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Lemon Coconut Macaroons

on March 16 | in Recipes | by | with 32 Comments

coconut macaroons

Bite-Sized Sunshine

This in an UNrecipe of sorts. You see, last year Jenni of The Urban Poser stopped by to share her scrumptious recipe for these vanilla bean coconut macaroons. Simple, elegant, and quick, they’ve become my “go to” for special occasions both big and small.

One day, in an inspired flurry of activity, I replace the vanilla with lemon oil. Oh. my. goodness. It was a pure sunshiney epiphany, delivered bite-by-bite. Thank you again for the recipe, Jenni! (And for allowing me to repost it with this little twist)

Egg Free, Lemon Coconut Macaroons (Raw or Baked)

Ingredients:

Directions:

  1. In a bowl, combine the almond flour, coconut, and salt.
  2. Add 1/4 cup plus 1 tablespoon of honey to all of the coconut oil and all of the lemon extract. Mix until well combined.
  3. Using a rounded “measuring” tablespoon, gently press the macaroon dough into the spoon, then turn the spoon upside down and tap the cookie out into your hand. If it falls apart add one more tablespoon honey. Gently place on a parchment lined baking sheet and repeat with the rest of the dough.
  4. Bake in a 195-200F (90-93C) oven for about 45-50 minutes. The outside should be dried out a bit and the inside should be soft and chewy. For raw macaroons, place in your dehydrator until they are slightly dry on the outside, soft and chewy on the inside. Times will vary depending on the dehydrator and temp used.
  5. Allow the macaroons to sit for at least 15 minute before transferring. They delicate while still warm but very sturdy once cooled. We LOVE our macaroons chilled.

Makes about 1 ½ dozen

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32 Responses to Lemon Coconut Macaroons

  1. Beth says:

    Blobs of sunshine! I love that there are just 6 ingredients. I’m intrigued by the lemon oil since I haven’t used that before. I’m also intrigued that it’s a coconut flour recipe without eggs. This inspires me to try to add lemon to my various coconut macaroon recipes! I’ll probably be skipping the almond flour since I’m on a reduced oxalate diet. Thanks for the inspiration!

  2. Alicia says:

    Where do you purchase your almond flour? I have always just ground my own almonds to make flour, but I have heard frequently that blanched almond flour works better. Is it still safe and nutritious? Also, does it matter if it organic? I go organic with most everything else, but I am curious about almonds – and specifically almond flour. Thank you for your time.

  3. Michelle says:

    Do you think they would come out well using coconut flour instead of Almond flour? We have an almond allergy in our family. If not, could you recommend another nut flour that is a good substitute for Almond. We are struggling to move to grain free with both egg allergies and almond allergies.

    Oh yeah, by the way, I love your blog and your homemade deodorant is the best. Thank you so much.

  4. Susie says:

    Ooh, these look like a lemon version of Hail Merry’s!! Those suckers are expensive, so I’ll have to try this!

  5. Roxana says:

    Hi! This recipe sounds amazing! I only have one question. When you say 1/4 cup coconut oil, should it be solid or liquid? (I live in a country where my coconut oil stays solid 360 days a year)

  6. This is genius! Thanks for such a great idea. I have some lemon essential oil lying around that would be perfect for baking, as I think it’s lost some of its medicinal potency by now. I just haven’t known what to do with it. I, too, am wondering about an almond-free version. I’m going to see what I can mix up.

  7. Leah says:

    I am enjoying these as I type. So, so good! The dropper fell off my lemon oil at the exact moment I held it over the bowl, so I have no idea how much I added. Still amazing!

  8. Lisa says:

    Since I didn’t have lemon essential oil but everything else on hand, I made these with 2 tsps of vanilla. They were fantastic – even better the second day after the ingredients had time to meld together. While I was out today, I stopped by to get some lemon essential oil so I can try these again with the lemon flavor. Thank you for the recipe. I love these recipes with less than 6 ingredients and simple to make.

  9. How fun to see the final photo after all!

  10. Harmony Moore says:

    I don’t have lemon essential oil, can i just use lemon juice? I have a lemon tree with plenty of fresh meyer lemons. They sound delicious.

  11. Harmony Moore says:

    Ok so i just made these after going to the store today to get lemon essential oil. But only after i’d made them and eaten one did i realize that i didn’t get food grade oil. the label on mine says for aromatherapy use and that it’s 100% lemon essential oil. So my question is, should i throw them all out or can i safely eat them? The one i ate tasted pretty good.

    • Heather says:

      Hi Harmony! I am not an expert on essential oils or a healthcare provider, but personally I’d eat it.:) My big thing with lemon oil is to try to get organic if possible because pesticide residue will get in the oil, but I have used non-organic in a pinch.

  12. melanie says:

    I don’t have lemon oil either so I’m thinking lemon zest. Will give it a try…

    And if you are a fan of all things citrus like I am, here’s a recent post on Nourishing Citrus Smoothies: http://shesourceful.com/2013/03/11/recipe-nourishing-citrus-smoothies/

    =)

  13. Julie says:

    Yikes! These look good. I’m going to make them right now!

  14. Brilliant recipe, Heather! I love it! I’m featuring it on the Simple Daily Change Facebook page on Friday, March 22nd, from 4pm to 6pm PST. http://www.facebook.com/SimpleDailyChange . Thanks so much for your great recipes and posts!

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  17. heather says:

    Hi Heather,
    I loved this recipe! It inspired me to adapt my own version. You can check it out here:
    http://blog.lilamae.com/someones-in-the-kitchen-with-lila/organic-gluten-free-coconut-macaroons-2/
    Thanks for the constant source of great ideas and inspiration!
    Warm regards,
    Heather
    Founder
    LilaMae.com

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    Made these yesterday. I was out of almonds so I used coconut flour instead. Great treat :)!

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  24. Heather says:

    We really like lemon. You can use as much or as little as you’d like :)

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