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Orange Macaroon Balls

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(Image by TSL)

I’m currently on the Autoimmune Protocol, a nutrient-rich elimination diet that removes foods that irritate the gut, cause gut imbalance and activate the immune system. You can read more about the protocol and why I’m doing this here.

It has been my experience that folks who have no vices have very few virtues. (Abraham Lincoln)

It is fair to say that the AIP is a pretty restrictive diet. At day 12, I think we’re trucking along pretty well. I’m becoming the queen of ‘cooking once for eating thrice‘ – braising or roasting a large cut of meat and coming up with new ways to incorporate it into our menu plans. And, it’s the kind of food that LM loves. That’s the good bit.

The more challenging bit is that LM has a sweet tooth. Sugar and the AIP are not a happy partnership. So, there is a small struggle going on.

Given he is undertaking this extreme form of eating largely for my benefit, I thought I could come up with a wee AIP-friendly sweet-treat to satisfy his sugar cravings. After bastardising a couple of recipes I found, I had a bit of a play in my kitchen and came up with these Macaroon Balls. A couple of non-AIP girlfriends gave them a road test for me on Sunday. Two thumbs up!

These macaroon balls are highly adaptable. Today’s recipe is orange flavoured. Over the weekend, the girls sampled lemon & thyme. I think cinnamon & vanilla may by next version. Have a play and see which ones you prefer…

And, just before all you purists out there tell me this is breaking the AIP guidelines – my reckoning is this: if its a choice between one of these babies and something processed, overly sugared and packaged, then its a no brainer.

[recipe title=”Orange Macaroon Balls” servings=”18 balls” time=”30 minutes” difficulty=”easy-peasey”]

(Image by TSL)
(Image by TSL)

225g medjool dates, pitted (16 – 18 dates)
175g desiccated coconut (approx. 2 cups)
Zest of one orange
1 Tablespoon orange juice
Pinch of salt
Desiccated coconut for rolling


1) Preheat your oven to 160°C/325°F.

2) Place dates in a bowl and cover with water. Leave to soak for five minutes.

3) Place dates, desiccated coconut, zest and juice of the orange and salt into the bowl of your food processor. Blitz until fully combined.

4) Using a Tablespoon as a measure, form mixture into balls. Roll each ball in desiccated coconut before placing on a lined baking tray.

5) Bake for about 12 minutes – until they are lightly ‘suntanned’*

*Do keep an eye on them. I set the time for 6 minutes and then rotated the tray.

E N J O Y ! [/recipe]

Here’s what happens when you don’t keep a watchful eye on your balls…

Sunburnt Balls!
Sunburnt Balls!
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Comments (10)

How good are you with your diets and healthy eating…. I am on the see food and eat it diet at the moment, trying to remind myself to pick up a banana rather than the banana cake !! 🙂 These look like a good little midnight snack for when bubs is doing the midnight feed shift!

BCD – they are semi-healthy and definitely all natural. MUCH better than banana cake!

So very happy to hear of the safe arrival of your gorgeous, sweet, wee man X

I must share some of your recipes with my art teacher, she is always making healthy, sugar free treats such as these. Meanwhile, I still can’t help but enjoy an occasional spoonful of nutella 🙂

2BD – hazelnuts + sugar + chocolate = a pretty irresistible combo! Here’s one you could try at home (without all the additives):

I’m so glad to have found this recipe and your beautiful blog! I was trying to find a treat for my kids to celebrate the first day of spring here in Colorado, but it seemed like I was out of 1 or 2 ingredients for every recipe. Then I found this – bliss!

I’m so glad you left such a lovely comment. Thank you! 🙂

We seem to have these on semi-permanent rotation at our place – Tangelo Macaroon Balls just out of the oven now.

Your blog is beautiful! I have places this recipe on the list for tomorrow, I’ll be sure to report back!

Hello lovely Asja. Lovely to see you here in blog-land.

Do let me know how your macaroon balls turn out!

I’ve signed up to your lovely blog, too. 🙂

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