Autoimmune Coconut Macaroons

coconut macaroons with no nuts or eggs

Since going paleo, if there is one thing that has really made a difference, it has been coconut. Coconut milk curries, virgin coconut oil for frying, coconut flour for baking and desiccated coconut for, well, for wherever the heck I can work it in. Also, when you factor in the additional restrictions from the Paleo autoimmune protocol (no nuts, peppers, toms, aubergines or eggs) coconut kind of comes to the rescue as so many great paleo recipes are out of reach.

Paleo Autoimmune Recipes

My wife and I have been paleo for a while now as the last destination on a journey that started off with an MS diagnosis, took a wrong turn into vegan city and finally ended up in Paleo county. We have not been 100% autoimmune strict, as, well, it’s pretty damn hard and there is just a total lack of any good Paleo autoimmune protocol recipes out there. And, we have been doing okay with a standard strict(ish) Paleo diet. (strictly no grains or dairy, the odd bit of dark chocolate, a bit too much honey and wine as well).

After an ill advised few sips of Baileys Liqueur last week, my wife had a bit of a wobble and had some fairly brutal MS fatigue symptoms so we have finally made the push towards a strict autoimmune protocol for 30 days and this is the first of hopefully, many recipes that you can use if you are following the autoimmune protocol.

Autoimmune Coconut Macaroons

Okay, this is a nut free, egg free, macaroon recipe that I can honestly say is better than the ‘real thing’ with eggs, or nut butter, or almond flour or whatever else you want. If you are desperate for those things, you can check out the ultimate paleo macaroon recipe else go with this for a happy gut!


  • 3 x Apples
  • 3 x figs or 6 dates
  • 6 cups of desiccated coconut
  • 2 cups of coconut flour
  • 2 heaped tablespoons of organic virgin coconut oil (melted)
  • 1 cup of honey


  • pre warm the oven to 200c (gas mark 6 / 400F)
  • stew the apples & figs till they are nice and soft
  • mash or blend the apples & figs into a smooth puree
  • mix in the coconut (desiccated & flour)
  • add in the honey

You should have a fairly wet, sticky mixture. If it is too wet, add a bit more coconut flour, if it is too dry, add a bit more honey. With your hands form into small, tight cake shapes and place them onto a sheet of parchment paper or an oiled baking tray.

Stick them in the oven and cook for 30 mins or their abouts. You should see the bottom edges and peaks going brown when they are ready to come out. Let them cool thoroughly before eating.

And… Eat

And there we have it, Paleo staple made autoimmune friendly without any need for eggs or nut flour. This will be the first of many recipes that can be used on an autoimmune protocol and if you have any feedback or requests just drop me a comment below.

About Marcus

Husband to an amazing wife who was diagnosed with MS nearly three years ago. Since then we have been fighting, and winning with the help of the Paleo diet and the ancestral health movement. Dedicated to sharing the lifestyle we use to keep beating MS and to helping others with the Paleo Autoimmune Protocol.

8 Responses to Autoimmune Coconut Macaroons

  1. Caro July 30, 2012 at 10:01 pm #

    Wow. Want.

  2. Kate January 28, 2013 at 4:14 pm #

    Hi Marcus
    After a recent diagnosis of MS I have gone Paleo and in the last week have decided to follow the autoimmune protocol. My sister visited this weekend and we threw ourselves in to making your coconut macaroons! I must admit with quite a lot of guess work regarding the measurements of cups we ended up with loads of mixture left over so I decided to make a fruit crumble with the rest. It was delicious with a rhubarb base and the coconut mixture sprinkled over the top, baked in the oven and then coconut milk poured over the top instead of custard. I felt I had a real treat but without the guilt – thank you very much.

    • Marcus January 29, 2013 at 10:15 am #

      Hey Kate

      There are a bunch of things you can still do and eat and it really is not all that difficult. Also, see the AI protocol as a test bed and you only have to tough it out for 30 days and you may be able to reintroduce a few things that will make it easier overall. Certainly, both me and my wife can handle eggs now so that makes things easier and we can both handle some almond flour so again, that just eases things up.

      For a safe, 30 day AI test though, these are hard to beat! :)

    • Marcus March 4, 2013 at 9:29 pm #

      Hmm, I made a great crumble this weekend, much the same as you described! I love, love, love rhubarb so grabbed some frozen as it is a bit more price friendly and did this. Great idea. :)

  3. mark January 28, 2013 at 10:15 pm #

    Mmmmm….. I’ve not yet started AIP but this sounds goooooooood!

  4. Ally E June 21, 2013 at 12:19 pm #

    OMG! I love you for this recipe! I’m on week 6 AIP now and this will be my first treat, woohoo!

  5. Jase June 26, 2013 at 12:22 pm #

    Sounds like you deserve a treat Ally!

  6. Cherry July 16, 2015 at 10:04 pm #

    It would be great if you could translate the weight and measurements for the ingredients into metric for us Brits I’ve tried with charts but it never comes out right.

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