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Passionfruit & Coconut Macaroons

I made these for Luise and Elsa on Valentine’s day with the intention of sharing the recipe here on the same day. I planned to call them Passionate Macaroons. But then I realised that I didn’t want to spend Valentine’s evening in front of a computer. So here they are, a few days late but just as good.

Me and coconut macaroons go way back. Along with sticky chocolate cake, this was a treat that was easy enough for me to bake as a kid. So I did. Many times. And since then, I have been following more or less the same recipe, it’s so simple, quick, and delicious that I never found a reason to divert from it. That was until a few weeks ago. We were preparing our breakfast event at Little Bird Organics in Auckland when they handed us a bag of their passionfruit & macadamia macaroons that kind of blew my mind. Pairing passionfruit with coconut is just brilliant and it adds a new dimension to this classic cookie.


I have borrowed their idea in my own version. The result is a very tropical, sweet and just slightly tart flavour mixed with all the richness that comes from coconut. This was also my first successful attempt at making them vegan without using an egg white as binder. Instead I use coconut milk, honey (or yacon syrup or maple syrup) and almond flour. They hold together well once they have cooled down but might be a little crumbly straight from the oven. Just pop them in the fridge if you want them firmer. You can replace the almond flour with almost any flour of choice, or cacao powder for a tropical chocolate version.


Passionfruit & Coconut Macaroons (vegan + gluten-free)
Makes 12

Depending on your preference and the sweetness of the passion fruits you might want adjust the honey accordingly before baking. We find this ratio to be just perfect for us. Vegans that don’t want to use honey can of course use one of the other sweeteners listed. We have tried this recipe with different versions of sweeteners and they all turn out good.

2 tbsp cold-pressed coconut oil (or just extra coconut milk)
1/2 cup full-fat coconut milk
1/3 cup raw honey (or yacon syrup or maple)
1/2 vanilla pod, seeds scraped or 1/2 tsp ground vanilla powder
2 cups desiccated coconut, unsweetened
3 tbsp almond meal/flour (or other flour if nut allergic)
1/3 tsp sea salt

3 passion fruits
1 lime, juice

50 g / 2 oz dark 70% chocolate, for drizzling (optional)

Preheat your oven to 350°F / 180°C. Add coconut oil, coconut milk, honey and vanilla to a saucepan on medium heat and bring to a slow simmer. Add the desiccated coconut, almond flour and salt, stir and let it all come together into a sticky mess. Remove the pan from the heat, add passionfruit and lime juice and give it a good stir.

Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Use a large tablespoon, ice cream scoop or your hands to form the mixture into balls (about the size of a golf ball) with a flat bottom. Place them on the baking paper and bake for about 12 minutes in the oven.
Let cool slightly before serving or start making the chocolate drizzle: Pop them in the fridge while melting the chocolate in a water bath. Take out the tray form the fridge, dip a teaspoon in the melted chocolate and drizzle back and forth over the macaroons. Repeat until you are happy with the amount of chocolate.
Store in fridge, lasts for at least 5 days but will probably be gone within 24 hours.



  1. Posted 18 Feb ’15 at 02:48 | #

    Passionfruit and coconut sound like a perfect combo!

  2. emily
    Posted 18 Feb ’15 at 03:40 | #

    Those photos are gorgeous! I love passionfruit so I will be making these really soon.

  3. Posted 18 Feb ’15 at 05:05 | #

    These look amazing!! A must try :)


  4. Posted 18 Feb ’15 at 07:46 | #

    Great snack to go, thank you! :)

  5. Sian
    Posted 18 Feb ’15 at 07:52 | #

    Oh my these look delicious!I look forward to trying them. Hate to nit pick but honey isn’t vegan so perhaps best to lead with another sweetener or not proclaim them as vegan rather than mention honey a few times in the writing and then the recipe.

    • Posted 18 Feb ’15 at 12:13 | #

      Hi Sian, Some vegans do eat honey and some don’t. Which is why I have listed and tried this recipe with a few different sweeteners. I chose to put honey first in the list because it’s my personal favourite but it works just as great to use maple or yacon syrup.
      x David

  6. Posted 18 Feb ’15 at 08:18 | #

    I want a small piece of that plss:))

  7. Posted 18 Feb ’15 at 08:35 | #

    Spend Valentine’s evening in front of a computer was a really bad idea!!
    By the way, I was thinking to buy passionfruit to make something sweet, and this recipe is simply perfect for this purpose ^_^

  8. Posted 18 Feb ’15 at 09:21 | #

    Love the recipe, but honey+oven isn’t really a healthy combination. I will try to make them raw or almost raw, it sounds delicious and love the chocolate drizzle! Gorgeous pictures!!!

