12 Paleo Macaroons with No Sugar or Dairy
Whip up a batch of Paleo macaroons and you’ll be glad you did. These sweet treats are made with no flour, no dairy, and no grains of any kind, but still deliver maximum flavor. You’ll find a wide assortment of taste sensations here, so try one or try them all.
1. Paleo Coconut Macaroons
Let’s start off with a basic coconut macaroon that still has a bunch of flavor for you to enjoy. There’s only five ingredients in these macaroons, so you know that they’ve kept things simple for simplicity’s sake. Honey gives them their sweetness and is one of the approved sources of sweet on the Paleo diet. You can be sure that these macaroons will taste coconutty with plenty of shredded coconut being used, unsweetened of course. Always sweeten your own foods on Paleo and don’t trust things that are pre-sweetened.
2. Tangy Coconut Lime Macaroons
When you’re in the mood for something a little tangy these coconut lime macaroons will do the trick. They start with a basic coconut macaroon and take things up a notch by adding in the flavor of limes.
This mixes really well with the coconut and what results is a light and fluffy macaroon made from almond flour, honey, and coconut milk, all Paleo friendly ingredients. You’re using both the lime zest and lime juice so you know it won’t be short on natural lime flavor.
Photo: Pure and Simple Nourishment
3. Toasted Chocolate and Coconut Fudge Macaroons
Let’s get some chocolate in on the macaroon action with these toasted chocolate and fudge coconut macaroons. Before you start to think that this uses two types of chocolate it’s just one ingredient that makes up the chocolate flavor, and that’s cocoa powder. Overall these are a very chocolatey offering, and one that you’ll be glad to eat, as the tastes of chocolate and coconut are time-tested to be a winner. When cooking Paleo foods it’s always good to stick with what works, as long as the ingredients are all Paleo friendly.
4. No-Bake Dark Chocolate Coconut Macaroons
Here’s the perfect way to enjoy macaroons without having to turn on the oven. This can come in handy on a hot summer’s day when you want a tasty treat but don’t want to bake anything. They’re using dark chocolate, so you’ll be avoiding the milk and sugar that is added to milk chocolate. You’ll also be getting a rich chocolate taste from the dark chocolate, which plays nicely with the taste of the coconut. Coconut flour gets the call over all-purpose flour, keeping these grain-free and adding a bit more coconut flavor.
5. Beet Pink Macaroons
Beets lend their distinctive color to these macaroons, and also make them one of the healthier macaroons you’ll ever find. That’s because beets contain a special antioxidant known as betalain, which helps the body in a number of different ways. One feature of Paleo cooking and baking is that you’re using wholesome ingredients even when you’re making something like dessert. These will have plenty of coconut flavor thanks to shredded coconut and dessicated coconut, with two types of chocolate to make them taste great.
6. Mint Chocolate Chip Macaroons
These macaroons are going to have the cool taste of mint in them thanks to peppermint extract, and lots of chocolate flavor from the use of chocolate chips from Enjoy Life. Honey will give them sweetness, and all of the other ingredients check out as Paleo approved. You’ll find that the longer you do Paleo, the more you become familiar with what you can and can’t have, and the more confidence you build up to start making your own meals. It brings an air of fun to cooking that just isn’t there on other diet programs.
Photo: Tessa the Domestic Diva
7. Raw Paleo Strawberry Macaroons
Want a raw macaroon that is packed with strawberry flavor? You’ve come to the right place. You’ll be able to taste the real strawberries that go into this, and you’ll wonder why you ever settled for artificially flavored strawberry desserts in the past. Once you start being reintroduced to the real way foods taste, you’ll be hooked. Especially when you consider that the actual food source brings nutritional benefits to the meal, like antioxidants, vitamins, and fiber. Anything less than the genuine article just won’t do.
These are a knock off of Coco-Roons, and they’ve done a pretty good job of replicating the taste so you can enjoy these on a Paleo diet. This is the perfect example of not letting nostalgic foods get in the way of your Paleo eating. It’s just a matter of finding a workaround that lets you get most of the taste without all of the bad stuff. In this case she realized that her processed macaroons that she loved from childhood just had too many ingredients she didn’t want, like four types of sweeteners. So she just made her own!
9. Raw Salted Almond Macaroons
These raw macaroons mean you won’t need to use your oven, and you’ll still get all of the flavor you’d want from a dessert. The use of almonds keeps these in line with traditional macaroon recipes, but they’ve taken the extra step of making sure that it’s all Paleo friendly. The salted almonds taste fantastic, and give these a pleasant, nutty taste, as well as all of the protein, fiber, and healthy fats that almonds contain. There’s also a chocolate version so you can decide what you’re in the mood for.
10. Peppermint Chocolate Macaroons
Peppermint and chocolate go very nicely together, just ask any fan of Thin Mint Girl Scout cookies. These macaroons harness the power of this combination and do so with class, using wholesome ingredients you won’t mind putting in your body. Cacao powder and peppermint extract is all that’s really needed to have these live up to their billing, and there’s honey and coconut milk used to help accentuate the taste. Shredded coconut gives them the required macaroon flavoring.
11. Maple Coconut Macaroons
Maple syrup is one of the sweeteners you can use on Paleo in lieu of sugar. This macaroon recipe takes full advantage of that fact and bases the entire recipe around it. You’ll get the classic maple flavor, plus some chocolate and coconut to boot. This is like taking a basic coconut macaroon recipe and boosting it a notch or two with chocolate and maple syrup. That’s a guaranteed winner, and this is one macaroon concoction that you’ll want to make more than once.
12. Greg’s Paleo Macaroons
Greg has an interesting take on macaroons, and these might not look like the other ones on our list, but they definitely hold their own in the flavor department. There are some interesting ingredients, but the most interesting is that they’re using tea for these. Flavored tea to be exact, and that gives you some control over how the finished product will turn out. Use a different tea and they’ll taste differently. Slivered almonds top these off and give you a nutty taste that goes nicely with the rest of the macaroon.
Cool ideas- however, I would change the cover photo. A bit confusing, that photo depicts MACARONS- totally different from macaroons. Still, will definitely try some of these!