Healthy Coconut Macaroons

These health coconut macaroons are loaded with coconut flavor and sweetened only with pure maple syrup. They’re perfect for when you’re craving something sweet, but want to stick with your healthy eating goals! Paleo-friendly, gluten-free and vegan.

These Detox Macaroons are loaded with coconut flavor and sweetened only with pure maple syrup. They're perfect for when you're craving something sweet, but want to stick with your healthy eating goals! Paleo-friendly, gluten-free and vegan.

I figured with all the salads I’ve been posting for the Salad Every Day Challenge we needed a little dessert.

Luckily these detox macaroons are healthy, detox approved and won’t undo any of the progress you’ve made. I know summer is just around the corner and we all want to look good in our suits. 😉

DETOX MACAROONS

The best part? You only need SIX ingredients… minus the chocolate chips (which are optional). One important ingredient tip to note! You have to use unsweetened fine or desiccated shredded coconut. This is super important because if you use the longer shreds, the macaroons won’t hold together an they’ll spread across the pan. I’ve found a couple brands that make fine shredded coconut that works perfectly including Let’s Do Organic (they sell it at most grocery stores, on Amazon and at Target) or the Bob’s Red Mill fine shredded coconut.

These Detox Macaroons are loaded with coconut flavor and sweetened only with pure maple syrup. They're perfect for when you're craving something sweet, but want to stick with your healthy eating goals! Paleo-friendly, gluten-free and vegan.

If you like coconut, you’re in luck because these coconut macaroons are loaded with coconut flavor. Once baked they’re crispy on the outside with a tender and moist center. For this version I melted chocolate chips for dipping and drizzling, but the chocolate is totally optional. They’re 100% delicious without the chocolate as well.

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Healthy Coconut Macroons


  • Author: Brittany Mullins
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 22 minutes
  • Total Time: 32 minutes
  • Yield: 15

Description

These detox macaroons are loaded with coconut flavor and sweetened only with pure maple syrup. They’re perfect for when you’re craving something sweet, but want to stick with your healthy eating goals!


Ingredients

  • 1 cup unsweetened fine shredded/desiccated coconut (see note)
  • 1/2 cup almond flour
  • 1/4 cup pure maple syrup
  • 3 Tablespoons melted coconut oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/8 teaspoon sea salt
  • 34 Tablespoons dairy-free chocolate chips + coconut oil, if needed

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 300°F.
  2. Stir together unsweetened shredded coconut, almond flour, maple syrup, coconut oil, vanilla and sea salt in a medium sized bowl.
  3. Use a Tablespoon to scoop batter onto a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper.
  4. Bake for 20-22 minutes. Remove from oven and let cool — they will firm up as they cool so wait about 15 minutes or so before serving or dipping in chocolate.
  5. If adding melted chocolate, add chips to a microwave safe bowl and heat for about 30 seconds and stir. If chips aren’t melted, heat for another 10 seconds or so. If the chocolate seems too thick after melting you can add a teaspoon of melted coconut oil to thin it out. Dip each macaroon into the melted chocolate and/or drizzle chocolate over each macaroon. Place macaroons in the fridge/freezer for 5-10 minutes to allow the chocolate to harden. Store any leftover macaroons in the fridge or freezer. If you do store them in the freezer, let them sit out at least 10 minutes before eating. They’re really hard straight from the freezer.

Notes

  • Be sure to use fine shredded/desiccated coconut. With this type of coconut, the shreds are really tiny and the coconut is more dry. If you use regular shredded coconut (the long strands) the macaroons won’t hold together as well and will spread way too much!
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Bake
  • Cuisine: American

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1 macaroon
  • Calories: 98
  • Sugar: 4g
  • Sodium: 19mg
  • Fat: 8g
  • Saturated Fat: 6g
  • Trans Fat: 0
  • Carbohydrates: 6g
  • Fiber: 1g
  • Protein: 1g
  • Cholesterol: 0mg

Keywords: vegan coconut macarrons

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    38 comments
  1. I have made these twice and they are delicious!! Both times they have spread out ALOT on the pan? SHould I not melt the coconut oil before i add it in?

    • Shoot! I can’t figure out why this is happening to some people but not to others. I’ve made these macaroons at least 5-6 times and it’s never happened to me. What type of coconut did you use?

      • Gah! Did you measure the coconut oil when it was solid or melted? I’m thinking that if you measured it while it was solid it ended up being too much and that’s why the macaroons aren’t holding together.

        • I just made these a second time and doubled the batch. The first time they kept they’re form for the most part but not so much this time. I did melt the coconut oil. I’m thinking next time I’ll leave out a tablespoon or two of the oil. They might not look so pretty but they’re still so good!!!

  2. I’m impressed with how crispy and delicious these are for having few ingredients! Very nice work, I’ll probably make them again!

  3. Thanks,

    Can I also use coconut flour instead of shredded coconut?

    And can I use molasses or honey instead of maple syrup?

    If yes to both – what quantities?

    Alice

    • Hi Alice. You can certainly try these items but I haven’t experimented with them so I’m not sure how the macaroons will turn out. I think coconut flour would really change the texture and not be the best sub. I would stick with the shredded coconut if possible. Let me know if you try the recipe. 🙂

  4. I don’t have carob chips but I do have carob powder – how much of this should I use in the recipe instead of the carob chips?

    Thanks

  5. Yum! I LOVE carob, and you very rarely come across carob recipes! This would be a great sweet treat after a training run. Thanks so much for sharing! These look adorable!

  6. I enjoyed watching the premiere too – I hope they show even more of the “business” side of TIU in future episodes. I really admire K&K and the amazing business they’ve created together. This recipe looks yummy – and your nails are adorable, as usual! 😉

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