My Paleo Banana and Coconut Macaroons are slightly chewy and have a banana & coconut flavour which most kids love. They look super cute and a fantastic idea for children’s birthday parties or as a surprise lunchbox treat.
If you wish to avoid using almonds, simply skip the ears and you will end up with cute hedgehogs.
Note – If you wish to avoid using chocolate you can make blonde mice (see photo) by sticking coconut to the back of the mice by using a beaten egg mixture and placing back in the oven for 2-3 minutes..
If your children are a little older, this is a recipe that you could make with them – perhaps you could let them decorate the mice (or at least paint the chocolate on the back of each mouse) Enjoy x M.
- 2 cups shredded coconut (shredded – not desiccated)
- ½ cup coconut flour
- ¾ cup tapioca flour (arrowroot flour)
- ¼ teaspoon himalayan pink salt
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- ½ cup coconut oil
- ½ cup honey
- 1 egg
- 1 ripe banana (mashed)
- FOR DECORATION :-
- About 20 raw almonds
- An additional cup of shredded coconut
- 100g dark chocolate (70% cocoa or higher).
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- Preheat oven to 175 degrees celsius
- Melt coconut oil
- Mix coconut oil with honey and mashed banana and set aside
- In a separate bowl, mix together coconut flour, shredded coconut, tapioca flour, cinnamon and salt.
- Add egg and coconut oil mixture to the dry ingredients and mix well with a spoon.
- Using your hands, form the macaroons into teardrop shapes (to form the body of each mouse) and place on a baking tray lined with baking paper.
- Insert the almonds into the head of each mouse (you can use two whole almonds for ears or you can use almond halves).
- Place the macaroons into the oven and allow to bake for 15 minutes (until they start to turn golden brown).
- Remove from the oven and let them cool! This is very important because if you try removing them whilst they are still warm they will break apart. Once they are cool you can slowly lift them off the baking paper.
- Melt dark chocolate and brush the melted chocolate onto the back half of one of the mice, then slowly sprinkle (or dip) into a bowl of shredded coconut (this will form the fur).
- Using toothpick or a skewer paint eyes onto each mouse.
- Allow mice to cool.
- Store in the fridge.
- Note – if you do not wish to use chocolate, then at the 14 minute mark, remove the mice from the oven, paint the back of the mouse with a beaten egg and then sprinkle shredded coconut on top, place back in the oven for 2-3 minutes.