  9. Posted 18 Feb ’15 at 09:45 | #

    I always though Macaroons were difficult to make but it looks so simple, and delicious!

    Lauren x
    Britton Loves | Lifestyle Food Fashion Beauty – http://www.brittonloves.blogspot.co.uk

  10. Posted 18 Feb ’15 at 09:55 | #

    Fantastic – and a great combination to try in the future. A cake perhaps? Thanks for the inspiration.

  11. Posted 18 Feb ’15 at 10:35 | #

    I’ve never tried passion fruit!! Now, after this, I really want to try it <3


  12. Posted 18 Feb ’15 at 12:41 | #

    These look sinful…but are surprisingly rather healthy! Very nice :-)

  13. Posted 18 Feb ’15 at 12:56 | #

    I love the macaroon quality of your Swedish mocha biscuits so I know I will love these. I really enjoy pairing passion fruit and coconut, especially in my breakfast porridge so I can’t wait to try them out in this macaroon version. And a big thanks for continuing to share your inspiration with us as you travel!

  14. Posted 18 Feb ’15 at 13:06 | #

    Funny to read the comments about honey, with people telling you what is nothing more than their personal opinion about it as if it’s ‘fact’. For instance, many vegans do eat honey, and there is nothing wrong with heating honey regardless that some people still keep insisting it makes it ‘toxic’. It doesn’t.

    Love the recipe, though, and will definitely be trying it. Thanks :)

  15. Posted 18 Feb ’15 at 13:23 | #

    I’ve been following your adventures with a passion and these macaroons make me feel like I was there in Oceania too! They ‘feel’ wonderful, if you know what I mean :)
    Nobody should be on the computer on St. Valentine’s day – I wasn’t myself. Too bad I’m not a fan of passion fruit, but these sound like they would work with other exotic fruit purèes…

  16. Posted 18 Feb ’15 at 13:44 | #

    Wow these look amazing! Grocery stores up here in the North don’t seem to carry passion fruits – any suggestions for replacements? Thanks!

    • Posted 18 Feb ’15 at 14:18 | #

      I would perhaps try replacing the passionfruit with some extra lime. It’s not the same but you will get a bit of that tropical tartness that works really well with the sweetness from the honey and the rich tones from the coconut.
      x David

      • Vanessa
        Posted 18 Feb ’15 at 22:24 | #

        Hey Kate, I just made these delicious treats and we do not have passionfruits here either. I used about 50g of shredded mango instead and it turned out pretty delicious.
        Maybe this works for you as well.
        Thanks David and Luise for another amazing recipe. Enjoy your time in Australia.
        Best regards from good old Germany :)

  17. Posted 18 Feb ’15 at 13:53 | #

    Yum! I love coconut macaroons and love seeing a recipe that doesn’t call for sweetened condensed milk. Thank you!

  18. Posted 18 Feb ’15 at 14:05 | #

    Yummy look will surely try making this. So what if I am an occasional cook. It is 2015 and gadgets are taking over the age old recipes as well . Found this great blog
    https://potsknivesandrecipes.wordpress.com/ which has great information.

  19. Anna
    Posted 18 Feb ’15 at 14:10 | #

    Will bake them for fredagsmys.
    A quick question…… if you could choose Stockholm, Australia, or NZ to raise a family in ,which one would you choose and why. Thanks,


  20. Posted 18 Feb ’15 at 14:49 | #

    Hey finingar! Så galet härligt ni verkar ha det! Det glädjer mig :) å, kreationerna ovan ser ah-mazing ut men bäst är nog ändå chokladen på Elsas näsa! Dunderbamsekramar från oss här i skåneland, hoppas vi kan ses snart!

  21. Posted 18 Feb ’15 at 15:04 | #

    This is such a cool flavour!! And gorgeous shots :)

  22. Posted 18 Feb ’15 at 15:24 | #

    YUM! Love the combination of passion and cocos, very tropical!
    Makes me long for summer. Have a great wednesday guys!



  23. Posted 18 Feb ’15 at 15:35 | #

    These look incredible! I’ve been meaning to try coconut macaroons for the longest time and this recipe sounds perfect! Beautiful photos too – as always! :)

  24. Posted 18 Feb ’15 at 16:11 | #

    These are so incredibly pretty and I can just imagine they taste divine too! And good for you for postponing this post until after Valentine’s Day – much better to spend it with the ones you love :-)

  25. Posted 18 Feb ’15 at 16:25 | #

    oh my…these look so delish!! will try them for sure <3
    laura & nora

  26. Posted 18 Feb ’15 at 16:33 | #

    I love the combination of coconut and passion fruit! Can’t wait to make these for my dad. Thanks for the recipe!

  27. Posted 18 Feb ’15 at 16:33 | #

    Give me anything coconut, anytime! These sound just amazing!

