Protein Macaroons

by on May 18, 2012

Ahhh it’s Friday… and it’s already lunch time. Only a few more hours til’ the weekend! We don’t have any big plans but there is a ton of stuff going on in Richmond (including this little Food Truck Derby that I want to check out) so I’m sure we’ll find plenty to do.

Anyhow, last night I wanted something sweet after dinner and had all the ingredients on hand to make raw macaroons. Alas the thought of pulling out my dehydrator and waiting hours to have one didn’t seem appealing so I started thinking of other macaroon ideas  – including the grand idea of adding protein powder to a macaroon recipe. <– A coconut treat that’s packed with protein – yes please!

I knew this was an awesome idea and thought maybe it hadn’t been done before. A quick google search told me I was wrong – surprise surprise. The lovely Jamie Eason had already made a low carb coconut macaroon recipe that had protein powder. I should have known as she is the queen of protein filled treats. They looked pretty easy so I adapted it and made something similar and they are amazing!! Seriously, so good, super healthy and so easy to make. I’m in love.

protein macaroons

Protein Macaroons

Makes 15. Adapted from Jamie Eason’s Low Carb Coconut Macaroons

These little bites are not only moist and delicious, but they are low in sugar and carbs. They’re perfect for a snack or even as part of breakfast.


  • 1/3 cup egg whites
  • 1 1/2 Tablespoon maple syrup
  • 10 drops of liquid stevia (I used NuNaturals Vanilla stevia) <– You could also use 1 packet of powdered stevia
  • 1 scoop (20g) vanilla protein powder (I used 1 packet of Perfect Fit vanilla brown rice protein powder)
  • 1 cup dried, unsweetened shredded coconut
  • pinch of ground cinnamon


  1. Preheat oven to 300°.
  2. Whisk together egg whites, stevia, and maple syrup in a medium sized bowl.
  3. Add protein powder and shredded coconut and stir until combined.
  4. Use a Tablespoon to scoop batter onto a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper.
  5. Bake for 22 minutes. Remove from oven and let cool before transferring to a sealed container for storage.

protein macaroons

And check out the awesome stats.

Nutrition Facts: 1 Macaroon = Calories: 52 Fat: 3g Carbs: 3g Sugar: 1g Protein: 2g.

If this isn’t the perfect Friday treat, I don’t know what is! ;) Enjoy and have a lovely weekend.

{ 37 comments… read them below or add one }

Lea May 18, 2012 at 1:35 pm

These look really delicious! I’ll have to pick up some coconut to make them next time I’m at the grocery store.


amy May 18, 2012 at 1:36 pm

love this!! pinning for sure :)


Claire @ Live and Love to Eat May 18, 2012 at 1:43 pm

LOVE. I might make these tonight!


Shannon Fry May 18, 2012 at 2:08 pm

Oh yea… Im so making these this weekend!


Eating Bird Food May 19, 2012 at 7:31 am

Yes! Let me know how they turn out!


Gabby @ Gabby's Gluten-Free May 18, 2012 at 2:11 pm

YUM! Can’t wait to make this!


Whitney @ Whit Likes Fit May 18, 2012 at 2:38 pm

These look so easy. Can’t wait to try them!


Liz @ iheartvegetables May 18, 2012 at 3:06 pm

Ohhh my goodness these were seriously SO good. A co worker brought in a box of Dixie doughnuts and I only had a little bite of one, because I was like “hmm I could have those macaroons instead” and they were seriously better than the doughnuts. I can’t wait to make these!! And I don’t have a dehydrator so I actually CAN! Haha.

Glad we worked out this morning! Hopefully I see you at the Derby!!


Eating Bird Food May 19, 2012 at 7:30 am

Yay! I’m so glad you liked them Liz. What flavor donut did you try? I don’t really like donuts but I’m still interested to see all the crazy donut creations Dixie Donuts offers.

I’ll text you tomorrow!


Melissa @ Squatsandsquash May 18, 2012 at 3:23 pm

Looks like a fun recipe to try!!! And healthy too. I need to get some of that liquid stevia. Everyone seems to be using it in their recipes!


Pure2raw twins May 18, 2012 at 3:25 pm

yum! these look great ;)


Brittany @ Delights and Delectables May 18, 2012 at 4:10 pm

These look awesome!!


