I shared this recipe last month with Ricki on her blog: Ricki Heller. I found Ricki’s blog shorty after I started blogging (about 2 1/2 years ago). I distinctly remember visiting Wellness Weekend for the first time to share a recipe and instantly fell in love with Ricki, her writing style, and (of course) her recipes (of which I’ve made many)! Personally, I suffer from candida, so her blog is of great interest and value to me. I reference it constantly and refer friends and family to her site. Ricki’s cookbook Naturally Sweet and Gluten Free is one of my favorite cookbooks with so many healthy treats for my family. For the guest post I wanted to share a recipe for Ricki’s readers reminiscent of her cooking style with common ingredients used by Ricki herself. I call these “Nutty-Roons” because they are like a macaroon, but with a nice nutty bite to them. Made with only a few simple ingredients, these raw little bites of coconut bliss are sure to please. I made about 10 batches of these as Holidays gifts last year (I kid you not) and they were well received by all. I hope you enjoy them too. You can view my guest post here.
- In a food processor fitted with the S blade, add in the walnuts and cashews and blend for 20 seconds.
- Next add in the shredded coconut and blend with the nuts for another 20 seconds.
- In a small cup, mix together the maple syrup, stevia, vanilla extract, and peppermint oil.
- With the food processor running, pour in the coconut oil and the maple syrup mixture.
- Blend for 10 seconds.
- Scoop out mounds of the mixture and create little macaroon shapes (I use a small ice cream scooper).
- The mixture makes about 15 nutty-roons. Place them in freezer for ½ hour.
- While the nutty-roons are in the freezer, melt some chocolate*. I like to use a 1 cup glass Pyrex, placed in a pot of boiling water. This keeps the chocolate raw and melts nicely.
- Remove the nutty-roons from the freezer and dip each into the chocolate.
- Store the nutty-roons in the fridge. They hold up well at room temperature too, but I like how they taste cold.
2. You could also make your own chocolate (see recipe below).
- 2 tablespoons coconut oil
- 2 tablespoons coconut nectar, honey, or maple syrup
- 1 tablespoon + 1 teaspoon raw ground cacao
- ½ teaspoon vanilla extract -Optional: a few drops of stevia
- Place the above ingredients into a 1 cup glass Pyrex.
- Place the glass Pyrex into a pan of very hot water and mix around until everything is melted. Do not heat over 110 degree