No-Bake Vegan Cocoa Maca-roons
These no-bake macaroons are filled with all manner of nutrient-dense goodies, including nuts, nut better, dates, and of course, coconut. Not to mention a nice dose of maca powder, which not only lends its malty flavor, but its energy-boosting benefits. If you’re unfamiliar with maca, or just want to leave it out, no problem — see the alternative following the recipe. Photos by Evan Atlas.
- ½ cup slivered or sliced almonds
- ½ cup nut butter or tahini
- ½ cup Medjool dates (about 8 to 10)
- ¼ cup maca powder (or see note)
- 2 tablespoons cacao or organic cocoa powder
- ½ teaspoon cinnamon
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- ½ cup shredded coconut, plus more for rolling
- 2 to 3 tablespoons maple syrup or agave nectar, to taste
- Place the almonds in a food processor and process until finely ground.
- Add the remaining ingredients and process until the mixture starts holding together as a mass. If it doesn’t do so after a minute or two of processing (for this depends on how moist the dates are and the density of the nut butter), add just a little water, not more than a tablespoon at a time.
- Roll into 1-inch balls. Put a small amount of extra coconut on a small plate. Roll the balls in the coconut to coat.
- Arrange on another small plate and refrigerate for about an hour, then enjoy!
Note: If you’re unfamiliar with maca or simply don’t want to use it, omit this ingredient and substitute 1/4 cup fine oatmeal or wheat germ.
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