Janetha May 18, 2012 at 5:42 pm

yep, i need these in my life!


Eating Bird Food May 19, 2012 at 7:10 am

Indeed. I think you’ll love them!


Lauren May 18, 2012 at 8:41 pm

I have never made macaroons but I’ve always wanted to. They seem pretty easy and always look so delicious!


Elle May 18, 2012 at 10:15 pm

Look very good and nice N.I. too – low calorie and very low carbs… hmmmm.


Kaleigh May 18, 2012 at 10:28 pm

just made them! I only had two eggs for the egg whites, so I added in 1/2 flax egg. So yummy, not overly sweet and I love that the protein powder isn’t really dominant/chalky!

I am looking for quick and easy dessert snacks to make to eliminate my bf’s need to get store-bought (i.e. crappy) cookies… these def. made the list!



Eating Bird Food May 19, 2012 at 7:28 am

I love that you already made these!!! And thank you for popping back in and letting me know how they turned out. :)


lynn @ the actor's diet May 18, 2012 at 11:09 pm

i always get macarons and macaroons confused. you should make protein macrons next!


Eating Bird Food May 19, 2012 at 4:18 pm

I used to get them confused as well – until I read this post over at YumSugar. It sums it all up. :)


Lora @ Crazy Running Girl May 19, 2012 at 10:08 pm

These sound amazing!!


Ali May 20, 2012 at 4:34 pm

Looks healthy and delicious. Can’t wait to try!


Megan @ Fiterature May 20, 2012 at 8:50 pm

This is happening in my house soon. Very very soon. YUM!


Gina May 20, 2012 at 9:45 pm

I have no idea how I haven’t seen Jamie’s version of these considering I stalk her protein recipes! Love the look of these, totally making them for some pre and post workout treats :)


Eating Bird Food May 20, 2012 at 10:51 pm

I was surprised when I found them through google that I hadn’t seen them before either. You’ll love them!!


brandee May 21, 2012 at 2:43 am

After seeing these on instagram I couldn’t want to see the recipe! I can’t wait to try them!


Eating Bird Food May 21, 2012 at 6:55 am

Hi Brandee! Definitely let me know what you think if you try them. :)


Melissa May 26, 2012 at 3:32 pm

I loved these! I added some cocoa powder to half the recipe so I had half vanilla and half chocolate. They were divine!


Eating Bird Food May 26, 2012 at 11:18 pm

Great idea! I’m so glad you liked them.


Stephanie May 30, 2012 at 9:20 am

I found your recipe a couple days ago and have been dying to try this recipe. I had no idea unsweetened coconut was so hard to find. After four stores I was finally able to find it and tried these last night. They were really good! The only problem is the stuck like crazy to the parchment paper. I could not get them off! I just ate the tops off :) I tried a second batch and sprayed the paper with Pam but had the same problem. Did this happen to you or am I
Doing something wrong? Thanks for the recipe!


Eating Bird Food June 5, 2012 at 1:31 pm

hmmm… This didn’t happen to me and my friend tried the recipe and said it didn’t happen to her either. I don’t know what you could be doing wrong though. Does your coconut look like this? <– Not necessarily that brand, but is it cut like that or is it in larger chunks?


Jessica June 2, 2012 at 12:41 am

These are sooo good, I just pulled them out of the oven! I have a feeling this is going to be something I make many times. Thanks for the recipe!


Eating Bird Food June 2, 2012 at 11:53 pm

Thank you Jessica. I’m so glad you’re enjoying the macaroons!


Katharina June 13, 2012 at 9:52 am

As you know I already tried these out. Loved the simplicity and the flavor! Seriously… Toasted coconut shreds are incredible and this recipe made them even better :D thank you for sharing Miss Brittany :D



Tasha @ Run, Eat, Work, Play July 27, 2012 at 2:06 pm

Just made this recipe today and they’re sooo good! I subbed raw agave for the maple syrup and they still turned out great. Definitely a great option for a post workout snack! Thanks for the recipe Brittany!


Alison March 17, 2013 at 1:32 am

Do you think these would still work omitting the maple syrup and just using liquid stevia? I am really really sensitive to any sugar that isn’t stevia.


Brittany Mullins March 18, 2013 at 11:54 am

I’m not 100% because I haven’t tried it. Let me know if you do!


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