Have you ever had a French Madeleine? They are a sweet coconut shell-shaped cake-like cookie. Starbucks sells little packages of them by the register. You’ll probably love them if you love coconut as I do. The problem with Madeleines is all of the sugar, sweetened coconut, white flour, and eggs! I miss eating them so much. So, I experimented over the weekend to see if it is possible to make a healthy Madeline.
These came out so delicious!
Not all baking can be reinvented to be healthier in this way and still taste delicious, so these are quite special – special enough to in invest in a Madeleine pan that makes the cookies into these sweet shell shapes, and delicious enough that you can confidently serve these to company. They’ll never suspect they are made with healthy ingredients and no sugar added!
The secret ingredient is using Coconut Nectar in place of sugar; which is a 100% organic, gluten-free, non-gmo, minimally-processed, vegan sweetener made from the sap of the coconut tree flowers. This coconut sap has a very low glycemic index of 35, and is often used for diabetics to control insulin. It is the color of a light molasses, and tastes like a lighter floral version of molasses, but doesn’t overtly taste like coconut. It’s great on pancakes or in place of maple syrup. If you can’t get coconut nectar, substitute pure maple syrup.
This recipe is dedicated to my virtual trainer/cheerleaders Katrina and Karena from Tone It Up who are inspiring hundreds of thousands of women all over the world eat healthy, get strong (not skinny) support each other in the process. They are total coconut-nuts like me. I’d love to think they will get to make and enjoy these as my way of saying thanks ladies, you totally rock.
HEALTHY COCONUT MADELEINES
- Coconut cooking spray or a bit of coconut oil to oil the pan
- 1 large egg - room temperature
- 6 TBS egg whites - room temperature
- ½ C coconut nectar or pure maple syrup
- 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
- ½ C unrefined coconut oil (room temperature or gently warmed to become completely liquid)
- 1 C Gluten-Free flour - I prefer Cup for Cup
- ¼ C non-GMO cornstarch
- ½ tsp non-aluminum baking powder
- ¼ tsp kosher salt
- ⅓ C unsweetened shredded coconut
- Confectioners sugar (optional) for dusting
- Preheat the oven to 375º F
- Spray Madeleine pan (or small square brownie pan) with coconut cooking spray or grease well with coconut oil
- In medium size bowl, whisk together eggs, coconut nectar, and vanilla until frothy. Add coconut oil and whisk until well combined. Be sure that your eggs are room temperature or they will cause your coconut oil to solidify.
- In another medium size bowl, whisk together flour, cornstarch, baking powder and salt.
- Pour liquid batter into the flour mixture and mix together with a rubber spatula.
- Add shredded coconut and mix with rubber spatula to combine well.
- Using a spoon, fill madeleine shells about ¾ full (or pour batter into brownie pan.)
- Bake 10-12 minutes, or until edges are turning a medium brown.
- The cookies will need to cool before they completely set, so don't try to remove them from the pan until then or they will tend crumble (about 10 minutes).
- After removing cookies from Madeleine pan, repeat until the batter is used up.
- Dust cooled Madeleines with confectioners sugar if desired.
- You can get your coconut nectar through my Amazon affiliate link here, or you can get it in-store at Whole Foods.
- You’ll also need a Madeleine pan to make these cookies in the shape of shells. Williams-Sonoma carries them here (also an affiliate link). If you don’t care about or want the fancy pan, just bake the batter like brownies using a small square brownie pan and cut them into bars after cooling.
- If you’re investing in the Madeline Pan from Williams Sonoma I highly recommend picking up their signature gluten-free flour called Cup For Cup while you’re shopping. It’s the best gluten-free flour I’ve tried. It’s also available on Amazon but the price isn’t competitive FYI.
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