Naturally sweet coconut complimented by the bright citrus combination of lemon and lime makes these macaroons a perfect sweet simple 5-ingredient snack!
My one and only health food store is a bit of a drive away. Only about 30 minutes, but I do have to cross the ocean to get there. Okay it’s technically a bay and the bridge is only a few miles, but that somehow makes it feel like a bigger effort. That bridge is a good deterrent really, otherwise it is likely I would end up going every day for one thing or another (not to say I still don’t make the drive at least weekly). But only health food store = expensive health food store, so I try to stay away as much as possible.
Last time I made the journey over there I only needed 3 things: gum-free coconut milk, coconut butter, and tapioca starch. The problem with health food stores is the unforeseen distractions. The kombucha case, the snack bar section, and if it happens to be near a holiday and all the vegan chocolate is out then I probably just shouldn’t go in at all. Because even if a single peanut butter egg is only 99 cents, 12 of them is still overpriced. I blame Reese’s for this lifelong inability to resist chocolate things filled with peanut butter in seasonal shapes.
The first time a person ever goes into a Whole Foods it is understandable to come out with seventy dollars of unnecessary snacks and fun finds. Maybe even the second time if said person doesn’t live near a Whole Foods so only gets to go maybe twice a year and the excitement still hasn’t quite worn off. But I’ve been going to this same health food store for years now. Seeing much the same selection of expensive organic products for years now. So I try to stick to just the necessities. Yes two jars of coconut butter is absolutely a necessity.
All was going as planned (except the unexpected second jar of coconut butter, but when that stuff is on sale you buy two!), but then I found myself slowing and lingering near the cookie section on my way from coconut butter to tapioca starch. The cookie section is on an entirely different aisle, by the way. And whaddya know the cookie section shows up again on my trajectory from tapioca starch to coconut milk. It may be a small store, but trust me there are plenty of alternate cookie-free paths.
Do you ever do that? Just find yourself subconsciously grocery store stalking an item you really want but know you don’t need?
In a world where dark chocolate and ice cream exist, most packaged cookies are of no interest to me. But it was the Coco-Roons I had my eye on. Those little guys I love!
What all this coconut cookie creeping told me was that I needed to make another batch of homemade macaroons asap. So I grabbed a pack of the vanilla maple, checked out, and ate half of them on the way home while brainstorming macaroon flavor ideas. My coconut cookie cravings aren’t that patient.
Inspired by some recent (and terribly unsuccessful) frozen yogurt attempts, Lemon Lime Macaroons were the bright, citrusy, spring idea that came to mind. Two zesty fruit flavors that I love both alone and together, and they compliment coconut perfectly.
With just 5 ingredients these homemade macaroons are almost as easy as tearing open that colorful store-bought package. Almost. They are also oil-free though, and a much more cost effective way to get your bite-sized coconut cookie fix!
Naturally sweet coconut complimented by the the bright citrus combination of lemon and lime makes these macaroons a perfect sweet simple 5-ingredient snack!
- 2 cups unsweetened shredded coconut
- 1/4 cup oat flour
- Zest of one lemon
- Zest of one lime
- 1 tbsp lemon juice
- 1 tbsp lime juice
- 1/2 cup maple syrup
- Preheat the oven to 350F.
- Combine all the ingredients in a mixing bowl.
- Mix until well combined and sticky (hands work best!) It should stick together when squeezed.
- Shape into mounds and arrange on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
- Bake for 15-18 minutes at 350F.
- Let them cool for at least 10 minutes before eating.
- Keep in an airtight container in the fridge for optimal freshness.