  28. Posted 18 Feb ’15 at 16:46 | #

    This seems like a gorgeous combination. Passionfruit and coconut! Though I don’t think I’ve ever tried anything quite like this, sure seems inviting!

  29. Saskia
    Posted 18 Feb ’15 at 17:17 | #

    You guys expand my universe. I love your recipes. :)

  30. Posted 18 Feb ’15 at 17:47 | #

    These sound so fabulous! I wish I was closer so I could come to the breakfast event.

  31. Posted 18 Feb ’15 at 18:31 | #

    Macaroons without egg whites and vegan – brilliant! Your journey is so beautiful and inspiring, love your instagram pictures too! Have a great time!

  32. Posted 18 Feb ’15 at 18:32 | #

    These look incredibly delicious. Always been a sucker for a great coconut macaroon!


  33. Posted 18 Feb ’15 at 18:44 | #

    these look and sound amazing! passionfruit & coconut is my favourite fruity combination.

  34. Sarah
    Posted 18 Feb ’15 at 19:42 | #

    I am so inspired by your blog. I have made so many of your recipes and I love them all! I am also very inspired by your travels and wish that I could have the same care free attitude you have about being far away from home. Do you ever get nervous traveling in foreign places? Thank you so much for all your posts, your blog is one of the highlights of my week!

  35. Posted 18 Feb ’15 at 20:17 | #

    oh i absolutely love these! passionfruit is such a fun addition. the recipe sounds brilliant, too. i’ve rarely seen macaroons flavored with fresh fruit. thank you for this!

  36. Posted 18 Feb ’15 at 21:37 | #

    i love your creative and delicate take on the macaroon. your gorgeous food and photography is an inspiration, as always. thanks for sharing!

  37. Vivian Costa
    Posted 18 Feb ’15 at 22:24 | #

    This recipe looks amazing and I’m looking forward to make it very soon. Here in Brazil the passion fruits are really big, so I guess I won’t have to use 3 of them, but I wanted to know if you took off the seeds of its juice or let them there…And one more thing, since we have lots of coconut in here too, can I use it fresh? All the best, Vivian.

  38. Mahjah
    Posted 19 Feb ’15 at 02:01 | #

    Oh my goodness – all this nonsense about honey and stuff. Its honey for goodness sake, not formaldehyde. Whilst I am a proponent of healthy eating sometimes it goes way too far. And I’m not talking about this isolated incident either, but it did trigger a reaction – just as people get upset about eating a potato (all the carbs!)…Heavens, entire civilisations have been built on potatoes. Or wheat, Or maize. I am afraid we are becoming way too precious about ourselves and in our eating and perhaps this is due to our over abundance of food choices in developed countries. And I am not talking about genuine food allergies here – I do realise some people have them, but disregard that and think about how distorted our view on food is becoming when we decline a potato or a slice of bread or a smear honey.

  39. Posted 19 Feb ’15 at 07:17 | #

    Thanks for your lovely recipes and writings. I have never used passion fruit…and I don’t believe your recipe says what to do with them so please tell me how to add them in. I live in the woods, in Washington State USA and my neighbor has an extremely prolific passion fruit vine and she also has an intermittent “Underground Cafe”. I want to try this recipe and also pass it on to her for some Sunday at the Cafe. Take good care, Lauren

  40. Posted 19 Feb ’15 at 14:36 | #

    We made them today with my girls; everything that comes from this site is called by my daughters ‘van Elsa’, so these ‘Elsa cookies’ were really good (with some little changes: we didn’t bake them so I added some extra coconut flour, and we used mango in place of passion fruit, but they were really delicious and we enjoyed making them). Thank you!

  41. Posted 19 Feb ’15 at 23:28 | #

    What an amazing recipe!I love coconut macaroons but never thought of adding passion fruit.love the idea!

  42. Posted 20 Feb ’15 at 04:14 | #

    These are the sweetest little macaroons! What a lovely valentines gift. Nourishing and satisfying, and made with love. Those are the best gifts to get :)

  43. Annie
    Posted 20 Feb ’15 at 15:47 | #

    These look perfect! I really want to try and make them at once. Do you think I could use light coconut milk instead of full fat? Maybe if used a little more coconut oil?

