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Naughty or Nice Cookbook: The ULTIMATE Healthy Dessert Cookbook – Jessica Stier of Desserts with Benefits
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Healthy Homemade French Macarons

Servings: 30 macarons
Prep Time: 1 hr
Cook Time: 8 mins
Total Time: 1 hr 30 mins
These Healthy Homemade French Macarons are low fat and gluten free, but you'd never know it -- they taste like the kinds you'd get in a bakery!

Ingredients

  • 210g Evaporated Cane Juice (powdered in a high-speed blender; measure after grinding)
  • 120g Almond Meal (sifted through a fine mesh sieve to remove any chunks; measure after sifting)
  • 100g Egg Whites (fresh, not cartoned)
  • ¼ tsp Salt
  • 50g Evaporated Cane Juice
  • ½ tsp Vanilla Extract

Instructions

  • Line 3 cookie sheets with silicone baking mats or parchment paper. Prepare a piping bag with round tip (#804).
  • In a small bowl, add the powdered evaporated cane juice and sifted almond meal. Set aside.
  • In an electric stand mixer bowl fitted with a whisk attachment, add the egg whites and salt. Turn the stand mixer on high speed and start a timer. Slowly sprinkle in the 50g of evaporated cane juice. Whip this mixture for 6 minutes. Mixture should form stiff peaks.
  • Add the vanilla extract and whip for 1 more minute. Dump the set aside evaporated cane juice/almond meal mixture into the stand mixer and fold by hand with a silicone spatula until fully incorporated. Do not under mix and do not over mix. Mixture should be in between “plopping” off the spatula and “flowing” like a thick ribbon.
  • Scoop the batter into the prepared piping bag and pipe 1” buttons onto the prepared cookie sheets, each about 2” apart. Tap the pans on the counter HARD a few times to deflate any air pockets. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Let the piped macarons sit at room temperature for ~1 hour. Shells should form on the surface of the macarons (when you can tap the surface, they shouldn’t stick to your finger at all).
  • Bake one tray at a time for ~8-10 minutes, or until the fluffy “feet” form and the surfaces of the macarons turn a very light golden brown. Let cool completely on the cookie sheets.
  • Pipe your frosting of choice onto half of the macaron shells, then sandwich the remaining shells on top. Serve immediately.

Recipe Notes

I originally wasn't going to share the recipe here because I worked so incredibly hard on publishing Naughty or Nice.  But I wanted to provide it here because that way, you can determine whether or not the cookbook is for you!
Nutrition Facts
Healthy Homemade French Macarons
Amount Per Serving (4 French Macaron Shells (does not include frosting)
Calories 120 Calories from Fat 36
% Daily Value*
Fat 4g6%
Sodium 50mg2%
Carbohydrates 19g6%
Fiber 0.5g2%
Sugar 18g20%
Protein 3g6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Cookies & Crackers
Keyword: Dairy Free, Gluten Free, Low Fat