Festive Cranberry Orange Macaroons
Coconut has always been a part of the Christmas cookie spread at my house; my mom and grandma both love it! They used to make coconut bon bons, coconut macaroons, and coconut wreaths. This year, I thought I would continue with the coconut theme and make my own macaroons jazzed up with a bit of cranberries and orange for a flavorful twist. These easy to make macaroons are raw, vegan and gluten free, and you would not be able to guess that they are. But most importantly they taste wonderful. Although I have used a dehydrator for this recipe, you can use an oven at a low temperature if you do not have one. They would be perfect to give as gifts in a pretty box to any coconut lover!
Amy currently works in our deli contributing to the variety of healthful foods we offer. She graduated with a degree in studio art from Bethel University in 2007, but in her senior year of college, found that her passion was with the art of food. She later used her photography and culinary skills to create a vegan dessert and food blog, Fragrant Vanilla Cake. She is also a cookbook author, of the books Just Vegan Cakes, Fragrant Vanilla Cake: Sweet and Savory and Rawlicious Desserts. She specializes in raw, vegan and vegetarian recipes. Local,fresh and organic food has always been her focus in whatever she creates.
Place almond flour, agave nectar, orange zest, sea salt in the food processor and process until well combined. Add the agave nectar and pulse until the mixture holds together. Place the mixture in a bowl, and knead in the coconut and cranberries. Form the mixture into 12 balls, and place on a dehydrator sheet. Dehydrate for about 12 hours, or until they are dried, but not so much so that they are not a little chewy in the middle. If you do not have a dehydrator, you can dry them in the oven at the lowest temperature, it will just take less time, probably 5 or 6 hours.
To make chocolate, whisk all ingredients together until smooth in a bowl and let sit until it thickens a little (about 15-20 min). Lay out a sheet of foil on a sheet pan. Dip each macaroon into the chocolate and place on the foil. Once all dipped, put in the freezer to set. Once chocolate has hardened, enjoy!
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