No Bake Chocolate Macaroons

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The desire for change is strong, this need to explore and grow roots somewhere that will make the next stage of our lives fall into place. Eric and I are searching and questioning where that should be. Maybe it’s the process of searching that makes life fulfilling; the constant quest to grow, explore, and see more of the world. To make more of an impact and step outside of our comfort zone. Or maybe it’s the opposite – feeling content wherever you are and loving it anyway.

Moving is by no means a foreign concept to me. Growing up, my family moved around a lot due to my dad’s ever changing jobs and I often wonder if that’s why I have a personality that loves to be in constant motion. The first 4 years of my life were spent in Riverview, New Brunswick living and breathing everything that snow forts and a snowsuit could offer.

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From New Brunswick, we ventured to Florida (Oldsmar and Palm Harbor) to North Carolina (Charlotte) to Georgia (Woodstock) to Ontario (Cambridge) back to New Brunswick (Riverview) and finally back to Ontario (Milton, Guelph, Toronto, Milton, Oakville). Each move brought about a lot of anxiety, but it also promised adventure, new experiences, and new friends. In my case, it also resulted in a strange mixture of accents, or at least that’s what my friends told me. The Maritimer with the southern accent! She talks funny!

When we sold our house and moved last spring, we decided to rent for the time being because we had no idea where we wanted to buy. Well, we still have no solid idea. It’s probably safe to stick around nearby, but something seems to be nudging us to explore other parts of Canada and beyond. Do we take the leap and try something new or do we stick with what feels safe and familiar? Whether we end up making a big move is yet to be seen, but we’re keeping our eyes open, evaluating options, and listening to our hearts. In the meantime, we’re trying to appreciate life right now as directionless and unsettled as it may seem at times. Really, what else can you do?

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I found myself with a macaroon craving this weekend, but the thought of turning on the oven just didn’t appeal to me after a marathon cupboard clean-out session earlier that day. Maybe it’s because spring is just a couple days away (can you believe it?), but I’ve been looking to get outside more and enjoy simpler foods. Well when the sun is shining, that is.

I don’t know about you, but I’m a bit tired of winter produce. It’s a bit like how I feel about pumpkin at the end of November. I don’t want to even look at it. So I couldn’t bring myself to peel the darn butternut squash that’s been sitting on the counter for way too long. Maybe in a few days, I tell the squash. For now, chocolate seems like a good alternative to peeling squash as I eagerly await spring produce. Even better if I can throw it into the freezer and head outside for a brisk walk.

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No Bake Chocolate Macaroons

Vegan, gluten-free, nut-free, grain-free

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Yield: 12 macaroons

Ingredients:

  • 1 banana, finely mashed
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil, melted
  • 1/4 cup pure maple syrup (or other liquid sweetener)*
  • 1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 6 tbsp cocoa powder, sifted
  • 1.5 cups unsweetened shredded coconut
  • 1 tbsp chia seeds (optional)
  • small pinch of fine grain sea salt, to taste

 

1. In a medium mixing bowl, mash the banana until most of the clumps are gone. Stir in the melted coconut oil, maple syrup, and vanilla.

2. Sift in the cocoa powder and stir until combined. Now stir in the coconut, optional chia seeds, and fine grain sea salt to taste.

3. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a non-stick mat. Using a spoon or retractable ice cream scooper, scoop rounds onto the sheet. Place sheet in the freezer for around 20 minutes, or until macaroons are firm. Store in the freezer until ready to enjoy. They will soften at room temperature.

Note: 1/4 cup pure maple syrup results in a lightly sweet macaroon. Feel free to adjust the sweetener to your own taste buds, especially because some cocoa powders may be stronger than others.

For nutritional info, see here.

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I believe we were both on our third macaroon when this picture was taken. Thankfully it’s blurred or you would’ve witnessed chocolate spread all over my mouth and face. That’s the sign of a good dessert!

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Meaghan March 18, 2013

Looks amazing, can’t wait to try! As for your move, I’d have to put in a plug for Halifax, Nova Scotia – a beautiful part of the country, with a vegetarian community that would love to host your amazing food!

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Meredith March 18, 2013

I second Halifax! It’s wonderful :)

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jamie March 18, 2013

I just moved to Halifax, so I’ll third it! ;)

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Sarah March 18, 2013

Third that motion! Haha

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Angela (Oh She Glows) March 18, 2013

I don’t think I’ve ever been to Halifax before (maybe when I was a little girl?), but I need to plan a visit next time I’m in the area. I always hear great things about it!

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Meredith March 18, 2013

If you do, definitely hit up Wooden Monkey and Heartwood – such good food!

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Meredith March 18, 2013

Oh and Sweet Hereafter on Quinpool Road has vegan cheesecake EVERY DAY. I live too close to there for my own good :)

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Angela (Oh She Glows) March 19, 2013

sounds like a whole lotta vegan trouble! hah. Thanks for the tips.

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Linz @ Itz Linz March 18, 2013

Yum!! I love macaroons as this no bake recipe sounds super easy!!

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Diane March 18, 2013

This sounds amazing! Do you think it would work just as well with raw cacao powder?

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Angela (Oh She Glows) March 18, 2013

I can’t see why not…maybe start off with a bit less (4T?) and add the rest to taste.

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Tanya @ playful and hungry March 19, 2013

If you like the taste of raw cacao powder, it will definitelly work! =)

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Diane March 19, 2013

Thank you both! Will make and report back :-)

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Anele @ Success Along the Weigh March 18, 2013

I know wherever you guys end up, you will have amazing adventures in your life. I say put up a map and throw a dart. How’s THAT for spontaneity?! :-)

But in the meantime, macaroons work! *grin*

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Erica { EricaDHouse.com } March 18, 2013

This is one of those recipes I equally love/hate you for at the same time.

Especially when I’m hormonal and have all the ingredients on hand right now to make these immediately.

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Angela (Oh She Glows) March 18, 2013

I can vouch for the fact that this was a hormonal creation. ;)

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Lisa March 18, 2013

I am a big fan of “leap and the net will appear” rather than staying “safe and secure” – every time I’ve taken a leap of faith, it’s paid off- or at the very least, I’ve learned something valuable.
My husband always reminds me that we can change our minds at any time- if we don’t like where we’re living, we can pick up and move easily.
Best of luck, Angela!!

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Angela (Oh She Glows) March 18, 2013

I love that saying! Thanks for passing it along.

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Emily March 18, 2013

Could you substitute agave nectar for the syrup? Would you use less or more then? I ask only b/c I have a ton of agave nectar and no maple syrup in the house.. Thanks!

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Angela (Oh She Glows) March 18, 2013

Yes I think that would work just fine! Agave is a bit sweeter than maple syrup spoon for spoon, so I’d probably think 3T would work fine. Add it to taste and you can’t go wrong.

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Erica March 18, 2013

Thanks, these look yummy, and perfect for Passover!

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Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table March 18, 2013

That’s so funny you lived in Woodstock! So close to ATL… you guys should just move back down South. And bring me macaroons. ;)

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Maureen March 18, 2013

Chocolate on a Monday?? I LOVE you! AND I have all these ingredients at home. :-)

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Beth @ Tasty Yummies March 18, 2013

These look amazing and so simple. I cannot wait to make them. Might be my first sweet after my 7-day Spring cleanse is over.

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Sarah @ Yogi in Action March 18, 2013

Good luck finding where you want to live! I also moved a lot as a kid (though your moves definitely outnumber my own) so I feel you on enjoying the idea of adventure.

Thanks for the no-bake chocolate macroons. I will definitely be making these, probably more than once.

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Meredith March 18, 2013

These look amazing!

I’m currently at my parent’s house in Riverview :), pretty great place to grow up!

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Angela (Oh She Glows) March 18, 2013

Yes it is. It’s changed so much since I was little too!

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Meredith March 18, 2013

Have you been back in the area recently? Calactus Vegetarian Restaurant in Moncton is great!

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Angela (Oh She Glows) March 18, 2013

It’s been a couple years since I’ve been back, but I did get to dine at Calactus a couple times when I was last there – so good!!

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Meredith March 18, 2013

So good. Their veggie burger is to die for.

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Erin @ The Grass Skirt March 18, 2013

I’m going to make these ASAP! I was recently told to go gluten-free by my doctor, and I’ve been looking for more dessert type options. These will be perfect. :)

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Kathy March 18, 2013

Come back to Charlotte! I hereby volunteer to taste-test all of your recipes!

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Anna {Herbivore Triathlete} March 18, 2013

I love macaroons, these look so easy and delicious. Good luck with figuring out your next step/adventure. I am in the same situation, wanting to move but where will we go?

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Cheryl March 18, 2013

Did you read my mind or what?! Feel the same way about pumpkin by the end of October LOL. Can’t wait to make these. Peace.

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Kim @ Cooking in the City March 18, 2013

I had just been thinking about macaroons! All of the recipes I’ve seen use sweetened coconut, but I prefer to add my own sugar so I’m excited to try this recipe out. I also like that it’s a small batch because my boyfriend doesn’t like coconut so I’ll be on my own. Are you considering a move to the US? Washington DC is super fun…. :)

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Erica {Coffee & Quinoa} March 18, 2013

Yum! Chocolate no-bake cookies were my favorite at the dining hall in college, though I’ve never made them myself. And coconut only makes things better!

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Abby @ The Frosted Vegan March 18, 2013

I feel the same way, move over winter produce, I’m ready for spring! Also, I know how you feel about the new adventure, I think mixing it up from time to time keeps perspective and keeps life fresh, go for it! P.S. I need 500 of these right now!

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RachelSD March 18, 2013

Come to San Diego! I know you liked it when you visited! :)

These macaroons look fantastic.

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Avka March 18, 2013

Never before I’ve written here, but I must say that I love your blog and all recipes :)) Are so colorful and beautiful!
greetings from Poland :-)

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Angela (Oh She Glows) March 18, 2013

Thank you, I’m so happy to have a reader from Poland :) My sister in law is from there and she says it’s beautiful. I’d love to visit some day.

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Tonja March 18, 2013

Those look amazing!
Here’s an idea for your next challenge in life and you guys could live anywhere……open Oh She Glows restaurants all over the U.S., fast food type but where people could eat healthy and on the go. Lunch hour would never be the same!

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Lindsay March 18, 2013

Make the move to Calgary! Lots of great outdoor activities here, and lots of high paying IT jobs (with oil & gas companies) for Eric!

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Carmit March 18, 2013

Great! I have all the ingredients at home :-)
I am Jewish and Passover is around the corner (no gluten for 7 days… I hate the food on this holiday) so this is a great recipe, I am sure it will taste much better than the pre packed macaroons that are out everywhere now for the holiday!
Carmit (live in Tampa now – 5 min from Oldsmar :-)

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Mish March 18, 2013

These remind me of “Fiddle Diddles” from my cookbook as a kid (although both oats and nuts were in that recipe!) Can’t wait to try this version out.

That being said, have you ever considered the West Coast? Vancouver is great 4 months out of the year. ;)

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Angela (Oh She Glows) March 18, 2013

ha- fiddle diddles…that is a much more creative name than mine. I think they can also be called haystacks?
We’ve considered the West coast and love it, so it’s an option. Just not sure if we’d be able to afford it the way the housing market is these days.

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Mikayla March 19, 2013

I second Vancouver! Or just BC in general :)

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Shannon March 18, 2013

Lovely and easy-sounding recipe. Come up the Finger Lakes region of upstate NY. Beautiful!

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Sonal March 18, 2013

These macaroons look scrumptious! :) Can’t wait to try them, thanks Angela!

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Alexis @ Hummusapien March 18, 2013

Holy moly these look divine! Pinning them ASAP. Love the short ingredient list :)

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Emily March 18, 2013

Yay I have all the ingredients at home!!! These look awesome!

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Hannah @ CleanEatingVeggieGirl March 18, 2013

Anything “no-bake” has me instantly intrigued!! I love the simplicity of the ingredients in this recipe, too. Indulging in treats that I do not have to feel guilty about are the best!

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Christa @ Edible Balance March 18, 2013

Oh Angela, I can certainly relate to the desire to explore and step out of comfort zones. My husband and I have had the very same conversations (sometimes out of longing for a warmer climate than what we have in Calgary, but now it’s getting more serious).

The wonderful thing for us about not being parents is that it’s easier to pick up and give it try, take that leap of faith and just go for it. All of our family is here, but I’m so used to moving around too (although mostly within the City, does that count? haha), I’m ready to be uprooted a bit and be challenged! We’ll be exploring a bit on our next vacation to see if we’d like to move, I’m pretty excited about the thought!

Honestly, no matter what you and Eric choose to do, your passion will follow you wherever go and you’ll be that adventure together… what could be better than that?!

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Nikole March 18, 2013

I am out of bananas so I used unsweetened applesauce and they turned out delicious. I wanted something yummy to take to a friend’s house for dinner. She will love them!

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Angela (Oh She Glows) March 18, 2013

Oh thanks for letting me know! I was wondering if unsweetened applesauce would work. :)

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Dianne April 11, 2014

The unsweetened applesauce substitution for mashed banana is SUPER helpful! How much did you use, though? I really want to make these and there are no overripened bananas around!

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Ali March 18, 2013

I’m from Riverview! Too funny. I’ve never commented before, but I use your recipes all the time. They are amazing (:

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Angela (Oh She Glows) March 18, 2013

Always nice to meet a fellow Maritimer from Riverview! Thanks for trying the recipes :)

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Sarah March 18, 2013

Out of interest, do these taste AT all like banana? I absolutely hate it to the point where the smell makes me retch but I want to eat these :(((

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Angela S March 18, 2013

Yes there is banana flavor in them.

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Bel April 27, 2013

I have a lifelong aversion to banana’s but thought i’d give the recipe a try anyway. Even at the point of making the macaroons I tasted the mashed banana and literally shuddered at the taste. However! The banana flavour was for me well disguised enough to enjoy the macaroons to their fullest :)

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Sarah @ Making Thyme for Health March 18, 2013

These look like a perfect cure for the winter blues. Moving and starting over again can be tough. I hope you two are able to find what you are looking for soon.

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Jill March 18, 2013

Yum – can not wait to whip some up. Question, I don’t have coconut oil and not sure Ill get to store today. Can you make without or what is a good substitute?

Thanks!
Jill

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Angela (Oh She Glows) March 18, 2013

Hi Jill, That’s a tough one since coconut oil is responsible for hardening them up when chilled. You might be able to get away with using peanut or almond butter for binding reasons, but I don’t think it would firm up as much. Also, cocoa butter should work too! goodluck

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Angela Liebenberg August 10, 2013

I made these with peanut butter instead of coconut oil (trying to minimize saturated fat) and they turned out amazing! Not sure if they were softer than they would be with coconut oil, but who could complain? They are delicious.

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Nadine March 18, 2013

My husband and I made the big leap a few years ago from Ottawa to Vancouver Island. We left with a few suitcases and our cats and have never looked back. I cried so much on the ferry over to the island and was so happy/excited to finally be somewhere that felt like home. The ocean, the outdoors (little to no mosquitos, no black flies, no deer flies and little to no bugs make for wonderful camping and adventuring all year), the mild winters, the amazingly beautiful summers and the access to fresh produce year-round, plus all of the awesome vegan foods are some of the many perks of living here. The laid back culture is a major plus too. The first year was tough, but so worth it – in between bouts of crying and stress, I was hiking in the woods or swimming in the ocean and feeling my spirit soar! Whatever you and Eric decide, I can’t vouch enough for following that inner feeling/intuition of movement because it’s just so worth it!

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Nadia March 19, 2013

I second this!! I made the move from Ottawa to victoria myself on July. It was the right choice for me, a “gut” thing for sure. I love it here.

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Kiran @ KiranTarun.com March 18, 2013

The husband and I are totally like you guys — moving around, adventurously. Like others suggested, put up a map and throw a dart to see where faith takes you next! :D

My faith is making me drool at this deliciousness!

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char eats greens March 18, 2013

I didn’t know you moved THAT much!!! I really enjoy Charlotte (one of Tyler’s friends lives there!). I definitely don’t wanna say that we’re staying put here either! At least for now we are since I’m in school til at least next spring, hopefully for another year after that (Masters!). But we did do some moving, when we lived in Australia for 4.5 months and then in Kelowna, BC for almost 10 months! Great times. And always great when friends and family visit :)

And PS – I want about 50 of those macaroons right now!

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