Raw Paleo Strawberry Macaroons – Hail Merry Knock-Off

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 Raw Paleo Strawberry Macaroons


This post is part of May 2013 Go Ahead Honey It’s Gluten Free over at Shirley’s GFE!  Come visit to see all the recipes under the theme” “When You’re Grain Free and Feeling Like a Nut, But Don’t Eat Tree Nuts or Peanuts”


Many months ago, I was given the opportunity to sample two of Hail Merry’s newest additions to the family.  One of the flavors was strawberry and it really knocked my socks off.    Problem is, I have yet to see them in our stores!!

Like any self respecting food blogger…I set about making my own version.  Since I already created the chocolate macaroon version, I knew this would be an easy adaptation.

What I did different this time  was NOT using all the ingredients included in Hail Merry’s.  Theirs included almond flour and almond butter…both of which are not OK for my son.  It was an experiment, and it worked, REALLY WELL!

With healthy fats and minimal sweeteners, these are a treat you can feel good about.  A magical sweet/tart flavor combo that will have your taste buds singing!  And lets not miss that these take under 10 minutes to make….a perfect treat for a busy person!

Raw Paleo Strawberry Macaroons

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Raw Paleo Strawberry Macaroons - Hail Merry Knock-Off
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Serves: 20
  • 2 cups unsweetened grate coconut
  • ½ cup coconut oil
  • 1 bag freeze dried strawberries or raspberries (1.2 ounces), I use Trader Joes brand
  • 3-4 tablespoons of maple syrup, honey, or coconut nectar, to taste
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract, plus an added vanilla bean scraped (optional)
  • ⅛ teaspoon sea salt
  1. Place all ingredients into the bowl of a food processor. I used my 12 cup Cuisinart.
  2. Process the ingredients for 2-3 minutes until the shredded coconut beings to break down. Depending on how textured you like it, as long as the ingredients are well incorporated, the will hold together well.
  3. Drop the batter, about 2-3 teaspoons worth onto a lined cookie sheet. I used my small cookie scoop.
  4. Place in the fridge or freezer to harden for 10-20 minutes.
  5. Store in an airtight container in the fridge or freezer.

Raw Paleo Strawberry Macaroons

This recipe was shared on Slightly Indulgent Tuesday, Tasteful Tuesday, Fat Tuesday, Hearth & Soul, Traditional Tuesdays, Tuesday Greens, Spring Fling, Waste Not Want NotWheat-Free Wednesday, GF Wednesday, Well-Fed Wednesday, Real Food Wednesday, Whole Foods Wednesday, Healthy 2Day Wednesday, Seasonal Celebration, Wildcrafting Wednesday,Raw Foods Thursday, Frugal Days Sustainable Ways, Thank Your Body Thursday, Tasty Traditions,Pennywise Platter, Wellness Weekend, GF Fridays, Whole Foods Friday, Simple Meals Friday, Lunchbox Love, Healthy Vegan Fridays, Allergy Friendly Friday, 5 Ingredient Mondays, Potluck Berry Party, AIP Roundtable, Paleo Party,

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When her third child was born with severe food allergies, Tessa took to the kitchen to figure out how to feed her family well. Always up for a culinary challenge, their journey has taken many twists and turns! Lots of Paleo, and lots of top 8 free. Good food for families, that's what she's about!

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26 comments on “Raw Paleo Strawberry Macaroons – Hail Merry Knock-Off
  1. Julie Moore says:

    Those look delish! I love macaroons of any sort, and berry and coconut? Winner combo in my book! :)

    I was wondering if you would be willing to link-up this and any other recipe/post that is “spring” themed to our Spring Fling, Blogger-Style! link-up? (You can find it on Natural and Free.) It would be perfect! I understand if you can’t, but thought I’d ask. Thanks. :)

  2. emily says:

    ooo interesting :o) thanks for linking up to Tasteful Tuesdays at Nap-Time Creations… Winners for the giveaway will be announced Wed… Have you entered?

  3. Justy says:

    Thank you for what looks like a lovely recipe. I have a question: Should I melt the coconut oil, or not?
    Thank you so much.

    • Hi Justy…I did not soften mine..the few minutes in the processor whipped that coconut oil into submission (aka, the heat from processing melts it up nicely! No big deal to use melted if you prefer…it will take longer to solidify is all!

