These No-Bake Chocolate Dipped Strawberry Macaroons are packed with strawberry flavor! It’s hard to resist these creamy gluten-free, Paleo + vegan coconut macaroons, and the chocolate dip and drizzle makes them even more delicious.
I feel like I’ve rekindled my love for baking, post-Whole30. Not that it even left, but after not being able to make many of the recipes I dreamed up during my baking-free month, it feels so good to get back into the kitchen to create a whole bunch of new dessert goodness.
Testing, tasting, and tweaking recipes are some of my favorite things (obviously) and after a month without it, I really missed the process of developing new recipes. Of course, I did it during my Whole30 with my Whole30-approved recipes, but I wasn’t testing nearly as much as normal.
Last week I had my first few full-on baking and recipe testing days, which are obviously my favorite days! What’s not to love about a kitchen full of homemade treats??
While I had a few recipes not go as planned, these No-Bake Chocolate Dipped Strawberry Macaroons turned out like a charm, as I suspected they would. In fact, I think they’re even better than I could’ve predicted.
Of course, these aren’t exactly baking since there’s no baking required, but doesn’t that make it even better? It’s so easy, you can’t really mess these up. That’s my kind of recipe.
I was tempted to call these Strawberries & Cream Macaroons because they are seriously creamy! Besides the regular shredded coconut in macaroons, these also use coconut cream to help bind them together. That makes these luxuriously creamy and soft, as opposed to the more chewy baked coconut macaroons. A little coconut oil helps them set up.
The bright strawberry flavor comes from freeze dried strawberries. Freeze dried fruits are some of my favorite to use in baking because they pack a big PUNCH of flavor and color, and you don’t need to compensate from any moisture that would be added from using the whole fruit. I get mine from Trader Joe’s but most Kroger stores also carry freeze dried fruit, and you can find it on Amazon.
Only a little maple syrup is needed to sweeten, and a touch of vanilla extract rounds it all out. The mixture is then scooped out with a cookie scoop to create little bites. From here, you can leave them be if you want! They’re SO good, even without the chocolate, so if you’re craving a more fruity treat, you can definitely skip the chocolate and devour them without it.
Of course…I took the extra step and gave them a little chocolate dip and drizzle. There’s nothing better than chocolate and strawberries, so it was a match made in heaven. The chocolate also gives them structure because they’re a little soft without it, so you get that nice snap when you bite into the chocolate shell.
These No-Bake Chocolate Dipped Strawberry Macaroons are made with such wholesome ingredients, but they’re jam packed with flavor and have the most irresistibly creamy texture. The chocolate and strawberry flavors complement each other perfectly, especially when paired with the creamy coconut. And since there’s no baking necessary, you can be devouring these in just a few minutes. Enjoy!!
Remember to #bakerita if you try the recipe!
No-Bake Chocolate Dipped Strawberry Macaroons (Gluten-Free, Paleo + Vegan)
- 1/2 cup freeze-dried strawberries
- 1½ cups unsweetened shredded coconut
- ⅔ cup (150g) coconut cream just the thick part from the top of the can of coconut milk
- 2 tablespoons coconut oil melted
- ¼ cup maple syrup
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 4 oz. dark chocolate melted
- Crush freeze-dried strawberries into a powder. Set aside.
- In a large bowl, combine the coconut, coconut cream, coconut oil, maple syrup, vanilla extract and freeze-dried strawberry powder and mix well until fully combined.
- Use a small cookie scoop to create scoops with the coconut mixture and place on a tray lined with parchment paper. Transfer to the fridge until hardened. Once they’re firm, dip the bottom of each coconut ball in the dark chocolate and return to the parchment paper. Drizzle with the remaining dark chocolate.
- Transfer to the fridge for the chocolate to set, then enjoy! Store leftovers in the refrigerator.