Raw Chocolate Covered Nutella Macaroons
Talk about a recipe morphing! I have been wanting to make a macaroon with a ganache center for a while now. But I like my macaroons fresh out of the dehydrator. They get a wonderful crunchy exterior and a soft interior. If you want a ganache center, that presents a problem. Here is a peek at my “interesting” creative process. Hopefully it will give you a chuckle. Know that some times I have lazy days, too!
Here’s how it goes:
“If I roll a ball of cold raw ganache, surround it with the macaroon dough, that could work.
No…it won’t work. The ganache will melt in the dehydrator.
How about if I just dehydrate a sheet of macaroon dough and then wrap it around the ganache ball (I have not ruled this out for the future)
No…I don’t want to wait. Besides, I am craving Nutella. Hey…I wonder if I can do a raw nutella center?
I am soooo not in the mood to make a raw Nutella. That is too way much work for today. There has to be an easier way.
Wait…I don’t have to do a nutella center, I can do a whole nutella macaroon!
Ok…what should I put in it. I had better start with hazelnuts and chocolate.
(I finish the dough and sit looking at it.)
Now what. I could make two small disks, dehydrate them and then put a layer of ganache in-between…
No..that is a lot of work. I don’t feel like a lot of work today. How about if I just put a divot in the cookie and add the ganache later (like in the Thumbprint Cookies)
Sigh. I don’t feel like dehydrating anything. Besides, a lot of people don’t have dehydrators. I hear about that a lot.
I know, I will just melt the ganache and roll the macaroons in it! Whoo hoo!!”
And just for fun, I tried making ganache with Raw Coconut Nectar and comparing it to the one I normally make with organic, raw agave. It turned out surprisingly passable. I say that because I am not a fan of the taste of coconut nectar. The texture was more sticky and the taste had notes of molasses and toasted barley malt. But all in all, if you want to avoid agave, I can say, go for it!
Note that maple syrup is not raw but used in many raw food recipes. Also, I did use raw dried coconut that I found at Whole Foods. Hopefully soon my store will be up and running and finding these products will be as easy as going there!
- 1 1/2 cup hazelnuts, ground very fine in food processor
- 1/2 cup almonds, ground fine in food processor
- 1 cup dried organic, unsweetened coconut
- 1/3 cup maple syrup (or other liquid sweetener of choice)
- 1/4 cup coconut oil, softened
- 1/4 cup cacao powder
- Stir all ingredients together until well blended.
- Roll into small balls and refrigerate at least an hour.
- Dip in ganache, remove with fork and place on rack.
- Place back in refrigerator until ganache is firm.
- Top with a sprinkle of Himalayan salt if desired.
- 1/2 cup cacao
- 1/2 cup raw organic agave nectar or raw coconut nectar
- 1/4 cup coconut oil, melted
- Whisk all ingredients together. If mixture starts to get too thick, gently warm before dipping.
Gayla wrote on November 3, 2015
Hi Susan! Congratulations on your new site and recent wedding! these look amazing. How do you get the truffles to not stick and tear apart on the drying rack after you’ve dipped them in chocolate shell? When I make my truffles, I usually have to lay them on wax paper to dry and trim the feet off but it takes FOREVER! Thanks for the tips.
zdenka wrote on April 1, 2015
Dear Suzzan,I had this yesterday,I was sooo lazy,and I was crawin you raw hazelnut truffles,wich I made few weeks ago and they were absolutly deliciou( reminds me of fferrero roche) So I made the ganache,melted some coconut butter and put halves of hazelnut into the praline form then I poured over the ganache and coconut butter and another leyer of ganache,then I put it in the freezer for a while and voiala
Susan wrote on April 1, 2015
Hi Zdenka! How great to hear from you and so glad you had so much fun making the recipe your own. Cheers
teresa wrote on September 22, 2014
I am going to make these tomorrow they look so yummy.
Chris wrote on May 15, 2014
Thanks for this great recipe. Silly question… did you use peeled hazelnuts. I’m new to eating raw food, cooking, and baking. Thanks in advance!
Susan wrote on May 17, 2014
I do not peel the hazelnuts. Cheers!
Christiane wrote on February 21, 2014
Thank you for sharing this recipe! I love it! Not to sweet and my new afternoon treat at work.