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Health, Home, and Happiness: Coconut Macaroons & review of Tropical Traditions

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Coconut Macaroons & review of Tropical Traditions



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My Simple GAPS-friendly, gluten free, dairy free, real whole food, 4-ingredient Macaroon Recipe:

6 egg white (save the yokes to add to scrambled eggs)
       (beat until stiff peaks form, I used the whisk attachment on my Kitchen Aid mixer)
Pinch of sea salt
2/3 cup honey (run your honey under some hot water if it has crystallized, it needs to be liquid)
       (add sea salt to the eggs. Slowly pour in honey as the beater is still going)
2-1/2 cups of shredded coconut, unsweetened (see below for a chance to win shredded coconut from Tropical Traditions!)
       (fold in the shredded coconut with a spatula until it's thoroughly mixed. Be gentle, you don't want to deflate the eggs)

Preheat oven to 250

I used a big cookie scoop to scoop onto the an greased (I used coconut oil of course) cookie sheet, but you could mound with a tablespoon also. I left about an inch between my cookies; they don't spread a whole lot.  Time will vary depending on how big your cookies are, these took about 50 minutes.  Allow to cool briefly on the cookie sheet, remove with a thin spatula and cool completely.  They will continue to harden and dry as they cool.



Enjoy! Our family, ahem, ate the entire batch in one day.
Nourishing Traditions has a macaroon recipe on page 532 as well, which isn't GAPS friendly but is just fine for non-GAPS-type people :) (More info on GAPS)



Tropical Traditions sent me a gallon bucket of their shredded coconut to review. I wanted to make GAPS-legal dairy free cookies, so macaroons were a good choice.  A gallon of shredded organic coconut for $15/gallon? I was going to buy some anyway, I don't think this deal can be beat!


The soft white finely shredded coconut.  I love that it comes in a snap-lid bucket too, the bucket is great for re-use after the coconut is used up, and it's easy to store in the pantry. High quality organic coconut, it's exactly what I expected to get from Tropical Traditions. As I've tried their products (coconut oil, coconut cream concentrate, and now shredded coconut), I've always been impressed by their high quality food, fair and ethical treatment of workers, and great customer service.

If you are a first time customer and use my referral code, #5682145, a free book about coconut oil will be included with your order (they credit my account with coconut oil when you use that as well, just so you know, I like this deal ~grin~).

To use the code, in the checkout screen when it asks where you heard of Tropical Traditions, choose 'referred by a friend' and then put in the #5682145. If you don't see the place to put in the #, don't worry, you can just email Tropical Traditions through their customer service page after you place your order and they'll be sure to hook you up with the free book.

Giveaway has closed, #36 won, I'll be emailing in a  minute

Anonymous, 
I'm signed up for the Tropical Traditions newsletter. I've never made Macaroons before, but I'm excited to try them (email removed for privacy)

You can still
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Giveaway ended on 1/6/10 and the number was picked by random.org on the 7th


Disclaimer: Tropical Traditions provided me with a free sample of this product to review, and I was under no obligation to review it if I so chose. Nor was I under any obligation to write a positive review or sponsor a product giveaway in return for the free product.




My first batch of macaroons. A little dark, but still good.  The oven was at 300 for an hour for these.

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76 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I've never made coconut macaroons before but I L.O.V.E. them! Your recipe is so simple! I signed up for the newsletter, I follow you & Tropical Traditions on Twitter already. Tried to do Facebook but it takes me back to Tropical Traditions page....

What a great giveaway!

Debbie aka EllieFunt

December 30, 2009 at 5:47 AM  
Anonymous Cheryl@SomewhatCrunchy said...

I LOVE macaroons! My MIL makes some for me every Christmas :)

December 30, 2009 at 7:31 AM  
Blogger Mary Ann said...

I've signed up for the newsletter.

I've been wanting to try the natural unsweetened coconut so I'd love to win! Thanks for the chance!

I love macaroons but have never made them.

December 30, 2009 at 7:56 AM  
Blogger Joy said...

Those look delicious, Cara! We have been buying from Tropical Traditions for several years now (we have a friend in California who works for the company & he got us hooked!).

I just posted a gluten free coconut flour recipe on my blog, but it isn't dairy free. Coconut flour is our new favorite ingredient from Tropical Traditions. :)

By the way, I have a little baby teething doll that I bought from Down To Earth toys that I'm assuming you made--it's so sweet and soft and beautiful! My baby loves it. :)

December 30, 2009 at 8:38 AM  
Blogger Liz said...

I've signed up for the newsletter, but never made macaroons.

December 30, 2009 at 9:17 AM  
Blogger TurtleOak said...

