Happy Valentine’s Day, people! Let’s nip this right in the bud. You may be seeing these pictures and thinking to yourself, “Hey! You dum-dum, those aren’t macaroons.” Well, yeah they are. And why the need for name calling? If you were thinking you’d see pictures of those cute, little, colorful French sandwich-looking pastries, think again.
It wasn’t until maybe a year ago that I discovered a macaroon is actually a chewy coconut bar/ball. Those little French guys we all know are actually called macarons. Only one “o”. Who knew? Not me. I know so many people that call them macaroons. Honestly, I think mack-ah-ron sounds kind of snooty. But, I guess that is because those little suckers are a pain to make and I guess the people that bake them want their due credit by making you feel as foolish as possible before eating one. Maybe.
I mean, I will still buy them and gladly eat them, but I would rather stick to this sweet, chewy, made-in-two-bowls-easy dessert bar. I made them over the weekend and Mike and the kids both gobbled them up. Ya know what? I didn’t even feel bad about it. It is seriously just unsweetened coconut, almonds, oat flour, egg whites, condensed milk, and chocolate. In the dessert spectrum, I feel like these have to be near the healthier end.
What a way to tell somebody you love them!?!?!
A semi-healthy (I mean minus the sweetened condensed milk of course) and chocolate dunked bar is the way to go today. You still have time to make these for the ones you love. If I could, I would ship them out to all of you, but I am too busy eating one with coffee, one for an afternoon snack, and one for an after dinner dessert.
Clearly, by the time you read this I fear they will be all gone.
Happy Valentine’s Day anyway!