Healthy Coconut Macaroons
Published May 24, 2017, Updated Sep 27, 2021
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These healthy coconut macaroons are perfect for when you’re craving something sweet, but want to stick with your healthy eating goals! Paleo-friendly, gluten-free, vegan and sweetened only with pure maple syrup.
If you like coconut, you’re in luck because these coconut macaroons are loaded with coconut flavor and super easy to whip up!
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.
What Type of Coconut to Use
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 and 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.
You only need SIX ingredients to make these healthy coconut macaroons… minus the chocolate chips (which are optional, but highly recommended!).
- unsweetened fine shredded/desiccated coconut – see note above
- almond flour – make sure you grab almond flour, not almond meal!
- maple syrup – pure maple syrup is the perfect natural sweetener to use because it’s liquid.
- coconut oil
- sea salt
- dairy-free chocolate chips (optional for drizzle) – I love Lily’s chocolate chips for a low-sugar option and Enjoy Life chocolate chips for a dairy-free/soy-free option.
How to Make Coconut Macaroons
Combine Ingredients – Stir together unsweetened shredded coconut, almond flour, maple syrup, coconut oil, vanilla and sea salt in a medium sized bowl.
Bake – Use a rounded Tablespoon or small cooke scoop to scoop batter onto a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper. Bake for 20-22 minutes.
Let Cool – Once done baking, 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.
Melt Chocolate (optional) – 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 in Chocolate – Dip each macaroon into the melted chocolate and/or drizzle chocolate over each macaroon.
Set – Place macaroons in the fridge/freezer for 5-10 minutes to allow the chocolate to harden.
How to Store Coconut Macaroons
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.
More Coconut Treats to Try:
- Coconut Protein Balls
- 4-Ingredient Almond Coconut Cookies
- Chocolate Coconut Macaroons
- Chocolate Coconut Macaroons
- Trail Mix Coconut Butter Cups
- No Bake Coconut Quinoa Cookies
- Coconut Chocolate Chip Larabars
If you make these healthy coconut macaroons please be sure to leave a comment and star rating below letting me know how they turned out. Your feedback is so helpful for the EBF team and other EBF readers.
Healthy Coconut Macroons
- 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 be sure to measure it liquid
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
- 1/8 teaspoon sea salt
- 3-4 Tablespoons dairy-free chocolate chips + coconut oil if needed
- Preheat oven: Preheat oven to 300°F.
- Combine ingredients: Stir together unsweetened shredded coconut, almond flour, maple syrup, coconut oil, vanilla and sea salt in a medium sized bowl.
- Form macaroons: Use a rounded Tablespoon or small cooke scoop to scoop batter onto a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper.
- Bake: 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.
- Melt chocolate: 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 in chocolate: Dip each macaroon into the melted chocolate and/or drizzle chocolate over each macaroon.
- Set: 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.
- Coconut: 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!
Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.
So jealous you got to meet them in person! Do you have their nutrition plan? I’ve been debating buying it for over a year now haha, but I’m not sure it’s worth the price. Cannot wait to try these Macaroons!
These macaroons look so good! I really want to watch Toned Up, but I don’t have cable. I’m hoping eventually they put it on Hulu – it looks really entertaining/ interesting. Happy 2014!
we did not get to watch it, so sad!! we hope to catch in online somewhere
love macaroons 😉
Yum these looks delicious! I wanted to watch the Tone It Up show but we don’t have cable – I guess i’ll have to wait until there is a way I can watch it via the internet.
These sound SO tasty! Any ideas for someone who can’t have almonds for a substitution ?
Yum! These look great!
These look yummy! And I love your nails, by the way!
I can’t wait to try these. They look delicious and I even have most of the ingredients on hand already! Perfect!
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! 😉
This is great how you brought this recipe up! I love how you combined olive oil, coconut, and carob in one recipe because these have such wonderful benefits!
Detox: you knew just what I needed after getting back from my holidays! Happy New Years!
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!
Can I pin your recipes? I couldn’t seem to find it on pinterest. I want to pin this one so badly 🙂 looks lovely!!!
Definitely. There’s a little pin button at the bottom of each post but you can also find it here: http://www.pinterest.com/pin/44754590021280717/
I love the Tone It Up girls! I’m actually participating in the Love Your Body challenge this year. But I agree about the show – 10:30 is laate!
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?
Hi Alice. I would use 1/2 – 1 Tablespoon of carob powder or you could leave out the carob chips/powder if you’d like.
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?
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. 🙂
Can I replace the maple syrup with fruit (fresh/frozen/dried)?
