Chocolate Macaroons

This easy, no bake recipe for how to make Chocolate Macaroons will become a favorite. It is super fudgy and packed with coconut. The perfect simple recipe for beginners and a healthy take on the classic. Vegan and gluten free!  

chocolte macaroons lined up on a baking sheet

Even through the winter I still love no bake recipes. This healthy spin on Chocolate Macaroons is no exception.

This recipe can be ready in thirty minutes and these sweet treats disappear almost as quickly, as they are gobbled up by grateful friends and family. 

hand holding a chocolate macaroon with a bite out of it


This recipe was adapted from my late mom’s cookbook. It was tucked away loosely on a separate piece of paper and was written by a woman named Margaret. She worked in our home, helping with things like cooking and cleaning when my Mom became too sick to take care of the massive operation that was our household of six.

My Mom really liked Margaret and so did I. She has spiky white-blond hair, chubby cheeks, and a big, fun personality. She liked to cook and I think my Mom absolutely loved having someone else cook for her for a change. Margaret’s dishes were all so different from my Mom’s usual rotation and she would always ask Margaret to write down the ones she especially liked.

This was one of them. It was called Chocolate Rocks. They are fudgy, laced with coconut, and full of the goodness of oats.

chocolte macaroons lined up on a baking sheet


It’s a pretty short but sweet list of ingredients to make these lovely coconutty treats.

  • oats (use gluten free if needed)
  • cocoa or cacao powder
  • unsweetened shredded coconut
  • coconut oil 
  • milk of choice
  • vanilla
  • coconut sugar

Margaret’s version wasn’t made with coconut sugar or coconut oil and it didn’t specify whether or not the oats were gluten free but the idea remains the same. Simple, easy, and really good. Really, really good. 🙂

When I say easy, I mean, can you stir? 😉 

Melt together your coconut oil (non-vegans can use organic butter) with the coconut sugar and your milk of choice then stir in the cocoa and oats.



a saucepan with a cookie scoop in in next to a tray of desserts

I’m willing to bet these ‘chocolate rocks’ will be a hit at your home during the holidays like they are at mine (we’ve made this twice in the last couple of weeks). 

I’ve even been using my homemade hemp milk to make them! Try it out. SO easy and a great alternative to dairy.

chocolte macaroons lined up on a baking sheet

Let me know how you like these healthier sweets.

Do YOU have any family favorites?

I’d love to hear about those too.

plate of fudgy treats with a small dish of coconut in the background



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Originally posted on December 24, 2014. Updated October 15, 2020.

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chocolte macaroons lined up on a baking sheet

Chocolate Macaroons

Sharon Rhodes
This easy, no bake recipe for how to make Chocolate Macaroons will become a favorite. It is super fudgy and packed with coconut. The perfect simple recipe for beginners and a healthy take on the classic. Vegan and gluten free!  
5 from 7 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Chill 30 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Course Dessert, Snack
Cuisine American
Servings 12
Calories 143 kcal



  • In a medium sauce pan melt together coconut oil, sugar, and milk over medium low heat until blended well
  • Remove from heat and stir in cocoa powder. Mix well.
  • Stir in vanilla and then the oats and mix well again.
  • On a parchment lined baking sheet, using a small disher, scoop out heaping tablespoon sized macaroons. Refrigerate for 30 minutes to set.
  • Store in the fridge in a sealed container for up to a week.


Calories: 143kcalCarbohydrates: 18gProtein: 2gFat: 8gSaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 1mgSodium: 24mgPotassium: 92mgFiber: 2gSugar: 7gVitamin A: 8IUCalcium: 14mgIron: 1mg
Keyword chocolate macaroons, healthy no bake chocolate macaroons
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  1. 5 stars
    These are excellent! I’m always looking for healthier recipes that still taste awesome; this one hits the target. My 8-year-old doesn’t like cold cookies, so we took one out of the fridge and let it sit for an hour or so, and it didn’t melt, so that’s good; they may not need to be refrigerated.

  2. 5 stars
    These look delicious. I especially love that they are vegan and no-bake and that you are using coconut oil and coconut sugar. My favorites to cook with.

  3. 5 stars
    Made these over the weekend for us and the kids and they went down a treat, a perfect snack for during the day when you’re at home working or going out over the park with the kids:)
    Thank you so much for sharing!!

  4. 5 stars
    I made these the other day and they were absolutely delicious! Before this I’d never had a chocolate macaroon before but now I have to say it’s my favorite kind!

  5. Those look absolutely yummy as always!!! 🙂

    Given that it’s Christmas Eve I wanted to take time and stop by to wish you and yours the Merriest Christmas! I’m so happy this is the year we got to hang out. I say we made the Downton Party an annual tradition! 😉

    1. I can’t believe all these comments were spammed and I missed such a lovely holiday message! Thanks so much Karen. It’s funny because I was just talking about you the other day to a friend who is getting married in Mexico. I told her to check out your site for wedding ideas!
      The Downton countdown is on!!

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