Almond and Coconut Macaroons, Raw and Vegan

by Gena on March 19, 2012


Monday morning express post!

I’ve got an Orgo exam tonight, which means I’ve been living off of Sweet Green and residing in the library for the last 48 hours. But I did take a moment on Friday afternoon to make myself a little treat, knowing full well that raw, vegan sweets would be very appreciated as midday snacks and late nigh study desserts over the weekend.

This is my second creative use for almond milk pulp, which is the mushy almond flesh that gets strained out when one makes homemade almond milk. I’ve made homemade raw macaroons before, but with ground almonds, and the coconut:almond ratio was higher. This time, I used slightly more almond than coconut, and I liked the taste and texture much more! So these are destined to become my new go-to macaroons. I didn’t have success with these in my oven, so I’m keeping this a dehydrator only recipe for now; I’m sure Il’l figure out oven settings soon, and I’ll report back when I do Smile


Raw, Vegan Coconut and Almond Macaroons (gluten free, soy free)

Makes 18-20 Macaroons

1 1/4 cups almond milk pulp, strained (OR 1 cup ground almonds mixed with enough almond milk to create a wet "paste" in the food processor–less smooth in texture, but it is an adequate substitute)
1 cup dried, unsweetened shredded coconut
1/3 cup agave or maple syrup
1 generous pinch salt
Scrapings of 1 vanilla bean, OR 1 tsp good vanilla extract

1) Blend all ingredients together in a food processor until they form a dough. Add a little more agave or some water if the mixture is too thick.

2) Line a dehydrator sheet with Teflex and scoop the macaroons out by round tablespoons onto the sheet. Dehydrate at 115 degrees for 6 hours, or until macaroons hold together well but are still a little soft. Enjoy!



Just the kind of treat that a girl with carbon molecules on the brain could use. I hope you give it a try, and enjoy it!!

Before I go, I wanted to draw attention to a recent article by Jack Norris, RD, which JL brought to my attention this week. It offers some early, suggestive evidence that vegan diets may have a protective influence against eating disorders. We’re far from having proof of this, but I did find the research fascinating, and it certainly echoes some of the themes we’ve all been talking about in Green Recovery. Let me know what you think!

And please, wish me luck tonight. I’ll need it.


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Averie @ Averie Cooks March 19, 2012 at 9:47 am

Perfect looking macaroons! And here’s to you knocking the ball outta the park on your orgo exam. Good luck, Gena!


the delicate place March 19, 2012 at 10:15 am

that’s an interesting finding re: that study i’m definitely interested in reading more about that for sure! oh bless you child! i love macaroons but often find the store bought ones sickly sweet. these look perfect!


Sonia S Braga March 19, 2012 at 10:24 am

Good luck on your exam.
I loooove your blog!


Gena March 19, 2012 at 10:09 pm

Thank you for reading!


Bianca- Vegan Crunk March 19, 2012 at 11:25 am

So pretty! I have a batch of kale chips going in my dehydrator right now. And when those are done, I should do this!


Johanna March 19, 2012 at 12:04 pm

I GOTTA try these really soon! I’ve been starting to put my almond pulp in the freezer, saving it up for later. I adored your last macaroon recipe – they was my most often made cookies during this Christmas (in fact, I still have some in the freezer…)!

Fingers crossed for you exam. Good luck!


Hannah March 19, 2012 at 12:50 pm

Ah, be still my heart – these look scrumptious. Good luck on your orgo test – you got this!

Going to NYC this weekend….so excited to check out more raw and vegan eateries!


Gena March 19, 2012 at 10:09 pm

Jealous, Hannah. Enjoy :)


maausi March 19, 2012 at 12:54 pm

I need to make these soon, they sound delicious! :-)
I’ll have to use date paste (no good maple/agave syrup around here) – I’ll report back to you how they turn out!
I’m really excited about the article you mentioned (former ED sufferer myself, also had a “Green Recovery”.) and will follow the research for sure. You’re right, it’s fascinating!

You will rock your exam, good luck!


Gena March 19, 2012 at 10:11 pm

Great to hear. You should submit your story!


maausi April 9, 2012 at 6:23 pm

Sorry for the super-late reply…

I tried the macaroons with date paste and a bit of lemon zest and they were delicious! :) I made a very liquid-y date paste which made them only slightly sweet – in other words, perfect for me! *munch*

About the story – If I manage to write a text that’s enjoyable to read and worthy of your blog, sure, why not? ;) (I assume it doesn’t matter that I’m from Europe…?)


Ishai March 19, 2012 at 1:29 pm

Just what a big, 80kg vegan man needs. I will make some later for my girlfriend and me.


Ela March 19, 2012 at 5:46 pm

Fervently wishing you luck for this evening–and what a lovely recipe! I love the idea of using wet pulp, and I imagine that this recipe would be endlessly variable too.


Gena March 19, 2012 at 10:10 pm

Thanks for the fervent wishes, friend. It’s…well, it’s over.


jill March 19, 2012 at 8:18 pm

Hi Gena,

I don’t have a dehydrator, can I bake these in the oven? If so, might you suggest a temp & duration?

Good luck on your exam!


Gena March 19, 2012 at 10:08 pm

Hey Jill! I haven’t tested an oven method yet, and sometimes it doesn’t work well when I just guess, so I don’t have a suggestion for you per se. If you come up with a timing that works, let me know!!


