Would love to make macaroons, but we have tree nut allergies in the family; substitutions for almonds?

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Yianna October 23, 2014
I've seen plenty of recipes using ordinary flour/cornstarch, and others using seeds such as sunflower and even coconut (but that's a tree nut so I'm guessing it's a no-go). Pastry chef Stella Parks talks about using these substitutes at her site bravetart - she's amazing and her macarons are the best. Do have a look if you're interested!
 
sile October 22, 2014
I use cake flour and I grate malted milk balls and sift out the chocolate. It works very well.
We can not find sources for peanut free tree nuts.
 
nashama February 5, 2014
Pumpkin seeds are pretty mild, and so I imagine that's why they're a good substitute. You can substitute pumpkin seed meal 1:1 in any macaron recipe. If you're making your own in the food processor, I would triple-sift to be certain you have only the finest ground seeds.
Good luck and let us know how they turn out!!
 
nancy E. February 5, 2014
I think you mean Macarons, the little cookies made with merinque. You can replace the almond flour with pistachio or hazelnut flour.
 
mama J. February 5, 2014
The problem is that we have a tree nut allergy; I cannot bake with any type of NUT. (Peanuts
are a legume and we can have those, but I
don't want 'macarons' that taste like peanuts.). Pistachios, hazelnuts, walnuts, pecans, etc are all 'tree nuts'.
 
Lindsay-Jean H. February 5, 2014
This recipe calls for pumpkin seeds: http://honestcooking.com/nut-free-macaron-recipe/
 
mama J. February 5, 2014
I have seen that, but not tried it; have you? I
am intrigued, and would be curious to know
how they taste.
 
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