Valentine’s Kisses

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This is a special treat created by Go Figure owners, Cheryl and Chef David, to delight the eye, the palate, and the figure (Go Figure!) for those who have been on the program at least 6 weeks. When you want to occasionally have an “extra”, or to give loved ones a yummy, but healthier Valentine’s treat, here’s the recipe for you.

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Macaroons   Makes about 1 dozen

2 egg whites           (protein)

1 cup unsweetened fine shred coconut (good fat)

¼ tsp. cream of tartar              1/8 tsp. salt

1 Tbsp. non-hydrogenated coconut oil (good fat)

¼ cup coconut sugar (low glycemic sweetener derived from the flower of the

coconut tree)

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Chocolate icing:

1 Tbsp. non-hydrogenated palm shortening (good fat)

Read about palm shortening: tropical traditions.com/organic_palm_shortening.htm

1 ½ tsp. agave (low glycemic sweetener)

1 ½ tsp. unsweetened cocoa powder

Find ingredients at health food stores, Town and Country, and Huckleberry’s.

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Pre-heat oven to 375 degrees.  With electric mixer, beat egg whites and cream of tartar until light and fluffy.  Add in coconut sugar, salt, coconut and coconut oil.  Beat thoroughly.  Place heaping tablespoons (not too large) on parchment paper or wax paper on cookie sheet a couple inches apart.  Bake until bottoms are golden brown, about 15 minutes.  Allow macaroons to cool while preparing icing.

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Stir together all the icing ingredients in a small bowl. With a knife spread a small dollop of icing on each macaroon, but be sure macaroons are completely cool before icing, otherwise, unlike M&M’s, the chocolate will melt in your hands and not in your mouth. J  Have a couple of these yourself, and give the rest away!  You can also freeze several to pull out on occasion, if you have great self-control!  Happy Valentine’s!                        

©David and Cheryl MacDonald 2013

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