Vegaroons (Vegan Macaroons)
Flaxseeds stand in for the egg whites in this delicious recipe, while garbanzo flour helps to bind them. Now that is jazzy. Recipe from Jazzy Vegetarian Classics: Vegan Twists on American Family Favorites* (BenBella Books 2013), reprinted by permission.
Makes 24 cookies
- 2 tablespoons golden flaxseeds
- ¼ cup plus 1 tablespoon filtered or spring water
- 1⅓ cups raw unsweetened shredded dried coconut
- ½ cup plus 2 tablespoons brown sugar, sucanat or maple sugar
- 2 tablespoons garbanzo (chickpea) flour
- ⅛ teaspoon sea salt
- 1 ¼ teaspoons vanilla extract
- 2 tablespoons nondairy milk
Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F.
Line a large baking sheet with unbleached parchment paper. Put the flaxseeds in a high-performance blender or grain mill, and process into a very fine flour. Transfer to a small bowl. Stir in the water and whisk vigorously to combine. Let the flaxseed mixture stand for 10 minutes while prepping the rest of the ingredients.
Put the coconut, sugar, garbanzo flour, and salt in a large bowl, and stir with a dry whisk to combine. Add the flaxseed mixture, vanilla extract, and nondairy milk, and stir until well blended.
For each cookie, drop 1 heaping tablespoonful of the dough onto the lined baking sheet, with a cookie scoop or rounded spoon, spacing them about 1 inch apart. Flatten each macaroon slightly using a flat spatula. Bake for 15 minutes.
Decrease the temperature to 300 degrees F. and bake for 12 to 15 minutes longer, or until slightly golden brown.
Put the baking sheet on a wire rack. Let the cookies cool on the baking sheet for 5 minutes before transferring to a serving platter to cool completely. Stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator, the cookies will keep for 4 days.
From Episode #303 of Jazzy Vegetarian on Public Television, presently airing on the CREATE network.
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