Navitas Naturals & More Macaroons!

HickmanS_-1Have any of you heard of Navitas Naturals? Well, if not you really ought to check them out! Navitas makes a long line of natural powders, seeds, snacks and more. They specialize in using organic, superfood ingredients that are not only good for us but they taste great too. I was so lucky to have been sent a few items from Navitas Naturals, including their Green Coffee Powder, Acai Powder, and Maqui Powder. I couldn’t wait to try them in a few recipes! Now, I won’t be using the Green Coffee powder in any of these recipes specifically but I’ve tried a few from the Navitas website and they were spectacular. My favorite so far is the Banana Bread Smoothie that tastes exactly like a freshly baked slice! Continue reading on for my super easy, no-bake superfood macaroon recipes.

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The first recipe I (almost literally) threw together was of these Cacao & Acai Macaroons. They are gluten-free, soy free, raw, and made with organic ingredients. The only part of this recipe that takes a while is letting them chill in the fridge before serving and eating. These reminded me of a chocolate-covered berry, and they have a sweet yet rich taste. Acai itself has a flavor that just pairs so well with cacao, and even in powder form it has a super fresh taste and aroma. What are the benefits of acai and cacao? Combined, they offer antioxidants, omega fats, magnesium, iron, protein, and fiber. Who knew that a dessert could offer so much to us nutritionally? Though these macaroons are on the smaller size (compared to your average dessert) they are decadent enough that you will only need one or two to satisfy any chocolate craving.

Cacao & Acai Macaroons
Yields 3
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Ingredients
  1. 2 dates, pitted and soaked
  2. 1 heaping Tbs cacao powder
  3. 1 heaping Tbs coconut oil
  4. 1-2 Tbs acai powder
  5. 1/2-1 Tbs lucuma powder/alternative sweetener
Instructions
  1. Combine the drained dates, coconut oil, and powders or other sweetener in a blender until well-mixed. Add additional sweetener or other ingredients if necessary.
Notes
  1. The cacao, acai, and lucuma powder I use are by Navitas Naturals. They make awesome organic superfoods that are really easy to throw into smoothies and other recipes.
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I also had an idea to come up with a berry and almond-flavored dessert using the Maqui Powder and some raw almond butter. Maqui Powder is known for its beautiful purple color as well as its benefits of added vitamin C, potassium, iron, and calcium. It’s also great when thrown into a smoothie or other type of berry-flavored dessert. These macaroons have a good amount of sweetness with a nutty flavor that both compliment each other very nicely. These would be great as a dessert or a mid-day snack when you’re looking for a pick-me up with a little protein and healthy fats from the almond butter.

Almond & Maqui Berry Macaroons
Yields 3
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Ingredients
  1. 2 tsp Maqui powder (I use Navitas Naturals)
  2. 2 dates, pitted and soaked
  3. 2 Tbs raw almond butter (preferably unsalted with no added oil)
  4. Pinch of salt (Pink Himilayan Salt is my favorite to use)
Instructions
  1. Place the drained dates, maqui powder, almond butter and salt in a blender or food processor and mix until well-combined. Once you get a sticky consistency, taste the mixture and add more sweetener if necessary. If the maqui berry flavor is too subtle, add in 1/2-1 tsp more and taste it again.
  2. Once your mixture is ready, roll it into a ball. If you'd like, you can dip the mixture in some crushed almonds (although I forwent this step). Stick the macaroons on a plate and refrigerate before serving. You can also store these in the fridge in an airtight container for at least a few days.
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