Nut-Free Macarons


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Delightful counters of macarons in Cannes!

Nut-Free Macarons

Updated post.

I get it, macarons are all about the almond flour but sadly many of my friends (including myself) are intolerant or allergic to nuts so I thought this might be useful. I’ve since become plant-based since posting this recipe so need to find a vegan alternative too.

The recipe here is for vanilla flavoured macarons but if you purchase food colouring gels along with adding ingredients, you can create all kind of flavours as above from chocolate to lavender and more!


120g pumpkin seeds
200g powdered sugar
150g egg whites
50g sugar
2 vanilla beans
1/2 tsp table salt


Preheat the oven to 300° F (148° C).
Toast your pumpkin seeds until golden if they are not pre-toasted. Set aside.
Fit a large pastry bag with a plain tip.
Place two sheet pans with parchment paper or grease.
In the bowl of a food processor, grind the pumpkin seeds with the powdered sugar.
Sift and discard anything that doesn’t make it through.
Repeat until all the mixture passes through the sieve.
In the bowl add the egg whites, sugar, vanilla bean and salt and whip until you have a dry, stiff meringue.
Add the pumpkin seeds and powdered sugar and stir.
Place this mixture into a piping bag and pipe onto the parchment lined baking sheet.
After piping the macarons, rap the sheet pan firmly against the counter two or three times.
Bake for 20 minutes.
Cool thoroughly before removing them from the parchment.
Beat the butter, adding the icing sugar and milk to create the buttercream.
Place 1/2 teaspoon of the mixture in the middle of the macaroons.
Refrigerate overnight before consuming.

I realise not everyone will want to give this a go but with so many kids suffering from intolerances and allergies today, my own includedperhaps this recipe might come in useful for you or someone you know!

Let me know if you try them!

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61 Responses

  1. Sheila

    I recently attended a birthday party which featured a really beautiful macaron tower and since then, I was planning to make one. This is very timely. Thank you for sharing the recipe.

  2. Shannon

    Quick question : pumpkin seeds with or without the shell? Thanks!

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  4. Gabrielle

    Is it hard to get pastel colors when using pumpkin seeds? I want to do pastel version but wasn’t sure.

  5. Hayley

    I love macarons, so a pumpkin seed version is a must to try! Sounds very interesting.
    All linked up to Tasty Tuesday!
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  6. Jen @ Blue Kitchen Bakes

    I’m a big fan of macarons and have successfully made them a few times but I would never have thought that you’d be able to make them without nuts. This is a very innovative idea and the colours are stunning too!
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  7. Sophie at Franglaise Cooking

    Wow! Those photos bring back some memories, slight pang of missing my second home there. Luckily we’re back in France this summer so I can get my fix 🙂
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  8. Rebecca U

    These look amazing! I’ve never made macarons successfully yet but will give them a go
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  9. Charly Dove

    Ooh they look utterly fabulous as do the flowers – always a sucker for those! So many great sounding recipes too, must get cooking more! Thanks for sharing with #whatsthestory

  10. mummymakescakes

    They look lovely, I’m ashamed to admit I’ve never tried one but I keep thinking I should try making them. I always love the different colours of them.
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  11. Sara (@mumturnedmom)

    Wow, I love macarons, but making them has always scared me! You make it sound, relatively, easy…!
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  12. Elizabeth

    You know, I’ve never even tried a macaron let alone tried making one! I have to remedy this. There’s nowhere in Shetland I could go buy one to see how they’re supposed to be though!
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  13. Tinuke

    Now I’m certainly glad I waited to have my lunch before taking a look at your post! The macaroons look awesome, and easier to make than I’d have thought. Also, totally envious of your Cannes brunch. Looks delicious.
    May have to put together a post and join in with your Tasty Tuesday next week. Loving the blog posts already linked up. Now to make my way through them, leave comments and take notes for my recipe collection!
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    • honestmum

      Thanks darling Tinuke, I’m getting hungry again looking at these pics, if only I live on the Croisette! Please do link up, would love to have you x