Sweetners are too controversial to use…
I’m impressed with how crispy and delicious these are for having few ingredients! Very nice work, I’ll probably make them again!
So glad to hear that you liked them Margot. I love that they’re crispy too!
I love a recipe where I already have all the ingredients! This will be perfect for this long weekend!
These looks like the perfect little something sweet, thanks for sharing!
ooohhhhhh i’m a sucker for macaroons but this version is so much healthier!! love that they’re not a billion ingredients or steps! can’t wait to make them, thank you for sharing 🙂
Izzy | Pinch of delight
These look amazing and I can’t wait to try them! So easy to make, too! Thanks for sharing.
These look deeeelish! I’m pinning them on my “to-make” list. :-*
Yay!!! You will love these. <3
This looks perfect for something a little sweet throughout the day. Thanks for sharing!
mine ended up in a splat on the pan haha. I am going to have to try again I think maybe I added too much coconut oil?
This happened to me too, HALP!!!???
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!!!
Can you substitute coconut flour for the almond flour?
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?
would coconut flour instead of the almond flour?
These are delicious! Mine spread a bit but I don’t mind. I also added chocolate chips instead of doing the chocolate drizzle. Thanks for the great recipe!
Hi Hannah! How much coconut oil did you add? I’m thinking that if too much coconut oil got added that might be why the macaroons are spreading a bit. But regardless, I am SO glad you loved them and that they turned out well for you! I really appreciate you coming back to leave a comment and star rating. It means the world to me! <3
Mine flattened out but oh so delicious and simple!!! I will definitely make again but play with the amount of oil.
Did you use the amount listed or add any extra oil? Either way, I’m so glad these macaroons turned out for you, Carly!! Thanks for trying my recipe and for coming back to leave a comment and star rating. I so appreciate it. <3
Do you have a coconut oil alternative? It’s higher in saturated fat than butter. Is there a healthy alternative?
Hey Lisa – You could use butter, ghee or another oil as a substitute for the coconut oil if you prefer.
Hands down one of my husband’s new FAVORITES. Thank you for creating something so incredibly delicious and GF and easy!!! The presentation is an added bonus, Brittany! You are a Recipe Rock Star!!!
You’re so welcome, Jennifer!! I’m so glad this macaroon recipe was a hit! As always, thanks so much for trying my recipe and for coming back to leave a comment + star rating. It means the world to me!
Can I replace the almond flour with coconut flour?
Hey Emily – You can certainly try it, but coconut flour soaks up more liquid than other flours so these macaroons might end up being too dry. Maybe start with 1/4 cup of coconut flour.
I have made this recipe 3 times already and it’s now my husband favorite dessert by far!!!
The first time I replaced the almond flour with coconut flour but the macaroons were a bit dry.
Thanks for this recipe.
If I only have sweetened coconut flakes how will this change the recipe?
Hey Rory – I wouldn’t recommend using coconut flakes because the macaroons won’t hold together as well and will spread way too much.
Can you repost the link to the coconut- the link above didnt work.
Hey Irma – Sorry about that, here‘s one example of the coconut.
These turned out so good!! Mine also flattened a little in the oven, but I just pinched them up to reform the macaroon shape and they came out great. Will definitely be making these again!
So glad these macaroons turned out for you, Noha. And I’m glad you were able to reform them a bit. Sorry that happened! Did you change anything about the recipe? Thanks for making them and for coming back to leave a comment + star rating. I so appreciate it. 🙂
These were delicious!! I didn’t add chocolate, they were totally perfect without. I was looking at another recipe before this, much more complicated calling for room temperature eggs (suggested they sit for an hour to warm up) – like ain’t no one got time for that! This simple recipe is absolutely sufficient. I will be making them again! I have an idea as to why some commenters had theirs spread, maybe they used too hot/warm coconut oil? Mine is already in liquid form so room temp, and they maintained their shape. Just wanted to put that out there. This site is ad ridden which is obnoxious but is common practice these days I suppose. Ok I’m done now. Haha. Thanks for the recipe!
Thanks for trying these macaroons, Sam! I’m glad you enjoyed them. 🙂
OMG! newly discovered you and made this! It was ohhh soooo goood!
Ahh that makes me so happy to hear! So glad you found me and enjoyed this recipe. Thanks for making it and for coming back to leave a comment + star rating. I appreciate it. 🙂
Perfect sweet treat without the guilt. Super easy to make too!
So glad you enjoyed these macaroons, Lisa! Thanks for the review.
I would love to try these, but I can’t find fine shredded coconut where I live. Do you think I could pulse it in a blender to get it finer? I’m not sure what it should look like.
