Now that it’s finally autumn season, it’s time to break out some themed recipes! Halloween is all about spooktacular sweets, and these vegan, gluten-free, dairy-free, and paleo macaroons are an easy, fun treat to make with friends and family. There are so many creative ways you can shape and decorate them!
How To Make Coconut Macaroons
The best part of this recipe is that it’s no-bake and so easy to whip these up in no time at all! To make these macaroons, all you need is 6 ingredients: shredded coconut, coconut oil, almond flour, maple syrup, vanilla extract, and melted chocolate. An optional addition is 1 tbsp of maca powder for a nutritional boost.
Combine all the ingredients together minus the chocolate. That is going to be used for decorating in the end! Mix the ingredients until they’re all combined and shape them however you want! We made them into little ghosts shapes and tombstones.
How To Decorate Halloween Ghosts Macaroons Cookies
To spice things up with the chocolate, you can add some ground cayenne pepper to it. This gives it a little kick and color that will have all your friends raving about how delicious they are! We recommend using ¼ teaspoon of cayenne powder to 3.5 ounces of chocolate. That way, you don’t overwhelm the macaroon cookies with spiciness.
You can also add some cinnamon instead of cayenne. You'll still get that kick, just a bit milder than cayenne will. Use the same proportions of cinnamon to chocolate. Another option is to add some red food coloring to the chocolate and give it a really spooky look.
Use natural dyes to color the cookies and shape into anything you can think of! Bats, pumpkins, tombstones, even Frankenstein faces if you dare! Make either 3D cookies or press flat and cut with cookie cutters instead. Then dip them in melted chocolate and place face side down to dry. Try adding some crushed chocolate chunks or chocolate cookies under the cookies to display to imitate dirt and make a graveyard scene for display!
How Do You Get Black Halloween Macaroons Cookies?
This recipe calls for food-grade dry activated charcoal to make the macaroons black. Activated charcoal has some great health benefits that make these macaroons a little healthier and make you feel less guilty about eating more of them.
Eating charcoal helps by cleaning your body toxins. It traps toxins in your digestive tract from being absorbed by your intestines. Getting rid of toxins helps your kidneys and liver functions considerably to stay healthy! If you can’t find food-grade activated charcoal anywhere, getting natural black food dye is a great alternative!
Is Activated Charcoal Safe To Eat?
When eaten in appropriate amounts, activated charcoal is absolutely safe to eat, but there are recommended amounts for safe ingestion. According to the Mayo Clinic, anywhere from 25 to 100 grams is safe for consuming. This recipe only calls for 1 ½ tablespoon of activated charcoal powder equal to 22.5 grams. Entirely safe for consumption! If you’re not comfortable with using activated charcoal yet, switch to natural food dye!
There are some risks with using activated charcoal as an ingredient. Some side effects of activated charcoal are diarrhea, constipation, vomiting, and pain or swelling of the stomach. As a heads up, this may turn your stool black, so don’t be alarmed. If you feel any of these symptoms after eating charcoal, call your doctor and make sure everything is ok.
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