Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Raw Lemon Pie Macaroons: Coco-Roon Knock Offs (dairy free, grain free, Paleo, SCD, GAPS)

A few months ago some new raw food items made an appearance at my local Natural Foods Coop.  Ever hear of Coco-Roons? They are a tasty take on macaroons, incorporating almond flour with the shredded coconut.  They come in a variety of flavors and are super healthy, but the price tag...ouch!  So I decided to make these bad-boys at home.  The turn out was amazing. I hope you enjoy making these too.  
See HERE and HERE for my other raw homemade (store-brand knock-offs).  
Raw Lemon Pie Macaroons 
(Coco-Roon Knock-Offs)

-2 cups shredded coconut (any brand will do, I purchase mine in the bulk section)
-1 cup almond flour (I used Bob's)
-2 teaspoons lemon zest
-2 tablespoons honey (vegans, use maple syrup or coconut nectar)
-2 tablespoons melted coconut oil
-2 tablespoons fresh squeezed lemon juice
-1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract 
-1/4 teaspoon lemon oil (optional, or use an extra tablespoon of lemon juice)
-1/2 teaspoon salt

How To:
1.  In a food processor add the 2 cups of shredded coconut.  Blend for 30 seconds.  Then add in the almond flour.  Blend together for 10 seconds.
2.  With the food processor running, add in the lemon zest, honey, coconut oil, lemon juice, salt and lemon oil (optional). Blend together for 15 seconds.
3. The mixture will feel wet and oily.  That's okay.
4. Scoop out the mixture with a 1-ounce ice cream scoop and place directly on the dehydrator tray (no screens).  This is the dehydrator I use.   
5.  Dehydrate for at least 6 hours on 110 degrees.  These dry nicely on the outside (leaving no oily residue) and stay moist on the inside.  Makes about 12 macaroons.
Shared on: Raw Food Thursday, Wellness Weekend, Allergy-Friendly Lunchbox Love, Whole Food Fridays, Healthy Vegan Fridays, 


  1. Heather @Gluten-Free CatJune 13, 2013 at 9:08 AM

    Oh Amber, these look soooooo delicious! I needed something lemony for this hot summer weather. What gorgeous pictures too. Love the yellow flowers!!! Hope you're bringing these to RFT because they'll be a HIT!


    1. Thank Heather. They are! They are my new favorite. In making my own, I was able to control the lemon flavor and added much more than the store bought contains. So fun. Just shared over on RFT. Have a great weekend.


  • AM - SISTA FREN! I'ma want these right now! If one does not own a dehydrator, can one use the oven on a low temp? My oven's lowest temp goes to 170F.

    Once I can do almond flour (I hope) I MUST have these. You know lemon is my favorite by now girl.

    Thanks for a great post and great, mouth-watering pics!


    PS - I've pinned this to "Grain Free Gaga" on Pinterest...

    1. I thought these would catch your eye, Jen. I know you likey the lemon. You will get to enjoy these on day soon. I can't imagine how hard it is to see all these recipes you cannot eat. I'm so impressed with you!

    2. Whoops, I forgot to address the dehydrator. I would bake these at 170 degrees for 1 hour and then do 15 minutes after that until you have a dry outside with soft inside - or to your texture preference. Girlfriend, you NEED to get a dehydrator. They are much fun!! :-)

  • YUMMO Miss Amber!! These sound right up my alley! I wonder how they would do without the honey, but with more stevia? What do you think?

    I agree with Heather - love the gorgeous photos!

    1. Hi Meg,

      I think stevia would be fine. Use lemon stevia if you have it. :-) Not sure how many drops. I would do 7 - 10 to start. Hope that helps girl.

  • These are in my oven now! The dough is sooo good. I can't eat almonds so had to sub rice flour for almond flour. Subsequently, I had to add more oil since I suspect almond flour enables the dough to hold together better. Thank you for the recipe!

    1. Awesome! Thanks for the substitution suggestion with the rice flour. I agree with the almonds. Man they do not like me (but I like them). Thanks for stopping by. I sure hope they taste as good as they smell in your oven. ha ha.

  • Update from 1/4/14: These were outstanding!! Could hardly control myself. Flavorful, moist enough and did not fall apart when subbing rice flour with add'l oil. I made in the oven as suggested in reviews. Thank you for a gluten-free, no/low sugar recipe that actually looks exactly like the picture AND tastes magnificent. Will make often, and try with chocolate chips in lieu of lemon. :)


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