I've already signed up for all of these choices. Can I still enter the contest???

I haven't made macaroons in years - thank you for reminding me and w/ the honey these will be healthy - oh yum!!!

December 30, 2009 at 10:16 AM  
Blogger Jessy said...

I'm signed up for their newsletter. I've never made macaroons before, but I love them!

December 30, 2009 at 10:29 AM  
Blogger Angela said...

Tropical Traditions has the best stuff! I'm signed up for their newsletter and would love to try the shredded coconut.

I've never made macaroons before but they are yummy :-)

December 30, 2009 at 10:35 AM  
Blogger Kristin said...

I've never made macaroons but they sure sound good! (I've also signed up for Tropical Traditions newsletter)

December 30, 2009 at 1:05 PM  
Blogger Kristin said...

I already follow you on Twitter.

December 30, 2009 at 1:06 PM  
Blogger Kristin said...

And I already follow Tropical Traditions, as well!

December 30, 2009 at 1:06 PM  
Blogger Angela said...

almost forgot - I'm a fan on Facebook.

December 30, 2009 at 5:17 PM  
Blogger Dwayne said...

I have not made macaroons before, but would love to! I have signed up for Tropical Traditions newsletter.
Thanks!

December 30, 2009 at 7:38 PM  
Blogger Mary Ann said...

I became a fan on Facebook.

December 31, 2009 at 3:52 AM  
Anonymous Katie @ Kitchen Stewardship said...

I keep seeing recipes for macaroons but haven't tried them. They've got to be on my "soon" list! I did sign up for the newsletter.

January 1, 2010 at 1:56 AM  
Blogger Kitchen Stewardship said...

follow on Twitter

January 1, 2010 at 1:56 AM  
Blogger Kitchen Stewardship said...

follow TT on Twitter

January 1, 2010 at 1:57 AM  
Blogger Kitchen Stewardship said...

Fan on FB

January 1, 2010 at 1:58 AM  
OpenID seemommysew said...

I already subscribed to the newsletter. I think I made macaroons once before, but your's look much better than mine did!

January 1, 2010 at 10:56 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks for hosting this giveaway! Signed up for TT newsletter and yes, I've made macaroons, but yours look divine. :) nthaywood@hotmail.com

January 1, 2010 at 11:17 AM  
Blogger Sara said...

I subscribed to the newsletter. I have never made macaroons, but yours look delicious!

January 1, 2010 at 1:39 PM  
Anonymous Linda-KitchenTherapy.us said...

I have made coconut macaroons before, the bottoms dipped in dark chocolate, and extra drizzled over the top. Unsweetened coconut is a must.

I have been signed up for TT newsletter for a while.

January 1, 2010 at 1:59 PM  
Blogger andrea the pomegranates said...

i just found you via twitter (i'n herbandflower). what a great recipe, i'll have to try it especially because my husband loves macaroons :)

andrea
hellosparrow@gmail.com

January 1, 2010 at 2:03 PM  
Blogger Rachel said...

So, I wasn't going to enter your giveaway, but I went to the store and was going to buy coconut for Brian's granola, when I looked at the list on ingredients. I was disappointed, so decided that next time I order from Tropical Traditions I would just order some coconut too... and then you have this, so here I am!
I am already following you and getting their emails, but I did sign up to follow them on Twitter. :-) And no, I have never made macaroons.

January 3, 2010 at 8:50 PM  
Blogger Jackie said...

I recieve their newsletter! I have never made macaroons before...but love them! Thanks!

January 4, 2010 at 5:11 AM  
Anonymous Trish said...

I am already a subscriber to their newsletter. i made macaroons for some friends this Christmas who are gluten sensitive, and they were thrilled to have a cookie they could eat!

January 4, 2010 at 6:45 AM  
Blogger JenniLynn said...

I have already subscribed to the newsletter, and have never made macaroons. I do not like coconut, the taste or the texture, but tried some organic oil and it didn't taste as "coconutty" as I expected, so it was OK.

January 4, 2010 at 8:00 AM  
Blogger Live Free ~ Love Free. said...

I subscribe to the Tropical Traditions newsletter. I have tried to make macaroons before but they weren't very good. I look forward to trying again!

January 4, 2010 at 9:32 AM  
Blogger Live Free ~ Love Free. said...

I follow you on Twitter!

January 4, 2010 at 9:32 AM  
Blogger Live Free ~ Love Free. said...

I follow Tropical Traditions on Twitter!

