No Bake Chocolate Macaroons

by Angela (Oh She Glows) on February 3, 2011

We ended up getting quite the storm yesterday! One broken shovel and lots of soup and hot tea later, we can feel our limbs once again.


Then I tortured myself by looking up tropical vacations on Travel Zoo. I really need to stop doing that to myself.


Luckily, there are always Valentine’s Day goodies to look forward to.


If you care to see the rest of my Valentine’s Day recipes you can check out the Recipes page where I have grouped them together near the top. I recently added a Recipe of the Week feature on my Recipes page too.


I actually didn’t plan on making these No Bake Chocolate Macaroons at all.

I was trying to create my own macaroon recipe (baked in the oven) and they turned out very crumbly. Then the wheels got turning and I thought it would be fun to make a macaroon that required no baking (or dehydrating) at all. I have been doing the vegan baking and cooking thing for over a year and a half now and one thing I have discovered is that my recipes are often the result of a flop or unexpected result in the kitchen. I set off to bake one thing, and something else happens…it’s best just to roll with it.



No Bake Chocolate Macaroons

Yield: 7 large Macaroons


  • 3/4 cup whole grain spelt flour (or other flour minus ~1 tbsp)
  • 1/4 cup + 2 tbsp unsweetened shredded coconut
  • 2 tbsp cocoa powder, sifted
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar, lightly packed (or regular sugar)* see note
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil, melted
  • 2 tbsp Almond Milk (or other milk)
  • 1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • Melted chocolate or coconut for rolling the balls in (optional)



1. In a medium sized bowl, mix the dry ingredients together (spelt flour, shredded coconut, sifted cocoa powder, sifted brown sugar, and kosher salt).

2. Add the melted coconut oil, almond milk, and vanilla. Stir until combined.

3. Grab some of the mixture and roll it into a ball in your hand. Repeat for the rest of the mixture. You can roll the Macaroons into more shredded coconut or dip them in melted chocolate if you like! I made 7 large Macaroons.

Note: Eric found the texture of the brown sugar was a bit ‘sandy’. If you think this would bother you, you could use regular white sugar, or even try dissolving the brown sugar in the coconut oil in the microwave.


The no-bake spree continues!


They are ready in 5 minutes flat.


Gather your 8 ingredients.


Substitution questions:

  • You can substitute the spelt flour for another kind of flour, but you may need to use less flour because spelt flour saturates more easily (maybe use 1 tbsp less of another kind of flour)
  • You can substitute regular white sugar for brown sugar
  • You can use any kind of milk you prefer (here I used chocolate Almond Milk)
  • You might be able to get away with using a different oil, but the flavour will change…so don’t hate me if you don’t like it!



Sift the dry ingredients. Nobody wants a clump of bitter cocoa in their Macaroon. ;)


Mix dry + wet.

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Roll into balls!


I loved rolling the Macaroons into coconut to finish them off. You need to press down quite hard for it to stick.


You can also dip them in melted chocolate and roll them into seeds or nuts.


The result is a no-bake chocolate macaroon with a lovely, authentic macaroon flavour. They are soft, so if you prefer some crunch, you could always add in some chopped nuts or crisp rice cereal to your liking.

Eric loved the taste, but he wasn’t crazy about the texture because he thought the brown sugar made the texture a bit ‘sandy’. You could probably prevent this by using regular white sugar or you could try dissolving the brown sugar into the coconut oil in the microwave. Personally, I didn’t mind the ‘sandy’ texture myself.


Store them in the fridge or freezer.


For the rest of my Valentine’s Day recipes, see here.

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Stephanie February 3, 2011 at 4:56 pm

These look delicious! I have had a chocolate craving all day and these might be the PERFECT fix!

I’ve been in the midst of starting a large project all week. The strategy that helped me the most was a combination of: caffeine in the form of strong coffee (I love coffee but don’t drink it all that often–I think it signaled a symbolic transition to working on the project), loud music and just writing about anything related to the subject. Once I started to write, it all got a lot easier.

