Healthy Black Velvet French Macarons (To Celebrate My 25th Birthday!)

When you think of French Macarons, you probably think about those cute, pastel-colored treats lined up in a rainbow fashion at your favorite bakery.  Of course, I went the complete OPPOSITE route and made them jet-black (or gothic, if you will).  These Healthy Black Velvet French Macarons are just as light, sweet, and delicate as your typical macarons, except these are all natural (no artificial food dyes here!), low fat, gluten free, and made without any of the bleached, highly-refined white sugar.

How to make GOTHIC MACARONS infused with chocolate and a secret ingredient! These Healthy Black Velvet French Macarons are just as sweet and delicious as your typical macarons, except these are all natural (no artificial food dyes), low fat, gluten free, and made without the bleached white sugar. PERFECT for Halloween! Healthy Dessert Recipes at the Desserts With Benefits Blog (www.DessertsWithBenefits.com)

French Macarons hold a lot of symbolism for me.  Perfecting my recipe for Classic French Macarons was one huge feat.

In case you’re up for a good laugh, I go into some depth about how many trials (aka failures) it took me to finally make a batch of perfect macarons in this post.

(Spoiler alert, it took me over thirty failed batches to make a SINGLE successful batch.  Yes.  Over thirty.  I’m shocked I didn’t quit baking for good after like, try #15?)

How to make GOTHIC MACARONS infused with chocolate and a secret ingredient! These Healthy Black Velvet French Macarons are just as sweet and delicious as your typical macarons, except these are all natural (no artificial food dyes), low fat, gluten free, and made without the bleached white sugar. PERFECT for Halloween! Healthy Dessert Recipes at the Desserts With Benefits Blog (www.DessertsWithBenefits.com)

If you’ve been following me on Instagram or Facebook, then you know that I made these Healthy Black Velvet French Macarons for my first LIVE TV debut back in August.  I was contacted by the station to make a dessert to celebrate the recent, first-time-in-38-years, solar eclipse.  Since you have all gone crazy for my black velvet recipes, I thought I’d make something along those lines.  Black Velvet French Macarons seemed perfect because once they’re filled with frosting, they kind of look like a solar eclipse with the black “moon” macaron and white “sun” frosting peaking through around the rim.

Feeling both nervous and excited, I tried my hand at adapting my French Macarons recipe.  I tweaked the recipe a bit to add in cocoa powder, activated charcoal powder, and a little extra vanilla extract.

To my surprise, IT WORKED.

And ON A WHIM, no less.

How to make GOTHIC MACARONS infused with chocolate and a secret ingredient! These Healthy Black Velvet French Macarons are just as sweet and delicious as your typical macarons, except these are all natural (no artificial food dyes), low fat, gluten free, and made without the bleached white sugar. PERFECT for Halloween! Healthy Dessert Recipes at the Desserts With Benefits Blog (www.DessertsWithBenefits.com)

Maybe I’ve gotten rid of my failed macaron hex??  PRAISE THE LAWD.  To celebrate yet another feat in the macaron-baking sector of my life, as well as my 25th birthday — damn, I’ve been on earth for a quarter century? *reminisces past birthdays and ponders the ones to come* — I thought I’d host a little giveaway for y’all  🙂

Since these Healthy Black Velvet French Macarons were adapted from my Classic French Macarons, a recipe in my Naughty or Nice Cookbook, I think giving away some copies plus a few common ingredients used throughout the book would be a good idea!

Good luck everyone!

Naughty or Nice Cookbook Bundle Giveaway!

