Just a handful of ingredients make these delightful Pistachio Five Spice Macaroons. Chewy on the outside and soft on the inside. So good! Dip them in chocolate for an extra level of deliciousness.
I had planned to post a recipe for Blonde Macaroons that I’ve had for years, but have never posted. Searching on my computer, I couldn’t find it anywhere.
But what I got was something much better.
I found a recipe outline for Five Spice Pistachios from Amy that didn’t ever get used for Weekday Raw (we don’t do desserts in that course). So I made a few additions and BOOM, Pistachio Five Spice Macaroons.
If you’re into the idea of simpler raw desserts, check out Raw Desserts at Home.
How to Make Pistachio Five Spice Macaroons
Here’s an overview of how to make these beauties. For the full recipe with measurements, see a bit further down.
- First you’re going to grind your pistachios down into a fine meal in the food processor. We’re using honey, which you can substitute for any other liquid sweetener.
- Next, add in your remaining ingredients except the desiccated coconut. We want to keep that coconut desiccated as it is, no smaller.
- Transfer the mixture from the food processor to a bowl and add the desiccated coconut. You’re then going to mix this by hand.
- Use an ice-cream scoop to form into macarons. I used a medium size one, which made 11 macaroons, plus a tiny bit extra which I ate before it even saw the inside of a dehydrator 🙂
- Get these on to a dehydrator tray and dehydrate for around 6 hours. You might want to go a little longer if you want more chewiness inside.
- You could also go a little further and dip the bases in chocolate. I didn’t temper the chocolate, which would make it shiny and snappy. Tempering also make the chocolate stable at room temperature, so it doesn’t melt.
Pistachio Five Spice Macaroons
Nutrition (For one serving)
- 1 cup pistachios
- 2 tbsp honey
- 3 tbsp coconut sugar
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 tbsp 5 spice
- Pinch salt
- ¼ cup coconut butter
- 1 ½ cup desiccated coconut
- 1/4 cup water
- Grind pistachios into a fine meal in a food processor.
- Add remaining ingredients except desiccated coconut and water then grind again.
- Transfer to a bowl along with the desiccated coconut and water and mix by hand.
- Use a small ice cream scoop to form macaroons.
- Dehydrate at 115F for 6 hours which should leave them soft in the middle with a chewy outside.
- Optionally gently melt a small bar of your favourite chocolate to dip the bases in.
14 thoughts on “Pistachio Five Spice Macaroons”
Has anyone tried making this with Honey?
That would work
HI what is 5 spice?
Five Spice is a mix of star anise, cloves, Chinese cinnamon, Sichuan pepper and fennel seeds. It’s great in both sweet and savoury items.
Perfekt for X-mass! Thank you so much.
Hey Puspa, they do have that taste about them! 🙂
Hi Russell, what is the “five spice” you are using which in the recipe calls for 1 tablespoon? Thanks!
Hi Kasi, Five Spice is a mix of star anise, cloves, Chinese cinnamon, Sichuan pepper and fennel seeds. It’s great in both sweet and savoury items.
Hi Russell I see another “fan” of yours also was curious ab out the 5 spice mix. I am wondering is this a mix already packaged for the UK market or does one have to mix it themselves? Thanks!
Hey Kasi, it’s readily available in the UK even in the high street. I’m pretty sure you could get it in the US very easily, esp online. I just found multiple brands on amazon.com.
thanks, I searched on Amazon and finally did find a 5 spice with the Sichuan pepper which many others depict white pepper which is not the same, therefore will not impart the flavour similar to your recipe. Additionally many online 5 spice mix, list cinnamon as the main ingredient and the reviews on amazon explain that the 5 spice with cinnamon as the first ingredient claim that the spice is overwhelmingly tastes of cinnamon! The Cinnamon I most use is Vietnamese cinnamon and find this to be exceptional product ! Would it be possible for you to reveal the 5 spice company you are using? As I would love to make the Pistashio Macaroons as I have all the ingredients in house except for the 5 spice! 🙂
I use Steenbergs. They substitute Sichuan for black pepper which, honestly, isn’t going to be noticeable in the small amounts it’s used in this recipe.
Because 5 Spice represents each of the five flavours, the mixes are usually equal amounts of each, no matter what order they are listed in. I’m not sure of the exact ratio Steenbergs uses.
Looks interesting and very colourful and tasty . What is 5 spice? is it a spice mixture?
Hi Kawi, Five Spice is a mix of star anise, cloves, Chinese cinnamon, Sichuan pepper and fennel seeds. It’s great in both sweet and savoury items.