Guilt-less Desserts & Treats for your Family
Do you ever have those days when you want to press Fast Forward and just get to the next day ASAP? Do you ever feel like everything is going against you, regardless of how many ladders you’ve avoided walking under? Today was one of those days and I am so happy that it’s almost tomorrow!
You see, I think I brought the crap-of-a-day upon myself. I was out for a run this morning and I was thinking of how well the school holidays were going so far (after a whole three days!). The boys weren’t fighting (much), I hadn’t lost my sh*t and things seemed to be moseying along nicely. But of course, that jinxed my run of good fortune and so came my punishment!
There was a screaming baby that wouldn’t sleep that tried to jump out of her pram and high chair numerous times (I might add that I did catch her each time!), the 4 year old boy who insisted on wearing shorts under his inside out and back-to-front pants and the 6 year old who was so insistent on being helpful that he was constantly underfoot (which may not sound like a real problem but sometimes a gal just wants to go to the bathroom alone). And this as all just before we left the house.
We did finally get out of the house for a playdate at the park, only to realise that I’d left the cupcakes at home! Then came the real drama; poor 4 year old S, the accident prone one of the family, knocked his face and needed to go to the emergency department at the hospital. No stitches but yet another black eye (his second in two months – please someone nominate me for mother of the year!). S’s greatest concern was that the kids were playing hide and seek without him. My more pressing concern was the blood gushing from near his eye! Obviously we have different priorities!
All of this drama was before 11am.
It’s on days like these when I want to crawl onto the couch, binge-watch Buffy and eat cookies. Instead, we watched Cars 2 and ate hot chips… for medicinal purposes obviously!! It’s also the type of day when you need a simple recipe to give yourself a tasty reward for a giant butthole of a day.
These Chocolate Macaroons are an upgrade of these Macaroons. I say upgrade as adding to chocolate to things takes it to the next level (except for maybe Bacon… I can’t quite come at that yet!) and these cookie like treats don’t disappoint.
These Chocolate Macaroons are part of my aim to make life easier. They take less than 5 minutes to make (unless of course you struggle to separate eggs than you may have to add another few minutes) and are a great treat to get the kids involved with making. The other reason these Chocolate Macaroons rock is they leave me with enough egg yolks to make an extra batch of curd; I do love it when my desserts look after me!! I did melt some chocolate and drizzle it over the macaroons but to be honest, they were just as good without it so only go that extra mile if the kids are in bed and you’ve had at least 8 hours sleep. Otherwise, make it simple and eat all the Chocolate Macaroons yourself.
- 3 Egg Whites lightly whisked
- 1 1/4 Cup Desiccated Coconut
- 2 Tablespoons Maple Syrup/Rice Malt Syrup
- 2 Tablespoons Cocoa
- Preheat the oven to 180C. Line and grease a large baking tray.
- Combine the lightly whisked egg whites, maple syrup in a bowl.
- Add the cocoa and desiccated coconut. Stir until the mixture is fully combined and sticky.
- Take 1 tablespoon of the mixture and using wet hands squash into a ball shape. Place the rounded mounds on the prepared tray. Leave a small gap between each macaroon. They won’t spread but you want to allow the edges to get a get crispy!
- Place the tray in the oven and bake for 12 to 15 minutes, or until the macaroons have started to turn light brown on the top. Allow the macaroons to cool on the tray before serving.
- Store in an air tight container for up to 5 days.
- If you want to make your macaroons super chocolatey, drizzle with melted chocolate and place on a lined tray. Allow the chocolate to set in the fridge. These macaroons will need to be stored in the fridge.