Soft sugar free keto coconut macaroons are perfect mini treats. Drizzle these low carb gluten free cookies with chocolate for more decadence.
I thought I’d try to make cookies using out of unsweetened shredded coconut. There was a bag I found in my pantry with a “use by” date in a month so it needed to be used. So I decided to bake up some sugar free macaroons.
Carbs in Coconut
The carb count in coconut is very low. One cup of shredded raw coconut meat has about 12 grams total carbs of which 7 grams is fiber. Therefore, the net carbs in a cup of fresh coconut is about 5 grams. (data source)
In comparison, unsweetened dried coconut has about 20 grams of total carbs of which 14 grams are fiber. This makes it a keto friendly ingredient with only 6 grams net carbs per cup. (source)
And my gluten free keto coconut macaroons recipe contains no flour or added sugar. This makes these coconut cookies a perfect low carb treat.
Each one of these gluten free cookies has about 1 gram net carb. With a typical serving size at two or three, this makes makes each serving well under 5 grams net carbs.
How to Make Keto Macaroons
I’ve been making my low carb coconut macaroons for over a decade. The recipe was published in August 2010, only a month after this blog was started. So you can be assured that this is a tried and true recipe.
However, the original posted recipe contained a mistake. I accidentally typed in 1 egg instead of two. So those who tried to make the cookies following the recipe had trouble getting the cookie dough balls to stay together.
I recently made a couple batches of these macaroons to verify the accuracy and they held together much better with the additional egg. There were some suggestions in the comments. But the real problem was that the egg amount wasn’t right in the original recipe.
So let’s see how these simple gluten free coconut macaroons are made…
Making a simple syrup
I start out by making a simple syrup. This is done by boiling a mixture of water, low carb sweetener, and salt in a small saucepan over medium-high heat.
After the liquid reaches a boil, it’s removed from the heat. At this point, vanilla extract is added in.
Forming the gluten free coconut macaroon dough
I like to use a food processor to form the dough for the keto coconut macaroons. But mixing by hand should work as well.
First, the eggs and unsweetened dried coconut are combined. Next, the simple syrup is mixed in to form the dough.
Then, a cookie scoop is used to form evenly-sized dough mounds that are then placed on a lined cookie sheet. I like to use a silicone baking mat, but parchment paper works too. You can also grease the pan if desired.
Baking and finishing the low carb coconut macaroons
The cookies are baked for an initial 8 minutes and then the pan is rotated and baked for another 4 minutes. I have a convection oven and I find the items in back closest to the fan will brown up first. That’s why I like to rotate the pan, especially for coconut cookies which can brown up quickly.
After the macaroons cooled down on a rack, I drizzled a small amount of melted low carb chocolate chips on each cookie. It added flavor and made them look prettier. I find a chocolate melter does the best job in melting chocolate at the right temperature.
Thoughts on the Recipe
These sugar free low carb coconut macaroons cookies are not overly sweet. If you have just recently cut out sugar, you may want to add more sweetener or use Splenda for a sweeter taste. However, if you’ve been on a low carb diet for a while, you may choose to reduce the sweetener amount.
Overall, I was please with the way these cookies came out. If the cookie dough isn’t holding together well, you can try lowering the amount of coconut from 4 cups to 3 cups.
Low Carb Keto Coconut Macaroons Recipe
Enjoy these easy and delicious sugar free macaroons. And be sure to let me know what you think of the recipe if you do give it a try by filling out the comment form below.
Low Carb Coconut Macaroons
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly spray baking sheet with non-stick spray.
- Combine water, low carb sweetener, salt, and vanilla extract in a small saucepan and bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Stir resulting syrup and remove from heat.
- Combine the egg and coconut flakes in food processor. Add the syrup and process to form dough. Using cookie scoop, place mounds about an inch apart on baking sheet.
- Bake for 8 minutes then rotate baking pan in oven. Bake for an additional 4 minutes or until light brown. Cool on rack. Drizzle with melted chocolate, if desired.
Note on Nutritional Information
Nutritional information for the recipe is provided as a courtesy and is approximate only. We cannot guarantee the accuracy of the nutritional information given for any recipe on this site. Erythritol carbs are not included in carb counts as it has been shown not to impact blood sugar. Net carbs are the total carbs minus fiber.
About LisaLisa has been creating low carb recipes for herself and sharing them with others since 2010. She loves to experiment in the kitchen and find new ways to create low sugar foods that taste like high carb favorites! Her recipes have been featured on popular magazine sites including Fitness, Shape, Country Living, Women's Health, and Men's Health. Lisa lives in Southeastern Connecticut. Connect with her and Low Carb Yum at:
Post updated in December 2018. Originally published August 2010.