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Chewy Fruit-Cashew Macaroons (sugar free, oil free)

22 Feb

I don’t believe I’ve ever tasted a macaroon before. But when I was deciding what to call these, I realized they look a lot like macaroons, so that’s the name I’m goin’ with! These were born from my desire for something sweet, healthy, and quick while watching How I Met Your Mother re-runs… and NOT from the desire to go to the grocery store for extra ingredients. So I just used what I had on hand.. and it was worth it! These are sugar free, oil free, and could even be wheat-free if you sub oats for the shredded wheat.

Chewy Fruit-Cashew Macaroons

1/2 cup dried apples
1/4 cup dried apricots
1/4 cup raisins
1/2 cup dates, pitted
1/2 cup water

1/4 cup garbanzo beans
1/2 cup raw cashews
1 cup shredded wheat cereal (I used Barbara’s brand)
Sunflower seeds, as needed for garnish.


Preheat oven to 350 F. Spray a baking sheet with cooking spray and set aside.

Combine apples, apricots, raisins, dates, and water in a food processor and blend until incorporated but not necessarily smooth. Add garbanzo beans, cashews, and 1/2 cup of the wheat cereal. Blend until smooth.

Add remaining 1/2 cup of cereal and stir in with a spoon until evenly mixed. Pull of walnut-sized pieces of the mixture and plop on baking sheet in messy blobs. (Note: These don’t need to be perfect circles; in fact, they will be too sticky to roll into balls.) Add 3 or more sunflower seeds to the top of each macaroon and press lightly so they stick.

Bake these suckers for 20 minutes. Watch closely for burning, but the outsides should look toasted.