Cocoa Coconut Macaroons

April 13, 2012

Ben and I are in that blissful, post-wedding, “I’m so happy I can’t stand it” phase, where our future seems limitless and everything is just amazing (everything…even mundane things). All our friends, family and colleagues have been so sweet and encouraging. I’m sure it’s entirely too much for some people to handle, but you know what? I feel like we get a free pass right now to function day-to-day in a loved-up stupor.

Although I do appreciate that bragging about an up-coming five week European Honeymoon is taking things a bit too far. I’m pushing the envelope a little here, aren’t I? I know, I know. It does feel kind of mean, a bit cruel, posting tweets about what flights and accommodation we’ve booked and vivaciously counting down the days until we depart. Clearly I’m holding onto that free pass and milking this newlywed phase for all it’s worth.

I hope you still like me at the end of it all…

Anyway, to give you a bit of a picture as to where we’re at with honeymoon planning, the past few weekends we’re spent researching our phenomenally dreamy destinations and booking where we want to stay. First it was our Paris apartment. Booked. It’s in the Marais. I know, amazing. Then it was Istanbul and Copenhagen (booked!), before securing the most incredible Riad in Marrakech. Ok, even I can’t handle that one. Next on our list is Lisbon, Rome and Sicily.

I know what you’re thinking…all this tireless research needs fuel. Agreed.

One Saturday afternoon, cocoa coconut macaroons were nibbled with a sturdy cup of black tea as I researched Parisian restaurants. Did I mention we leave in less than three months? Feel free to send me a virtual slap and steal my plate of macaroons. I deserve it.

Don’t worry, I’ll eat a pain au chocolat for you all while I’m wandering the streets of Paris. I promise.

Cocoa Coconut Macaroons

These light, crumbly morsels are just the thing to nourish you and give you a little afternoon pick-me-up. They came about of a desire to experiment with coconut flour (the scent of which sends me twirling in delight across my kitchen). I kept these macaroons quite healthy, the only non-nutritious ingredient is the brown sugar – but it imparts desired sweetness and textural benefits, so please do not omit it. That would just be bad. I did not fancy using maple syrup or the like, as I didn’t want to overpower the divine, soft coconut flavour. I tried using stevia instead of sugar and while this does work fine, it produces a macaroon that is just not as yummy. The stevia gives them a little aftertaste and strange tingle on your tongue. It was obvious which ones had sugar and which had stevia in a blind taste test!

I quite adore these nourishing bites. To make them more moist, just add more coconut oil – but beware if you add too much coconut oil you’ll need to watch them more closely in the oven as they will burn more quickly. I prefer mine on the crumbly side, personally. You could even go as far as not even baking them, they would be delicious raw and with a totally different texture – think cookie dough!

If you’re really feeling keen, add some dark chocolate chips to the mix. That would take things to a whole new level. The thing is, I like these babies as they are – neither too sweet nor too rich. And it’s always good when you don’t feel sick after a sweet bite, isn’t it?

Inspired by The Serious Eats Peanut Butter Coconut Macaroons.

Makes 12-14 balls


1/2 cup Coconut Flour (look for it in health food stores)
1 tablespoon Cocoa Powder
3 tablespoons Fine Desiccated Coconut
2 tablespoons Brown Sugar
2 pinches Salt
2 teaspoons Vanilla Extract
4 tablespoons Coconut Oil


1. Preheat your oven to 180 Degrees Celsius. Line a baking tray with baking paper and set aside.

2. Melt your coconut butter to create coconut oil (unless it’s already in it’s liquid state). To do this, heat a small amount of water in a small pot until boiling. Place a bowl over the pot, ensuring the bottom of the bowl doesn’t touch the water. Add 2 heaped tablespoons of the coconut butter to the bowl and allow it to melt into it’s liquid state and become coconut oil. Turn off the heat and leave until required.

3. To a medium-sized mixing bowl, add the coconut flour, cocoa, desiccated coconut, sugar and salt.

4. Add the vanilla extract, along with 1 tablespoon of the coconut oil at a time, mixing between each tablespoon, until the mixture is all incorporated and is moistened.

5. Moisten your hands with water. Grab a small handful of mixture, squeezing the shaping the mixture with your hands until a rough ball is formed. Place on the baking tray and repeat with the remaining mixture, aiming for 12-14 balls in a batch.

6. Place the tray in the oven and bake for 5-7 minutes, until the balls gather a slightly golden glow. Be careful not to burn them (their underside tends to burn more quickly than the top). Remove from the oven and allow to cool before eating alongside a cup of tea, while you plan your future adventures or reminisce about past travels.

Heidi xo
  • Michelle Chin April 13, 2012 at 7:59 am

    You're just happy. That's why you want to share your happiness. I find it lovely to read all of the happiness you have. It makes me happy too. 😀

  • Lisa (bakebikeblog) April 13, 2012 at 8:14 am

    sounds like you guys have a wonderful trip planned!!! v. jealous!

  • Anna April 13, 2012 at 10:09 am

    These look amazing, I want to make them right this instant but alas no coconut flour in my pantry, do you think would work with ground almonds perhaps? I really need to get me some coconut flour, sounds so much more delightful than regular flour…

  • Kari April 13, 2012 at 10:11 am

    Having just entered a similar sort of phase myself, I completely understand 😀 Enjoy this time!

