French macarons (not to be confused with coconut macaroons) are a meringue based sandwich cookie with almond flour. They are quite popular and come in all different kinds of flavor combinations. They are supposedly difficult to make even when not vegan. Vegan macarons were once believed to be impossible to make, because there was no good vegan alternative to meringues. But now there is!
You may recall my post about magical bean juice (also referred to as aquafaba in vegan circles) for making meringue cookies. You can do the same thing with these! I didn’t make up my own recipe since I’ve never made these before, but I still want to share the recipe I used and my results.
This is the recipe I used but I changed the flavors, colors, and frosting recipe. It worked perfectly for me, even on my first try. I personally feel like it it might have had a lot to do with the weather, it was a great sunny day. I found this recipe from a group all all about making vegan meringue and using aquafaba.
I chose to make lavender agave frosting and used a super fruit jelly in the middle from Trader Joe’s.
The texture came out so great. The frosting I made was a little runny, so the recipe I am including here is changed to account for it to be better.
The recipe for the frosting is as follows:
- 1 tbsp agave
- 2 cups powdered sugar
- 1/2 tsp lavender extract
- 3 tbsp almond milk
You just need to mix everything together.
in the oven almost done
out of the oven
close up of the feet
I absolutely loved these, and the best part is they are automatically gluten free!
I’m deep in the midst of making food for volunteers at Girls Rock RI this week, stay tuned for a post about that soon!