Cacao Walnut Macaroons

by Susan on March 1, 2010

I love the combination of chocolate and walnuts. This raw food recipe combines those two flavors and gives you health benefits to boot! Cacao is full of anti-oxidants, magnesium, iron and fiber. It contains many essential minerals. Cacao contains serotonin, dopamine and phenylethylamine, which help reduce depression and can create a feeling of well-being. Cacao also contains B vitamins, which help your brain to be healthy.

Walnuts are one of the most healthy nuts. They provide all kinds of benefits including omega 3 fatty acids and alpha-linolenic acid. Walnuts have been shown to reduce high cholesterol, and help diabetes. They also can help reduce high blood pressure, help prevent stroke, and clinical depression. You can find more information on nuts here: NUTS

Cacao Walnut Macaroons

  • 2 C Dried Coconut (unsweetened)
  • 1/2 C Almond Flour
  • 1/3 C Cacao Powder
  • 1/4 C Coconut Butter
  • 1/4 C Maple Syrup*
  • 1/4 C. Agave Nectar (or liquid sweetener of your choice)
  • 1 Vanilla Bean (the scraped insides)
  • 1 C Walnuts, Chopped

Mix all ingredients except walnuts until very well combined. Stir in Walnuts. Shape into balls and dehydrate  at 116 for 4-5 hours.

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Tanya March 1, 2010 at 11:40 am

You could just eat them totally raw too, right? I don’t have a dehydrator….


Susan March 1, 2010 at 2:47 pm

Yes, you can eat them raw but you will want to refrigerate them as they won’t stick together as well as they will when you dehydrate.


Leah March 1, 2010 at 11:44 am

These look yummy! I’m making them today!

Yes, you can eat them raw. They are also good cold. I make similiar ones and keep them in my freezer. They will last at least 30 days in the freezer, and you can just grab one when you want.


Julie Kalivretenos March 1, 2010 at 12:03 pm

Easy and YUMMY :)


Raw Candy March 1, 2010 at 12:37 pm

Yum – macaroons are one of my fave! Thanks for posting this tasty-looking recipe.


angela March 1, 2010 at 12:46 pm

could i use coconut oil instead of the butter?


Susan March 1, 2010 at 2:46 pm

Yes…but the butter is so much better!! You can order it from the Rawmazing Store here:


Antony March 1, 2010 at 3:59 pm

Walnut and chocolate is a magical combination :-)


Dawn Hutchins March 2, 2010 at 9:28 am

Very nice. Yes I agree the combo is divine and I love the addition of the almond flour.


Diane March 2, 2010 at 10:19 am

These look great! Couple questions – do you make your own almond flour? Also, do you soften the coconut butter first? I’ve been buying Artisana brand coconut butter, and it’s delicious, but hard as a rock unless it’s warmed up a bit.

If I wanted to use vanilla extract, about how much do you think equals one vanilla bean?

BTW, last time I made fudge, I used your technique of taking the almonds all the way to the butter stage in the Robocoup, and that was the best tip!


Susan March 2, 2010 at 10:29 am

Yes, I make my own almond flour. I use soaked, dehydrated almonds or the remains from almond milk, dehydrated. Yes, I always soften the coconut butter. I would use 1/2 t vanilla.


helene March 2, 2010 at 11:31 am

a great thing for the upcoming holiday of passover. thanks a bunch, love your recipes!!


Christina March 2, 2010 at 9:57 pm

How would you suggest baking these, since I don’t have a dehydrator?


Susan March 3, 2010 at 6:45 am

Since this is a raw food site, I don’t suggest baking them! :-) On the other hand, you could set your oven at the lowest temp and check them every 10 minutes.


Lisa March 21, 2010 at 5:11 pm

about how many do these make? Also, if I left out the dried coconut would that change the taste that much? I do not care for the texture of coconut.

Thank you


Susan March 21, 2010 at 5:14 pm

It makes about 2 dozen and no…you can not leave out the coconut. It is a main ingredient in this recipe.


Sheila November 25, 2010 at 8:36 pm

I have made macaroons before and they fall apart. Why is this and what can I do about it?
Thanks so much for any help.


Susan November 25, 2010 at 8:43 pm

Have you tried this recipe?


Andrea November 21, 2011 at 4:01 pm

This is an excellent recipe. I’m allergic to walnuts, but pecans are an excellent substitute. I have 2 more batches in my dehydrator right now. Added goji berries to one batch just for something different. 😀


Tina~ November 30, 2011 at 8:37 am

We have tree nut allergies, but coconut is ok for us. I can use sunflower seeds for the walnut for crunch, but do you think coconut flour will work in place of almond flour?


Kiera Sutton April 30, 2012 at 2:51 pm

Is there anyway to make this without the maple syrup and agave nectar?


Susan April 30, 2012 at 3:21 pm

I only test the recipes with the ingredients listed. If you find something that works…please feel free to share! Cheers!


Lori September 17, 2012 at 5:49 pm

2nd batch in 2 days!


Susan September 17, 2012 at 5:55 pm

Lori…they are nummy, no? Cheers!


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