Monday, October 13, 2014

Macaron Monday: Chia Seed French Macarons with Date Syrup Buttercream Filling

It was only a matter of time before these healthy little chia seeds made it into a French macaron shell in my kitchen.

A bag of chia seeds were actually sitting right next to the jar of date syrup which is what gave me the idea for this French Macaron flavor combo.

Seems like they just magically migrated to one another when my back was turned. I would like to think so anyway. 

I bought that little jar of date syrup a few months ago intending to use it for something Thanksgiving-y.

Oh well.

This flavor combination was different. Good different and almost exotic. You can also pretend it's healthy.

Chia Seed French Macarons with 
Date Syrup Buttercream Filling

For the Chia Seed French Macaron Shells:

Use a kitchen scale for precise measurements.

  • 90 grams of egg whites - aged at least 2 days. Let them sit out on the counter uncovered.
  • 25-50 grams extra fine white granulated sugar
  • 200 grams of powdered sugar 
  • 110 Grams of almond flour*
  • 2 tablespoons chia seeds
  • Pinch of cream of tarter
  • Pinch of salt
*You can buy almond flour that has been ground with or without the skin. I use the later (blanched). The former looks really nice if you are not coloring the shells. You can also grind your own almond flour by putting whole or sliced almonds in a food processor or blender. If you do, make sure you throw a little of the powdered sugar in to prevent the almonds from forming a paste.

  • Line two baking sheets with parchment paper or use a silpat.
  • Sift the powdered sugar and almond flour together or pulse them together briefly in a food processor. Make sure there are no large pieces. 
  • Remove two tablespoons of the powdered sugar/almond mixture and discard. Replace with two tablespoons of the chia seeds. Pulse or whisk until combined thoroughly.
  • Whip the egg whites. When they start to get foamy, slowly add the sugar. Continue whipping until you can turn the bowl upside down and nothing slides out. Add the pinches of salt and cream of tartar.
  • Add the powdered sugar/almond/chia seed mixture to the egg white mixture and fold, using quick strokes at first then slow down. The batter should have a "flowing like lava" consistency. Make a peak of the batter and if it does not disappear after 5-7 seconds, keep folding. If it's running all over the place, you will probably have to start over. Place a pastry bag fitted with a round shaped tip in a tall water and and fold the edges down around the glass.
  • Fill the pastry bag with the macaron batter, twist the open top to secure and pipe circles onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper or on a Silpat. 
  • Let the macarons dry for about a half hour or until they harden.
  • Preheat oven to 325 degrees F.
  • Place the macarons on the middle rack in the oven. I keep the oven door propped open with a dish towel or wooden spoon.
  • I place another empty baking sheet on top to prevent the shells from becoming toasted and discolored.
  • Bake for 18-20 minutes.
  • When checking them after 10 minutes or so, if the ones in the back of the sheet seem to be cooking faster that the ones in front, flip the tray around.
  • To test to see if they are done, peel the baking paper or silpat back, if the shell comes off easily, they are done.
  • If you do have a problem with the shells sticking to the surface when removed from the oven, lift up the baking paper and pour a bit of water underneath. this will steam them off the paper.
  • Transfer to a baking rack and let cool completely before matching up the shells into pairs according to size.
  • Fill with date syrup buttercream or your choice of filling.

For the Date Syrup Buttercream:

  • 1 stick unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/3 cup date syrup


  • Place all ingredients in the bowl of a mixer.
  • Beat on low spread until everything comes together and  a smooth buttercream forms.
  • Load the date buttercream into a disposable pastry bag and fill the  french macaron shells

1 comment:

  1. I love dates but I've never seen date syrup in our grocery stores. These are lovely looking macs and I'm curious now about the flavour. Exotic sounds good :)


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