Raw-ther Good Chocolate Macaroons

I have a favorite raw macaroon.  It is delicious and chocolatey and made with wonderful ingredients, and is also expensive.  I first bought some on sale which was really my pitfall, and once discovered, they have found their way into my cart on more than one occasion. I knew that without a dehydrator, I wouldn’t be able to create an exact copycat, but I thought I could come close. I was right! These are chocolatey, a little sweet and have a yummy dose of healthy fat. Raw, gluten free, and containing no refined sugars, these are a treat for everyone!

1/4 cup finely shredded unsweetened coconut
2 tablespoons cocoa powder
1 tablespoon coconut oil
2 teaspoons maple syrup
pinch of sea salt (really brings out the flavor!)
1 teaspoon chia seeds (optional)

I mixed these the old fashioned way and just dumped all the ingredients in a bowl and used the back of a spoon to combine everything really well, but a food processor would probably be a perfect tool for this! Once combined they are ready to eat. (With a spoon if that is your style ;)). I chose to roll them in a log and slice them after refrigerating overnight, but a prettier presentation would be rolled in balls and then cocoa powder like a truffle. Either way, it’s a win!

***A few notes: Sweetened coconut would work, the macaroons would just be sweeter. These aren’t super sweet, so sweet tooths can up the maple syrup by a teaspoon.