen creek and ended up at iced over waterfall cascades, stunning! This is when I feel overwhelmingly lucky to live in Canada!

Alright, let’s get to the recipe for these Honey & Orange infused Macaroons shall we!

Ingredients: 

2 large egg whites

2 tbsp liquid honey

2 tsp orange juice

2 tsp orange zest

1.5 cups unsweetened shredded coconut

1 tbsp coconut flour (this is optional, I liked the consistency better when I put this in, without works)

1/2 tsp pure vanilla or extract (I used fresh vanilla bean that I got in Hawaii, not necessary though!)

1/4 tsp baking powder

1/4 tsp pink salt (regular salt is fine, put a bit less)

How to Create:

Serving size: 12

Heat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit, line a baking sheet with parchment paper or silicone lining.

In a medium bowl add your egg whites, honey, orange juice, zest, vanilla, and salt, whisk/blend on high until frothy, approximately 4-5 minutes.

Stir in your shredded coconut and coconut flour.

I let it sit for a few minutes for the coconut to absorb some of the liquid, then take a small handful and create balls in your hands with some pressure so they hold together, layer on your baking sheet.

Bake for 12-15 minutes until edges brown, watch carefully they bake quickly.

Let cool completely, very important, they will hold their shape when cooled, serve them up!

There you have it, easy as that, Honey & Orange Infused Macaroons that are good for ya! Have a wonderful week everyone and thanks for checking out my blog for recipe inspo! I love hearing from all of you, thank you for the messages and ongoing support, XOXO!

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