Since I'm on a cleanse, delightfully rich and buttery things aren't really in my meal vocabulary right now, save for perhaps almonds, which have been my saving grace during the past few days when I need something "extra" after a meal. After my almond milk adventure yesterday, I was left with the glee of almond meal. So many posibilities for this healthy "flour" went through my mind, but after seeing both the macaroons at the bakery the other day (which are not cleanse friendly!) and catching a glimpse of Megan's macaroons over at Angela's Valentine's Recipe Contest, I knew I had to try my hand at making cleanse-friendly almond macaroons -- without coconut. Did you know that originally, macaroons were made with almonds, and the coconut was added later? I had a bit of fun reading about macaroons over at The Nibble.
Cleanse Friendly Almond Macaroons
- 1 3/4 cups almond meal see my post on almond milk to make your own almond meal!
- 1/4 cup unsweetened apple sauce
- 16 drops liquid stevia - vanilla flavored
- 1/2 cup unsalted raw almond butter
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 cup slivered almonds
When I tasted these, they immediately satisfied my need for a treat. With a delicate crunch and softeness, these macaroons were just the texture I needed to go along with all the greens I've been eating! Packed with protein, fiber, and vitamins, they're healthy too!
Today's green smoothie breakfast was garnished with some of the slivered almonds I used in my cookies
What did you have for breakfast and lunch today? What treats did you have?