Good luck, and I’m looking forward to your book!


Vanessa February 3, 2011 at 5:08 pm

These look amazing!! I’ve been craving chocolate and i’ve also been on a huge coconut kick lately so these are perfect!!! And there’s no baking involved!! :-)


Mary @ Bites and Bliss February 3, 2011 at 5:15 pm

I made no bake dark choc macaroons over Christmas! They’re so simple and delicious, huh? :)


Ashley February 3, 2011 at 5:21 pm

Coconut and chocolate are one of the best combinations:) Thank you!! I love macaroons, and I have all these ingredients on hand!


Catherine February 3, 2011 at 5:30 pm

I totally hear you on torturing yourself with travel websites. It’s so fun to see the tropical beaches and warm getaways, but then sad if there’s no vacation in the cards!

I love your no-bake kick. And I think I have all these ingredients at home, so it should be easy to try.

Good luck with starting to write. Sometimes I find that writing something daunting like an Introduction is often done best if it’s done last! After all, you may not be able to fully articulate the themes of your book until after you’re done writing most of the content. I can’t wait to buy it! :)


Jenna February 3, 2011 at 5:58 pm

I think its fine to be on a kick with something. You have me stuck on your hummus recipe right now! My boyfriend LOVES your hummus so much that I have to make a HUGE batch each week! I have gone through 2 tahini jars over a 2 month period. Before this, I kept my tahini for over a year!! Haha. I think its OK because its delicious and its one of the only “bean” dishes he’ll eat. He’ll always ask me if its healthy, and when I tell him yes, he smiles :) Maybe I should make him the hummus soup you posted a few days ago!

On beginning a large project, starting is the hardest part. Once you get into something and you are enjoying it, it becomes much more fluid. I am a runner, and I find that starting up training again is tough. However, as time goes by (I make up a schedule of training similar to your and try to stick to it as close as possible, increasing mileage as time goes on) it becomes easy, effortless, and incredibly enjoyable. Share your passion with others and ask for feedback and advice! This keeps the spirit of the goal alive :)


Mandiee February 3, 2011 at 6:07 pm

I wish you the best of luck with your book proposal! I’ve been an avid reader for awhile and am so excited about the possibility of an Oh She Glows book. I know you will do wonderfully as your creativity always shines through! All you have to do is believe in yourself :).

I definitely go through food phases, too. Currently I’m obsessed with stir-fries and roasted squash (but really, I’m ALWAYS obsessed with roasted squash). There’s something so comforting about a large bowl of warm veggies sauteed in fresh ginger (perfect for warming me up in the winter) and various spices. Yummy!

Have a lovely day!


Emily February 3, 2011 at 6:21 pm

Those look WAY delicious and easy. Microwave friendly is a HUGE plus in my book!

I totally feel for you with the whole getting started thing, BUT congratulations and keep up the hard work with your cookbook! Don’t doubt yourself. :D

And food phases…? I’m on a huge oatmeal with banana & almond butter kick.


Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin February 3, 2011 at 6:26 pm

Ok I’ve been putting off buying coconut oil because of the price, but I think I need to buy it JUST so I can make these!

As for starting big projects, it’s always easier if I set a reward for myself for when I finish it. ;)


Jennifer February 3, 2011 at 6:33 pm

Hi Angela:

See this link to Anne Lamott’s “Shitty First Drafts”, it was recommended by my first year undergrad English teacher and it might help!:

Right now I’m on a homemade soup kick. A big batch sees two of us almost through the week as part of our lunches. Last week it was a vegetable, cannelini bean, and rosemary soup, this week a carrot, red pepper and dill soup. Yum!

Thanks for all the effort you put into your blog.


