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Nutrition Info: Calories in Macarons

Posted on | July 17, 2012 | No Comments


Macarons are a sweet meringue style dessert that comes in range of flavours from raspberry, chocolate to even mocha.  The recipe consists of egg whites, icing sugar, sugar, ground almond powder and food colourings.  An expertly made macaron will be smooth or glossy out the outside and soft and moist on the inside.  Two halves are joined together with ganache, buttercream or jam.

Nutrition information for  1 macaron  (Note: The information varied so much per flavor that I’ve provided a range of information)

  • Energy: 104 – 142 calories
  • Protein: 2 – 3 g
  • Carbs: 15 – 16 g
  • Fat:  4 – 8 g

The energy is delivered by: Protein found in the egg white and also almond flour.  Fat from almond flour and filling to hold the two halves together. Carbs from sugars.  (The above nutrition estimation also contains the filling used to join the two halves)

Whilst they may be light – they still contain calories…..  You might be better off having a portion of fruit if you feel like a snack.  Otherwise, if you have to eat a macaron – just have one (and not every day!)

As a general knowledge rule – all sweet biscuit treats contain between 80 – 140 calories (depending on the ingredients and size).  It’s very easy to eat 3 -4 as a snack if you’re hungry which is not the healthiest choice.  Biscuits should be an ‘every now and then’ treat – not a daily snack.  If you’re eating biscuits because you’re hungry, you should try eating a slightly bigger portion at your meal times or alternatively replace with a healthier snack under 100 calories.

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