How to make GOTHIC MACARONS infused with chocolate and a secret ingredient! These Healthy Black Velvet French Macarons are just as sweet and delicious as your typical macarons, except these are all natural (no artificial food dyes), low fat, gluten free, and made without the bleached white sugar. PERFECT for Halloween! Healthy Dessert Recipes at the Desserts With Benefits Blog (www.DessertsWithBenefits.com)

20 macarons

Healthy Black Velvet French Macarons

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Cook Time: 8 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour 30 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 200g Organic Evaporated Cane Juice, powdered in a high-speed blender (measure after grinding)
  • 120g Almond Meal
  • 6g Unsweetened Dutch Processed Cocoa Powder
  • 6g Activated Charcoal Powder
  • 105g Egg Whites (fresh, not cartoned)
  • ¼ tsp Salt
  • 50g Organic Evaporated Cane Juice
  • 1 tsp Vanilla Extract

Directions:

  1. Line 3 cookie sheets with silicone baking mats or parchment paper. Prepare a piping bag with round tip (#804).
  2. In a small bowl, add the powdered evaporated cane juice, almond meal, cocoa powder, and charcoal powder. Set aside.
  3. In an electric stand mixer bowl fitted with a whisk attachment, add the egg whites and salt. Turn the stand mixer on high speed and start a timer.  Slowly sprinkle in the 50g of evaporated cane juice.  Whip this mixture for 5 minutes. Mixture should form stiff peaks.
  4. Add the vanilla extract and whip for 1 more minute.  Turn off the mixer and scrape the fluff off the whisk attachment into the stand mixer bowl.
  5. Sift the dry ingredients into the stand mixer bowl and fold in by hand with a silicone spatula until fully incorporated. Do not under mix and do not over mix!! Mixture should be in between “plopping” off the spatula and “flowing” like a thick ribbon.
  6. Scoop the batter into the prepared piping bag and pipe 1” buttons onto the prepared cookie sheets, each about 2” apart.  Tap the pans on the counter HARD a few times to deflate any air pockets.
  7. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Let the piped macarons sit at room temperature for ~45 minutes. Shells should form on the surface of the macarons (when you can tap the surface, they shouldn’t stick to your finger at all). Bake one tray at a time for ~8 minutes, or until the fluffy “feet” form and the surfaces of the macarons turn a very light golden brown. Let cool completely on the cookie sheets.
  8. Pipe your frosting of choice onto half of the macaron shells, then sandwich the remaining shells on top. Serve immediately.

Adapted from the French Macarons in the Naughty or Nice Cookbook.

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How to make GOTHIC MACARONS infused with chocolate and a secret ingredient! These Healthy Black Velvet French Macarons are just as sweet and delicious as your typical macarons, except these are all natural (no artificial food dyes), low fat, gluten free, and made without the bleached white sugar. PERFECT for Halloween! Healthy Dessert Recipes at the Desserts With Benefits Blog (www.DessertsWithBenefits.com)

I realized my #804 round piping tip was in the dishwasher right as I was about to pipe the macaron batter, so I substituted it with a #845 closed star tip.  This is why you see the crazy (cool?) star/swirl patterns on the macarons.  If you want perfectly smooth tops, use the #804 round tip  🙂

How to make GOTHIC MACARONS infused with chocolate and a secret ingredient! These Healthy Black Velvet French Macarons are just as sweet and delicious as your typical macarons, except these are all natural (no artificial food dyes), low fat, gluten free, and made without the bleached white sugar. PERFECT for Halloween! Healthy Dessert Recipes at the Desserts With Benefits Blog (www.DessertsWithBenefits.com)

Enjoy!

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With love and good eats,

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– Jess

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PS:  Want more “Black Velvet” recipes?  I’ve got ya covered:

Black Velvet Cookie Dough

Black Velvet is just like red velvet, only jet-black. This sweet, rich, addictive, and chocolatey, secret ingredient Healthy Black Velvet Cookie Dough is all natural, sugar free, high protein, gluten free, AND vegan, but you'd never know it. Oh, and it’s safe to eat raw! -- Healthy Dessert Recipes with sugar free, low calorie, low fat, high protein, gluten free, dairy free, vegan, and raw options at the Desserts With Benefits Blog (www.DessertsWithBenefits.com)

Raw Black Velvet Fudge

Black Velvet is just like red velvet, only black! This Healthy Raw Black Velvet Fudge is SUPER smooth, creamy, sweet, and chocolatey. You’d never know it’s all natural, refined sugar free, low carb, gluten free, dairy free, AND vegan. Can you guess the secret ingredient? -- Healthy Dessert Recipes with low calorie, low fat, and high protein options at the Desserts With Benefits Blog (www.DessertsWithBenefits.com)