Angela (Oh She Glows) February 3, 2011 at 8:10 pm

Love the link you sent! I love this quote too: ‘A friend of
mine says that the first draft is the down draft — you just get it down. The second
draft is the up draft — you fix it up. You try to say what you have to say more
accurately. And the third draft is the dental draft, where you check every tooth, to
see if it’s loose or cramped or decayed…’


Jennifer February 4, 2011 at 12:47 pm

Yes, I like that quote too. I’m in the middle of trying to get the ‘down draft’ done on the first chapter of my Master’s thesis…it helps a lot to feel free to just spew it all out to start!


Hanna February 3, 2011 at 6:47 pm

These looks so delicious!! Is there anything that can be used to substitute for coconut oil?
Can’t wait to make them!


Adrianna February 3, 2011 at 7:45 pm

I love your recipes. I bring them to family events all the time. I can’t wait for your book to come out because I’m tired of my ugly grey binder with all the printed recipes rather then a nice cover, also the step by step photos are awesome and I can’t print color well. I hate getting through and not knowing if I’m doing it right. Yes I go through phases, its a muffin phase now. Apple cinnamon, orange cranberry, maple and museli, berry, corn, all week its been lots of muffins.

Have you tried the timer method? You set a timer (10min, 20min etc.) and do whatever you need to do for that time and when it goes off go take a break. My husband loves Getting Things Done, its supposed to be good for breaking down small projects.

Sorry for the longest comment ever, but have you considered doing the Vegetarian food festival in Boston, MA? It says vegetarian but its mostly vegan companies, restaurants and products.


Angela (Oh She Glows) February 3, 2011 at 8:07 pm

Thanks for reminding me of the timer method!

I haven’t heard of the Boston Veg fair, but there is one here in Toronto which I believe is the biggest in North America.


Katie @fabfitfull February 3, 2011 at 7:57 pm

thats so great that you are finally writing a cookbook! i have always thought you should, every recipe i try of yours comes out amazing!


Michelle February 3, 2011 at 8:10 pm

The snow looks so pretty! You might think I’m crazy, but I miss snow! I’m sure you’d be cool with sending me some, right? Haha :)


Cristal February 3, 2011 at 8:18 pm

Hi Angela, This has nothing to do with the most recent post, but there was an open-faced sandwich that you used to make with hummus, blackbeans, cucumber… Can you remember what was all on that sandwich? I can’t find it anywhere in your archives and it was delicious!!



Imwaytoobusy February 3, 2011 at 8:29 pm

Pure genius (as always)! These sounds absolutely fabulous.


Hannah February 3, 2011 at 8:41 pm

Beautiful! I’ve been looking for more recipes to use my brand-new coconut oil in! Hurrah!


Andrea February 3, 2011 at 11:02 pm

Me and my 8 year old daughter made these in 6 minutes flat! My daughter was so happy that she could share these with her friend (who is vegan) who is coming tomorrow for a playdate.
What a great project for us all to do again tomorrow!
thanks so much for a quick and yummy idea. Mommies appreciate such things!


Angela (Oh She Glows) February 4, 2011 at 9:50 am

Hi Andrea, That is great to hear. :) I’m glad that they were as easy to whip up as I thought!


Diana @ frontyardfoodie February 3, 2011 at 11:17 pm

WHY IS EVERYONE POSTING ABOUT CHOCOLATE!? I have been without chocolate for days and I’m dying! We were snowed in and tomorrow is the day but seriously, you’re killing me.


Angela (Oh She Glows) February 4, 2011 at 9:50 am

haha I hope you can get your chocolate today!


Camille February 3, 2011 at 11:26 pm

Oh my gosh, so much snow!
I would just coop up and eat that whole batch if I were you :)


[email protected] February 3, 2011 at 11:35 pm

oh these look amazing so rich and chocolaty and I love how simple they are to prepare… ah I am soo craving chocolate.


alison February 4, 2011 at 12:32 am

Hi Angela
These macaroons are on my “to do” list for Friday! I was wondering if it would work if I used coconut sugar or agave instead of the brown sugar? Thanks for all of your yummy recipes and inspiring me. I love to bake so I’ll definitely be purchasing your cook book! Hang in there! It will all fall into place and be amazing!


