Lemon Pie Macaroons (Coco-Roons)

Lemon Pie Macaroons are a delicious snack inspired by coco-roons! They are vegan, gluten free and can be made raw. A healthier alternative to the traditional macaroon!

Lemon Pie Macaroons are a delicious snack inspired by coco-roons! They are raw, vegan, and gluten free!

You know when you find something that you really love at the store and you go back to buy more and there are none left? Gone completely. No spot on the shelf for them any more. Complete heartbreak, right?

I love sweets but try not to over do it with the refined sugar and flour. So these, these and these are my favorite snacks.

A few months ago I was perusing Whole Foods and came across coco-roon cookies and gluten free coconut tarts. As a coconut obsessed girl who needs her sweets and is often on the go, these two desserts are heaven-sent. So when I headed back to the store to buy more I panicked as I noticed that ALL of the gluten free desserts were gone. No more signage, no more spot on the shelf. Completely gone. Surely this can’t be right? I looked in the section where they sell the gluten free bread. Nope, no desserts. I looked in the section by the refrigerated desserts. Nope, gone. I went home determined to recreate the recipe.

Lemon Pie Macaroons are a delicious snack inspired by coco-roons! They are raw, vegan, and gluten free!

These lemon pie macaroons taste exactly like the store bought version. With only a few simple ingredients, they are the perfect snack. So much flavor is packed into one little bite. They are the perfect serving size so I don’t feel guilty about eating one. I make a batch at the beginning of the week and they last all week.

Lemon Pie Macaroons are a delicious snack inspired by coco-roons! They are raw, vegan, and gluten free!

I went back to Whole Foods a few days later and asked one of the staff why they removed the desserts and snack that I loved. They informed me that they actually hadn’t stopped stocking them, but that they were moved to the cold cases in the back of the store by the yogurt. And the cookies were moved to the aisle with bulk snacks and nuts. Thank goodness because I still need to taste test and recreate the other flavors. But in the meantime I will make more batches of these delicious cookies.

Yields 1 dozen small cookies

Lemon Pie Macaroons (Coco-Roons)
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  1. Preheat oven to 200 degrees F. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat. Add all of the ingredients to a food processor. Pulse until well blended and the mixture starts to clump. Using a one inch cookie scoop, pack the mixture into the scoop and place cookie on cookie sheet. Bake in oven for 10 minutes. Turn off oven but leave the cookies inside for 15 additional minutes. Remove from oven and let cool completely. Store them in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 10 days. (see notes for completely raw version)


*To make these raw, rather than baking them in the oven, dehydrate them for 8 hours on 110 degrees.

**These cookies are soft. They do not firm up like a standard cookie because they are meant to be (almost) raw. When you slow bake or deydrate they should firm up a bit though.


Source: Spoonful of Flavor

Lemon Pie Macaroons are a delicious snack inspired by coco-roons! They are raw, vegan, and gluten free!

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  1. Erin @ Miss Scrambled Egg

    I’m going to my dad’s for Easter and was asked to bring a gluten-free and dairy-free appetizer or dessert. These look great.

  2. Sarah@ Whole and Heavenly Oven

    I made classic macaroons yesterday and now you’ve totally got me convinced to give these little guys a try! Love all the lemon goodness and the cute name! Haha. :)_

  3. Kelly

    I would be heartbroken if I found out they stopped stocking the shelves with these too! I love the lemon, almond and coconut combo! These look and sound like the perfect sunny and cheerful snacks!

  4. Gayle @ Pumpkin 'N Spice

    These are gorgeous, Ashley! I love how you recreated this from the Whole Foods version. Sounds so delicious, especially with the lemon flavor!

  5. Liz @ Floating Kitchen

    Oh this is exactly why sometimes Trader Joes just breaks my heart. You fall in love with something and then poof – gone – they don’t make it anymore. GAH! Good thing we are smart and talented ladies and can whip up these creations at home. Love these. XOXOXO!

  6. Katw

    I’ve never seen anything like this on sale but they look delicious – I feel a new addiction coming on! So light and bright for Spring x

  7. Annie @ Annie's Noms

    LOVE these!! They’d be super dangerous here though haha, I’d eat them all!

  8. Cyndi - My Kitchen Craze

    I hate that Ashley! Especially when you go to the store for those specific items and then they are gone. So sad, but I am glad that they didn’t get rid of the others!! 😉 These sound delightful! I love coconut and lemon and together they sound amazing! Can’t wait to try them!

  9. Linda

    I love them, I actually prefer Lemon flavoring over chocolate.

  10. Alice @ Hip Foodie Mom

    Ashley, I’m all about lemon everything lately. . I LOVE these lemon pie macaroons!!! I’ve never seen these at the store!!! These are brilliant!!!

  11. Joanne

    Oh man, I hope I don’t find those at my Whole Foods because I will be a goner!! Much better to make these instead i think. 😛

  12. Christin@SpicySouthernKitchen

    I have been obsessed with lemons lately. They always make me feel cheerful! These Coco-Roons look magnificent!

  13. mira

    These sound and look incredible! And I love that they are healthy! Pinned of course!

  14. Sonali- The Foodie Physician

    I love desserts with lemon and these beauties look so lemony and delicious! Pinning and tweeting now 🙂

  15. Anna @ Sunny Side Ups

    Mmmm…these look adorable and delicious!! So fun and fresh for springtime! 🙂 Pinned!

  16. Ashley

    Oh gosh, I hate when they move stuff in the store!! I always immediately freak out haha

    These look absolutely fantastic – I cannot get enough of lemon right now – these are right up my alley!

  17. olivia - Primavera Kitchen

    Oh my… You just got me all drooling over these pictures. These Lemon Pie Macaroons look amazing!!

  18. Amanda

    These look wonderful!!!

  19. Medha @ Whisk & Shout

    These look amazing! I love Whole Foods and those tarts look amazing.. love that they’re all vegan + gf!! These bites look delicious and so rich 🙂

  20. Cathleen @ A Taste Of Madness

    I totally thought this was ice cream when I saw the first picture. But macaroons are even better! Especially lemon ones. Yum!!

  21. Elaine @cookinandcraftin.com

    Yummy Goodness!! Found You at Artsy Fartsy Mama – Link Party!! Hey I would love it if you stopped by my place and shared your stuff on my Link party – My 2 Favorite Things on Thursday!! Hope to see you there!!

  22. Nikki Frank-Hamilton

    These look delish! I love finding new gluten free snacks that I can whip up myself. I like to carry a few things with me when I am out of the house, it is difficult to find gluten free snacks when you are out running errands. These will be perfect to slip into my purse! Pinning for future reference! Thanks.

    • Ashley

      Thanks for pinning! I hope you enjoy, Nikki!

  23. Stephanie S

    These look amazing!!! And so simple! Definitely going to have to try these for a springtime treat! 🙂

  24. Ashleigh

    Thank you for linking up with the OMHG WW and for sharing this great recipe! Have a great weekend!! xx Ashleigh Co-Host, Oh My Heartsie Girls WW

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  26. Erika

    Yum! They look so good! Thanks for sharing in the Thursday Favorite things blog hop 🙂


  27. Lou Lou Girls

    This looks so good! I’m drooling right now. Pinned and tweeted. We appreciate you being a part of our party. Please stop by on Monday at 7 pm. Happy Sunday! Lou Lou Girls

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  30. Beth

    You are totally making me miss Whole Foods! We don’t have one near us anymore! But I love these coco-roons!

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  33. Leanne

    Could you sub the almond flour for coconut flour?

    • Ashley

      Hi, Leanne! You can try substituting the almond flour for coconut flour but I wouldn’t recommend it because I haven’t tried it myself. If you do decide to use coconut flour, add an additional tablespoon of coconut oil to prevent them from being too dry.

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  36. Janis

    Is there any way to make these without the coconut element? I am allergic but these look so good…

    • Ashley

      Hi, Janis! Unfortunately, the coconut and coconut oil are the main ingredients that give these cookies the best texture and flavor. I am working on developing a few recipes that are similar but do not include coconut. Please check back in the future.

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  38. Sue

    Haven’t read all 50-something comments, but our local Costco has had these for awhile now. However, I love having a recipe to make my own. Thank you.

    • Ashley

      You are very welcome, Sue! I hope you get a chance to try them.

  39. Nicole

    These turned out really well. Thank you for sharing your recipe!

    • Ashley

      Hi, Nicole! I am glad to hear that they turned out well. Thanks for sharing!

  40. Rosena

    Is this Celsius degrees?

    • Ashley

      Hi, Rosena! The temperature is Fahrenheit as specified in the instructions. Enjoy!

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  44. Willow

    I love this recipe, it was so fast and easy! I didn’t even have to melt the coconut oil which saves time and a pot. I will make these again and again. Thank you:)

    • Ashley

      Hi, Willow! I am so glad to hear you loved these cookies. 🙂

  45. Casey

    Could I substitute honey for maple syrup?

    • Ashley

      Hi, Casey! I haven’t tested this recipe with honey and recommend using maple syrup, if possible, to maintain the right texture and flavor. However, if you decide to try the honey please let me know how it turns out. Enjoy!

  46. Nancy Aycock

    I also love these and purchase them at whole foods… But they are VERY pricey!! I tried to copy them but yours are soo much better!! These are delicious and taste just like them!! Good job👍

    • Ashley

      Hi, Nancy! I’m so glad you tried them and love them as much as I do. I have two other flavors so make sure you try those too!

  47. Jennifer

    My daughter can’t eat almond flour. Any way to replace it with either regular flour or coconut flour?

    • Ashley

      Hi, Jennifer! You can try substituting the almond flour for coconut flour but I wouldn’t recommend it because I haven’t tried it myself. If you do decide to use coconut flour, add an additional tablespoon of coconut oil to prevent them from being too dry.

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