Hey Katie! It should look like this. If you only have flakes I bet you could add them to a blender to make more finely shredded coconut for this recipe. Let me know if you end up trying it!!
I made these spontaneously on a weeknight because they looked SO GOOD. And they exceeded expectations. Had my husband not seen me make them he would have thought I bought them! A third of them were gone before I dipped any in chocolate (they’re so good warm from the oven). The beet ever, and without all the refined sugar of more traditional macaroons. Thank you EBF!!
Yay!! That makes me so happy to hear!! So glad you loved this recipe. Thanks for making it and for coming back to leave a review. I so appreciate it, Danielle. 🙂
Hi – Wondering if I could sub whole-wheat flour or oat flour? Thanks 🙂
I haven’t tried a sub for the almond flour, so I’m not 100% sure how these would turn out with a different flour. Let me know if you try them and how they turn out for you!
These were so good!! So easy to make, too! Thank you for the recipe!! 🥰
Woo! So glad you loved these macaroons, Kristina. Thanks for coming back to leave a review. I so appreciate it!
Made these and they turned out perfect and were delicious. They kept their shape and I had a hard time not eating them all at once. Plus they took no time at all and were SO easy. Thanks for yet another amazing recipe!
Yay!! So glad you love these macaroons!! Thanks for the review. I so appreciate it, Tiffany.
Y’all listen to Brittany when she tells you not to use shredded coconut. 😂 They tasted good, but they fell apart and spread thin in the oven. I had a hard time finding fine shredded coconut, but I ended up using Bob’s Red Mill coconut flakes and just pulsed them in the food processor. The cookies turned out perfectly!! And they taste amazing!
Oh yay!! So glad pulsing the coconut flakes worked for you!! Good tip for anyone else who might be having a hard time finding finely shredded coconut. So glad you loved these, Hannah. Thanks for coming back to leave a review. I so appreciate it!
I made these beauties today and they turned out even better than last year. And last year we completely blown away! They are delicious, gorgeous, and SO easy to make! The best part is they are GF so the husb can enjoy! Thank you so much, Brittany!
Yay!! That makes me so happy to hear, Jennifer. Thanks for making them again and for leaving a review. I so appreciate it!
I actually am not a huge fan of regular macaroons but I LOVE these. I can’t stop eating them! Thank you thank you for the amazing recipe!
Oh yay!! That makes me so happy to hear, Ciara. I’m so pumped you loved these!! Thanks for the review, I so appreciate it. 🙂
These are unreal! Just made them for Easter treats and working on a second batch now because they are that good! YUM YUM YUM!
Woo!! So glad you love these macaroons, Ali! Thanks for coming back to leave a review. I so appreciate it. 🙂
Can’t eat just one. Super easy and so delish.
Yay! So glad you loved these macaroons. Thanks for the review, Maisha. I so appreciate it. 🙂
These turned out awesome! Husband loved them and I’ve never seen him go for anything coconut. Making without the chocolate next time as it made these a little too sweet for me and honestly the cookie is the best part! I did pulse my coconut in the food processor before mixing and that worked well.
Yay! So glad you loved this recipe, Lori. Thanks so much for making it and for coming back to leave a review. I really appreciate it.
Made these twice in under two weeks! So easy since I have the ingredients on hand all the time. My first batch spread too much so I cut back to only 2 T. melted coconut oil and they were perfect. I also added mini chips to the 2nd batch. Super tasty and much less of a mess than melting chocolate. Thanks for another great recipe, Brittany!
So glad these coconut macaroons were a hit, Kelly. Thanks for making them and coming back to leave a review. It means the world to me.
Love these sweet little cookies so much!!! I pulsed regular coconut in my blender and they were perfect. They were a huge hit at our community Easter egg hunt, and I’m making them again just for myself!
Yay! That’s so wonderful to hear, Katie! I’m so glad everyone enjoyed these macaroons. Thanks for the review. I really appreciate it!
Turned out perfectly and had no issues with spreading on the pan during baking! Love how easy these are to throw together
Woo!! So glad you enjyed this macaroons, Prachi! Thanks for the review. I really appreciate it!
Too dry. Very crumbly. Will not make again.
So sorry to her that, Roxanne. I haven’t ever had issues with these turning out dry before. Did you change anything about the recipe?
Loved these. Am avoiding gluten and wanted a sweet treat for those cravings. They came out perfectly sweet without the dryness/crumbly texture that coconut flour desserts have. This one is a keeper.
Yay!! So pumped to hear your enjoyed these coconut macaroons, Ekta! Thanks so much for trying them out and coming back to leave a review. I really appreciate it!
