Spiced Ginger Macaroons

by Lori and Michelle on January 5, 2011

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We love anything  with coconut.

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We love anything with ginger.

After making our candy cane macaroons, we wanted something different…something with a little more spice and not overly sweet.

The idea was to create gingerbread flavored macaroons, but the more we enjoyed these we realized they reminded us more of a spice macaroon. We actually created two recipes using different sweeteners to see if that affected the flavor!!

Pure2raw recipe: Spiced Ginger Macaroons (raw, gluten-free, vegan)

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 cups coconut flakes (we use unsweetened flakes)
  • 1 tbsp mesquite
  • 3 tbsp raw clear agave (2nd time we did yacon syrup)
  • 2 tbsp coconut oil (in liquid form)
  • pinch sea salt
  • 1/4 tsp ground ginger
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp cardamom

Directions:

Place all ingredients into food processor or you could even do it in your Vita-mix blender or just hand stir together.  Blend till combined. Scoop into macaroons, we used a cookie scooper. Let set in fridge, or on counter (especially if you live in a cool environment). You can dehydrate the macaroons if you wish for a few hours.  When we made these home in FL and the first batch with agave we left them at room temperature and second batch with yacon syrup we left them in fridge. For us, we enjoyed the chilled ones better! They were a little more dense compared to room temp ones. :)

Agave sweetened was a more of a neutral flavored as yacon helped round out the spice flavor. If looking for a more rich, gingerbread flavor I would use blackstrap molasses! We just love yacon syrup!

Next time we make these we plan to use fresh ginger (did not have any on hand when we made these) and maybe up the ginger too! We just love more of the spice from ginger. But feel free to play around with the spices to your own liking! Also these spice macaroons are not sweet, so please adjust to your liking

DSC_0020 These are the first batch made with agave.

.We even made some coconut pumpkin butter (that we thinned out with some maple syrup) and we piped it onto our spiced macaroons!

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These following photos are second bath made with yacon syrup

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Light…chewy…simple…tasty…not too sweet…yummy :)

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Twins Question: How to do you spice things up? Do you prefer rich flavors or more bland?

And so glad to hear everyone has been enjoying our homemade version of goobers!

Till next time,
Pure2raw twins

{ 36 comments… read them below or add one }

Little Bookworm January 5, 2011 at 8:34 am

Love the sound of these! I love ginger as well – it is great with apples in porridge.

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Sarena (The Non-Dairy Queen) January 5, 2011 at 8:58 am

I LOVE coconut! These look so good. I am a spice girl all the way. Cinnamon is my favorite, but I do love ginger! Have a great day ladies!

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Junia @ Mis Pensamientos January 5, 2011 at 9:23 am

i used to prefer very rich flavors, but now i like my food pure and more bland :) . maybe it’s just me getting older. haha i love to put nut butter on everything for flavor! ;)

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Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg January 5, 2011 at 10:34 am

Mmmm…I also love anything with ginger and coconut! These look great– I love the pumpkin butter piped atop!

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Pure2 January 5, 2011 at 7:29 pm

Anna – thanks, we just love our pumpkin butter!

Teri [a foodie stays fit] January 5, 2011 at 10:54 am

These look AMAZING. It’s mesquite hard to find? I’ve never seen it…but also never looked for it.

I don’t necessarily like rich flavors, but I like flavorful combinations. Does that even make sense? :)

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Pure2 January 5, 2011 at 7:29 pm

Teri – Whole Foods should sell mesquite, and most health food stores.

Lisa @ Thrive Style January 5, 2011 at 11:14 am

I love raw mac’s…and ginger is one of my favorite spice-it-up flavors! I’ll have to backtrack and look for your candy cane mac’s too :)

I really enjoy rich flavors, and sometimes I think when I eat very flavorful stuff, it makes me be satisfied sooner (and then I don’t overeat). I could eat macaroons at every meal though :) They’re dang good frozen too!

~Lisa

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bitt of raw January 5, 2011 at 11:57 am

sounds delicious! i need to order more mesquite, love the flavor.

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Christine (The Raw Project) January 5, 2011 at 12:00 pm

I love everything with coconut too and these look amazing! I’ve gotta try them, thanks!

I like to spice things up and prefer and have bland dishes depending on my mood. Lunches tend to be blander fast salads while dinners are more creative with spices since I have more time at home.

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Kathleen @ Kat's Health Corner January 5, 2011 at 12:48 pm

I love rich flavors, the richer the better. One of my favorite spices is cinnamon — I put in on everything. :)

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Katie January 5, 2011 at 1:57 pm

Everytime I see a macaroon recipe it makes me wish I didn’t hate coconut. Oh well.

