Happy Halloween peeps! Everyone knows that Halloween means you're in for a sugar overload. If your a mom you know that the entire month of October means sugar overload central, prepare the insulin for a diabetic coma any second sort of situation. Seriously. I volunteered at my 3rd graders Halloween party (still amazed someone hasn't petitioned, rallied and picketed that it be renamed "Fall Harvest Festivities Celebrations") and the amount of cookies, cupcakes, candies, fruit punch and crackers that were involved made me cringe.
Why people? Why must Halloween be associated with buckets or pillowcases full of sugar? Every year I struggle with either not passing out anything at all (which I just can't bring myself to do) or handing out prizes and toys which I tried one year and got egged for the trouble. Damn teenagers.
Which coincidentally brings me to cookies. Obviously. Am I a hypocrite? Possibly, but I'm talking macaroons people. Yes, coconut is a sugar, natural or not. I've debated this to death and am standing my ground that...
a. Yes, sugar is sugar but all things in moderation.
b. Not all sugar is created equal, natural is better than processed.
c. I like coconut so who gives a crap.
Creepy, [naturally] sweetened cookies.
Berries + Coconut + Bananas & Chocolate = ?
Deliciously spooky monster eyeballs of course! Frieking out your little ones is just an added bonus.
These come together in minutes, literally. Confession: I am not the worlds greatest baker. Anything involving sifting, fluffing, or basically measuring precisely quite frankly puts me off.
These macaroons I made with ease with the help of my 4 year old, who oddly enough 'loooooveees' to bake.
You could use marshmallows which honestly would probably hold their shape and color better than these bananas did but I wasn't going for show quality here.
I used a bigger, restaurant type straw to punch holes in the center of the bananas so that the
chocolate pieces would stay put. I used chocolate covered Acai berries to put in the middle but
any type of small chocolate candy will work.
Recipe from Leanne at Healthful Pursuit
PREP TIME 15 MINUTES BAKE TIME 30 MINUTES YIELDS 24 COOKIES
2 teaspoon freshly ground chia seeds3 tablespoons water1 cup frozen mixed berries1 tablespoon honey½ teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1½ cups shredded unsweetened coconut1 banana, sliced with holes punched into the middle of each slicechocolate covered Acai berries or other chocolate pieces
- Combine chia and water in a small dish and set aside.
- Preheat oven to 300F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicon baking mat. Set aside.
- Add mixed berries, honey, and extracts to a small saucepan. Bring to a boil over medium heat. Begin to stir constantly until liquid reduces to half and it fairy thick but not syrupy. Remove and place in a medium-sized bowl.
- Add chia mixture. Add coconut and mix with a spoon until it’s completely coated.
- Place tablespoon amounts in the palm of your hand and work into circles. Press down to make into a coin shape and place on the prepared baking sheet.
- Bake in the oven for 15-20 minutes.
- Remove from the oven and place banana and chocolate piece on top.
- Return to the oven and cook for 2-3 minutes.
- Remove from the oven and allow to cool slightly before removing from the cookie sheet and placing on a cooling rack.