Macaroons for Mom

by Gena on May 8, 2011

IMG_6193 (525x350)

This morning, when my Mom checked her email, she was probably surprised to find a message from me saying “Happy Birthday! Check out the blog sometime after 1 p.m..” Since I have exams today, and can’t spend the afternoon taking Mom out to lunch (which is what I wish I could do), I hope that this little thank you note can suffice—at least until our dinner at Josie’s tomorrow!

Mom, if you’re reading, know that I’m sending you birthday wishes all day long. We may not be sharing a long NYC walk or a movie rental or a museum visit, or frothy cappuccinos at an UES cafe, but I’m sending you the following thank you note from campus:

Thank you for teaching me to march to the beat of my own drummer:

IMG_6200 (350x525)

In ways big and small, I stay true to myself, and it’s all thanks to you.

Thank you for teaching me to be self-sufficient, strong, and content with myself:

a-2 (369x525)

…and for showing me that a woman can be independent without ever being incomplete.

Thank you for teaching me the value of strong friendships. I can’t imagine my life without them:

IMG_3265 (500x333)

Thank you for assuring me that what’s popular is not always what’s right:

image

…and for giving me the courage to stand up for the things I believe in:

IMG_5515 (550x367)

Thank you for teaching me how to keep the spirit of our home alive, even if I’m all grown up and in a place of my own:

image

Thank you for teaching me to love food…

IMG_5373 (367x550)

And for setting such a great example of healthy body image. I haven’t always been able to follow in your footsteps there, but I’ll always try.

Thanks for teaching me to laugh and be goofy every now and then:

IMG_3270 (500x333)

Thank you for sharing vegan and raw meals with me, even when the food was a little weird:

image

…and for letting me have a vegan Christmas every. single. year.

image

Thank you for knowing me better than I know myself, for seeing the best in me, even when I invite you not to, and for teaching me to expect a lot of myself and others. I know you like to joke about how I never listen to you, but the truth is that I listen (and learn) more than you could ever imagine.

Untitled-1 (525x396)

In honor of my Mom’s birthday, I’m sharing a recipe for a raw, vegan spin on her favorite cookies: coconut macaroons. It’s one of the few recipes I make for her that doesn’t involve a sales pitch for raw kale. (It’s OK, Mom. One day you’ll like raw kale. I swear.)

IMG_6195 (525x350)

Raw, Vegan Macaroons (raw, vegan, gluten and soy free)

Makes 24 cookies

2 cups shredded, raw, unsweetened coconut (find this at any health food store)
1/2 cup ground raw almonds (or almond flour)
1/2 cup + 2 tbsp agave syrup
1 tbsp coconut butter
1 tsp vanilla extract OR the contents of 1 vanilla bean, scraped
1/8 tsp sea salt

1) Mix all ingredients together in a bowl with hands, till dough is uniformly sticky and clumps together easily. If you need to, add a touch more agave.

2) Scoop in tablespoons onto a dehydrator tray lined with teflex.

IMG_6185 (525x350)

3) Dehydrate at 115 degrees for about 6-8 hours (6 is probably all you need). Could you use an oven? Sure! Try one set at 325 degrees for twenty minutes—but do experiment with the time, since I haven’t tried it myself yet.

IMG_6187 (525x350)

Serve to a very happy Mom.

I love you, Mom. Happy Birthday.

xo

Print Friendly
Be Sociable, Share!

{ 38 comments… read them below or add one }

Valerie @ City|Life|Eats May 9, 2011 at 12:27 pm

awww, what a lovely tribute :) and the macaroons look delicious too :) good luck on your exams today!

Reply

Kelsey May 9, 2011 at 12:44 pm

what a sweet ode to your mom! :) she sounds like an amazing woman. the macaroons look delicious!

Reply

VeggieGirl May 9, 2011 at 12:45 pm

Marvelous macaroons and post in honor of your mom :)

Reply

JL goes Vegan May 9, 2011 at 12:47 pm

Gena, what a beautiful post! Happy birthday to your mom!

