Raw Chocolate Macaroons (Gluten Free, Paleo, and Vegan)

It’s no secret I have a serious love of chocolate. Unfortunately a lot of my prior favorite chocolate treats are loaded with a combination of chocolate and sugar. Instead I try to find the purest, best chocolatey foods I can find, and limit the sugar. If I can’t find them, I make my own and this recipe is no exception. The sugar comes from pure maple syrup, and while it is still sugar, it is a far more natural form than white table sugar. These macaroons remind me of my favorites from Hail Merry. They are easy to make and require absolutely no baking. I’ve even provided you with a bunch of versions just in case you’re not as big of a chocolate fan as me. Enjoy!

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Ingredients: 

  • 1 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
  • ¼ c pure maple syrup
  • ¼ cup almond meal 
  • 2 tbs. unsweetened cocoa (or cacao) powder
  • 2 tbs. melted coconut oil
  • ½ tsp pure vanilla extract
  • sprinkle of sea salt

Directions: 

  1. In a mixing bowl combine the shredded coconut, almond meal, cocoa powder, and sea salt, mixing well. 
  2. Slowly add in the maple syrup, mixing well to combine.
  3. Add in the melted coconut oil and vanilla extract.
  4. Form the mixture into small rounded tablespoon-sized macaroons.
  5. Place on greased parchment paper and freeze until set (about 2 hours or so).
  6. Store in the freezer or refrigerator

Makes 9 macaroons

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Vanilla Bean Macaroons 

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Ingredients: 

  • 1 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
  • ¼ c pure maple syrup
  • 1/3 cup almond meal
  • 2 tbs. melted coconut oil
  • ½ tsp pure vanilla extract
  • The beans from ½ of a vanilla bean
  • Sprinkle of sea salt

Directions: 

  1. In a mixing bowl combine the shredded coconut, almond meal, vanilla beans, and sea salt, mixing well.
  2. Slowly add in the maple syrup, mixing well to combine.
  3. Add in the melted coconut oil and vanilla extract.
  4. Form the mixture into small rounded tablespoon-sized macaroons.
  5. Place on greased parchment paper and freeze until set (about 2 hours or so).
  6. Store in the freezer or refrigerator

Makes 9 macaroons

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Cinnamon Cacao Nib Macaroons

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Ingredients: 

  • 1 cup shredded unsweetened coconut
  • ¼ cup unsweetened coconut flakes
  • ¼ cup almond meal
  • 2 tbs. cacao nibs
  • 1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • Dash of sea salt
  • 2 tbs. melted coconut oil
  • 1/3 cup pure maple syrup

Directions: 

  1. In a mixing bowl combine the shredded coconut, coconut flakes, almond meal, cacao nibs, cinnamon, and sea salt, mixing well.
  2. Slowly add in the maple syrup, mixing well to combine.
  3. Add in the melted coconut oil and vanilla extract.
  4. Form the mixture into small rounded tablespoon-sized macaroons.
  5. Place on greased parchment paper and freeze until set (about 2 hours or so).
  6. Store in the freezer or refrigerator

Makes 9 macaroons

What’s your favorite chocolate (or vanilla) treat? 

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5 thoughts on “Raw Chocolate Macaroons (Gluten Free, Paleo, and Vegan)

  1. Lucie@FitSwissChick

    I LOVE raw chocolate treats! These are very similar to the Almond Joy Cookies fro Tina I made last week and I am obsessed! I need to get more almond flour.
    I love the Perfect Fit Chocolate Bars too, they are so delicious! And my chickpeas brownies are addicting too. Anything with chocolate, haha :-)

    Reply
    1. danielle Post author

      I still want to make those almond joy cookies Lucie! All your chocolate treats on your blog always look amazing :)

      Reply
  2. Donna T.

    Hi! These look so good! However, my husband is allergic to nuts. What could change out for the almond meal in the chocolate treats?

    Reply
    1. danielle Post author

      You could either use extra unsweetened shredded coconut in place of the almond meal, or try a little coconut flour instead. I would half the amount if you use coconut flour though as it tends to absorb a lot of liquid!

      Reply

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