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Pure2 January 5, 2011 at 7:31 pm

Katie – oh no!! The funny thing is Lori and I both used to hate coconut, but two years ago we tried it, and loved it. :)

Amanda January 5, 2011 at 2:06 pm

What is the purpose of the mesquite? I have never used that ingredient before, and I’m wondering where I would be able to find it.

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Pure2 January 5, 2011 at 7:32 pm

Amanda – mesquite helps add great spice flavor. It is like a smoky caramel cinnamon flavor…we just love it! Most health food stores should carry it, if you do have it you can omit it.

Kati January 5, 2011 at 2:18 pm

Sorry if I’m asking a question that’s been answered before..what is mesquite? Is it like honey?

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Pure2 January 5, 2011 at 7:32 pm

Kati – mesquite is a powder, nothing like honey. It has more of a smoky caramel type flavor!!

Kelsey @ Clean Teen Kelsey January 5, 2011 at 2:36 pm

Oh my, those look so, so good! Wish I had all the ingredients.

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melissa @ the delicate place January 5, 2011 at 2:40 pm

omg. i must have these now! think blackstrap molasses would work in place of the agave?

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Pure2 January 5, 2011 at 7:33 pm

Melissa – yes blackstrap molasses should be fine, you just may not need as much because the flavor of molasses is more intense than agave.

Lori January 5, 2011 at 3:15 pm

I’m a HUGE spice and flavor person so the most flavor the better! These are awesome. I’m making these the second I walk in my house after work! I am a huge fan of your candy cane macs from last year and made them a few times this year. And these babies are easily going to be my new obsession- ginger is delicious!

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Melissa @ Vegan CacaoBee January 5, 2011 at 4:26 pm

I love using cinnamon to spice things up. I prefer rich, yet simple flavors.

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Ela January 5, 2011 at 4:27 pm

Oh, this sounds so yummy! I love lots of spice, especially cardamom, cinnamon, ginger. Just got some yacon syrup yesterday to play with: man that stuff is expensive! I made something similar to what you describe just this morning, but with some shredded carrots and maca too!
love
Ela

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Pure2 January 5, 2011 at 7:34 pm

Ela – yes yacon syrup is expensive, but a little goes a long way!!

Tyrah January 5, 2011 at 5:28 pm

yum! I prefer rich flavors and use ginger and cinnamon a lot to spice things up. Love your macaroons, I’ve made your holiday mint candy cane ones, seriously genius with the gojis! I blogged about them here :http://domesticdharma.blogspot.com/2011/01/getting-to-know-our-dehydrator.html Thanks for sharing your recipe =)

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Jen - A Life of Sugar and Spice January 5, 2011 at 5:55 pm

These look delicious! I’m thinking of incorporating more raw meals into my diet this year. I will definitely be digging through your site!

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Kenzie (Healthy Purpose) January 5, 2011 at 7:14 pm

i read in a food article on some major-news website that macaroons are the new sweet craze to come next (like cupcakes and fro-yo were). Love that you’re ahead of the crowd with this DELECTABLE recipe! mm mm.

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BlessedMama January 5, 2011 at 9:24 pm

What a great site you have here! I love all the raw recipes you two have been posting. :-)

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hihorosie January 5, 2011 at 11:32 pm

Very nice! I love macaroons.

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Sarah January 6, 2011 at 12:03 am

I’d never heard of goobers before yesterday’s post- sounds awesome though.

I love spicy things. In fact, even though it’s only 7am, I’m already considering making curry for dinner tonight :)

Love the look of those macaroons. It’s funny because I’ve only just commented on Averie’s blog that I’m not a coconut fan having forgotten that i LOVE macaroons.

xxx

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Eden January 6, 2011 at 12:17 am

You cease to amaze me!
I like to spice things up by using herbs in desserts! I like lavender, basil, and cardamom! Strawberry shortcake with basil infused syrup is to die for!

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Casey January 6, 2011 at 2:13 am

I am DEFINITELY making the yacon syrup version…they look phenomenal!!! Anything with ginger gets me :)

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Lauren January 6, 2011 at 12:59 pm

Macaroon heaven! Yumyumyum!

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janetha @ meals and moves January 6, 2011 at 10:27 pm

WOW, these look incredible :)

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Doris @vanillacocoberry October 7, 2011 at 1:21 am

HEY TWINS!

any idea what I can use instead of mesquite? I do not even know what it is and dont think I can get it here where I live in Austria.

big hug :)
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Meagan October 7, 2011 at 9:52 pm

GREAT idea – love ginger :D
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