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
Almonds / Almond Butter
- provide healthy fats, protein, some carbohydrates, and fiber
- provide phytonutrients, antioxidants, and anti-inflammatory benefits
- provide vitamins, especially vitamin A, E, and most B vitamins, including folate
- provide minerals, especially potassium, phosphorus, magnesium, calcium, iron, zinc, selenium, and manganese
- support optimal health, weight, healing, and prevention
- support healthy blood pressure, blood sugar, and cholesterol levels
- protect against cardiovascular disease, cancer, diabetes type 2, osteoporosis, and other diseases
- for more information, visit the almonds detailed overview from World’s Healthiest Foods
- Tips: Choose organic and raw almonds and almond butter, as conventional almonds and roasted almonds have pesticide, toxin, and other health concerns.
Coconut (fresh and dry)
- provides healthy fats, protein, some carbohydrates, and fiber
- provides antioxidants, phytonutrients, and anti-inflammatory benefits
- provides vitamins, like vitamin C and some B vitamins, including folate and choline
- provides minerals, especially potassium, phosphorus, magnesium, calcium, iron, manganese, zinc, and copper
- supports optimal health, weight, healing, and prevention
- supports healthy blood pressure, blood sugar, cholesterol, and iron levels
- can support proper bone health and protects against osteoporosis
- can protect against cardiovascular disease, cancer, diabetes type 2, and other diseases
- For more information, visit the coconut nutrition facts from Nutrition-And-You.com
- Health Tip: Avoid dry coconut that has been sweetened, sulfured, highly processed, or found to contain other additives or preservatives.
- provides mostly simple carbohydrates (sugars) and about 20% fewer calories than honey
- provides 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 benefits
- provides some B vitamins
- provides some minerals, especially manganese, potassium, copper, and magnesium
- supports healing, prevention, and overall health
- supports cardiovascular and nervous system health
- for more information, visit the vanilla overview from Nutrition-and-You.com Tips: Use the vanilla bean directly or choose pure, natural, and organic vanilla extracts. Avoid synthetic vanilla and similar artificial vanilla products.