Bloom Integrated Educational Enrichment. Instead of being paid in green paper and metal disks, she asked to be paid in cookies. Since this was a pretty awesome request, I knew I had to make something that was both unique and great tasting. For a while I had been pondering the possibilities of some walnut crumbs that I was accumulating in my designated walnut mason jar in the pantry. Besides being awesome to sprinkle over salad, soup, or warm cereal, I knew that walnut crumbs could do so much more.
Angela's Vegan Recipe Link Love feature, I had one of those great food-lightbulb moments. Instead of using almond flour in macaroons, I could use walnut flour. So I got out the ever-ready-to-please blender and started grinding my walnuts into more sweet crumbles. If you don't have a blender, a mortar and pestle would work (I tried that for a while) as would placing the walnuts in a plastic bag and using a rolling pin or even a hammer or mallet to crush the walnuts into blissful bits.
To bring the macaroons to a new level, I merged them with my favorite kind of cake -- carrot cake. Carrot cake tends to have a nice handful of walnuts in it, so it seemed perfect. Along with my favorite crystallized ginger and a mix of golden and brown raisins, I knew I wouldn't need any sugar at all in this recipe.
I also made my own walnut butter by blending walnuts with the tiniest bit of melted ghee and water. It took it a while to get to a smooth consistency, but patience is virtue. If you have a food processor, I'd recommend using that in lieu of the blender on account of your awesome blade action.
Carrot Cake Walnut Macaroons
- 1 1/2 cups walnut powder
- 2 large carrots, grated
- 1/4 cup millet flour
- 1/2 cup walnut butter
- 1/2 tablespoon vanilla extract
- 1/2 cup crystallized ginger, chopped.
- 3/4 cup mixed golden and brown raisins
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1 tablespoon ground ginger
- 1/4 cup chopped walnuts
- 1 cup almond milk
- 2 tablespoons melted ghee/melted butter
Do you like to barter or trade? Has someone ever paid you in cookies instead of money?