    And these macaroons look amazing. Almost truffle like.

  • Iron Chef Shellie April 13, 2012 at 10:26 am

    weeee honeymoon fun!!

    These look easy enough to do, must give them a go 🙂 x

  • Heidi April 13, 2012 at 10:28 am

    Michelle – thank you, that's just so lovely to hear 🙂

    Lisa – squeeeeeeeee!!!

    Anna – coconut flour is truly wonderful, great in pancakes too. It's not all that readily available though, which is frustrating. But yes I do think ground almonds would work in terms of texture – not sure about the flavour of the almond and coconut oil… it should be yummy but you won't get that real coconut hit. You could always try almond butter in place of the coconut oil. Play around with it – key is to taste the mixture before baking to see if you've added enough (or too much) sugar!

    Kari – totally truffle, like! & thanks 🙂 happy post-wedding bliss to you too!

    Michele – honeymoon fun!! so psyched 🙂

    Heidi xo

  • Nic@diningwithastud April 13, 2012 at 2:25 pm

    Nawww 🙂 wedded bliss!
    I've always wanted to use coconut flour! These look great

  • Leah April 13, 2012 at 3:34 pm

    These look amazing.

    A whole year after I was married I felt like I was floating on a lovely, love cloud. And I never went on a honeymoon, so yeah Heidi you better eat a pain au chocolate, or a macaron, or an amazing bouillabaisse….or at least one thing, anything from Laduree for me! 😉

  • Lisa April 13, 2012 at 4:16 pm

    Oh Heidi, I'm going to Paris in June and so want to stay in the Marais. Can you email me where you found? I'm at Also we are going to Copenhagen but I think will be staying with S's parents because we are headed there for his brother's wedding. I'm so excited!!!

  • Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella April 13, 2012 at 6:25 pm

    Swoon, how gorgeous! Trip planning is so much fun isn't it? I love reading over itineraries beforehand as it gets me so excited 🙂

  • Hannah April 13, 2012 at 8:44 pm

    You're just lucky I adore you, Heidi, otherwise my pure joy for your happiness and future (both immediate and long-term) might well be drowned out by pouting envy. 😉

    I just checked. Yep, all I feel is love. xo

  • Hannah April 13, 2012 at 10:27 pm

    Aww how fun trip planning is! I've been meaning to use coconut flour, yay this recipe looks perfect! I'm in love with anything coconut at the moment…coconut water, oil & hopefully now the flour 🙂 Great to hear it can be used in pancakes, I'll give that a go too x

  • msihua April 14, 2012 at 1:39 pm

    Blah Blah Blah! hahaha I'm where you were 6 months ago!! Grrrrrr… invites crafting thingamajigging today!

  • Heidi April 14, 2012 at 3:54 pm

    Nic – thanks!! I'm loving coconut flour so much right now.

    Leah – oh totally, lovely, I'll see it as my duty to. I'll take it very very seriously 🙂

    Lisa – yay! hope you found the email useful. SO exciting!

    Lorraine – reading what movies they'll play on the plane gets me super excited too hehehe.

    Hannah – phew!! 😉 thanks, lady.

    Hannah – yay! yes I thought you'd be all over coconut flour goodness 😉

    Msihua – oh yay how fun!! ahhhhh I remember that time 🙂 enjoy!

    Heidi xo

  • Tori April 15, 2012 at 1:43 pm

    Get your hands on Clotilde Desoulier ( from Chocolate & Zucchini)'s book guide to Paris restaurants. So much deliciousness! I stayed 3.5 months in Le Marais last year. My favourite part of Paris!

  • Ashley April 15, 2012 at 8:37 pm

    Your teacup set is exquisite! So beautiful, and those colours! Your europe trip sounds amazing! I'm trying to get Brad to help me plan a month trip in South East Asia, but he's a bit too 'I'm not fussed' and it's driving me nuts! Glad to see you guys have a good game plan though! 🙂

  • Daisy@Nevertoosweet April 16, 2012 at 4:47 am

    I totally think you are allowed to be happy and brag about everything ~ because you're only a newly wed once hehe and i totally still like you and will continue to follow you hehe 😀 But i do admit I'm really jealous that you're going on a 5 WEEK Honeymoon to EUROPE omg omg omg! that's so so so amazing 🙂 Can't wait to see all your posts and hear all about it ~ in the mean time think I'm gonna make your macaroons hehe ~

  • Heidi April 16, 2012 at 6:38 am

    Tori – thank you so much! Yes I adore clotilde and am taking many many notes from her beautiful site 🙂

    Ashley – thanks, I got the teacup from an op shop and am quite in love with it! Maybe you just need to do all the planning & shove him on a plane 😉

    Daisy – hehehe thanks, lovely 🙂

    Heidi xo

  • The InTolerant Chef April 18, 2012 at 9:10 am

    I promise we'll still love you… although I'm still jealous over your LAST trip! I think these little morsels are juuuust right for keeping up your strength for all the trip planning 🙂