These are AMAZING! Such an easy and tasty recipe, and they smell wonderful too. I made them with melted butter as I was out of coconut oil and that substitution worked great. Thanks for the recipe, this will be a regular.
Yay!! So pumped you enjoyed these macaroons, Anne. Thanks for letting me know the butter worked as a substitution :).
I make these all the time. I love that they’re so easy and everyone asks me for the recipe!!
Happy to hear you’ve been enjoying these macaroons, Lisa! Thanks for the review!
My mom said they’re the best macaroons she’s ever had! Making again for the holidays!
Ah yay! So happy to hear this, Shannon. Thanks so much for trying them out. I so appreciate it!
These are SO yummy! With and without the chocoate!
Woo! Happy to hear this recipe is a hit for you, Lisa! Thanks for coming back to leave a review, I really appreciate it!
This is a family favorite! I make them all the time for family gatherings and they are always gone. Great recipe!!
Woo! So happy to hear that, Jacky. Thanks for leaving a review, it means the world to me!
Oh. My. Yum.
I have been doing my best to eliminate refined sugar from my diet (not easy!), which is what led me to these treats. They are SO delicious! I followed the recipe as written. Super easy and flavorful. Quite possibly the best macaroon I have ever had.
Yay! I am so happy to hear that, Sara! Thank you so much for coming back to leave a review, I really appreciate it.
Just made thae macaroons and they are wonderful. Will also be serving them Frida night. Stay tuned for comments. Should I refrigerate them for 2 days?
Hi, Gabrielle. I recommend storing them in the fridge until Friday. Take them out at least 10 minutes before you plan to serve them.
Will another gluten free flour work for these. I can’t have almonds.
Hi, Kathy. I haven’t tried it, so I’m not sure how they would turn out but you could try using oat flour or even quinoa flour, or a gluten-free flour such as Bob’s Red Mill 1-for-1 gf flour. I don’t recommend using coconut flour as it is not an even swap and absorbs more moisture than other flours. If you try them with a different flour let me know how they turn out!
Yay! Thanks for sharing, Janice! 🙂
My kids liked it very much and it turned out awesome. Thanks for the wonderful recipes
Woo! Love when a recipe is a hit with kiddos. Thanks for sharing, Sabitha!
What a hit these were. One person said “this is the best macaroon she ever had”. Another person ate 2. They were so yummy. Will have to double the recipe next time so there are leftovers.
Woo! Love to hear that, Gabrielle! Thank you for sharing, it means so much to me!
These are freaking awesome!!! I love coconut and this is the perfect sweet treat that I can feel good about eating! I even use a little less maple syrup and they still come out perfect :). Such a winner recipe – I’ve made them every week for the past month!
Yay! I’m glad you’re loving this recipe, Kris. Thanks for sharing your review, I really appreciate it!
Have not baked the recipe yet, however, crippled with a spinal cord injury in the neck, things are very hard for me to do. This looks easy, something I can do by myself. Excited to try it in the morning. Thank you
I am so sorry to hear this, Deborah. I hope you feel better soon and enjoy these macaroons!
Do you think I can use a gluten-free flour blend instead of the almond flour?
Hi Lauren – I haven’t tried it, so I’m not sure how they would turn out but you could try using a gluten-free flour such as Bob’s Red Mill 1-for-1 gf flour. If you try them with a different flour let me know how they turn out!
what a wonderful recipe this is. But, I used unsweetened carob chips instead of chocolate. My customers love these macaroons. Perfect for a quick sweet.
Ah yay! I am excited to hear that these macaroons are a hit, Terry. Thank you so much for coming back and sharing your review + star rating, it means so much to me!
These cookies are soooo good! Thank you for sharing the recipe! The only issue I had was they flattened out. I wasn’t to careful measuring out the coconut oil. I will do a better job of measuring out the oil next time. 🙂
Hi Lilly – I am so glad to hear that you are loving this recipe. Sorry to hear they flattened out a but, could have been from the coconut oil if that was the only thing that was really changed about the recipe. Let me know how these turn out if you make them again! Thank you for your review + star rating, I really appreciate it!
I made them again, and measured out the oil exactly. They came out perfect! These are the perfect treat! 🙂
Ah this is the best! I am so glad to hear these cookies turned out great for you and that you are loving them, Lilly. Thank you for coming back and sharing your review + star rating, I really appreciate it!
Hi Brittany, my hubby was raised in the Jewish faith and we partook in many seders when his parents were alive. Your charoset recipe looks tempting and I’ll try to make it soon. I haven’t eaten matzoh in ages but I’ll have to buy some!
Hi Cathy – thank you so much, I hope you give these recipes a try. I can’t wait to hear how they turn out!