This recipe has been a long time coming. I originally tried vegan macaroons and played around with aquafaba (chickpea brine) a few months ago. I was excited to experiment with it and see what this whole vegan meringue thing was about, so I just got out my mixer and started playing. I made this awesome batch of macaroons that looked just like the real thing and tasted right on point and I was so excited. The next day I went to make them again so I could create a filling and photograph them, but I kid you not, they actually disappeared in the oven. I whipped them up, put them in and looked in 20 minutes later to see just this flat, dark sticky circle where there once was a meringue. Fail.
A couple days later, I decided to try again and make it as Pavlova. Surely you couldn’t have an entire Pavlova disappear. I beat it like I did the other times, made the stiff peaks and scooped it into a piping bag, placing it in the oven to bake. It didn’t disappear, but it sure did just turn back to chickpea brine. I honestly could have poured it back over the chickpeas and returned them to their can and you would never know the difference. It’s a good thing I really like chickpeas, because now I was three cans deep in the fridge and no vegan macaroons to show for it.
After those few fails, I didn’t try again for several months. The thing with food blogging is you only ever see the wild successes show up on these pages, but sometimes it takes a lot of trial and error and complete flops before they reach that stage. And sometimes it’s really discouraging! So I left the chickpea brine with the chickpeas for a while, or poured it down the drain, just like I used to do, saying a few mean words to it as I let it go, and asking it when it may be ready to cooperate for me to try again. I don’t know what it said in return, but a few weeks ago, it sure did cooperate. And the result was these lovely macaroons, filled with a coconut chocolate center that just made my heart the happiest when they were completed and sitting on the counter. Sometimes it’s worth trying again and again.