Zesty Lemon Macadamia Nut Cookies {Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Paleo friendly, Vegan}

  • Author: Lindsay Cotter
  • Prep Time: 45 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 70 minutes
  • Yield: 15 1x


These Lemony Macadamia Nut Cookies are packed with sweet coconut and crunchy macadamia nuts. Perfect with a cup of coffee! Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Paleo friendly, and Vegan.



  • 1 ripe small to medium banana (around 6inch)
  • 1/4 c shredded unsweetened coconut
  • 3/4 c raw macadamia nuts halves
  • 3 tbsp coconut flour or tapioca flour
  • 1/2 tsp grated lemon zest
  • 1/4 tsp ginger
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract and lemon extract (or use a splash of lemon juice if you don’t have extract)
  • 1 1/4 c sifted almond flour
  • 1/4 c maple syrup
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt

For the glaze (optional):

  • 34 tbsp softened Coconut oil
  • 23 tbsp Lemon juice
  • Maple syrup 24 tbsp
  • handful Crushed macadamia nuts
  • Powdered sugar (omit if paleo)
  • Extra lemon slices to garnish


  1. Blend banana until pureed, place into a mixing bowl.
  2. Pulse macadamia nuts in Food Processor until ground. See picture in post.
  3. In a separate bowl, mix your dry ingredients (ground mac nuts, flour, spices, baking soda, coconut, salt).
  4. Mix maple syrup in with the pureed banana then add to the dry ingredients bowl.
  5. Add your extract and lemon zest. Mix again.
  6. Let the dough chill 30 minutes or more in fridge.
  7. Preheat oven 350F and grease a cookie sheet or line with parchment paper. Parchment works best.
  8. Roll the dough into balls that are golf ball sized then place on cookie sheet.
  9. Press each dough ball down flat with palm or back of a spoon.
  10. Bake for 15-18 minutes for crispy or Bake 12-15 minutes for more chewy texture.
  11. Remove from oven and let cool while you make the glaze.
  12. For the glaze, mix your maple syrup, coconut oil, and lemon together in small bowl.
  13. Brush onto cookies. A a few very thin lemon slices to any or all cookies.
  14. Sprinkle with crush macadamia nuts and powered sugar or sugar free powdered sugar .
  15. Store in air tight container for a week or so. They keep well in fridge for longer if desired.


  • Store in air tight container for a week or so. They keep well in fridge for longer if desired.
  • Freezer friendly

Nutrition for cookies without glaze:

  • Calories 122
  • Total Fat 9.4g
  • Saturated Fat 1.7g
  • Total Carbohydrate 8.5g
  • Fiber 1.8g
  • Sugars 4.3g
  • Protein 2.5g
  • Category: dessert
  • Method: baked
  • Cuisine: American


  • Serving Size: 1 cookie, with glaze
  • Calories: 147
  • Sugar: 5.3g
  • Sodium: 80.9mg
  • Fat: 11.8g
  • Saturated Fat: 3.8g
  • Carbohydrates: 9.7g
  • Fiber: 1.8g
  • Protein: 2.5g
  • Cholesterol: 0mg

Keywords: macadamia nut cookies, gluten free cookies, dairy free cookies, vegan cookies, paleo cookies


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