Anna March 19, 2012 at 10:47 pm

I was going to ask the same thing.


angela October 15, 2013 at 5:15 pm

Anyone figure out how to make these in the oven yet?! Hoping to try it tonight!


Lauren March 19, 2012 at 8:49 pm

Making these when I make almond milk this week! Eek, love it!


Laura @ Gluten Free Pantry March 19, 2012 at 9:10 pm

I am always looking for recipes to use my leftover almond pulp and I happen to love macaroons. I can’t wait to make these treats!


Kibby March 19, 2012 at 9:56 pm

Had some almond pulp in the fridge. Took a few minutes to mix together and now in the dehydrator. How easy and amazingly tasty! Should be ready for me in the morning. Thanks, Gena! Great way to use almond pulp!

Reply March 20, 2012 at 12:56 am

Great job! These look super yummy!


Christine (The Raw Project) March 20, 2012 at 12:06 pm

These look wonderful, excellent use for almond milk pulp! I’ve been making mostly hemp milk lately to avoid saving and storing pulp, but think I’ll make almond milk again to try this recipe! :-)


Heather @ For the Love of Kale March 20, 2012 at 12:15 pm

Good luck on your orgo exam, Gena! My love is with ya. :-) That article came at the PERFECT time, as I just did a post yesterday on how I disassociate veganism and my ED. Le sigh – I adore you.


Beth March 20, 2012 at 3:07 pm

Hi Gena, these look scrumptious.
Can you provide some info on your experience with SweetGreen?
Do you use their services often?
Love to hear your insight.


Gena March 20, 2012 at 3:11 pm

I love SweetGreen! Absolutely my favorite salads ever, aside from those I make myself :) They have a terrifically diverse selection of salad mix-ins, they use locally sourced, seasonal ingredients, they use a whole HALF avocado for your salad when you request avocado, they have scrumptious flavored lemonades, and best of all, the stores are all stocked with vegan-friendly options, and they’re knowledgeable about catering to vegans. Plus, they now have warm grain bowls in addition to salads. I really would prefer SweetGreen salad to almost any other food in DC.

To be clear, I go to the location myself–I don’t get catering or the like, if that’s what you meant by services. Can’t recommend them enough!



Beth March 21, 2012 at 10:11 am

Thanks, Gena. I love a spot that understands you want more than a smidge of avocado in a salad :)


Shannon April 7, 2012 at 10:13 am

I tried this recipe, but I don’t have a dehydrator, so I tried the oven but they just ended up really dry and crumbly :(


Karen August 4, 2012 at 11:15 am

I’ve got mine in the dehyrator as I type. I added some cacao powder because my fiance loves chocolate macaroons.


Deb August 12, 2012 at 12:13 am

Over the past few months, this has become my go-to recipe for coconut macaroons. Such a simple and delicious recipe. And, it’s always fun to see how much others love these at first bite! (Well, that is when I actually share them!)

I didn’t feel like dealing with the dehydrator this time round, so I tweaked the recipe to be just:
1 cup almonds (ground)
1 cup dried coconut
1/3 cup agave
a pinch-or-so of salt
2 cap-fulls of vanilla extract

Then, I just blended the mix, and rolled them into balls. Simple(r) and just as delicious!

(My apologies to my neglected dehydrator—-you’ll get more love in the winter!)


Anna {Herbivore Triathlete} February 21, 2013 at 10:23 am

I love, love, love macaroons! I’d love to make these but don’t have a dehydrator, did anyone ever have success with the oven?


Lydia March 7, 2013 at 1:02 am

I was so excited by you blog and these recipes using almond pulp but… your cookies and crackers have a huge carbon footprint! For someone that is interested in vegan and raw food it seems odd that you’d post recipes that use an oven for 6 hours for a minimal amount of food :(

Please try be more eco friendly


Gena March 7, 2013 at 7:41 am


I used a dehydrator, not an oven, which consumes less energy. Still not energy free, of course…



Michael May 29, 2013 at 7:25 pm

So ridiculous. I hope you’re posting this from a solar-powered, free-range, fair trade, organic computer.


Kari March 18, 2013 at 10:27 pm

I made these today, and they are fantastic. I couldn’t be bothered to put them in the food processor, so I just mixed by hand. The dough eventually came together.

I added a bit of chai masala spice to give them a kick. So yummy, and now I won’t have to feel guilty about throwing away almond pulp.


Cori March 28, 2013 at 11:22 am

Does anyone have a dehydrator they’d recommend?


Gena April 2, 2013 at 9:13 am

I love the Excalibur 5 or 9 tray!


Olga September 18, 2013 at 1:56 pm


would this recipe work in a regular food dehydrator like this one at Homedepot?




Camille Hart October 30, 2013 at 8:37 am

I stumbled across this recipe last night and happened to have all the ingredients on hand and made it. I absolutely love it. I am new to a whole-food plant-bsed nutritional regimen and I particularly appreciate your sparse ingredient list and the ease of preparation. Do you share other recipes or have a website? Thanks so much.


Michael March 8, 2014 at 12:06 pm

I don’t have a dehydrator. How to bake in the oven?


Gena March 16, 2014 at 7:56 am

Sadly, Michael, I couldn’t figure out oven settings for this one. I’m so sorry!


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