Macadamia nuts aren’t as popular on the paleo diet as almonds, but not because they aren’t as healthy—macadamias may be a pricier nut, but they have so many uses from milk to nut butter to meat coating and beyond. Try some of these paleo recipes using macadamia nuts as an ingredient in cookies, dinners, cheesecakes, spreads, smoothies, and so much more.
1. Macadamia Nut Superfood Fudge
Delicious addictive as it may be, this fudge is absolutely packed with superfoods, and when I say packed, I mean it! You’ll use raw macadamia nuts, two types of gelatin, raw cacao and carob powders, chia seeds, bee pollen, and lucuma with tahini, coconut oil, and blackstrap molasses. Yum!
2. Slow Cooker Macadamia and Pineapple Chicken
Since they’re both tropical foods, macadamia and pineapple have a particular affinity for each other, and I think you’ll find that to be especially true in this fabulous slow cooker chicken recipe with crushed pineapple, macadamia milk, ginger, garlic, scallion, and more.
3. Pumpkin, Apricot, and Macadamia Balls
This fall-themed treat is a hit with kids, even if you choose not to shape them to look like pumpkins. They’re simple to make with just dried apricots (sulfate-free), pumpkin puree, vanilla extract, macadamia nuts, and raisins (sultanas). no sweetener necessary!
4. Macadamia Muesli
Whether you’re going to sprinkle it over coconut yogurt or eat it with a delicious pour of homemade almond milk, this muesli makes an excellent healthy breakfast or snack with raw macadamia nuts, sunflower seeds, pepitas, coconut flakes, raw almonds, flaxseed, and vanilla.
5. White Chocolate Macadamia Butter
This heavenly nut butter is made with a combination of cashews and macadamia nuts, and adding coconut butter, raw honey, vanilla, and raw cacao butter turns it into a dream-worthy blend of white chocolate and creamy nuts that you’ll want to eat plain with a spoon.
6. No Bake Coconut Lime Tart
It always amazes me how easy it is to make creamy, melt-in-your-mouth custard tarts with paleo ingredients. You can thank the magic of avocado, coconut cream, macadamia nuts, and shredded coconut for this recipe, along with lime juice and zest and grade A maple syrup.
7. Tropical Superfoods Salad
This salad is a combination of sweet and savory with a blend of tropical ingredients like sweet Maui onions, avocado, macadamia nuts, mango, black lava salt, and more. Cucumbers add a refreshing crunch and flavor while fresh lemon juice and black pepper keep the flavor nice and spunky.
8. Tart Cherry Ice Cream With White Chocolate and Macadamia Nuts
This ice cream just screams summer, so if it isn’t summer while you’re reading this, you’ll want to tuck it away so you don’t forget about it. You’ll need tart cherries, coconut milk, coconut sugar, vanilla, white chocolate, and chopped macadamia nuts. If you can’t find paleo-friendly white chocolate, feel free to just use chopped cacao powder.
9. Coconut Chocolate Cherry Macadamia Nut Mini Pies
Mini pies are the best pies, if you ask me. They’re easier to make, and they’re personal sizes! This pie is extra easy and takes only 25 minutes start to finish, and it’s made with delicious cherries, macadamia nuts, coconut mil, maple syrup, and dark chocolate.
10. Chocolate Chip Hawaiian Cookies
These island cookies are made with almond and coconut flours, shredded coconut, butter, molasses, vanilla, chocolate chis, and chopped macadamia nuts. They have a flavor that’s a combination of exotic, with tropical ingredients, and comforting, with down-home good old chocolate chips.
11. Warm Brussels Sprouts Salad With Roots, Radishes, and Toasted Coconut
This easy salad is beautiful and nutritious with watermelon radish, red onion, roasted and salted macadamia nuts, red beets, carrots, garlic, and Brussels sprouts. It’s drizzled with a delicious orange-Dijon dressing you’ll want to keep around for future salads!
12. Nutty White Mousse With Berries and Cacao Nibs
This fluffy and flavorful “mousse” is made from soaked macadamia nuts, which take on a creamy and silky texture, along with almond or coconut milk, ground cinnamon, coconut oil, vanilla, and stevia. Top it with fresh or frozen berries and cacao nibs, and enjoy!
13. Coconut Whipped Cream and Macadamia Grilled Pineapple Stacks
Um, this is my new favorite dessert, and I haven’t even tried it yet. These grilled pineapple rings are crusted in a sweetened macadamia crust with coconut sugar and coconut oil, and they’re topped with honey-sweetened coconut whipped cream. Talk about fabulous!
