Chocolate Chip Macaroons (Gluten Free, Paleo + Vegan)
These Chocolate Chip Macaroons are a heavenly snack or dessert – they taste like a cross between a coconut macaroon and a chocolate chip cookie! Plus, they’re gluten-free, Paleo, and vegan.
Being a baking blogger and recipe developer means I end up with a whole lot of baked goods around me. I’m constantly making and trying new treats, and in addition to what you see, there’s a lot of things that don’t make the site because they’re not good enough. But even with all that does make it here to be shared, certain things tend to stand out.
Obviously, I have my favorites. And considering how damn hungry editing the photos of these macaroons made me? These chocolate chip macaroons are definitely a new favorite. I’m highly considering making another batch of them tonight, but I’m nervous I’ll
definitely probably eat the whole batch, way too quickly, which would be highly reminiscent of these last few times I made these.
With just seven ingredients, these little bites of chocolate chip macaroon goodness pack a filling and very delicious punch. They also miraculously taste like a chocolate chip cookie meets macaroon hybrid, and though that wasn’t the intention of this recipe, it is surely a most welcome side benefit.
Let’s talk a little bit about what makes these so special:
- Though most traditional coconut macaroons use egg to bind, these chocolate chip macaroons use creamy almond butter as a binder. Trust me – it’s a wonderfully flavorful replacement and keeps these macaroons vegan! Note: if you don’t have almond butter or just prefer another nut butter, most nut butters or even sunflower seed butter should work, as long as it’s not too runny.
- Mini chocolate chips!! Because they’re so tiny, a small amount goes a long way. You can definitely use bigger ones though, the macaroons just might be a bit more delicate. I use the ones from Enjoy Life because they’re dairy, nut, and soy free. Yum! They also get melty at warm room temperature 😋
- These chocolate chip macaroons use unsweetened shredded coconut, not sweetened, and there’s only 2 tablespoons of maple syrup in the whole batch. Overall, they’re pretty darn low in sugar, making them a great filling snack.
They’re so simple, with pretty standard kitchen ingredients, but if you’re a macaroon lover like I am, I doubt you’ll be able to keep your hands off this simple cookie for long. I made a couple batches, and none of them lasted long enough to make it out of the house.
One of these chocolate chip macaroons is a perfect post-workout snack, lunchtime dessert, or lunchbox treat! If you’re a big fan of coconut and chocolate chips (because I’m obviously obsessed) I’m sure you won’t find it too hard to devour these…enjoy!
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Chocolate Chip Macaroons (Gluten Free + Vegan)
- Prep Time: 5 minutes
- Cook Time: 10 minutes
- Total Time: 15 minutes
- Yield: 16 macaroons 1x
- Category: Dessert
- 1 cup + 2 tablespoons (90g unsweetened shredded coconut)
- ½ cup (128g) creamy almond butter
- 2 tablespoons maple syrup
- 2 tablespoons (26g) coconut oil
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- ¼ teaspoon kosher salt
- ¼ cup mini dark chocolate chips
- Preheat the oven to 275°F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
- In a mixing bowl, combine all ingredients and stir until completely combined. The mixture should hold together in balls, but not be too crumbly.
- Using a cookie scoop or your hand, form tablespoon-sized balls and bake for 15 minutes. Rotate the pan and bake for another 7-10 minutes or until the macaroons are light golden brown. Let cool completely before removing from the tray. Store leftovers at room temperature in a sealed ziplock bag.
**Make sure you’re using finely shredded coconut. Regular shredded coconut won’t stick together the way unsweetened, finely shredded coconut will. I recommend using Bob’s Red Mill brand for the best results.
Sometimes recipe testing can be a curse…you just end up with SO many baked goods, and it’s so hard to resist! I know I wouldn’t be able to resist these, either. I love the looks of these macaroons, Rachel! So perfect!
Thanks so much, Gayle!
The struggle of the life of a food blogger is real haha! Most of the time I try to give away my leftovers so there are none leftover! But IDK if I could give away these macaroons, I LOVE all things coconut!
I usually try to get rid of things as quickly as possible too…but these didn’t last long enough for that, haha! Thanks, Bethany.
I definitely would not mind having tons of these little macaroons around because HOLY MOLY they look fantastic, Rachel! And I mean, they’re so tiny and adorable you can totally eat a ton without the guilt right??
Haha YES most definitely! Thanks Sarah.
Chocolate chip macaroons are basically the hybrid of my two favorite desserts! I love that they’re gf and vegan and I have all the ingredients to make them- definitely pinning these ones to try :) I’m running low on almond, so I might mix that and this delicious honey peanut pretzel butter… all sorts of deliciousness is in my future!
Mmm these would so delicious with peanut butter too – yum! Hope you get to try and love them, Medha.
Oh man, I LOVE coconut, especially with chocolate! These look like the perfect Monday pick me up!
These look incredible, Rachel! I love macaroons, and I’m so intrigued with the almond butter here. These are going on my must-try list!
I’m starting to get hungry for dinner but now you have me thinking about going straight to dessert! haha These macaroons look awesomeee. And with the almond butter! I love that!
Looks scrumptious as always! Love the idea of using shredded coconut as a kind of “flour.” Genius!
These macaroon cookie mash up is genius!
I would be in some serious trouble with these babies. I love coconut and chocolate together, so these are a win in my book. Desserts never last long around me either. Yum!
Oh my goodness I was looking at these thinking ‘they don’t look like the macaroons I’ve seen’, but almond butter! That is so genius!! These look amazing.
THIS IS A FANTASTIC IDEA-I looove that it’s like a cross bw a normal macaroon and a ccc!
Oh a batch of these wouldn’t last long in my house! I love playing around with macaroon recipes. Almond butter is such a good idea!!
I feel like you should have named these coconut heaven!!! That ingredient list looks great :)
The texture of these look great, and I like that you used almond butter. I think my mom would be all over these!
These look amazing! I started loving coconut when I was pregnant with baby #3 and now I want to eat it alllll the time! Who knew what I was missing?!
I can definitely see why these are one of your favorite treats! I’m sure I’d devour the whole batch :) Must try soon!!!
Omg! I looove this macaroons recipe! I will definitely try it. The mix of ingredients you use it’s fantastic. Almond butter, coconut, chocolate? Hmmm So yummy, I need to try them! :)
Just want to let you know I tried this recipe for a gathering & it was a hit! I used salted caramel PB (as I had just finished all my almond butter) so reduced the liquid sweetener (used honey). Great recipe, thanks
So glad you enjoyed them, Anoude! Salted caramel peanut butter sounds like something I need to get my hands on :)
OK Rachel, I’ve lost count of how many of your recipes I have made and they have all been absolutely amazing… I just made this one and once again, I am blown away at how decadent this little cookie-hybrids are!! SO GOOD!! The almond butter and coconut create the most amazing rich texture, and the gooey chocolate takes it over the top. Thank you again so much for sharing such incredible recipes, they are always so simple but still come out so delicious every single time!! xo
Your comments always put the biggest smile on my face, SK! I’m so glad you enjoyed these tasty treats. You have me wanting to whip up another batch :) Thanks so much for sharing your kind words and feedback with me.
You’re so welcome Rachel! I’m almost embarrassed because I made a batch of these even though I just made yet another batch of your amazing Paleo chocolate chunk cookies! I tell everyone I know about your site, because I am constantly asked for recipes whenever I make something of yours :) Please please keep up the incredible work, it is so much appreciated! :)
It’s so good to hear that, SK! Thank you SO much for spreading the word – I’m truly so appreciative of that and of YOU for all your kind words. You make me excited to develop new recipes :)