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Easy to make paleo coconut macaroon recipe with only three ingredients

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

Paleo Coconut Macaroons

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.  

Ingredients

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

Instructions

  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

Notes

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

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 15 Serving Size: 1 macaroon
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 141.5 Total Fat: 12.7g Saturated Fat: 11.3g Trans Fat: 0g Cholesterol: 0mg Sodium: 21.4mg Carbohydrates: 5.6g Fiber: 3.3g Sugar: 2.2g Protein: 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.

59 Comments

  1. So simple and SO good! Love the step-by-step pictures, thank you!

  2. Macaroons are so easy and delicious, and these look amazing! I need to try out your version.

  3. Such a super easy recipe and so pretty! My girls will enjoy making these!

  4. I made these and when I pulled them out some of the egg white and maple mixture had leaked out of the bottom of the macaroons and formed a sticky puddle underneath them. The ones with the biggest puddles didn’t hold together very well at all. What can I do to stop that from happening?

    • Janet – I am sorry to hear your macaroons are forming a puddle. This is a problem I have never experienced. Two thoughts: 1. What size are the macaroons? I use a heaping tablespoon scoop when forming mine. If the macaroons are much larger, the egg white and maple syrup mixture may have a time to settle before cooking through. 2. How small are the pieces of shredded coconut you are using? I use a finely shredded coconut, which ensures the egg white mixture has a lot of surface area to cover, which should prevent puddling and improve overall macaroon integrity.

  5. Is it possibly to sub the maple syrup for honey?

  6. These look so easy to make! I love recipes that have a few ingredients, especially when they are made with coconut.

  7. Coconut macaroons are so yummy, although I am partial to anything with coconut! I have a big of coconut flakes sitting in my pantry now, I think I’ll have to make these this week!!

  8. These look just delicious and I’m definitely all about dipping my macaroons in chocolate! Not only do I love the flavor, but I like the texture it adds to the bottoms as well! Yummy!

  9. Anne Murphy

    All my life coconut macaroons meant spring to me… Fascinated by the thought of maple flavor in them! Different and delicious!

    • Hi Anne – Me too! Coconut Macaroons = Spring. There is so little maple syrup in these macaroons that you can’t really taste the maple flavor. I find that it simply rounds out and enhances the coconut flavor. Enjoy!

  10. I’ve never tried this kind of macaroon before. Just the little pastel French ones that taste like hollow sugar. THESE look way better. My husband loves coconut so I bet he would devour these!

    • Thanks Jordan! These coconut macaroons are so different from the French ones made with almond flour (which my oldest son adores!). I love that these coconut macaroons are crunchy, filling and just slightly sweet. I hope you and your family enjoy them!

  11. I’m a total coconut feen. Especially when it’s dipped in chocolate! The only problem that I have with some coconut desserts is that I feel that they are over sweetened, so I’m thing this recipe is exactly to my tastes.

  12. I can’t wait to try these. I prefer slightly sweet treats and love the flavor of coconut and chocolate together. What a great idea. Thanks for sharing this recipe!

    • Thanks Michelle! I couldn’t agree more that chocolate and coconut are a wonderful combination. I hope you enjoy these macaroons!!!

  13. I love how simple and easy this recipe is. Just three ingredients. Sounds so yum! Definitely going to try this soon. Thanks

  14. They are my absolute favorite snack/dessert and I’m so going to try your recipe. I’m loving that you coated the bottom with chocolate 🙂

    • Thanks Molly! We have quite a few chocolate fans in our house, so we always dip at least half of these macaroons in dark chocolate!

  15. These macaroons look so cute ! I’m totally going to make them !

  16. What a great simple gluten free dessert! I think I’ll make these for Easter!

  17. Those look so easy and delicious! I can’t wait to try them. 🙂

  18. I love the maple syrup in here!! These look perfect and I love how you’ve made them healthier!!

    • Thank you Christina! The toasty flavor of the coconut really comes out when it isn’t hidden by all that sugar.

  19. These look so simple but so tasty! Love macaroons, especially when they’re dipped in chocolate!

  20. That is as simple as it gets! I have to bring a dessert next week for Easter and I think these will be perfect!

    • Thanks Renee – They are super simple and quick to make! I love a good dessert that can be made in less than 30 minutes.

  21. Oh I am ALL over the chocolate dipped ones!! Macaroons are the best…so easy and such simple ingredients!

    • Oh yes, the chocolate dipped ones are my favorite too! I even dipped some in paleo-friendly melted chocolate (3T cocoa powder, 2T coconut oil, 1t maple syrup) and they were delicious!

  22. Now these are macaroons I will actually eat. I so appreciate them being not too sweet!

    • Thanks Yang! These macaroons were inspired by overly-sweet coconut macaroons that we ate last spring. Too sweet, but the coconut was delicious.

  23. Oh, how yummy are these?! And that chocolate bottom…drool.

    • Thanks Linda! We love dark chocolate too – I have been encouraged by my boys to add a little chocolate drizzle topping to the next batch!

  24. So easy to make! Thank you for the step-by-step images!

  25. I just think toasted coconut things are the prettiest. These look beautiful!

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