Tuesday, July 20, 2010
No Bake - summer dessert - RAW Macaroons!
Having a bit of a sweet tooth lately - I don't know maybe it's the heat. These don't need baking - just drying really. You could just put them on a hot porch with a fly cover on - and they should dry very nicely.
I love coconut oil and coconuts in general so naturally I have a fondness for macaroons. These are really good for you - raw, vegan and gluten free - and out of this world yummy!
You will need:
3 cups coconut flakes
3/4 cup agave nectar
2/3 cup coconut butter
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon vanilla or amaretto extract
Optional: 1 cup cocoa powder
1. In a large mixing bowl mix all ingredients by hand. Make sure you break up all clumps of coconut butter - it usually responds well to the warmth of your hand and becomes workable immediately. Add the cocoa powder if you want a chocolatey version otherwise omit or go half and half - leaving half blonde.
2. Refrigerate mixture for half an hour - then form little macaroon shapes and “bake” at the absolute lowest temperature your oven will allow 120º would be ideal - or use a dehydrator if you have one. Dehydrate for 5 to 6 hours. If using the stove you will probably need less time check every hour until you have the desired crunchiness.