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Paleo Coconut Macaroons {Dairy-Free & Gluten-Free}

Paleo Coconut Macaroons {Dairy-Free & Gluten-Free}

These paleo coconut macaroons are a delicious and yet healthy treat.  The outside is crispy and full of toasted coconut flavor while the inside is chewy and soft.

Unlike most coconut macaroons, these cookies are not cloyingly sweet.  Sweetened with just a touch of maple syrup, these macaroons are a delicious dessert you can truly enjoy.

Refined sugar free paleo coconut macaroons

3 Ingredient Paleo Macaroons

These healthy coconut macaroons are easy and quick to make.  And they only contain three ingredients!

Healthy paleo coconut macaroon ingredients 2-min

Simple whisk together the egg whites and maple syrup before stirring in the unsweetened flaked coconut.

Easy to make paleo coconut macaroons

To ensure the macaroons are uniform in size, use a cookie dough scoop to transfer 1.5 tablespoon scoops of the macaroon mixture to a silicone or parchment paper lined baking sheet.

scooping out paleo coconut macaroons

If you don’t have a cookie scoop, it is a tool that I would highly recommend.  It really speeds up the process of creating uniform cookies, mini-muffins and even meatballs… without a mess!

Healthy coconut macaroons are ready to bake

In less than 30 minutes, you can have toasty and delicious coconut macaroons that are low in added sugar.

Easy and healthy macaroons have just three ingredients

Paleo Coconut Macaroon Recipe

Easy to make paleo coconut macaroon recipe with only three ingredients

Paleo Coconut Macaroons

Yield: 15 servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 22 minutes
Total Time: 32 minutes

Crispy and full of toasted coconut flavor, these paleo coconut macaroons are a delicious dessert that are not cloyingly sweet.  


  • 2.5 cups unsweetened shredded coconut
  • 4 egg whites
  • 1 tbsp maple syrup, (honey can also be used)


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F
  2. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or silicone baking liner
  3. Whisk egg whites and maple syrup until frothy
  4. Add shredded coconut and stir until entirely coated with egg white mixture
  5. Using a 1.5 tablespoon cookie dough scoop, scoop coconut egg mixture out onto prepared baking sheet
  6. If needed, shape macaroons into perfect mounds with fingers
  7. Bake in oven until golden brown, about 20 to 22 minutes
  8. Remove baking sheet from oven and allow macaroons to cool completely before serving


Paleo Coconut Macaroons are at their crispy best when served shortly after baking. They are also delicious when dipped in quick tempered dark chocolate!

Note: if you are using finely shredded coconut (smaller than shown in the picture), you may want to increase the quantity of egg whites to 5. I have found that finely shredded coconut absorbs more liquid than larger shredded coconut

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 15 Serving Size: 1 macaroon
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 141.5Total Fat: 12.7gSaturated Fat: 11.3gTrans Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 21.4mgCarbohydrates: 5.6gFiber: 3.3gSugar: 2.2gProtein: 2.3g

How long can you store coconut macaroons?

I have successfully stored these coconut macaroons in an air-tight container at room temperature for one week.  However, they will loose their crisp exterior.

Tips and tricks for these Coconut Macaroons

  • Use a cookie scoop to quickly and uniformly place the macaroon mixture on the baking sheet
  • Gently reshape macaroons, if needed, before baking
  • If there is too much liquid in the macaroon mixture, just add a little more coconut.  Extra liquid sometimes occurs because of the variable amount of egg white in each egg
  • If you prefer sweeter macaroons, double the maple syrup or dip the macaroons in your favorite dark chocolate

Chocolate Dipped Coconut Macaroons

These coconut macaroons are also delicious if dipped in melted dark chocolate!

Simply melt your favorite chocolate in the microwave using this quick and easy chocolate tempering technique and dip the macaroon bottoms.

Place the chocolate dipped coconut macaroons on parchment or wax paper until chocolate is set.

Paleo coconut macaroons dipped in chocolate

Other Paleo Desserts you may enjoy:

paleo chocolate truffle cake
recipe for Paleo chocolate coconut haystacks on top of toasted coconut
Paleo fruit and nut chocolate bars made with dried strawberries pistachios almonds and raisins
Apples and honey baked together to make apple roses that are delicious and beautiful
Dairy-free lemon custard recipe made with coconut milk

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Easy coconut macaroon recipe

This Coconut Macaroon recipe was originally published in March, 2018.  The recipe has since been updated with enhanced recipe instructions, additional photos, and a video.


Friday 22nd of May 2020

These are amazing!~ If you eat a diet of high sugar you may not find them great, but we are eating nothing processed and so these are just sweet enough to really be a treat!~ Going to try them dipped in a bit of chocolate... Yummy!~


Friday 22nd of May 2020

Thanks for your comment Isabella! I definitely agree that these lightly sweet macaroons are delicious dipped in a little dark chocolate!


Saturday 21st of September 2019

Just made them. They were perfect and are amazing! I tried adding 3 choc chips vs dunking. It is easier and has same effect in the mouth. I also tried a batch with cranberries dipped in orange zest-Wow! Thank you for the base recipe!


Sunday 22nd of September 2019

Pamela - I love the idea of adding "mix-ins" to the macaroons! What a wonderful idea - thank you for sharing!!

Colleen Mackenzie

Monday 5th of August 2019

Can these paleo GF, DF macaroons be frozen?


Tuesday 6th of August 2019

Hi Colleen - yes, these macaroons can be frozen. However, do not freeze the macaroons if you have dipped them in chocolate as water will likely condense on the chocolate while defrosting. If you would like crisp macaroons, you may need to re-toast them in the oven for a few minutes after defrosting. Enjoy! Meredith

Vivian Rieger

Wednesday 12th of December 2018

How can I store them for a long cross country drive to be delivered as a gift?


Wednesday 12th of December 2018

Hi Vivian - this is a good question. The macaroons are robust enough that they don't require special packaging other than an air tight container to maintain freshness. If you would like to ensure they are not jostled around too much, you could always place them in decorative muffin papers similar to the smaller papers found in a box of chocolates. Happy Holidays!

Catherine Baez Sholl

Monday 3rd of December 2018

I love coconut macaroons! These look yummy. I love that it's only 3 ingredients too. Great recipe!


Monday 3rd of December 2018

I hope you love them Catherine!

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