    Thanks for your awesome recipes,

  44. Posted 21 Feb ’15 at 00:34 | #

    Great recipe, again, thank you so much! I tried a few variations with and without fruits and they were great. I filtered the passion juice to sort out the seeds. A small tip to form the biscuits for those who are in a hurry: I made small balls and “trew” them on the baking paper, which flattened and rounded them at the same time – not very romantic, but quite efficient :) –

  45. Posted 21 Feb ’15 at 23:17 | #

    I love your blog very much! Thank you guys! yours blog is very unsparing , it is just perfect! Actually I made my in blog em portuguese, that how grate was inspiration. maracujanna.com in portuges maracujanna is a passionfruit)
    I made your recipe today. I live in Brazil and we have a lot of fresh coconuts. It more easy to buy fresh one and graind, and I did it. It was a big mistake he didn’t won’t come together with moist ingredients. I add a flower to stick all together, a lot of. And passionfrut was to acid and big ( and I add a sugar. It was a real struggle on a kitchen today! And result was messy( But I will tray again)) now with dehydrated coco. Thank you!

  46. Malou
    Posted 22 Feb ’15 at 18:19 | #

    Thank you for this amazing recipe! In fact, I don’t like these sweet Coconut macaroons, but as you add Passion fruits to your recipe and as it seemed very easy, I tried it. Although they weren’t so crispy, because I probably put too much Coconut milk in it, the whole family loved them !

  47. Posted 22 Feb ’15 at 20:35 | #

    We just popped these babies in the over with some rhubarb puree instead of the passion fruit and oh man what a treat!!
    Thanks for the recipe and inspiration.

  48. Ness in Steyning
    Posted 23 Feb ’15 at 15:44 | #

    Hi you guys, can’t wait to try these, but being in the UK passion fruit are often unavailable and/or expensive….can you suggest some alternatives please, and can you also post the tried and tested original macaroon recipe you talk about in your intro! Thanks, LOVE LOVE LOVE your blog and books! Ness x

  49. Posted 24 Feb ’15 at 19:30 | #

    Looks yummy :)

  50. Margaret
    Posted 25 Feb ’15 at 10:06 | #

    Hi, could you please advise how much is a cup? Is it 250ml? Many thanks.

  51. Posted 26 Feb ’15 at 22:09 | #

    I’ve never actually tried making macaroons… I think this recipe has just motivated me to do so. :)

  52. Posted 27 Feb ’15 at 02:17 | #

    If someone handed me a batch of these passionate macaroons on Valentine’s day, they’d own my heart. I love the use of coconut milk and honey as a binder.

  53. Posted 27 Feb ’15 at 05:42 | #

    Stunning. Simply stunning. Can’t wait to give it a try :)

  54. Jana
    Posted 28 Feb ’15 at 18:09 | #

    Just made these but instead of 12, I got 20 golf balls! It’s a waste of expensive ingredients – wish I halved everything. They are in the oven now, fingers crossed they are delicious!

  55. Posted 2 Mar ’15 at 07:49 | #

    Yep, these are brilliant and everyone I served them too agreed! I made them to finish off a brunch that carried over into the afternoon. Like your Swedish mocha biscuits, I will be making these over and over again. They’re the perfect little treat, for a brunch or to just to have for myself during the week ;-). I also got 18-20 macaroons, which was fine by me.

  56. Diane
    Posted 14 Mar ’15 at 14:34 | #

    I just made these and somehow they are soft coming out of the oven. Also how long should you keep the mixture in the stove top in the step where it says “let it all come together in a hit sticky mess” maybe I did not wait long enough? Please advise! Thank you

  57. Posted 20 Mar ’15 at 22:58 | #

    Looks amazing, the photography you have used here is some of the best food pictures I have seen. Thanks for sharing!

  58. Posted 23 Mar ’15 at 20:35 | #

    Ahh those looks so awesome!


  59. Posted 26 May ’15 at 12:10 | #

    Thank you for sharing.

  60. Phoebe
    Posted 11 Jun ’15 at 16:10 | #

    Just tried this out with fresh shredded coconut! tastes amazing but the mixture turned out really watery… is it because i used fresh not dessicated coconut?

    • Posted 24 Feb ’16 at 09:31 | #

      Hi Phoebe, yes that is probably why. Try it with desiccated coconut next time and I hope you will be more successful.

  61. Posted 14 Jun ’15 at 18:57 | #

    Beautiful photos! Gonna have to give these a go!

  62. Posted 24 Feb ’16 at 08:27 | #

    Wonderful and fantastic post … You deserve some discount coupons for these types of remarkable writings..

  63. Jess
    Posted 29 Feb ’16 at 08:07 | #

    We sell these (well, the Little Bird ones) where I work, and they fly out the door. Did you get to try the Cacao and Raspberry ones? So yum! Can’t wait to try and make these, don’t know how I missed the recipe for so long

  64. Jamie Curtayne
    Posted 24 Feb ’17 at 05:14 | #

    Just put a batch of these in the oven and cant wait to see how they turn out – i had to stop myself from eating the mixture as it was delicious! Thanks so much for sharing such a lovely recipe!

  65. Eva
    Posted 18 Jul ’18 at 10:00 | #

    Can I replace the almond flour with coconut flour?

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