Vanilla Chai Spice Macaroon
Here is my pick for raw vegan holiday cookie of the week. I like it because it is really easy and quick to make, and they look like little snowballs:)
I used chai spices, but you can just use vanilla with a dash of cinnamon if you prefer.
Vanilla Chai Spice Macaroons
2 cups dried shredded coconut
½ cup cashews
3 tablespoons agave
¼ cup coconut oil
1 teaspoon chai spice mix, recipe follows
additional coconut to roll cookies in
1. Process cashews in food processor fitted with the “S” blade until well ground.
2. Add coconut, chai spice, coconut oil, and agave until well mixed.
3. Shape into small scoops, roll in additional coconut.
4. Sprinkle with additional chai spice mix.
5. Chill until firm.
Here is a cute snowman face using cacao nibs and a goji berry nose:)
Vanilla Chai Spice Mix Recipe
1 tablespoon sweetener of choice*
½ inch vanilla bean, pod and seeds
6 -8 cardamom pods, seeds only, hull removed
2 points of star anise, pod and seeds
¼ tsp ground cinnamon
¼ teaspoon ground ginger
1/8 tsp ground cloves, or 2 whole
12 coriander seeds
4 allspice berries
2 white peppercorns
Few grinds of nutmeg
Place all ingredients in spice grinder and process until fine.
Adjust all spices to your own taste. I am not sure I ever make it the same way twice, and I usually don’t measure exactly.
This is a recipe for a large amount of chai spice mix that I copied and pasted a long time ago, and I based my recipe on it:
1 cup sugar
2 Tbsp. ground ginger
2 Tbsp. ground cardamom
1 Tbsp. ground cinnamon
2 tsp. ground cloves
2 tsp. nutmeg
2 tsp. allspice
2 tsp. powdered vanilla
1 tsp. white pepper
These are pictures of the whole spices common in chai spice blends. Pick and choose the ones you like! Additional spices may include mace, fennel, and bay leaf.
Cinnamon and vanilla bean
Maple sugar, simply dried maple syrup. Not raw but really yummy:)
Date Sugar, can be raw if you make it yourself from dehydrated, ground dates.
Palm Sugar, was labeled raw in the bulk bins, but is definitely processed with heat:(
Evaporated Cane Juice, I don't think this is raw, as there is some debate.
I will have another cookie for you next week, but please let me know if you have a favorite you think I should try:)
All holiday recipes will be on this post for Happy Raw Holidays!
Have a nice weekend everyone!