11.12.2008

Raw Organic Chocolate Macaroons

Oh.  These are just make-you-sing good.   The "Raw" bit means that they're not processed at a heat higher than 115 degrees--which preserves the complete amazing-ness of the nutrients in the ingredients.  So, they not only taste like Eden, they're also good for you!  I made them last night and took them to a pot luck today.  I'm breaking my long post silence because EVERYONE wanted this one for their files.

(Makes 24 to 36 cookies)
3 cups dried, unsweetened coconut flakes
1 1/2 cups CACAO powder (This is NOT the traditional unsweetened cocoa.)
1 cup maple syrup (real-not Mrs. Butterworth)
1/3 cup coconut butter
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon sea salt (I increased this a little. I like salt with sweet.)

1. In large bowl, combine all the ingredients and stir well to combine. (I found my mixture to be a tad dry--this might be our dry climate--so I added about 1 Tbsp extra coconut butter mixed with about 2-3 Tbsp maple syrup.)

2. Using a small ice cream scoop or melon baller, spoon rounds of dough onto dehydrator screens. Dehydrate at 115 degrees for 12 to 24 hours OR refrigerate on a cookie sheet overnight. (I found 12 hours dehydration to be enough--it left a slightly creamy center. 24 hours would probably give a more chewy center.)

I did the math and these have about 80 calories per cookie--plus they have: protein, fiber, anti-oxidants, anti-inflammatory benefits, essential fatty acids, iron, magnesium--and no trans fat. AND they make you faster than a speeding bullet . . . I think. Not bad for a kick-butt good COOKIE, don't you think?

Here's some info I googled up about the general coolness of raw Cacao:

Raw cacao retains the minerals and substances lost in the processing of the beans. Plus it contains a lot of magnesium, which lacks in your usual diet and MAO (Monoamine oxidase) inhibitors, which have rejuvenation effects, suppress appetite and elevate your mood.

Researchers have discovered that the raw cacao, named Theobroma (meaning "the food of the gods") contains substances that are related to the brain lipids anandamine (derived from the Sanskrit work ananda=bliss), and these substances, called N-acylethanolamines have a similar effect to that of some mild illegal drugs such as cannabis. However, cacao will not get you high, but it will make you happy.  Isn’t that what you were going for in the first place, but without the added fats and sugar, you secret chocolate lover?

There are also the endlessly discussed anti-oxidant effects, which are stronger in unprocessed beans. The substances called anthocyaninins, that can be found in generous quantities in raw cacao, have tissue-regeneration and anti-inflammatory properties. They also help collagen formation and the microcirculation (that of the capillaries).  All these positive effects make raw cacao look like the perfect medicine. 

And, all that's in this yummy little cookie. 
You're welcome.

7 comments:

Heather said...

Annie, these look AMAZING!!! Macaroons are pretty much my favorite cookies in the WORLD!! Thanks!

Freddie said...

wow im going to make some real soon,, they look so yummy.. im so happy to see you posting again. I missed you. Also thanks for your order with Hillary. That is so nice of you . thanks for the email too.. take care and come see us this winter... pretty please :)

lyn. said...

HOORAY, You're back!!
I've missed you, my friend...

And these cookies look like something I would really like. But, I do have to ask: Where does one get all of those not so available ingredients like dried unsweetened coconut flakes, cacao powder, and coconut butter?

Thanks for sharing...

shelly said...

Are. You. Kidding Me? Should I really get this excited by seeing something so delicious? I think not. I wonder if I ate a dozen of them if they would make me really healthy! Thanks for this, Annie -- I MISS you!

They call me Annie said...

Hi Lyn , Freddie and Heather--my love to you too! Lyn these ingredients would be available at any self-respecting health food store. I found everything I needed at Good Earth in American Fork. I had to be a little diligent--the person helping me first tried to convince me cocoa was the same thing as CACAO and to buy coconut oil when she didn't at first find the coconut butter (there IS a difference), but this was just a lack of understanding on the her part. In the end, I got everything I needed in that one store. Compare your prices on the maple syrup. I found one that was SUBSTANTIALLY less expensive than another, and the quality and purity were just as good.

They call me Annie said...

Well sweet Shel, probably healthier than if we ate a dozen Snickers bars, but . . .

Trust me, I left the majority of the leftovers with everyone else at the potluck. I knew I couldn't be trusted with them here all by myself!

I do have a little stash though.

I'm Natalie. said...

Um. . . I have not checked your blog in MONTHS. . . and just today I thought. . . "I wonder". . . LOW AND BEHOLD!!!

Woah!

I love you!!