Angela (Oh She Glows) February 4, 2011 at 9:49 am

I’m sure coconut sugar would work (although ive never used it so I can’t comment on the taste!) Im not sure about agave since it is a liquid, the dry ingredents would have to be adjusted…


[email protected] Grains of Paradise February 4, 2011 at 12:46 am

Total hankering all week for Lemon Bars! So random! Maybe I’m pregnant? haha


Gypsy February 4, 2011 at 12:54 am

Yay A Cookbook! So excited :)


Sportsgirl February 4, 2011 at 12:58 am

Oooh I have all these ingredients!

I’ve been slack with my food lately so have nothing to add to the question!


Jackie @ Seejacrun February 4, 2011 at 1:00 am

Those look wonderful! My go to food right now is peanut butter! There are some stretches where i don’t use it at all, and then there are times when it’s practically in everything I make! Good luck with the cook book, I think it is a perfect idea, I am always trying out your recipes and all your pictures are absolutely beautiful :)


Zestful Lou February 4, 2011 at 1:37 am

With all that snow on the ground, you’d think that you’d have the oven on all the time! Brrrr! Are you going to share a recipe for the chocolate-looking cookies you had pictures of when you first announced the V-Day recipe contest? Those looked like they wanted to be in my stomach. :)


Angela (Oh She Glows) February 4, 2011 at 9:48 am

they didn’t turn out :(


Adam February 4, 2011 at 4:09 am

You and Eric (and sketchy, too!) can come live at my house in Thailand if you promise to share your delicious vegan food with me! haha


Pearl (Crunch and Chew) February 4, 2011 at 4:24 am

I had coconut butter for the first time a little while ago and am in love with it :)
Good luck with the writing! I try to break up big projects into manageable ‘sections’ or ‘bits’ and tackle one at a time, it makes it a little less daunting that way.


Carrie (Moves 'N Munchies) February 4, 2011 at 8:31 am

you are such a culinary genius.. you amaze me every single day with your recipes!!i will def be making these once i get my hands on some coconut!


megan @ blackberries for jam February 4, 2011 at 9:37 am

These will make a perfect homemade Valentine’s gift for my husband! Thank you!

I’ve been going through a major cookie phase. I love Dreena Burton’s Super Charge Me Cookies, and I’ve also made your carrot cake bites and snickerdoodles several times and they are a hit!


Meghan February 4, 2011 at 12:23 pm

i made these last night, i added more almond milke becasuse they were a little dry. then there was too much almond milk so i froze them. they were so delicious!! (and gluten-free too!) :)


Lana February 4, 2011 at 1:03 pm

I’m on a soup and chili kick. I can’t get enough!


Kelly February 4, 2011 at 5:31 pm

Of all the “healthy food” bloggers out there, I think you are most deserving of a cookbook. You truly give a unique recipe each time, and the fact that you try and fail and try again says a lot about the recipe creation process and your knowledge of such. Just my opinion, though! :)


Kathleen @ Kat's Health Corner February 4, 2011 at 8:47 pm

I love Chocolate and Dates right now. Like my Choco-Date Muffins and my Chocolate Date Cake (both of which are SF and Vegan). :) Your Macaroons look DIVINE!!! :)


bree marsh @ deliciously dense February 5, 2011 at 9:40 am

i am going to make these for a valentines party next weekend! have you made them smaller before?


Angela (Oh She Glows) February 9, 2011 at 6:36 pm

Nope I haven’t, but I can’t see why you wouldn’t be able to


Kayla @ Fitterthanchoc February 5, 2011 at 6:11 pm

Hi Angela :) I love anything with chocolate, and these look awesome. I was wondering why you’ll use less flour for other types of flours, and whether this will work with gluten free flours?


lindsey February 9, 2011 at 6:20 pm

these are so good! i made them with about 1/4th cup of pb in one batch and it was delicious. thanks for the recipe!


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