Easy Raw Coconut Macaroons with Cacao Nibs

by Jessica Mishra on September 14, 2011

Coconut: superfood, high in healthy fats, delicious! Coconut has so many health benefits and I love these cookies because since they are raw, all the nutrients stay in tact!

I was reading David Wolfe’s book, Superfoods and learned that in Sanskrit, the coconut palm is known as kalpa vriksha, meaning “the tree that supplies all that is needed to live”. Further in his book, David Wolfe describes some of the benefits of coconut products. They improve digestion and absorption of fat-soluble vitamins and amino acids, and they help support the immune system as they contain healthy antiviral, antifungal, and antimicrobial saturated fatty acids. They improve the utilization of blood sugar and can lessen the symptoms of hypoglycemia. They also improve the absorption of the right kinds of calcium and magnesium. I could go on, but I will stop there. I think you get the point that this is one amazing superfood.

The raw cacao nibs in the recipe not only add a nice crunch, but supply a dose of antioxidants, magnesium, and iron amongst other nutrients.

I love the magic of making recipes with coconut oil. Coconut oil becomes solid when you place it in the refrigerator, thus it binds these cookies together and gives them a sort of melt-in-your-mouth quality. I love to rub a little of the extra oil on my skin after making this recipe, as it is also a wonderful moisturizer! I hope you will enjoy this recipe which is quick, easy, and delicious!


  • 1 ½ cups finely shredded coconut
  • ¼ cup almond meal
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • couple pinches of sea salt
  • ½ cup melted extra virgin coconut oil
  • 2 tablespoons grade B maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ¼ cup raw cacao nibs (may use less if you want a little less crunch)

Start by mixing all the dry ingredients in a large bowl. Mix all the wet ingredients in a separate bowl then add to the dry ingredients. Add in the cacao nibs last. Stir to combine.

To mold the macaroons, I used a rubber measuring spoon (tablespoon sized). I packed the mixture into the spoon, then I pushed on the rubber part to release the macaroon onto a tray. If you don’t have this kind of spoon you may simply shape using your hands and a spoon. Place in the refrigerator for 20-30 minutes to allow macaroons to set. Enjoy! These are also great crumbled over some coconut milk ice cream.

Note: these cookies are not very sweet. If you like a sweeter variety, add more maple syrup.

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Tina September 14, 2011 at 3:06 pm

>Yes-another treat with cocoa nibs! This really does step up the flavor of these coconut macaroons. Well done.


Beaming with Health September 14, 2011 at 6:31 pm

>Thanks Tina! I love the texture that cacao nibs add, not to mention I will eat anything in the chocolate family! ;) Also a nice healthy alternative to chocolate chips. Thanks for your comment!


Mike @TheIronYou October 15, 2011 at 1:14 pm

>These macarons look amazing plus I'm such a big fan of cacao nibs that it's a must try.
Thank you for posting this!



Beaming with Health October 15, 2011 at 2:11 pm

>Thanks Mike! Let me know how you like them! I love how easy they are to make!


Mike @TheIronYou October 15, 2011 at 2:26 pm

>Will do. I'm not very good in the kitchen but since in this case there's no cooking involved I might be up to the task!
BTW I really like your blog, congrats!


Beaming with Health October 16, 2011 at 6:02 pm

>Thanks Mike! I checked yours out as well. I will definitely be a regular follower. Do you have a FB page? I couldn't find it. Have a great rest of your weekend!


Anonymous April 30, 2012 at 6:47 pm

>I made these on the weekend for a BBQ i was having with friends. I have been sugar free for 7 weeks and this was my first "sweet" for that long and although it wasn't very sweet – it was a reformed choco-holics dream come true!! These were fantastic!! I grated a fresh coconut and used that and i also couldn't get hold of the nibs so used some cacao powder instead and fresh vanilla bean as i didn't want the sugar from the extract and with only 2 spoons of maple syrup they still were to die for! Thank you for a fantastic recipe! I can see me making these again and again!!


Beaming with Health May 1, 2012 at 11:23 am

>Hi! Thank you for your note! I am so glad you enjoyed them. Yes, these are a great transition off of a sugar detox as they really aren't that sweet. I also love the melt-in-your-mouth quality that the coconut oil gives them. Congratulations on being sugar-free for 7 weeks. That is no easy feat! I love that you used fresh coconut. I will have to try this! Thanks for sharing! -Jessica


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