Monday, May 09, 2011

Raw Vegan Vanilla Macaroons With Macadamia Nuts

A great raw treat for your family

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It's Warming Up - Time to Eat More Raw Food!
It's been very warm the last few weeks so my raw food consumption is going up. In the spring I try to eat at least half my food raw. Pretty soon it will be time to do a raw cleanse where I'll eat at least 90% of my food raw for a period of time ranging from a few weeks to a month.
So besides enjoying more smoothies, salads, soups and other raw recipes, it's time to make some raw treats! 
Last year I posted a Raw Chocolate Almond Macaroon which we really love to make. I thought I'd make a vanilla version of these with the added crunch and goodness of raw macadamia nuts. To get them to hold together and make them nice and round, I use a Small Scoop. It's made to scoop 1 tablespoon of cookie dough so it's perfect for scooping up macaroons. 

Perfectly measures 1 tablespoon of macaroon and allows easy release onto dehydrator sheet

Raw Vanilla Macaroons with Macadamia Nuts
[makes 2 dozen small macaroons]
1/2 cup raw almonds, soaked overnight and rinsed
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/3 cup raw agave nectar
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 tablespoon unrefined virgin coconut oil, softened
1 cup dried, unsweetened shredded coconut
24 raw macadamia nuts, chopped in half or quarters

Process almonds in a food processor with an S blade until they are the size of crumbs, occasionally scraping down the sides as needed. 
Add salt and pulse a few times until combined. 
Add agave nectar, vanilla extract and coconut oil and process until smooth. 
Add shredded coconut and pulse until thoroughly combined. 
Scoop out tablespoons of the mixture onto a dehydrator sheet using a small ice cream scoop. You could also just use a tablespoon and form them in your hand before placing them on the sheet.
In about 4 hours, when they are easily removed from the dehydrator sheet, transfer the macaroons directly onto the screen. 
Dehydrate at 115 degrees until they are hardened on the outside but still soft and chewy on the inside. This could take as little as 8 hours total or if you want them a little drier, dehydrate for a few more hours. Check on them so they don't get too dry and hard.

Per serving: 102.4 calories, 8.0 g fat, 3.9 g saturated fat, 0 mg cholesterol, 1.4 g protein, 7.2 g carbohydrates and 1.3 g dietary fiber.

1 comment:

Debra said...

Your raw vegan vanilla macaroons with macadamia nuts look gorgeous. You are right, now that the weather is warming up, you do feel like adding a lot more raw foods:)