Black Velvet Frosting

Black Velvet is just like red velvet, only black! This Healthy Black Velvet Frosting is thick, smooth, sweet, and chocolatey. You’d never know it’s all natural, refined sugar free, low carb, high protein, high fiber, gluten free, dairy free, AND vegan. Can you guess the secret ingredient? Healthy Dessert Recipes at the Desserts With Benefits Blog (www.DessertsWithBenefits.com)

Black Velvet DIY Protein Bars

Black Velvet is just like red velvet, only black! These sweet, fudgy, chocolatey Healthy Black Velvet DIY Protein Bars are all natural, sugar free, high protein, gluten free, dairy free AND vegan, but you'd never know it. Can you guess the secret ingredient? -- Healthy Dessert Recipes with sugar free, low calorie, low fat, high protein, gluten free, dairy free, vegan, and raw options at the Desserts With Benefits Blog (www.DessertsWithBenefits.com)

Black Velvet Marshmallows

These Healthy Black Velvet Marshmallows are just as sweet and fluffy as regular marshmallows, but they're infused with chocolate and a SECRET INGREDIENT! These homemade marshmallows are naturally sweetened and naturally colored – made without corn syrup and artificial food dye. PERFECT for Halloween! (How to Make Marshmallows) Healthy Dessert Recipes at the Desserts With Benefits Blog

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27 comments on “Healthy Black Velvet French Macarons (To Celebrate My 25th Birthday!)”

  1. Can’t wait to try this!

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  4. Love all these recipes! So nice to find a dessert site that is also health conscious (as well as delicious). 🙂

  5. I would totally make the pumpkin bread first

  6. I’m so intrigued by your recipes that use activated charcoal! I totally want to try them! I really want to try your PB fudge recipe!

  7. definitely the sprinkles! so hard to find healthy ones

  8. I would make the Healthy Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough. Looks very yummy!

  9. The Peanut Butter fudge for sure. (Or anything else that might have peanut butter it it!!)

  10. Eve McGee-Malone
    8

    French Toast Bites!

  11. Jennifer Essad
    9

    Happy Birthday Jessica. I’m with you I love peanut butter fudge and would like to try making it for our family. I might drizzle some dark chocolate over the top for Halloween

  12. Olivia Grace
    10

    You had me at “macaron.” Seriously, whaaaaat?! These look fantastic!! What are some other flavors you’re cooking up?? I definitely hope maybe a lemony one, OOO or peppermint for Christmas! <3

  13. I would totally try the peanut butter fudge first! It sounds amazing:)

  14. I would love to try your recipe for grasshopper pie; it looks so good!

  15. Mara Kovacevic
    13

    I have read activated charcoal is not good to eat, so I stay away from it – as beautiful and delicious as your black velvet creations always look!

  16. What is activated charcoal powder? I thought hospitals gave it to people who overdose.

    • They do! That’s because they absorb toxins. For that same reason, more people are incorporating them in recipes. They help bind up and remove build up of toxins.

  17. These look so incredible! Definitely making these for halloween!!!!

  18. Matcha Green Tea Almond Cake is what I’m excited to try

  19. Irene Larsen
    17

    Sweet Affair Tarts

  20. Linda Tunney
    18

    Happy 25th Birthday Jessica! These black velvet French macaroons look really cool. I will try to make them for Halloween. Thank you for all the time you spent trying to make the perfect recipe.

  21. These look so fun for Halloween! Which recipe I’d make first? All of them. That’s not humanly possible (even though I wish it was)? Fine, the chocolate chip cookie dough, duh! And hope you have a wonderful 25th birthday!!!

  22. Eliza Strong
    20

    I would make the cinnamon rolls with cream cheese frosting first.

  23. Haley Strong
    21

    The cinnamon rolls with cream cheese frosting sound amazing!

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  26. Happy late birthday Jess! These look wonderful, and you always come up with the most creative and aesthetic desserts ever!

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