Reply

Claire @ Un Bello Aperitivo May 9, 2011 at 1:09 pm

Happy Mother’s Day to your mom; she sounds like a wonderful woman and she’s lucky to have a daughter like you!

Reply

sofia May 9, 2011 at 1:33 pm

gena, what a wonderful post. isn’t it great how our loved ones can support us despite our differences? my mom and i are like night and day, but we still find a way to love each other despite these differences. heck, we don’t even truly understand each other, but are mature enough to get that our way of doing things works for us, and we ain’t changin’ anytime soon. sometimes, we meet in the middle – be it through macaroons, amongst other mediating factors. thanks for the great read!

Reply

Maryea @ Happy Healthy Mama May 9, 2011 at 1:45 pm

Very sweet. Happy birthday to your mom!

Reply

Tanya @ Vegan Faith May 9, 2011 at 1:50 pm

Can you substitute a different oil for the coconut oil?

Reply

Bethany @ Bananas for Smoothies May 9, 2011 at 2:10 pm

Gena – what a beautiful tribute to your Mom. I think you both sound like incredible women! The macaroons look awesome – do they taste anything like the ones from One Lucky Duck??

Reply

Abby Bean May 9, 2011 at 2:25 pm

Maybe your mom hasn’t met the right raw kale dressing yet? My vegetarian mom and my omnivorous dad are both addicted, so keep trying!

Reply

Tawney (Eat Hike Sleep Repeat) May 9, 2011 at 2:41 pm

You can see your mom in your eyes and smile. Beautiful post.

Reply

Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) May 9, 2011 at 2:48 pm

That’s similar to how I make my macaroons, too. I use a slightly tweaked version of Sarma/Matthew’s recipe from their first book. Coconut, almond flour, maple, vanilla, coconut oil. Stir and dehyd. The HARDEST part is waiting b/c the smell of sweet coconut wafting thru the house is crazy-making..as in, you want to tear those things out of the dehyd long before they are ready. Alas, why I dont dehyd things all too often anymore…the patience factor. haha!

I love the tribute to your mom. Such wonderful pictures and a wonderful sentiment, Gena.

Have a great week!

Reply

Heidi @ Food Doodles May 9, 2011 at 3:18 pm

Aw what a nice post! And your macaroons look amazing, I can almost smell them. Warm coconut has to be one of the best smells :)

Reply

Emilia @ Namaste Gurl May 9, 2011 at 3:23 pm

What a beautifully written post, Gena! I’m sure your mom will be quite proud and joyful when she reads this. Such a great testimony of what she’s done for you!
Mmmm, coconut macaroons. Don’t even get me started :)

Reply

Christine (The Raw Project) May 9, 2011 at 5:53 pm

Wow, what a beautiful post, so sweet! I’m sure she’ll love the post! And the macaroons look dangerously fabulous. :-)

Reply

melissa May 9, 2011 at 6:12 pm

awww i got teary!!! so sweet your mom sounds amazing!!!

Reply

Kathleen May 9, 2011 at 6:28 pm

What a lovely gift to your mom! The strong bond you have is very apparent. Two lucky ladies!

My favorite line: …for showing me that a woman can be independent without being incomplete. Love it.

Reply

allergy girl May 9, 2011 at 6:35 pm

Hey Gena, do you have an idea for a substitute for the coconut? I just found out I’m allergic. And I can’t eat vanilla or almonds either. Are those necessary? And I don’t have a dehydrator or stove so can you tell me how much time it would take to bake in a sun oven? Or on an easy bake oven? That would work too.

Reply

allergy girl May 9, 2011 at 6:37 pm

Happy Birthday Gena’s mom! I hope she enjoys her macaroons. My mom would be all over them.