January 4, 2010 at 9:32 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I subscribe to TT newsletter. Have never made their macaroons, but it's been under the radar...so maybe this will motivate me. Thanks. (Oh, but I did make coconut rice last night using TT shredded coconut...yum.)
sejotess@yahoo.com

January 4, 2010 at 9:55 AM  
Blogger BCholly said...

I follow Tropical Traditions and yes I have made maccaroons, we love them. We love coconut anything.
My eldest is deathly allergic to peanuts so I bake everything for her and she loves coconut and maccaroons are her favourite.
hollyhill919497atyahoodotca

January 4, 2010 at 10:21 AM  
Blogger BCholly said...

I follow you on twitter as well as tropical traditions
hollyhill919497atyahoodotca

January 4, 2010 at 10:22 AM  
Blogger BCholly said...

I follow you on facebook

hollyhill919497atyahoodotca

January 4, 2010 at 10:22 AM  
Blogger BCholly said...

I follow tropical traditions on twitter too..
hollyhill919497atyahoodotca

January 4, 2010 at 10:23 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm signed up for the Tropical Traditions newsletter. I've never made Macaroons before, but I'm excited to try them

matt4melis at hotmail dot com

January 4, 2010 at 10:37 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

follow you on twitter and tweeted

http://twitter.com/matt4melis/status/7373454929

matt4melis at hotmail dot com

January 4, 2010 at 10:40 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Follow Tropical Traditions on Twitter

matt4melis at hotmail dot com

January 4, 2010 at 10:41 AM  
Blogger annie2711 said...

I would love an opportunity to try Tropical Traditions Shredded Coconut. I have never made macaroons before with love to eat them and so does my family. Your recipe looks fun and simple. I signed up last night for the newsletter while ordering the Tropical Traditions Coconut Oil. I'm not on Twitter, my husband would just die if I got on there, as another means to communicate with friends. But, I will try with Facebook.

What an exciting giveaway! Hope we get the Coconut!

Thanks,

Jami Bettis

January 4, 2010 at 11:46 AM  
Blogger Mom23wFA said...

HI~
We love coconut and REALLY LOVE
macaroons...they are our safe cookie!

I am a contact through TT, and am a fan on Facebook of both them and you.

You are right- the price is great, would be even better if I won a gallon!
Thanks!

January 4, 2010 at 12:08 PM  
Anonymous Peggy said...

I signed up for the newsletter.

I've never made macaroons before but love using coconut. Your recipe looks delicious! I just recently found Tropical Traditions and love both the palm oil and the coconut oil. I'm excited about the natural unsweetened coconut and I would be thrilled to win!

January 4, 2010 at 12:26 PM  
Blogger Sandra Lynn Lee said...

I've made the Nourishing Traditions macaroons. Using Tropical Traditions coconut! However, almost all of the honey separated out, either remaining in the bowl, or pooling in the pan during baking.

January 4, 2010 at 12:44 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi,

I signed up for the Tropical Traditions newsletter. I love coconut macaroons, but I've never made them. Your recipe looks fairly easy to follow, so hopefully soon I can try them out. I love the taste of coconut, and I hope to use coconut in gluten free recipes.

Jan Powell
whiskers32068@yahoo.com

January 4, 2010 at 12:48 PM  
Blogger Brooke said...

I subscribe to Tropical Traditions Newsletter! I have not made macaroons but would love to try it!

January 4, 2010 at 3:18 PM  
Blogger Sheila said...

I love the coconut oils from Tropical Traditions. I just signed up for their newsletter! Thanks for having a great giveaway!

January 4, 2010 at 4:27 PM  
Blogger Juanita said...

I am subscribed to Tropical Traditions newsletter. I've never made macaroons, though I would like to give it a try. I usually buy them from the health food store.

January 4, 2010 at 5:16 PM  
Blogger Angela said...

I am a subscriber to the newsletter. I have never made macaroons before but my husband loves them. Kind of makes me thing I ought to start eh?

January 4, 2010 at 5:21 PM  
Blogger maja said...

I love your new blog site it is beautiful and I am excited to try your macaroon recipe. I haven't made macaroons before but I love them and have looked for just the right recipe ... I think this is it!

I signed up the the newsletter and I hope to be lucky enough to win your give away. I use your products all the time. Your coconut is always the freshest.

Wishing you all the best in this Year to come

Madaline

mbblau@earthlink.net

January 4, 2010 at 7:20 PM  
Blogger brer said...

Love, love TT products. Nice blog, Cara!

January 4, 2010 at 8:14 PM  
Blogger Pamela said...

Happy New Year!

I already receive the Tropical Traditions newsletter.
Macaroons are one of my families all-time favorites, I like to dip the bottoms into melted dark chocolate for an extra treat.

Thanks for the giveaway!

January 4, 2010 at 9:50 PM  
Anonymous Oasis Colonics said...

Coconut oil makes the BEST macaroons. Thanks for the recipe. I shared it on my blog. I'm happy to be a subscriber to your newsletter, follow you on Twitter and Facebook. Keep up your good work, Tropical Traditions!

January 5, 2010 at 12:52 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I get their newsletters. I have never made macaroons but I LOVE them!!!!!
Angie
one 4 earth at aol dot com

January 5, 2010 at 7:58 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I follow you on Twitter as FotoMacro.
Angie
one 4 earth at aol dot com

January 5, 2010 at 7:58 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I follow them on Twitter as FotoMacro.
Angie
one 4 earth at aol dot com

January 5, 2010 at 7:58 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am your fan on FB, Tofu Fairy.
Angie
one 4 earth at aol dot com

January 5, 2010 at 7:58 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

getting newsletters
adore coconut anything, especially macaroons but have never made anything coconut!
Scott
nynekats at aol dot com

January 5, 2010 at 7:59 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

following YOU on twitter under repurrpussed
Scott
nynekats at aol dot com

January 5, 2010 at 7:59 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

following THEM on twitter under repurrpussed
Scott
nynekats at aol dot com

January 5, 2010 at 7:59 AM  
Blogger Linjoh said...

I've already signed up for TT's newsletter. I make coconut macaroons for my family since we all love coconut.
linjoh316(at)yahoo(dot)com
Thanks,
Linda

January 5, 2010 at 12:09 PM  
Blogger Kinzi said...

I signed up for the Tropical Traditions newsletter. Thanks!

kinziherron(at)hotmail(dot)com

January 5, 2010 at 4:08 PM  
Blogger Ceebs said...

I have never made Macaroons but I love them.

And I love TT!

January 5, 2010 at 7:46 PM  
Blogger mamaschanz said...

I signed up for Tropical Traditions newsletter. Haven't made macaroons. thanks. SC

sonjaschanz@gmail.com

January 5, 2010 at 9:04 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

http://twitter.com/matt4melis/status/7429189884

matt4melis at hotmail dot com

January 5, 2010 at 9:22 PM  
Blogger ms mel said...

i'm already signed up for their newsletter and would enjoy trying my hand at making macaroons for the first time -- thank you so much for the chance!

ranmel(at)televar(dot)com

January 6, 2010 at 8:47 AM  
Blogger Jin said...

I am already signed up for the newsletter.
I am interested in making raw coconut macaroons, yum! we also use shredded coconut to make a raw chocolate nut ball.
wellnessfood@yahoo.com

January 6, 2010 at 10:17 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I just signed up for Tropical Traditions newsletter. I would love to try your recipe for macroons. I currently use coconut oil for sauteing, but am always looking for more new way to incorporate into our diet.

flemingdl@yahoo.com

January 6, 2010 at 2:51 PM  
Blogger ecorourke said...

These macaroons look delicious. I think I'll definitely have to make these soon.

I've signed up for the newsletter.

thanks!

January 6, 2010 at 3:09 PM  
Blogger angela said...

I've never made macaroons, no. I have SIBO so I can't have a lot of honey but I'm sure there is a way to tweak this recipe. And I'm signed up for the newsletter - not often that you have to sign up for something but you end up thinking to yourself "Hey, I wouldn't mind getting news from these folks!" I love their products.

January 6, 2010 at 5:22 PM  
OpenID soonermomof7 said...

I've made coconut macaroons in the past, but they had extra (very sweet) ingredients. It's really not needed when you have good coconut. They are delicious!

I subscribed to the Tropical Traditions newsletter. I already follow you on Facebook.

Great contest.
boandjo@bellsouth.net

January 6, 2010 at 5:52 PM  
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January 6, 2010 at 7:56 PM  
Anonymous Erin said...

I've never made macaroons - I don't think I've ever had homemade ones.... sounds scrumptious, though.

pandora665@yahoo.com

January 6, 2010 at 7:57 PM  
Anonymous Erin said...

Follow on Tropical Traditions!
pandora665@yahoo.com

January 6, 2010 at 7:59 PM  
Blogger -E said...

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January 6, 2010 at 8:00 PM  
Blogger Brian Gerber said...

I love macaroons but have never made them myself, can't wait to try your recipe... thanks!

January 6, 2010 at 8:30 PM  
Blogger Salli Jo said...

I am signed up for the TT newsletter. I've never made macaroons, but I would love to make them with organic coconut!

January 6, 2010 at 10:27 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

YUM!

January 7, 2010 at 2:07 PM  

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