14. Key Lime Pie Energy Balls
Macadamias, like other nuts, make a great protein and energy source for energy balls. Their neutral flavor goes well with just about anything else you’d want to add to your snacks, including medjool dates, shredded coconut and lime like in these key lime pie balls.
15. No Bake White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Cookies
Paleo baking can be tricky, so why not take the tricks out of it and do some tricks of your own? These awesome no-bake cookies are practically magic with coconut flour, macadamia nut butter, vanilla, dairy free white chocolate chips, vanilla protein powder, and a few other ingredients.
16. Paleo White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Cookies
These cookies, unlike the last recipe, do require an oven. They’re made with almond flour, coconut oil, maple syrup, almond butter, chopped macadamia nuts, and white chocolate chips (find a dairy-free version) and they’ll satisfy your cookie craving in a wonderful way.
17. Macadamia and Lemon Madelines With Cardamom Custard
These delicate cookies are sweetened with stevia and made with almond flour and chopped macadamia nuts. The best part though, in my opinion, is the sweet cardamom custard you’ll serve with them. Replace the rice malt syrup with honey or maple syrup.
18. Matcha White Chocolate With Genmaicha
This homemade white chocolate bark is stuffed with flavor. It’s sweetened with raw honey and made from a base of raw cacao butter. Vanilla, sea salt, and matcha green tea powder form the main flavors, with raw macadamia nuts and genmaicha powder added in for marvelous flavors and textures.
19. Cinnamon Macadamias
These cinnamon-coated roasted macadamia nuts are so fabulous that I’m about to run out to the store to get the ingredients to make them. In this recipe, an egg white helps bind the cinnamon and coconut sugar to the nuts, creating an almost caramel-like coating. Yum!
20. Dried Cherry and Macadamia Cookis
These simple and toasty-looking cookies are a great way to blend the flavor of macadamia nuts with fruit. Dried cherries add a chewy texture and bursts of fruity sweetness to these almond-based cookies sweetened with honey and flavored with lemon and vanilla.
21. Baked Macadamia Nut Crusted Chicken
This chicken is so simple to make, and so flavorful that you don’t even need herbs! You’ll coat your chicken breasts with macadamia nuts on top of a light coating of homemade mayonnaise (can you say juicy?) and serve with a side of Dijon mustard for dipping. Kid-friendly!
22. Creamy Macadamia, Apple, and Cinnamon Porridge
I’ve found that I enjoy grain-free porridges even more than grain-based ones, and this delicious, steaming apple version is one of my favorites. It’s creamy and naturally sweet with cooked apple or applesauce, almond flour, cinnamon, macadamia nuts, almond milk, and honey or maple syrup if you need it.
23. Coconut Macadamia Paleo Protein Balls
Protein balls are a great way to give yourself a little pick-me-up if you start dragging in the afternoon, and they’re also perfect pre- or post-workout. This version is made with shredded coconut, crushed macadamia nuts, almond butter, and a paleo-friendly coconut whey protein powder.
24. Dark Chocolate Covered Macadamia Nuts
This recipe is so simple, I can hardly call it a recipe, if I have to share it! These little nut clusters are made with semi-sweet dark chocolate chips (Enjoy Life brand is popular and works well), roasted-salted macadamia nuts for a salty-sweet effect, and a pinch of sea salt.
25. Lemon, Macadamia, and Coconut Bliss Balls
Also frequently called energy balls, bliss balls are delicious little balls of pure energy in the form of whole foods like nuts and dates. This version uses macadamias as the nut base, along with desiccated coconut and lemon juice and zest. Just a handful of ingredients to make these!
26. Strawberry Macadamia Nut Milk
This easy nut milk is made with raw macadamia nuts, strawberries, and maple syrup. It’s absolutely perfect for when your kids start to ask for whatever they see in their friends’ lunchboxes. This is a healthy, real-food version of delicious strawberry milk!
27. Cake Batter Coconut Butter
This coconut butter is dressed up to create a flavor that’s strikingly similar to cake batter, but is actually pretty healthy for you (though still a treat, with maple syrup).You’ll need macadamia nuts, coconut butter, maple syrup, vanilla beans, and sea salt.
28. Macadamia Nut Chicken Tenders With Peach Mustard Sauce
Macadamias don’t always have to be combined with other tropical ingredients like coconut. This delicious macadamia chicken coating is totally perfect with a Dijon mustard sauce blended together with a ripe peach. That’s a two-ingredient sauce, friends!