Reply

megan @ the oatmeal diaries May 9, 2011 at 7:01 pm

Aww your mom sounds so wonderful! These macaroons look great; saving the recipe. Also I am SO jealous you are eating at Josie’s; that is one of my very favorite restaurants!

Reply

Pure2raw twins May 9, 2011 at 7:29 pm

Happy Birthday to your mom!! Hope you two ladies have a wonderful dinner!

and yay for macaroons!

Reply

megan @ the oatmeal diaries May 9, 2011 at 7:36 pm

Oh also- do you think these would taste ok with maple syrup in place of the agave?

Reply

caronae May 9, 2011 at 8:11 pm

Very sweet post! Plus, the recipe looks killer too. Good luck with finals!

Reply

Ari@ThE DiVa DiSh May 9, 2011 at 10:30 pm

Such a beautiful post! Your mom sounds like an amazing women who loves and appreciates you for who you are :) I love it!
And the macaroons sound delicious!

Reply

Michelle | Gold-hearted Girl May 9, 2011 at 10:39 pm

Yummy! My mom would love these.

http://goldhearted.etsy.com

Reply

freesia May 10, 2011 at 12:11 am

Happy birthday to your mom!
Such a lovely post <3
She is not only wonderful, but also has a wonderful daughter!

Reply

bitt May 10, 2011 at 12:31 am

You are a sweet sweet daughter and I can tell you gain great strength from her.

And those macaroons look super sweet too. In a delicious raw way. Another dessert recipe, yippee!!

Reply

Katherine Pennington May 10, 2011 at 5:56 am

I literally started to cry when I read this message to your mom. What a special, cherished bond you two have!!! Hope things are going well in med school! I have been enjoying your posts!

Reply

Karen May 10, 2011 at 6:45 am

What a sweet tribute to your mama, Gena! Wising her the happiest of birhtdays and wishing you the best on your exams today!

Reply

Lauren May 10, 2011 at 9:12 am

What a sweet dedication and post! Your mom sounds amazing, just like her daughter!

Reply

Jess - The Domestic Vegan May 10, 2011 at 3:30 pm

Okay, this totally made me choke up. So touching!

I absolutely love the raw vegan macaroons from a local cafe, but I have never made them myself. I must try this!

Reply

Katelyn @ Chef Katelyn May 10, 2011 at 3:35 pm

Aweeee!!! Today is my daddy’s birthday and this reminds me so much of the card I made for him.

THANK YOU for this recipe! My friends are dying for some roons and won’t stop bothering me about them. This looks like a great recipe!!

Reply

Ragnhild May 11, 2011 at 4:30 am

That was a beatiful post! Mums are the best!
And I love the recipe. I dont have a dehydrator, but Ill make these anyways. Love that the ingrediens are still healthy!
Have a nice day Gena!

Reply

Mary May 11, 2011 at 3:18 pm

Beautiful post!!

I am making your recipe right now (though we don’t have any agave so I’m using raw honey). My boys tried to eat them completely raw, so I don’t know how they will be able to wait until they get out of the dehydrator.

Reply

Blyu May 13, 2011 at 6:29 am

I got so teary over this post. Bravo.

Reply

donna December 14, 2011 at 11:37 pm

What a special, featured post about your mom, Gena! Thanks for sharing about her and the wonderful friendship you 2 share! Yes, one day she will like kale, too!
H.A.P.P.Y. B.I.R.T.H.D.A.Y. Gena’s mom!!!

Reply

Shade @ Thrift or Treasure June 17, 2012 at 9:46 pm

I definitely teared up at this post…just beautiful!

In other news…after just trying one lucky duck’s macaroons for the first time yesterday…I’m super excited to try your recipe out!

Thank you :)

Reply

girlshowtoimpress.com October 8, 2012 at 8:42 am

these vegan coconut macaroons look delicious! I’ll definitelly try to do them as I unfortunately like sweets … and looking for vegan recipes, so thanks for sharing!

Reply

Leave a Comment

Previous post:

Next post: