Valentine’s Day is quickly approaching and I want to offer up a homemade vegan treat for that special love in your life that is healthy as it is sweet. My macaroons are made with healthy unrefined coconut oil and only sweetened with a small amount of maple syrup. This recipe is not fully raw, however you could substitute the black cocoa powder with Navitas Naturals Raw Chocolate Powder and the maple syrup with raw agave to make it fully raw. Another plus, they take mere minutes to whip up.
So, how do they taste? Well, I served these to a couple friends of mine last weekend and was told that they are “orgasms for the mouth.” I think that means they taste good!
You could package these up in pretty little paper cups and tuck into a box for presentation, or throw them on a plate and call it done. Either way your sweetie will think you’re, well, sweet.
Black Cocoa Macaroons
- 2 cups shredded unsweetened coconut
- 1/2 cup whole raw almonds
- 3 tbsp unrefined virgin coconut oil (I used Spectrum Naturals – Unrefined Coconut Oil)
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 3 tsp vanilla
- 2 tbsp maple syrup
- 1 tbsp black cocoa powder
Place coconut into the food processor and process into fine shreds. Remove and place into a bowl. Add almonds into the food processor and process until fine. This is pretty important as the almond “flour” gives the macaroons their silkiness. Once finely processed, add coconut back into the food processor. Add remaining ingredients and process until a ball forms- this happens fairly quick. Place mixture in a separate bowl to form macaroons.
I use a tablespoon to measure out equal portions, roll them into a ball and form the heart (if desired) or leave in the half-moon shape that the tablespoon provides and place them on a parchment lined baking pan. Chill for 30 minutes to fully harden. Best served at room temperature. This recipe makes 20 1-tablespoon-size macaroons.
Note: These black chocolate macaroons are delicious leaving out the chocolate altogether. Often I will split the macaroon “mix” in half before I add the black cocoa so that I can have half chocolate and half vanilla. Either way they are a sumptuous treat.