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1  COOKING / Dessert / Re: Healthy Chocolate Macaroons! on: April 24, 2011 10:21:18 PM
Mmmm! They are soooo much better with chocolate, but I do admit to being crazy about anything chocolate.

The batter just before the solid ingredients are stirred in would be excellent served on ice cream, I thought. Vegan fudge sauce.
2  COOKING / Dessert / Healthy Chocolate Macaroons! on: April 23, 2011 12:21:22 PM


Mmmm! I love these things, what a great idea!
When I saw these macaroon recipes (links below) I knew I had to try them out. I have a monstrous sweet tooth but am trying to curb my intake of sweets.
 
After trying out the blond type, I decided that everything is made better with chocolate, so here's my updated recipe.
These were decadent and creamy--definitely did not taste as though they were 'healthy'!

My Chocolate'd Version:


2 & 2/3 cups of shredded unsweetened coconut to make coconut butter (or 1 cup of pre-made coconut butter)
2 tsp vanilla extract
1 tsp almond extract
1/2 teaspoon coconut extract (optional)
2/3 cup maple syrup
1/3 cup agave nectar
3 tablespoons cocoa powder
1 1/4 cup shredded unsweetened coconut
1/3 cup psyllium husk
1/2 tsp sea salt
Parchment paper


Mix up the coconut butter, vanilla, almond, coconut, maple, agave, cocoa, coconut and sea salt. At this point the mixture is relatively thick, so it can take a strong arm to get the psyllium husk mixed it but it is well worth it. Psyllium really ups the fiber in these cookies!

After mixing in the psyllium I scoop my cookies with a cookie scoop and bake at 300 degrees for 20 - 25 minutes, but checking regularly at the 20 minute mark as not to burn them.




Also, I found that eating the batter with a spoon was another fine method of bringing chocolate and coconut to my belly.


More information (including my coconut butter processing experience) in my blog at this post: http://clumsycuisine.blogspot.com/2011/04/detox-chocolate-macaroons.html



Links as follows:
Craftster: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=374367.0
Positive Ponderings: http://positiveponderings.blogspot.com/2011/02/detox-macaroons.html
Oh She Glows: http://ohsheglows.com/2011/02/20/detox-blonde-macaroons/
3  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Re: Chubby Gnomes on: April 08, 2011 10:28:32 AM
Awwwww, I just wanna squish 'em! Super cute.
4  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: Taiyaki embroidery on: March 27, 2011 08:59:54 AM
Yum! I recognized this right away.

I miss eating these so much, sooooo delicious.

That's how you know your embroidered version is awesome, it makes me hungry!
5  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: 70's Mumu to flutter sleeve dress on: March 25, 2011 02:37:44 PM
So pretty!
6  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Pirates and Jean Dresses. on: March 24, 2011 03:22:25 PM
Cute dressed, love the photo with the bike. Riding a bike while wearing a dress is awesome!
7  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Re: Wall-E Art on: March 24, 2011 03:21:24 PM
Adorable!

I love that your boyfriend loves Wall-E! My boyfriend thought I was crazy for crying during the movie.
8  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: My First Embroidery - Sugar Skull Lovers on: March 24, 2011 03:20:05 PM
Wowza! For a beginner these are absolutely amazing, great work.

This motivates me to get back into embroidery!
9  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Re: A Stitch In Time... Lord *image bigger on the inside* on: March 11, 2011 08:39:38 PM
I just recently got into watching Dr Who because so many craftsters are obsessed and I just had to know why and when I saw this in the latest projects I thought

"THE DOCTOR! THE DOCTOR! I can finally join in on Dr. related chitter!"

This is so amazing. So much attention to detail. I love it.
10  COOKING / Vegetarian / Vegan / Re: Absolutely Homemade Lasagna on: March 10, 2011 11:06:28 AM
Homemade pasta in your lasagna makes it infinitely better, that's just good math!

Looks soooo tasty.
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