Coconut-Almond Macaroons, Vegan and Wheat Free

For those who have sensitivities to wheat or to gluten, most baked desserts are a no-no.  For centuries in Europe and America, wheat flour has been the  go-to ingredient at the heart of our baking culture. But we live in a new world now, exposed to myriad food cultures, and more and more my baking will reflect these widening horizons. These cookies, for example, in addition to being vegan and naturally sweetened, feature rice flour rather than wheat. Try them and let me know what you think. Your comments and criticisms will lead  me to retest and improve my recipes–and that process is incomplete without your feedback. Full recipe after the jump…

COCONUT-ALMOND MACAROONS

Preheat oven to 350º F /  Makes 14-15 cookies

Dry ingredients:

2  1/2 cups unsweetened, shredded coconut, plus 1/4 cup coconut for sprinkling on top

1 cup almonds ground to a fine meal in a food processor

2 cups rice flour

1 teaspoon baking powder

pinch salt

Wet ingredients:

1 cup plus 1 tablespoon coconut milk (thickest part, preferably)

3/4 cup rice syrup

1/4 cup maple syrup

1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

Measure  the dry ingredients into a large mixing bowl and stir together well. Measure the wet ingredients into a blender and blend well.  Pour the wet ingredients into the dry, stir well.  Let rest five minutes.  Form into balls 1 3/4 inch in diameter.  Place on cookie sheets lined with parchment paper. Sprinkle extra coconut lightly on the cookies. Bake in a 350º oven about 20 minutes or until lightly golden on top and bottom. Cool on wire racks.

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One response

  1. I thought these cookies were fabulous! I thought the taste was very sensitive, not overpowering in any one way. The coconut was there, but served as more of a hint than a hit. Same with the peanut. I also thought the texture was right. The cookie held together well and was amazingly light, and actually just right, so I can’t recommend any improvement. I do intend to make this cookie soon for a family of 4 children. I think they will love them!

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