  14. Becky | Spirited Puddle Jumper

    Macarons are seriously delicious and are on my ‘to make’ list- will let you know when I get round to having a go at doing some! #tastytuesdays
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  15. Mel

    Oooooh, your macarons look scrumptious! How did you manage to make them look matte rather than shiny? You are definitely a pro in the macaron department. Mine look a bit sad for themselves compared to yours haha, but they taste nice (to us anyway). I have been thinking of trying to look for an almond-free recipe so I could make them for Jumpy. I will be pinning your recipe to try if she is allowed the seeds (prick tests in 3 weeks, fingers crossed), and as she has been prescribed egg-white replacer, I will try that as well. Exciting! I doubt mine will look as good as yours, but I will have a go! xxx Mel
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    • honestmum

      Thanks Mel, oh I need to pick your brains on the prick tests, Oliver sees a specialist in two weeks, he seems to be reacting to lots of things. So glad you like the recipe x

  16. Julie's Family Kitchen

    Great recipe for nut free macarons. Your pictures from Cannes are beautiful, what an amazing place.
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  17. Eline @ Pasta & Patchwork

    Hello from a first-time linker-upper!
    I LOVE macarons and am lucky enough not to have a nut allergy, but I do know lots of people who do. I’ll definitely share this recipe with them.

  18. Emily Beale

    Wow! A nut free macaron? I adore macarons and especially love pumpkins seeds, so I bet these are amazing! I also love the idea of a lavender version – what a great idea!
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    • honestmum

      Thanks Emily, so glad you like it. We are mad about seeds here so makes sense! I need to get my macarons somehow! The Lavender ones are just so pretty aren’t they!

  19. Capture by Lucy

    Oh be still my heart! I adore these but have never dared try to make them myself!!! I am such a cheat’s cook 😉 Lush photos! xx
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    • honestmum

      Thanks Lucy, real quick snaps in Cannes but wanted to share a bit more of my time there outside of the festival! Thanks for linking up x

  20. Kirsty Hijacked By Twins

    The macarons look so yummy! I love your pictures from Cannes, looks like you had an amazing time! All linked up x
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  21. Mama and More aka Zaz

    These look absolutely delicious, and love your fab Cannes pics. What camera do you use hon? X
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    • honestmum

      Thanks darling, pretty rushed Cannes pics but Camera is Fuji XM1, present to me from Peter, I love it x
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  22. Villa Pia

    What a delicious and colourful tour of Cannes! Love macarons, wonderful to have this nut free version.
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    • honestmum

      Thanks Villa Pia, pleased you enjoyed it, lots more posts on Cannes on the blog too, glad you like the recipe!

  23. Jenny

    Nut free is perfect for me as my son is deadly allergic so no one in the family can eat them either. I have been dying to try to make macarons forever. I definitely going to try this. Love all the vacation photos too. Makes me want to go there too! Amazing. Thanks for hosting my lovely.
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  24. sarah hill wheeler (@hill_wheeler)

    Lovely pictures, I can feel the sunshine trickling off the page. Love the look of macaroons, but never been won over by the taste…mouth watering when I saw the picture of the omlette though!
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  25. Michelle

    They look yummy! I love all the different colours and the fact there nut free too. Thank you for sharing x

  26. Camilla @FabFood4All

    What fabulous looking macarons and nut free too – great idea to adapt the recipe for your family’s allergies. So many people have allergies these days yet so many products have nuts in! Makes choosing food for the kids to put in their lunch boxes quite hard sometimes because even though they arene’t allergic we have to bare in mind those who are allergic!
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  27. Camilla @FabFood4All

    I’ve never made macarons (which I think yours are) or macaroons which tend to be the big almond topped chewy ones on a disc of rice paper – my mum always got me to get her one from the local bakers as a kid. Whatever they’re called well done for adapting the recipe to your family’s needs and not compromising on looks or taste – fab colours too:-)


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