Deliciously Chewy and Indulgent Vegan Coconut Macaroons: These vegan coconut macaroons are the perfect treat for anyone looking for a delicious and healthy snack. Made with just four simple ingredients, these gluten-free macaroons are easy to make and packed with flavor. The addition of a chocolate drizzle takes these macaroons to the next level, making them the perfect indulgence for any vegan chocolate lover. So, ditch the store-bought macaroons and try this healthy vegan version today!
I’m sharing the recipe for a single batch but TRUST ME! You will want to at least double the recipe for this healthy vegan dessert. There was definitely a lot of debate and negotiation as to who got the last cookie from this batch. I could not believe this plant-based dessert was actually gluten-free and sweetened without sugar. The Vegan Coconut Macaroons are SO good and I can’t wait for you to try them!
The cookies just won’t turn out right and will be super flat if you use large shreds of coconut. Make sure to get the fine or small shredded coconut for the best result.
Make sure to use solid coconut oil and not melted. Melted coconut oil will result in smaller macaroons.
What Type Of Cholocate To Use On The Healthy Vegan Coconut Macaroons?
Any chocolate that is prepared without using any products from animals is considered vegan chocolate. The first thing to do if you’re a chocolate lover looking for high-quality vegan chocolate brands is to review the ingredient list. Choose chocolate bars with a few ingredients or less. Chocolate liquor, sugar, cocoa butter (yep, this natural cocoa fat is vegan! ), and vanilla should all be included in a conventional chocolate bar. The purer the wonderful vegan chocolate bar is, the fewer ingredients it contains.
Another great option for drizzling on your Healthy Vegan Coconut Macaroons is to use vegan chocolate chips or a chocolate spread. These can be found in most grocery stores and can be used as a topping or a drizzle. Look for brands that are labeled as vegan and use cocoa butter as the fat source. This will ensure that the chocolate is vegan and will also give it a smooth and rich texture that pairs perfectly with the chewy coconut macaroons.
Is Chocolate Vegan?
Chocolate can be vegan as long as it is made without any animal products. Many chocolate bars contain ingredients such as milk and butter, which are not vegan. To ensure that chocolate is vegan, it is important to check the ingredient list and look for brands that use plant-based alternatives such as coconut milk or almond milk. Additionally, some chocolate bars may also contain traces of animal-derived ingredients from cross-contamination during processing. Therefore, it’s always a good idea to look for chocolates that are labeled as vegan to ensure that they are free from animal products.
Health Benefits of Coconut
Coconut is a versatile food that offers a variety of health benefits. Some of the health benefits of coconut include:
- Rich in medium-chain fatty acids (MCFAs): Coconut is a rich source of MCFAs. Which are easily absorbed and used by the body for energy.
- May improve heart health: The MCFAs in coconut may help to lower cholesterol levels. Which can reduce the risk of heart disease.
- May boost brain function: Coconut oil contains ketones, which can be used by the brain as an alternative energy source.
- May promote weight loss: The MCFAs in coconut may increase feelings of fullness. Which can lead to reduced calorie intake and weight loss.
- May improve skin health: Coconut oil is a popular ingredient in many skincare products. It can help to moisturize and protect the skin.
- May have anti-inflammatory properties: Some studies suggest that coconut oil may have anti-inflammatory effects. Which could be beneficial for conditions such as arthritis.
It’s important to note that more research is needed to confirm these potential benefits and to understand the optimal way to consume coconut. Additionally, coconut oil is high in saturated fat. Consuming too much of it may increase the risk of heart disease. It is best to consume it in moderation and as part of a balanced diet.
How to Store Healthy Vegan Coconut Macaroons
These healthy vegan macaroons are best stored in an airtight container in the fridge for up to a week. They can also be frozen for up to 3 months. The chocolate drizzle may melt in the fridge but it will harden again once it cools. If you want to avoid this, you can drizzle the chocolate just before serving.
The secret ingredient to these Healthy Vegan Coconut Macaroons is the fine shreds of coconut, that add a delicate texture like a fluffy cloud. Each bite melts in your mouth like a dreamy chocolate-covered cloud. The only thing that could make these gluten-free vegan macaroons even more heavenly is a drizzle of rich, vegan chocolate on top.
And let’s talk about coconut, the star of this recipe. It’s like the cherry on top of an already delicious sundae. Not only does it add a subtle sweetness, but it’s also packed with health benefits. Coconut is known for its anti-inflammatory properties and is a great source of healthy fats.
But don’t just take my word for it, give these vegan macaroons a try and let your taste buds do the talking. Trust me, you’ll want to make a double batch because they’ll disappear faster than a scoop of ice cream on a hot summer day!
4 Ingredient Healthy Vegan Coconut Macaroons
- 1 1/4 cups Unsweetened shredded coconut (fine or small shreds not large)
- 1/4 cup Oat flour (finely ground almond flour is a great substitution)
- 3 tbsp Solid coconut oil
- 1/4 cup Pure maple syrup
- 3-4 tbsp Dairy-free vegan chocolate chips to drizzle
- Preheat oven to 350° and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
- Add coconut, oat flour, coconut oil and maple syrup to a high-powered blender or a food processor. You can add one teeny tiny little pinch of salt in there if you love salt like me. 😉
- Blend on high until it’s well mixed and has a sticky consistency. I used a Vitamix and found I had to pause the blender to push the ingredients down with a spatula multiple times. It can feel a bit tedious but should only take a few minutes.
- Use a small scoop to scoop out small little firmly packed balls onto the cookie sheet.
- This recipe should make about 12 cookies total. I shaped mine into more of a cookie shape rather than a ball which is fine too. These are your cookies after all, so you do you 😉
- Bake those cookies for about 12-16 minutes. They’re ready when the edges are golden brown and the tops are just lightly browned.
- Optional: Melt the plant-based dark chocolate and drizzle over top of the macaroons.
- Now for the bad news, they have to cool for 30mins-1 hour. You could just eat 1 straight out of the oven and burn your mouth like I did, but they are better when cool!
- Serve and ENJOY!
- The cookies just won’t turn out right and will be super flat if you use large shreds of coconut. Make sure to get the fine or small shredded coconut for the best result.
- Make sure to use solid coconut oil and not melted. Melted coconut oil will result in smaller macaroons.