Passionfruit & Coconut Macaroons

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I made these for Luise and Elsa on Valentine’s day with the intention of sharing the recipe here on the same day. I planned to call them Passionate Macaroons. But then I realised that I didn’t want to spend Valentine’s evening in front of a computer. So here they are, a few days late but just as good.

Me and coconut macaroons go way back. Along with sticky chocolate cake, this was a treat that was easy enough for me to bake as a kid. So I did. Many times. And since then, I have been following more or less the same recipe, it’s so simple, quick, and delicious that I never found a reason to divert from it. That was until a few weeks ago. We were preparing our breakfast event at Little Bird Organics in Auckland when they handed us a bag of their passionfruit & macadamia macaroons that kind of blew my mind. Pairing passionfruit with coconut is just brilliant and it adds a new dimension to this classic cookie.

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I have borrowed their idea in my own version. The result is a very tropical, sweet and just slightly tart flavour mixed with all the richness that comes from coconut. This was also my first successful attempt at making them vegan without using an egg white as binder. Instead I use coconut milk, honey (or yacon syrup or maple syrup) and almond flour. They hold together well once they have cooled down but might be a little crumbly straight from the oven. Just pop them in the fridge if you want them firmer. You can replace the almond flour with almost any flour of choice, or cacao powder for a tropical chocolate version.

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Passionfruit & Coconut Macaroons (vegan + gluten-free)
Makes 12

Depending on your preference and the sweetness of the passion fruits you might want adjust the honey accordingly before baking. We find this ratio to be just perfect for us. Vegans that don’t want to use honey can of course use one of the other sweeteners listed. We have tried this recipe with different versions of sweeteners and they all turn out good.

2 tbsp cold-pressed coconut oil (or just extra coconut milk)
1/2 cup full-fat coconut milk
1/3 cup raw honey (or yacon syrup or maple)
1/2 vanilla pod, seeds scraped or 1/2 tsp ground vanilla powder
2 cups desiccated coconut, unsweetened
3 tbsp almond meal/flour (or other flour if nut allergic)
1/3 tsp sea salt

3 passion fruits
1 lime, juice

50 g / 2 oz dark 70% chocolate, for drizzling (optional)

Preheat your oven to 350°F / 180°C. Add coconut oil, coconut milk, honey and vanilla to a saucepan on medium heat and bring to a slow simmer. Add the desiccated coconut, almond flour and salt, stir and let it all come together into a sticky mess. Remove the pan from the heat, add passionfruit and lime juice and give it a good stir.

Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Use a large tablespoon, ice cream scoop or your hands to form the mixture into balls (about the size of a golf ball) with a flat bottom. Place them on the baking paper and bake for about 12 minutes in the oven.
Let cool slightly before serving or start making the chocolate drizzle: Pop them in the fridge while melting the chocolate in a water bath. Take out the tray form the fridge, dip a teaspoon in the melted chocolate and drizzle back and forth over the macaroons. Repeat until you are happy with the amount of chocolate.
Store in fridge, lasts for at least 5 days but will probably be gone within 24 hours.

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70 Comments

  • Hey finingar! Så galet härligt ni verkar ha det! Det glädjer mig :) å, kreationerna ovan ser ah-mazing ut men bäst är nog ändå chokladen på Elsas näsa! Dunderbamsekramar från oss här i skåneland, hoppas vi kan ses snart!
  • Anna
    Will bake them for fredagsmys. A quick question...... if you could choose Stockholm, Australia, or NZ to raise a family in ,which one would you choose and why. Thanks, Anna
  • Yummy look will surely try making this. So what if I am an occasional cook. It is 2015 and gadgets are taking over the age old recipes as well . Found this great blog https://potsknivesandrecipes.wordpress.com/ which has great information.
  • Yum! I love coconut macaroons and love seeing a recipe that doesn't call for sweetened condensed milk. Thank you!
  • Wow these look amazing! Grocery stores up here in the North don't seem to carry passion fruits - any suggestions for replacements? Thanks!
    • I would perhaps try replacing the passionfruit with some extra lime. It's not the same but you will get a bit of that tropical tartness that works really well with the sweetness from the honey and the rich tones from the coconut. x David
      • Vanessa
        Hey Kate, I just made these delicious treats and we do not have passionfruits here either. I used about 50g of shredded mango instead and it turned out pretty delicious. Maybe this works for you as well. Thanks David and Luise for another amazing recipe. Enjoy your time in Australia. Best regards from good old Germany :) Vanessa
  • I've been following your adventures with a passion and these macaroons make me feel like I was there in Oceania too! They 'feel' wonderful, if you know what I mean :) Nobody should be on the computer on St. Valentine's day - I wasn't myself. Too bad I'm not a fan of passion fruit, but these sound like they would work with other exotic fruit purèes...
  • Funny to read the comments about honey, with people telling you what is nothing more than their personal opinion about it as if it's 'fact'. For instance, many vegans do eat honey, and there is nothing wrong with heating honey regardless that some people still keep insisting it makes it 'toxic'. It doesn't. Love the recipe, though, and will definitely be trying it. Thanks :)
  • I love the macaroon quality of your Swedish mocha biscuits so I know I will love these. I really enjoy pairing passion fruit and coconut, especially in my breakfast porridge so I can't wait to try them out in this macaroon version. And a big thanks for continuing to share your inspiration with us as you travel!
  • I've never tried passion fruit!! Now, after this, I really want to try it <3 https://aspoonfulofnature.wordpress.com/
  • Fantastic - and a great combination to try in the future. A cake perhaps? Thanks for the inspiration.
  • Love the recipe, but honey+oven isn't really a healthy combination. I will try to make them raw or almost raw, it sounds delicious and love the chocolate drizzle! Gorgeous pictures!!!
  • Spend Valentine's evening in front of a computer was a really bad idea!! By the way, I was thinking to buy passionfruit to make something sweet, and this recipe is simply perfect for this purpose ^_^
  • Sian
    Oh my these look delicious!I look forward to trying them. Hate to nit pick but honey isn't vegan so perhaps best to lead with another sweetener or not proclaim them as vegan rather than mention honey a few times in the writing and then the recipe.
    • Hi Sian, Some vegans do eat honey and some don't. Which is why I have listed and tried this recipe with a few different sweeteners. I chose to put honey first in the list because it's my personal favourite but it works just as great to use maple or yacon syrup. x David
  • Great snack to go, thank you! :)
  • These look amazing!! A must try :) www.the-whiterabbit.com
  • emily
    Those photos are gorgeous! I love passionfruit so I will be making these really soon.
  • Passionfruit and coconut sound like a perfect combo!

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