These delicious macaroon cookies can be made into a chewy or crunchy cookie version, depending on what you prefer, and require no baking. They are made of wholesome plant ingredients only and simply dehydrated to maintain their nutrient integrity.
The cookies provide a rich source of whole-food nutrients, which include healthy carbohydrates, fats, and protein, as well as vitamins, minerals, phytonutrients, and antioxidants. They are simple to make and based on only two main, whole food ingredients—coconut and almonds. This is the kind of cookie you can be proud to eat and enjoy, while your body enjoys the health and nutrition benefits.
TYPE: Snack, Dessert
PREP TIME: ~ 10 mins (+ 6 to 10 hours dehydrating time)
SERVINGS: makes about 30 to 35 cookies
- Whole food
- 100% Plant-based (Vegan)
- Refined Sugar-free
- 2 cups Organic Raw Almonds
- 2 cups Organic Shredded Coconut (pure, unsweetened, unpreserved)
- 3/4 cup Organic Maple Syrup
- 1 tsp (or more) Organic Pure Vanilla Extract
- Food processor, like the Cuisinart Elite Food Processor
- Dehydrator, like the Excalibur Dehydrator
- Place the dry, raw almonds in the food processor and process just until they become mostly ground down and flour-like.
- Add in the coconut, maple syrup, and vanilla and process just until uniformly combined.
Scoop about a tablespoonful of the mixture, at a time, onto your non-stick dehydrator sheets on dehydrator trays. Flatten and shape using your fingers or a spoon into round cookies (about 3 to 4 inches in diameter). You can make the cookies as compact, round, and flat as you like, or more rough and irregular in width and height.
Once the entire mixture is used up, place the dehydrator trays into your dehydrator and dehydrate for about 6 to 10 hours on a temperature setting of 110-115F. (Note: dehydrating temperature will vary based on external atmospheric conditions and whether you would like a more chewy (shorter dehydrating) or crunchy (longer dehydrating time) cookie.
Store the dehydrated cookies in an air-tight container, at room temperature, or freeze for future use. Enjoy.
- You can easily make a chocolate version of these cookies too, by adding in some organic raw cacao powder during the food processing part. Experiment with about 1/4 to 1/2 cup of the raw powder, depending on how chocolatey you want the cookies. Pictured below is a mix of vanilla and chocolate cookies in a crunchy version.
Meal Health & Nutrition Benefits
Raw Almonds / Almond Butter
- provide healthy fats, protein and some carbohydrates
- provide phytonutrients, antioxidants and anti-inflammatory benefits
- a source of vitamins, especially vitamin E and most B vitamins
- a source of minerals, especially manganese, magnesium, copper, phosphorus, calcium, iron, zinc and potassium
- support optimal health, weight, healing, and prevention
- help maintain healthy blood pressure, blood sugar, and cholesterol levels
- especially supportive for cardiovascular health and optimal weight
- for more information, visit the almonds detailed overview from World’s Healthiest Foods
- Health Tip: choose organic and raw almonds, or such almond butters, as almonds are subject to many pesticide concerns and their beneficial nutrients are denatured with roasting
Coconut (Dry and Fresh)
- provides healthy fats, along with some carbohydrates, fiber and protein
- provides antioxidants and phytonutrients
- provides vitamins, like B vitamins and vitamin C
- provides minerals, especially manganese, copper, selenium, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, and potassium
- supports optimal health, weight, healing, and prevention
- supportive for brain and nervous system, cardiovascular system, and overall good health
- For more information, visit the coconut nutrition facts from Nutrition-And-You.com
- Health Tip: avoid sweetened, sulfured or preserved dry coconut
- a rich source of simple carbohydrates (sugars); provides about 20% less calories than honey
- a source of antioxidants and phytonutrients
- provides trace amounts of B vitamins
- provides minerals, especially manganese, zinc, calcium, iron, potassium, copper and magnesium
- serves as a good, natural sweetener option, which provides some nutrition and health benefits
- for more info, see the maple syrup overview on organicfacts.net
- provides antioxidants and phytonutrients, like vanilloids, and has anti-inflammatory properties
- provides some B vitamins
- provides some minerals, especially manganese, potassium, copper, and magnesium
- when in its purest form, can positively support overall health
- supports optimal cognitive health and mental performance
- for more information, visit the vanilla overview from Nutrition-and-You.com