  4. Amber says:

    Hey Tessa,

    These look WONDERFUL! I actually have a bag of the freeze dried strawberries in my cupboard (from one of the Urban Posers’s strawberry frosting recipes). I have to the say, the freeze dried strawberries pack a GREAT strawberry flavor. I can’t wait to make these. Of course, I also have all the other ingredients. Can you guess what’s for snack this week? :-)


  5. Jo says:

    I love the color of these macaroons! (It’s almost exactly one of my wedding colors… hmmm, I may just have to make these!) Thank you for linking up to the Spring Fling and sharing!

  6. Crystal says:

    I love Hail Merry macaroons! They are my one weakness when I go shopping but they can be pricey. Looking forward to trying this recipe. Thank you!

  7. What a unique idea. I recently made some dehydrated strawberry rolls, I wonder if they would work..

    • hmm..i would be worth a shot Sherri…but freeze-dried are unique in that they quickly powder up…not sure dehydrated strawberries would pulverize to make this work…bu I would still try it!!!

  8. Genie says:

    Those do look good!

  9. Libby says:

    Hi Tessa! So happy to have followed you over from Sunday Snippets. These macaroons take my macaroons to a whole new level with the inclusion of strawberries! Yum! Will definitely check out your other recipes!

  10. Becky says:

    These look so delicious and such a great spring/summer treat. Thanks for sharing on Tuesday Greens!

  11. These look so neat, and btw your chocolate hail mary knock-offs are totally my go to quick dessert and my in-laws love when I make them! Thanks so much for sharing this on Waste Not Want Not Wednesday, I’ve pinned it.

    Also, I’d love for you to link up your blog to my new OAS & GF Bloggers page, a place to connect with other bloggers who sometimes write about being gluten free or having oral allergy syndrome : ) http://www.poorandglutenfree.blogspot.com/p/links.html

  12. Erin says:

    These scream spring to me and I love it! They would be a great addition to 5-Ingredient Mondays (http://siftstirandsavour.com/2013/04/28/5-ingredient-mondays-sugar-free-chunky-monkey-cereal-vegan-gluten-free/), if you’re interested :)

  13. Joyce says:

    Just made them! Oh wow! They are awesome! Thank you so much. This recipe is definitely a keeper! Yum!

  14. Lisa Lynn says:

    These look divine! Thanks so much for sharing your post on Wildcrafting Wednesday! I hope to see you again today!

  15. Tessa, these sound great!! Thanks for linking up at our Gluten Free Fridays party! I have tweeted and pinned your entry to our Gluten Free Fridays board on Pinterest! :)

    Be sure to stop by to see who the winner of our So Lucky GF Basket is! We are ALSO having a fantastic giveaway this week to kick off Celiac Awareness month! :)

    Cindy from vegetarianmamma.com

  16. Erin says:

    Thanks for linking this recipe up to 5-Ingredient Mondays! Hope to see you back this week :)

  17. Alex says:

    Oh my goodness, thank you!!! I am so happy to see this recipe that I could cry. I love the Hail Merry chocolate macaroons, but I am allergic to tree nuts so I have been unable to try their DELICIOUS looking strawberry flavor. Will be making these tomorrow <3

  18. Tessa, these look perfect for the AIP Recipe Roundtable, if you care to share. They look gorgeous AND delicious. I found the recipe on Real Food Forager’s list of 2013 favorites. I hope you had a great holiday, and 2014 is the best yet.
    Eileen @ Phoenix Helix recently posted…Paleo AIP Recipe Roundtable #8My Profile

  19. meera says:

    will it be okay to use fresh strawberries?

    • Too much water Meera, sorry! FInd a way to lose some of the water and it might work, but the flavor will not be as concentrated.

      • Melanie Albert says:

        I know this comment is old, but in case anyone else comes across this and is wondering….

        I didn’t have freeze-dried strawberries, so I tried first with dried strawberries. Definitely didn’t work – they wouldn’t blend. Then I tried fresh strawberries (2 large ones) by decreasing the liquid and adding psyllium husk. While the batter was pink, it was still too watery and hardly had strawberry flavor. Only do this recipe with freeze-dried!

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