Vegan coconut macaroons

Vegan coconut macaroons

vegan coconut macaroons plate

Hello! I’m baaack! Apologies for a bit of a radio silence but I’ve had a massively busy week and recipe development has had to take a bit of a back seat. I returned from London late last night where I’ve spent the past week decluttering, giving things away, packing and cleaning in advance of completion on my bachelorette flat, which is set for tomorrow.

It’s been an exhausting process, but it’s done now and as of tomorrow I will no longer be the owner of it. I feel a mixture of relief and sadness as this was my first ever property and I still remember how chuffed I was when I first got the keys to it 10 years ago. It was my very first place that I could call ‘home’ and I enjoyed living there, but then we went away to Greece and now we live in Bristol and it’s therefore become a bit of liability and I figured that selling it is probably the best move.

Chores aside, I have really enjoyed myself in London. I managed to spend a lot of quality time with a few good old friends of mine who still live there. It was so nice to picnic in sunny Regent’s Park, reminisce into the wee hours of the morning, sleep on my friends’ spare beds (I had no bed by this point) and to befriend my friends’ kids and cats. I had a lovely time!

Recipewise, I have something super simple yet delicious for you today. It’s a tray of sweet coconut macaroon cookies (not to be confused with French macarons) dipped in bitter sweet chocolate. They are crunchy and toasted on the outside and soft on the inside. They are quick to make, only use a few cupboard staples and they really hit the spot when you are after something sweet. I hope you’ll enjoy them as much as we have!

vegan coconut macaroons ingredients

vegan coconut macaroons mixture

vegan coconut macaroons tray

vegan coconut macaroons baked

vegan coconut macaroons coated

vegan coconut macaroons row

15 min
20 min
15 min
20 min
  • 80 ml / 1/3 cup maple syrup
  • 120 ml / ½ cup full fat coconut milk* (at room temperature)
  • 2 pinches of fine salt
  • 150 g / 1 & 2/3 cups desiccated coconut
  • 100 g / 3½ oz vegan dark chocolate (optional)
  1. Heat up maple syrup in a small pot, on a low heat.
  2. Allow it to simmer gently. When it starts to bubble vigorously, whisk in coconut milk.
  3. Allow the mixture to come to a simmer and to bubble gently for 60 more seconds, then take off the heat.
  4. Stir in salt and then add desiccated coconut until you get a homogenous mixture. Rest for 10-15 minutes for the coconut to rehydrate a little.
  5. Using a spoon and your hands or a small ice cream scoop, shape mounds of the mixture onto a parchment lined baking tray. Ensure the mixture is fairly well compressed in the middle so that the cookies hold their shape well after baking.
  6. Bake in a 160° C / 320° F for about 20-24 minutes (start checking after 20 minutes), until the cookies are lightly toasted and golden. Remove from the oven and allow them to cool down completely – they are fragile whilst warm.
  7. While the cookies are baking, melt chocolate very slowly in a mixing bowl over a water bath. Allow it to cool down before using.
  8. Dip hardened cookies in the melted chocolate, arrange them upside down on plate to allow the chocolate to set completely – putting them in the fridge will speed this up.
  9. Store in an airtight container, in the fridge. These cookies will keep for 6 days.

*I recommend coconut milk that consists simply of coconut extract and water and does not contain any stablilisers or gums as these may cause separation of ingredients.

6 g
9 g
8 g
1 g
6 g
*per macaroon
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1 review, 7 comments
These tasted absolutely delicious! Mine were a bit fragile but they did manage to hold together (just). Thank you for another great recipe! :)
    Thank you, Cerne! I'm glad you enjoyed them. I got some desiccated coconut today and plan to retest tomorrow as a few people have raised this although I have had no issues with them falling apart at all. Ania
Barbara Cameron:
Can you please advise. I have tried twice to make these macaroons, but, unfortunately they have fallen apart. I follow the recipe & leave to go cold .Some fall apart in the oven. .Thankyou.
    Hi Barbara,I'm sorry to hear you've had issues. I checked my recipe testing notes and I am pretty sure there is no mistake in the ratios - I will retest once I've had a chance to get some more desiccated coconut though, just to be sure. There are two possible issues that I can think of. First, if you are using cups to measure dry ingredients - you might have been a bit too generous and the mixture ended up dry as a result. Second, like I said in the instructions, the mixture needs to be compressed fairly well before baking so perhaps this wasn't done? I am a bit puzzled by you saying that some of them fell apart in the oven...not sure why or how as presumably they were not handled at all until cold, right? Like I said, I will retest and come back to you if I find any issues. Ania
Ania Can you tell me please what brand of full fat coconut cream did you use for this recipie?? Thanks Anka
    Sure, I used one called Aroy-D (like this). Hope this helps! Ania
Sandy Spallino:
Is the dessicated coconut sweetened or unsweetened?
    Hi Sandy,It's unsweetened. I had no idea there is a sweetened alternative - it's not available in the UK, I don't think... Ania
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