Healthy Desserts!! (And Great Ebook Sales!)

I’ve told you about my sweet tooth. You know I love my desserts. I seem to think I can’t live without chocolate. Daily. At least once. If not twice. It can be a problem.

That’s why I like to have fun experimenting with natural sugars and whole food ingredients to put together tasty treats that are better for us. Does making these natural sugar treats give me permission to eat the entire pan? Um…no. Unfortunately, I still have to use some self control. Unless it’s chocolate. Oh wait, no – even if it’s chocolate. Especially when it’s chocolate.

Here’s an example of one of our favorite natural sugar treats:  Coconut Macaroons. They are easy to make, use real maple syrup to sweeten them, and hey look at that – this recipe doesn’t even contain grains!

Coconut Macaroons

4 egg whites
1/4 teaspoon sea salt
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
2 Tablespoons arrowroot powder
1/2 cup real maple syrup
2 cups unsweetened, shredded coconut

Separate eggs, putting the whites in a mixing bowl and the yolks in the fridge for tomorrow’s breakfast. Beat the whites and salt with a hand mixer until soft peaks form. Continue to beat and add vanilla, arrowroot powder and maple syrup, one at a time. Fold in the coconut. Drop by spoonfuls onto a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper. Bake at 300 degrees for 30 minutes, then turn the oven to 200 degrees for one hour to let them crisp up.

If you’re interested in having several more simple and healthy(er) dessert recipes on hand to treat your family, you’ll be happy to know that we’ve made a combo pack of our Have Your Cookie…And Eat it Too! and Have Your Cookie…and Eat it Two! ebooks – and discounted the cost for a limited time. (Click on each of those links to read the specifics about what recipes you’ll find in those eBooks.)

Have Your Cookie…and Eat it Too! and Have Your Cookie…and Eat it TWO! ebook package

Get both books now for just $7.95!

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In addition, I’m excited to share that I’ve teamed up with two other bloggers who each have even more healthy desserts to share with you! If you purchase my above Have Your Cookie eBook Package, you will be sent coupon codes so that you can purchase both Kate’s Treat Yourself and Katie’s Smart Sweets for 50% off!! Don’t miss out on this deal! Sales and discount codes are valid through Saturday, March 10.

Katie’s Smart Sweets

Kate’s Treat Yourself

Any questions? Let me know!



  1. Jen says

    Thank you for the recipe. I probably have about 30 egg whites stashed in the freezer, and I NEED to use them. The macaroons look yummy!


  2. christina says

    Hey Laura!! Do you think I could use organic corn starch in place of the arrowroot powder? Thanks for the recipe. As usual, it looks great!


    Laura Reply:

    Yes, I think that should work just fine!


  3. says

    These sound delicious, unfortunately the other 5 members of my family don’t like coconut. You think it’s ok to make these just for myself? Hmmmm, that could be dangerous. LOL.


    Laura Reply:

    Yes, I definitely think it’s okay for you to make these just for yourself. Or, you could invite me over and I could share them with you… :)


  4. Christine says

    What would happen if we tried a little cocoa powder in them too? Thanks for the recipe. Will try them this week.


    Laura Reply:

    I think that sounds like a great idea to add cocoa powder!


  5. Nanci says

    Ooooh! I made these at Christmas and they are SO. GOOD. I wasn’t able to get them to “crisp up,” but they still tasted AHmazing. The sticky fingers were definitely worth it. ;)


  6. says

    Looks yummy Laura. If you do not have arrowroot what are good substitutions?


    Laura Reply:

    Organic corn starch would work just fine. :)


  7. Lisa says

    Okay, I just read the list of recipes included in these books and am now salivating! The baby in my womb is telling me I want a chocolate chip cookie…


  8. KT says

    Chocolate Covered Katie
    This is a new-to-me blog devoted exclusively to healthy desserts (tons of chocolate!) that I discovered recently, many can be raw. Eating her treats is definitely a challenge to redefine what we thought was a healthy dessert to something truly healthy. I’m learning a lot there and just thought I’d share my discovery with others looking to enjoy a healthy treat.


  9. Debbi says

    The recipe I use to make mayonaise always leaves me with egg whites that I have to use up or throw out. Macaroons are the perfect excuse to make mayonaise! Or mayonaise is the perfect excuse to make macaroons – either way we’re making macaroons!


  10. Brandette says

    I saw this post yesterday and promptly made these for our dessert last night. They are AMAZING! I had tried making homemade macaroons several years ago, when I didn’t have a KA Mixer. It was a fail! So, I cautiously tried your recipe using my KA and it was wonderful. So easy and worked wonderfully. I did sub cornstarch for the arrowroot since that is what I keep on hand. I also drizzled a bit of dark chocolate over the tops after they baked. This made 24 cookies for us, plenty for tonights dessert as well. I baked them for the 30 min, then turned my oven to 200. But, I only left them in for 20 min because they were getting very brown. Next time, I think I will just do about 10 min to brown and crisp them. So yummy! Thank you for this recipe and for giving me the hope that I could indeed make Macaroons!!


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