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Brilliant Gluten Free Coconut Macaroons, GF, Sugarfree option

I love the sweet chewiness of a coconut macaroon but the sugar content in the commercial products was always too much for my tastes. Until I made these...They are divine and healthy! And guess what? they are super easy to make gluten free!

Skinny Gluten Free Low Glycemic Cranberry Orange Muffins



1/4 cup coconut oil, softened (If you need to sub, use a healthy oil or GF marg.)
1/4 cup coconut palm sugar or honey
3/4 cup plain (no sugar added) applesauce- organic if you can
1/4-1/2 cup orange juice ( squeezed from the orange you zest)
1 large egg
1 tsp GF pure vanilla


1/4 cup Splenda or Stevia
1/2 tsp Arm and Hammer baking soda
1 1/2 tsp  Clabber Girl or any GF Baking powder
1 1/2 cups GF Brown Rice Flour - I use Bob's Red Mill
1 scant tsp xanthan
 big dash of Chia or Flax meal  ( I throw it in everything!)

Zest of one orange
1/2 cup well chopped walnuts
1/2 cup GF dried cranberries (unsweetened)


Combine the dry ingredients in large mixing bowl.  In another bowl combine the wet and whisk well, pour into dry and add zest, nuts, cranberries stir until just mixed scraping down the sides but don't overmix. If too dry add a little water but batter should be slightly thick.

Spoon into greased or lined muffin cups

Bake 350 degrees for 15-20 minutes or until done in center

Cool on rack if you can keep from eating them right away.  Store in fridge if they last that long!!

I did the math and I estimate these beauties at apx 90 calories a muffin.  I ate 3 right out of the oven!

Enjoy!   Hugs!!