Coconut Macaroons (Gluten-free, Paleo)

April 12, 2013

Coconut Macaroons 5 (Gluten-Free, Paleo)

These delicious coconut macaroons are the perfect snack to have in your repertoire. Most of us have shredded coconut in our pantries, and eggs in the fridge. And that plus 10 minutes is basically all you need to whip these up. Which means, you can make them on a whim for a healthy sweet tooth fix, snacky kids, or unexpected guests. They also pack well for hikes, road trips, etc.

They’re a great way to use up unused egg whites, and who needs an excuse to eat more coconut? These little guys are also pretty versatile. You can swap the lemon zest for lime, Meyer lemon, orange, etc. And to dress them up, you could drizzle them with or dip them in some dark chocolate.

So, next time you have leftover egg whites, or are looking for a quick homemade snack that will fill your home with aromas of lemon and coconut, why not make a batch of these lovely coconut macaroons!

Coconut Macaroons (Gluten-Free, Paleo)

Coconut Macaroons 2 (Gluten-Free, Paleo)


(Makes approx. 20 macaroons)

  • 2 egg whites at room temperature
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • Zest of one lemon (approx. 1 tablespoon)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups unsweetened, shredded coconut


1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees.

2. In a large bowl, whisk egg whites with honey and salt until well combined and frothy (approx. 30 seconds).

3. Whisk in lemon zest and vanilla, just to combine.

4. Add in coconut and stir until it is well coated by the egg white mixture.

5. Line baking sheet with parchment paper.

6. Drop large tablespoons of the mixture onto the baking sheet and form into mounds (I used a 1.5 tablespoon measuring spoon to get that nice round shape).

7. Bake until golden, approx. 15-20 minutes, rotating halfway through.

8. Place baking sheet on a rack and allow macaroons to cool.

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Meg April 12, 2013 at 6:52 AM

The only problem is that I wouldn’t be able to stop at 1! Great snack though, I really want to try!


admin@primalist April 12, 2013 at 9:13 AM

That’s not a terrible problem to have ;) But I do generally try to use less sweetener in my recipes so they’re a little less “addictive”. Let me know how you like them!


bella April 12, 2013 at 1:11 PM

just got them out of the oven – got to tell you :)))) my 4 year old is in heaven now :)))) mental note – I will never make one batch – got to make 2 for sure or three just to have some left for the next day :)))) I am thinking to try coconut sugar instead of honey next time – will report back :)))0


admin@primalist April 12, 2013 at 6:38 PM

So happy to hear you and your kiddo loved them! – thanks so much for letting me know :)


katrina April 14, 2013 at 4:00 PM

I just made a batch, and they are really tasty! I ran out of honey and didn’t have time to go pick some up so I used maple syrup instead, and it worked pretty well. They were a bit more flaky cause I guess maple syrup is less sticky than honey, but they still turned out well. Next time I use syrup, I would maybe add in some coconut butter or something to make them stick a bit more. I also drizzled melted chocolate (or homemade chocolate sauce) on top. Yum!


admin@primalist April 15, 2013 at 9:13 AM

Sounds great with the chocolate sauce! These macaroons aren’t super dense, as I like them more on the lighter side. I haven’t tested them with maple syrup which is a great substitution but not sure if it would possibly be a little less sticky. Next time you make them you might also want to try packing them together a little bit more before baking.


Askahi May 15, 2013 at 2:09 AM

Ok, i like this recipe a lot, i love how simple, fast and paleo it is, but i know i’ll need to double the honey next time. Made triple batch tonite, same as in the recipe, and to some i added shaved dark chocolate. Like them a lot, but neither version is sweet enough for me sadly :( oh well, i’ll eat them anyway and probably will feel better about the healty low-sugar this time ;)))


admin@primalist May 15, 2013 at 5:35 PM

Fair enough, some like it sweet :) Hopefully you like them even more once you’ve doubled the honey!


jennifer treadwell June 30, 2013 at 1:57 PM

Maybe I did something wrong, but I thought I followed this recipe to a T, and now I have a dozen parched macaroons, suitable for nothing more than dabbing a little remover on them and removing nail polish. These are like eating sand.


Melissa September 19, 2013 at 1:14 PM

I have all the ingredients except for lemons. Would it make a huge difference if I didn’t add the lemon zest? I love coconut macaroons and these sound so easy to make!


admin@primalist September 19, 2013 at 1:17 PM

Go for it! They just won’t have that lemon flavor, but it shouldn’t affect the recipe.


Melissa September 20, 2013 at 9:11 AM

Okay, so I just took my first batch out of the oven and I’m not sure if I did something wrong. The mixture was very wet and mushy when I tried to mold the macaroons, so I had to use an ice cream scoop and really pack the mixture in. I am waiting for them to cool down to see if they harden up, but they are very wobbly. :(


admin@primalist September 20, 2013 at 9:23 AM

Hmmm.. Sorry to hear that! It’s hard to know what could’ve gone wrong without being there.. Were they baked long enough? I’m assuming you used the right amount of all the ingredients? If you have another batch, and it’s too watery, you could try adding more coconut.. I’ve never had a problem with them being “wobbly”.. They’re on the less dense side, but they definitely hold together fine.. Wish I could be of more help!


Allie October 7, 2013 at 6:18 PM

Just made these and they taste amazing! They’re so easy. I too will need to double the recipe when making them, they go quickly. Thank you for a lovely healthy treat.


admin@primalist October 8, 2013 at 9:18 PM

Awesome, thanks for letting me know, glad you liked them! :)


Kris January 11, 2014 at 7:19 AM

Do you know nutritional value?


Ronna Secker July 15, 2014 at 1:25 PM

I made these and used liquid egg whites. In any case, they didn’t stay together so when I mashed the dough into a 1.5TBSP measure and inverted it onto the sheet, they fell apart as in not sticking together enough. What did I do wrong?


Kate April 22, 2015 at 4:32 PM

I want to try this but will use erythritol instead for sweetener- honey is way high on glycemic index, as is coconut sugar and maple syrup. If you get used to having things less sweet then they will taste good to you but it takes some time to wean yourself off and stuff will taste too bland for a while.


Minnie April 30, 2015 at 10:09 AM

Yes but what about nutrition? My family and I went paleo about four months
ago, and I have to say, not only is it fantastic for weight loss, but it’s amazing
for overall health. My wife suffered from insomnia and anxiety, and even
that has diminished significantly because of the healthier diet. With myself, I
lost a good 25 pounds, but beyond that – I just feel more energetic. Here is a
review of a great way to start for families. http://fullhealthguru.com/restart


Fritzinvegas May 9, 2015 at 11:28 AM

Made these today, did not hold together well at all. Fell apart even after cooled. Will try again and add 1 more egg white.


Sandi July 29, 2015 at 11:02 AM

These were fabulous!! I wasn’t able to find the unsweet coconut at my store, so I bought sweetened. I used lime zest instead of lemon, because that’s what I had, and I almost had to hide the batch from the hubs! One question, though, how do you store yours? I put mine in a airtight container and they are no longer crispy.


sdorttuii plmnr November 23, 2015 at 3:17 AM

I couldn’t resist commenting


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