Nut allergies seem to be everywhere in today’s world. Entire schools have banned nuts, nut products, and even nut adjacent products!
All kidding aside, a nut allergy can be very dangerous… deadly even!
Before, those people were doomed to never taste the sweet, heavenly goodness that is a macaron. Made with almond flour, these sweet treats are off the menu for suffers of tree nut allergies. Or are they?
*Quick note – as pointed out in the comments below, almonds and peanuts are not in the same family. Almonds are considered a tree nut, while peanuts are a legume. An allergy to one doesn’t necessarily mean an allergy to the other. We’ll keep both out of the recipes below.
While it is true that those with tree nut allergies cannot have the traditional macaron, there is no reason they cannot have a macaron with something substituted for the almond flour. Macaron snobs will tell you that if it is not made with almond flour then it is not a real macaron, but those people are wrong.
The untold number of people with tree nut and peanut allergies have been deprived long enough. Banished to a world bereft of peanut butter, Nutella, and a multitude of other tasty treats, to these people I say, “Let there be macarons!”
I care not what the Macaron Police have to say about a nut free macaron. If it has a smooth, shiny dome, an eggshell crust, and a chewy middle with a scrumptious filling… it is a macaron!
So what do you need to make macarons without almond flour?
Below you will find three different recipes for peanut and tree nut free macarons. One uses sunflower seeds, one uses pumpkin seeds, and one even uses white chocolate.
Don’t have an oven to bake your macarons? Check out my article showing you how to make them without one!
1 – Sunflower Seed Macaron
Easy French Nut-Free Macarons
- 2/3 cup of raw sunflower seeds [71 grams]
- 1 cup confectioners’ sugar [117 grams]
- 2 large egg whites, room temperature
- 1/4 cup granulated sugar [53 grams]
- Jam or other filling
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Place sunflower seeds in a food processor (see my recommendations) along with confectioners’ sugar.
- Process until combined, about 1 minute.
- Pass seed/sugar mixture through a sieve.
- Transfer bits that did not go through the sieve back to the food processor; sift again, pressing down on clumps.
- Repeat until less than 2 tablespoons of solids are left.
- Whisk egg whites and granulated sugar by hand to combine first.
- Then whip on medium speed and increase the speed every 3 minutes until stiff peaks form.
*This should take between 6-10 minutes.*
- If you are adding color, add it now and then whip on high for 30 seconds.
- Add dry ingredients and fold in with a spatula.
- Repeat just until batter flows like lava.
- Pipe small circles onto parchment paper or on a macaron sheet.
*Tap sheets firmly against counter 2 or 3 times to release air bubbles.*
- Bake until risen and just set, 10-12 minutes.
- Let cool.
- Pipe or spread filling on flat sides of half of cookies; top with remaining half.
- Wrap in plastic and refrigerate.
It is best to refrigerate overnight and then let them come back to room temperature before eating.
Recipe by Sister DIY – Easy French Macaron (nut-free) Recipe
2 – Pumpkin Seed Nut Free Macarons
According to the U.S. National Library of Medicine, pumpkin seed allergies are rare. As they have no botanical relationship to nuts of any kind, they make a safe and reliable substitute.
Malted Pumpkin Seed Macarons with Malted Vanilla Buttercream
- 4 ounces (115g) toasted pumpkin seeds
- 8 ounces (230g) powdered sugar
- ¾-ounce (21g) malt powder
- ¼-ounce (7 g) cocoa powder
- 5 ounces egg whites (144g)
- 2½ ounces (72g) sugar
- The scrapings of 1 vanilla bean
- ½ tsp (2g) salt
- 8 ounces (230g) of your favorite vanilla buttercream
- 1-ounce (28g) barley malt syrup
- Preheat the oven to 300° F (148° C).
- Fit a large pastry bag with a plain tip, set aside.
- Line two sheet pans with parchment paper and set aside as well.
*If your oven has a strong bottom level heating element, consider double panning.*
- In the bowl of a food processor, grind the pumpkin seeds, powdered sugar, malt powder and cocoa for one minute.
- Sift this mixture, reserving whatever bits do not pass through.
- Repeat processing and sifting until all of the mixture passes through a sieve, then set aside.
- In the bowl of a stand mixer, combine the egg whites, sugar, vanilla bean and salt. Turn the mixer to medium and whip for 3 minutes. Don’t have a stand mixer? In a previous article I wrote, you can find out if you really need one.
- Increase the speed to medium-high and whip another 3 minutes.
- Increase the speed to high for another 3 minutes.
- Whip for a final minute on the highest speed.
*At the end of this minute, you should have an exceedingly stiff, dry Meringue.*
- Now, dump in the dry ingredients all at once and fold them in with a rubber spatula
*mix until a cake batter-esque consistency is achieved.*
- Transfer the batter to a piping bag and pipe onto the parchment lined baking sheet.
- After piping the macarons, rap the sheet pan firmly against the counter two or three times.
- Bake for about 18 minutes or until you can cleanly peel the macarons away from the parchment paper.
*This may take longer than 18 minutes depending on your oven.*
- Cool thoroughly before removing them from the parchment.
- Whip the buttercream and barley malt syrup together and use as a filling for the cookies; sandwiching
*Approximately ½-Tablespoon buttercream between every cookie pair.*
- Store the macarons (see my recommended storage methods), refrigerated, overnight before consuming.
Recipe by Honest Cooking – Macarons: Not as Nutty as You Thought
3 – White Chocolate Nut Free Macarons
- 4 egg whites [140g (4.94 ounces)]
- 1/3 cup caster sugar [72g (2.54 ounces)]
- 8.47 ounces white chocolate, finely grated [240g]
- 1 cup icing sugar, sifted [120g (4.23 ounces)]
- Whisk your egg whites and sugar together until firm, add color if desired & whisk thoroughly.
*Egg whites should be stiff enough that you can turn your bowl upside down and it will not spill out of the bowl.*
- Gently fold in your white chocolate and icing sugar.
- Once it is just combined, continue to fold while some more mixture is dropped into the bowl very slowly & melds down into the rest of the mixture.
*You do not want a runny mixture or your macarons will be flat.*
- Pour the mixture into a piping bag or a Ziploc bag with the corner cut off and pipe circles onto non-stick baking paper. Piping with a Ziploc bag is just one one the ways I cover in this article about piping without needing a tip.
- Bake at 150°C (302 degrees Fahrenheit) for approximately 20 minutes.
- Leave to cool on the paper and then carefully peel off.
- Pair similarly sized macrons and fill them with ganache.
The recipe should make about 20 macarons.
Recipe by How to Cook That – Nut Free Macaron Recipe