Coconut Macaroons

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I’ve always been intrigued by these tiny coconut bites. In fact you may be shocked to hear that until the day I made these, I had never actually tried one. As a coconut lover there really isn’t much not to like. They’re sweet, moist with a chewy inside and crunchy crisp exterior, then made all the more sweet when dunked in a generous amount of dark chocolate.

Not to be confused with macarons, which are a little trickier to master, these macaroons are almost embarrassingly easy to make. So as long as you have some shredded coconut stashed away and a few eggs that you don’t mind separating, then a batch of 40 can be yours in less than 40 minutes.

This recipe is for one of your most basic macaroons, but there are countless ways you can jazz things up, such as adding nuts, chocolate or dried fruit into the batter. I’m thinking pistachios and cranberries next.

How do you make your Macaroons?

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Makes 40

Preparation Time: 30 minutes

Baking Time: 20-25 minutes


400g Desiccated Coconut

196ml Condensed Milk

2 Large Egg Whites

1tsp Vanilla

1/4 tsp salt

200g Dark Chocolate


Preheat the oven to 190C/374F and line 2 trays with baking parchment.

Pour desiccated coconut into a bowl and combine with the condensed milk.

In a separate bowl with a freestanding mixer, whisk the egg whites and salt until stiff peaks form.

Fold the egg whites to the coconut mixture until fully incorporated.

Using a teaspoon scoops rounds of the mixture onto the baking tray, spacing them 1-inch apart. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until they are brown on the edges. Leave to cool fully.

Melt the chocolate in the microwave or over a pan of simmering water then dip in the macaroons. Drizzle any remaining chocolate across the top then place the tray in the fridge to cool fully.

These are perfect teatime treats at anytime of the day!

Raw Dark Chocolate, Peanut Butter Quinoa Bars

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Five years ago, Quinoa was a lonely grain, familiar mainly among its Peruvian natives. As it made its way over to Europe, it quickly became noticed as one of the most underrated grains of the century and its pronunciation became somewhat of a conversation piece. Phonetically it went (and still goes) a little something like this “Kin-Owa” “Quin-owa” “Chin-wa”. Eventually we did managed to get the hang of it “Keen-Wa”.

Now a fashionista of the foodie world, Quinoa is the world’s most popular superfood and can be seen adorning menus of all varieties be it Breakfast, Brunch, Lunch or Dinner. Very rarely have I seen it used in baking however, so when I came across Quinoa Bars on one of my many Pinterest raids, I just knew I had to make some of my own.

Choosing what I put with it didn’t take much deliberation and nothing is more indulgent that dark chocolate and peanut butter. I really wanted to find a flavour that would hit that sweet craving right in the whatsits, however as these were made with my current health kick in mind the balance had to be enough to stop me scoffing more minutes later.

Adding that touch of cinnamon really does the trick and I can already tell these will quickly become a weekly must-have for my kitchen. 

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Makes 8-10 squares

Preparation time: 10 minutes

Fridge time: 4 hours


100g uncooked quinoa

140g rolled oats

7-8 pitted dates

2tbsp smooth peanut butter

1tbsp Manuka honey

1tsp Coconut oil (I use Lucy Bee)

1 tsp cinnamon

200g 85% Dark Chocolate


Start by cooking your quinoa in 200ml of simmering water. The ratio when cooking quinoa is always 1:2.

When soft and fluffy, pour into a sieve and rinse with cold water, then drain as much of the excess water away as you can.

Blitz the dates in a blender, then pour the cooked quinoa into a large mixing bowl. Add the dates, rolled oats, peanut butter, honey, coconut oil and cinnamon. Mix everything together until fully incorporated then pour into a lined 20×20 baking tin. Pat the mixture down evenly then pop into the fridge for 2 hours.

For the chocolate topping, break the chocolate into a bowl and set it on top of a bowl of boiling water, stirring until completely melted. In a separate bowl melt a tablespoon of peanut butter until it becomes a runny consistency.

Pour the melted chocolate over the top of the quinoa mix ensuring it is evenly spread. Then with a tablespoon, gently pour drops of the runny peanut butter across the chocolate. To create the swirly pattern, take a knife and starting from one corner twist it gently through the melted chocolate and combine with the peanut butter.

Put everything back in the fridge to set for another 2-3 hours (or overnight). When ready it can be gently lifted out of the baking tin and cut into squares.