It’s that time of year again! Time for the Virtual Vegan Potluck! Last year, I participated by submitting some lovely Plum-Strawberry Popsicles. This year, I’m back with guilt free, gluten free, and of course, vegan, Lemon-Coconut Meltaways. So sit back, enjoy this recipe, then scroll through the entire potluck for some delicious vegan appetizers, beverages, breads, salads, sides, main dishes, and desserts! There are 169 of us this year, so get ready to see some delicious food!
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GUILT FREE COCONUT-LEMON MELTAWAYS
Adapted from Addicted to Veggies
Yields 2 dozen Bite-sized snacks
1 1/2 cups Almond Flour
1 1/2 cups Unsweetened Shredded Coconut
1/3 cups coconut flour
Very generous pinch of salt
6 Tablespoons Grade A Pure Maple Syrup
Juice and zest from 1 lemon
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
1/4 cup plus 1 Tablespoons Melted Coconut Oil
Preheat oven to the lowest heat possible-for me, it was 175F.
In a large bowl or in the bowl of standing mixer, combine almond flour, coconut, coconut flour, and salt. Set aside.
In a small bowl, combine maple syrup, lemon juice, lemon zest, and vanilla.
Using a standing mixer or a hand mixer, stream liquid ingredients into your dry ingredients and mix until combined.
Slowly stream in melted coconut oil until dough begins to form. If you don’t have a powerful mixer, you may need to knead the dough at this point.
Roll pieces of dough into bite sized balls and place on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
Bake for 1 hour. Your finished cookies will be dry on the outside and gooey on the inside.
These little babies are just what I need for my sweet tooth. I love lemon and I love coconut, so why not combine them in a way that is guilt-free? Since they’re naturally sweetened, I don’t feel weighed down with sugar after I eat one, and they’re small enough that I can pop one in my mouth to satisfy my nagging sweet tooth.
I also can’t complain because they were super easy and quick to prepare! I got some work done while waiting on them to dehydrate- as in I worked on a puzzle. Ah, the life of a college student during the summer.
I hope you all enjoy the Potluck!