29. Peaches With Macadamias and Honey
This is another recipe that’s so simple, it’s almost a no-brainer. But I guess if it was a no-brainer, I wouldn’t be drooling over it like I am. Simple ingredients: peaches, honey, macadamia nuts. Simple process, too, but oh-so-perfect for enjoying on a peaceful evening.
30. Honey Roasted Macadamia Nut Butter
This nut butter is so heavenly, you’re going to want to put it on everything, even vegetables. I’d like a hefty drizzle of this over my morning porridge, thanks. You’ll need macadamia nuts, honey, coconut oil, salt, and a bit of cinnamon or extra flavor.
31. Vegan Blueberry Cheesecake With Lime
This cheesecake has traditional blueberry flavors with the added flair of lime for a fun twist. The crust is made with macadamia nuts instead of the more-popular almond crust, giving this cheesecake a lighter flavor more similar to a graham cracker crust.
32. Eggnog Macadamia Butter
This nut butter tastes just like egg nog during the holidays, so in season or not, it’s definitely a nut butter you can get excited about. You’ll need raw macadamia nuts, nutmeg, dried cloves, cinnamon, a piece of vanilla bean, some honey, and a dash of sea salt.
33. Kaui Pie Ice Cream
This Hawaii-inspired ice cream has a lovely island flavor from raw cashews, coconut milk, maple syrup, espresso powder, chocolate chunks, macadamia nuts, and unsweetened coconut flakes. The flavor combination is amazing, and this ice cream base is made in your blender instead of on the stove. Easy!
34. Oatmeal Cookie Nut Butter
Because macadamia nuts have a naturally creamy flavor, they’re often used as a base for flavored nut butters like this oatmeal cookie nut butter, which has no oats in it! Raisins, dates, and walnuts help get the texture you’re going for, just like oatmeal cookie dough, while coconut, vanilla, honey, and cinnamon add delicious flavor.
35. Vegan Cream of Tomato Soup
Most paleo creamy soups use either coconut milk or cauliflower to make them creamy, but this one is a bit different. This soup is nice and creamy with macadamia nuts, and you can make the whole thing in a single step in your high-powered blender!
36. Almost Raw Honey Chocolate Macadamia Slice
This amazing cheesecake-like slice has three layers—a crust made with almonds and coconut with coconut oil, a creamy macadamia layer sweetened with honey, and a homemade chocolate topping with melty cacao butter, vanilla, and honey.
37. Double Chocolate Chunk Macadamia Nut Cookies
These chocolaty cookies are packed not just with melted dark chocolate and dark cacao powder, but also with chocolate chips or dark chocolate chunks! The macadamia nuts provide a lovely light crunch to this cookie while the chocolate is busy melting in your mouth.
38. Egg-Not Nog
This vegan version of egg nog is dairy free and refined sugar free. It’s sweetened only with dates! You can also use stevia if you want it sugar-free. Cinnamon, nutmeg, maple, real bourbon (optional) flavor this almond-cashew-macadamia based delicious drink.
39. Macadamia Crusted Halibut
This buttery, flaky-good halibut features a coating of shredded coconut, crushed macadamia nuts, finely chopped parsley, salt, and pepper. Egg white acts as the binder to get your coating to stick. This is a super simple weeknight entrée!
40. Dark Chocolate, Coconut, and Macadamia Nut Tart
Could you believe such an amazingly smooth tart has only 3 ingredients in its ganache filling? Coconut milk helps to soften melted chocolate enough to turn it into a silky filling, while coconut and almond form the crust underneath and roasted macadamias treat the tart as their throne.
41. Macadamia Nut Chocolate Chip Cookies
No, these aren’t your typical cookies with chunks of macadamia throughout. These cookies have a base made from almond meal and macadamia meal, along with butter, pure maple syrup, unsweetened shredded coconut, and vanilla. Add in the chocolate chips and you’re almost done!
42. Macadamia Coconut Cream Candy
Homemade barks are my go-to food-related gift, and I’m going to tuck this recipe into the back of my mind (or maybe make it tomorrow…you never know). This creamy bark uses coconut cream concentrate, macadamia nut butter, chocolate chips, vanilla, and coconut oil.
43. Paleo Chocolate Covered Coconut Macadamia Candy
These candies are super-good, and they’re gentle on your body because they’re made with simple, real-food ingredients. You’ll need shredded coconut, coconut oil, agave nectar or honey (or maple), macadamia nuts, and bittersweet chocolate.