These Vegan Macaroons are soft, chewy, fragrant and nutty. They're easy to make, requiring just 5 simple ingredients, one bowl (food processor) and no aquafaba! They're made with coconut and can easily be customised by flavouring them with almond or dipping in dark chocolate. They're gluten-free, refined sugar free and grain-free.
6tablespoons(6tablespoons)agave syrup(or sub brown rice syrup*)
1teaspoon(1teaspoon)baking powder(ensure gluten-free if necessary)
To decorate (optional):
Dark chocolate, melted (ensure vegan/gluten-free if necessary)
Preheat the oven to 180 degrees Celsius (350 degrees Fahrenheit)
Place the desiccated coconut, coconut oil, agave syrup and vanilla in a food processor
Whizz for around 30 seconds to a minute, until coconut becomes more fine and sticks together when you take a small amount in your hands
Add the baking powder and pulse briefly to combine
Place in the fridge for 10 minutes (or longer) to allow the mixture to firm up slightly - this will make it easier to form into macaroons
Use a cookie scoop to scoop the mixture (make sure the mixture is closely packed together inside the cookie scoop) onto a baking tray lined with baking paper (you should be able to make 18 macaroons)
Bake in the oven for 6-7 minutes until golden brown - be careful to make sure they don’t burn
Dip the bottoms in melted chocolate and drizzle over melted chocolate if desired - make sure the chocolate has hardened completely before putting away to store
Keeps in an airtight container for a few days
*I wouldn't recommend maple syrup as it's too liquidy.
Troubleshooting tips for macaroons falling apart
Make sure you have blended the mixture for long enough in your food processor to ensure that it has become sticky enough to form into shapes.
If you're still having trouble moulding the mixture, keep the mixture in the fridge (or the freezer) for slightly longer, as the oils from the coconut solidify in colder temperatures, which means the mixture will firm up and be easier to mould into shapes. Keep a close eye on the mixture if it's in the freezer so it doesn't freeze completely!