Thursday, May 16, 2013

GF Raw Macaroons & Tea With Pattie

Pattie was coming by for a quick cup of tea in the garden this morning and I wanted to make something quick but special. It also needed to be light and healthy. I remembered some amazing raw macaroons my friend Laura had made a while back and decided to try to recreate them. Since my guys are gone on a road trip I purposefully made a small batch so that I wouldn't have too many left over to gorge on. These may not be exactly like Laura's but we really enjoyed them. The almond extract is a stage 2 Feingold ingredient but you can skip it and they will be delicious. Not only are these treats gluten free but they are also casein free and vegan. Perfect for so many of our friends' diets these day.

If you have everything on hand you can be eating them in minutes. Store them in the fridge and they will melt in your mouth.

I've just shared them over at Gluten Free Cat's Raw Thursdays! Gluten Free Cat is one of my favorite gluten free blogs and one of my Link Loves.

Raw Macaroons
Make 8 but can easily be doubled or tripled.

1 1/2 Cups Shredded Coconut
3 Organic Medjool Dates (if not very moist, soak in water for a few minutes)
3 Tablespoons Coconut Cream Concentrate, Coconut Butter or Coconut Manna depending on brand
1 Tablespoon Coconut Oil
1 Teaspoon GF Vanilla Extract
1 Teaspoon GF Almond Extract

In a food processor combine all ingredients, except the shredded coconut and mix until the dates are completely pureed. Add coconut and process just long enough to mix. You want a bit of texture.

Scoop into one tablespoon balls either rolling by hand or using the tablespoon to shape.

Store in the fridge until ready to serve.



gfe--gluten free easily said...

Oh, Kathryn, these have my name all over them! :-) You should link them to Raw Thursdays over at Gluten-Free Cat's blog if you haven't already. ;-)

Happy weekend! xo,

chacha said...

Thanks Shirley! I've never participated in a round up before but actually have Heather's blog up to do so. Your comment gave me the push I needed. It's as if you knew! xok

Heather @Gluten-Free Cat said...

Chacha, I'm so glad you linked up! These look delightful! Off to share them with my friends! (And thanks, Shirley!!)

chacha said...

Thank you Heather!

Laura said...

Hey I am so glad you made these! We love them, of course, anything coconut! Link or tell me more about the coconut cream concentrate. Can you sub coconut oil or coconut cream (TJ's)? YSIC

chacha said...

Coconut Cream Concentrate is Tropical Traditions product, it's coconut butter. It can be made in your food processor but you have to commit. =D

The processing time is very long and it will give your food processor a run for it's money. Since I have an itty bitty fp I buy mine and love TT.

You can always play with the recipe. More coconut oil would probably not change the texture too much at all. I haven't tried TJ's coconut cream yet - have you?


Laura said...

Yes I put it in my whipped cream dispenser and add a co2 cartridge- viola! Whipped cream- delish!
I will check out the coconut butter. Thanks!

chacha said...

That sounds awesome! Another kitchen toy I "need"!

Here's a make your own coconut butter page: