It’s almost Valentine’s Day, which means another day of the year that my kids will be receiving a bunch of junk. So I try not to contribute to it going into other houses. We make treats, cause the store bought that aren’t as bad for you, are pretty bad on your wallet.
Last year we tried making black bean brownies, not sure if it was the recipe or my oven, but after cooking them twice as long as they were supposed to be we ended up rolling them in balls and then dipping them in melted chocolate. Recently we tried Hail Merry’s Macaroons – SO YUMMY.
Well, that sent me in search of making our own! I found this recipe (and a new blog) and changed it up a bit. My friend Beth, at Red and Honey, has a version using almond flour and the stove instead of the food processor.
So, for mine you’ll need a food processor (I really doing think a blender would work in this case) and the following ingredients:
In the food processor combine the following until you can’t see any chunks of coconut oil.
I did 5 tablespoons Raw Honey and 5 tablespoons maple syrup – this tasted great! I think I may do just the honey next time for the raw benefits. We also make our own Vanilla Extract, I first heard how easy it was from Heavenly Homemaker. And I am so glad because I go through it like crazy!
Yes I do get my beans at Olive Nation (so much cheaper than in the store) and got a huge bottle of vodka at Costco. Basically cut and seed the beans, add it all to the vodka and let sit in a dark, cool place for 4-6 months. Because this isn’t cooked, you could heat up the extract to cook off the alcohol, but there’s barely any in a serving so I don’t think it is a huge deal.
It is still pretty thick and sticky at this point. Once combined you can roll into balls and coat in more flakes or cocoa powder. We prepared a cookie sheet and then cut out heart’s for Valentine’s day. If you want them more cookie like you could add a little Coconut Flour – they are still fairly moist so they can probably take it.