Almond Flour Chocolate Chip Cookies

These almond flour chocolate chip cookies are absolutely delicious, crisp on the outside and chewy on the inside! They’re paleo and vegan. 

I originally made these cookies for a CrossFit party. They didn’t specify the food needing to be paleo but I thought I would try my hand at making a paleo-friendly cookie… and I knew they would be the toughest critics so if I could pass them with the CrossFit crew, I knew they were ready to be shared with the world!

For some reason, I expected the almond flour to make the cookies dry but they are moist, sweet and delicious. They are quite dense so the texture is a little different than a regular chocolate chip cookie, but they’re still cookie-like and work great for curing a late night sweet tooth. I think the chocolate chips help!

VEGAN + PALEO Almond Flour Chocoalte Chip Cookies

Before we get to the recipe, let’s dive into some almond flour FAQs…

Baking With Almond Flour

Unfortunately, you can’t swap almond flour for all purpose flour in baking recipes. Almond flour is essentially ground nuts which has totally different consistency than all purpose flour. Thankfully, baking with almond flour is really common now so there are a million recipes using almond flour to take out the guess work for you.

Almond flour vs. almond meal – I did want to address the difference between almond flour and almond meal because they aren’t the same! Almond flour is more finely ground than almond meal. It is typically the preferred ingredient in baked goods for the lighter texture. Almond meal is less finely ground and works well in heartier recipes or recipes where the texture of flour doesn’t matter much, like almond flour crackers.

VEGAN + PALEO Almond Flour Chocoalte Chip Cookies

Where to Buy Almond Flour

I usually keep my pantry stocked with Bob’s Red Mill almond flour from Thrive Market. If you’re not a Thrive Market member, you can find almond flour at most major grocery stores now which is amazing! I’ve seen it at Trader Joe’s, Whole Foods and even my local Kroger’s. It is usually in the baking aisle by the other flours but may be in the healthy food/specialty item section depending on the store.

VEGAN + PALEO Almond Flour Chocoalte Chip Cookies

How to Make Almond Flour Chocolate Chip Cookies

Cookies don’t get much easier! Start by mixing your dry ingredients in a small bowl. In another bowl, whisk together the wet ingredients. Gradually add the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients. Once well combined, stir in the chocolate chips. Measure out tablespoon scoops of dough, form in a cookie shape and place on a prepared baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Bake until cookies are golden brown around the edges. Store in an airtight container or enjoy after allowing to cool completely on a cooling rack.

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A stack of almond flour, chocolate chip cookies.

Almond Flour Chocolate Chip Cookies


  • Author: Brittany Mullins
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 21

Description

Crisp on the outside, chewy on the inside these almond flour chocolate chip cookies are absolutely delicious, vegan and paleo. 


Ingredients

  • 2 cups blanched almond flour (not almond meal)
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 6 tablespoons coconut oil, in a liquid state
  • 1/3 cup pure maple syrup or honey
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/3 cup chopped dark chocolate or dark chocolate chips*

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350° F. Line baking sheets with parchment paper or a silpat baking mat.
  2. Add almond flour, sea salt and baking soda in small bowl. In another bowl, whisk together coconut oil, maple syrup and vanilla until combined. Gradually add almond flour into the bowl with the wet mixture. Stir in chocolate.
  3. Add cookie dough by level measuring tablespoon (1-inch scoop) onto prepared baking sheet.
  4. Bake for 17-20 minutes or until cookies are golden around the edges. Cool on baking sheets for a full 15 minutes before placing on wire racks to cool completely. Definitely let them cool for the full 15 minutes or they will likely break. Store in airtight containers. Eat within 2 days.

Notes

  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Bake
  • Cuisine: American

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1 cookie
  • Calories: 118
  • Sugar: 3g
  • Fat: 10g
  • Carbohydrates: 6g
  • Fiber: 1g
  • Protein: 3g
  • Cholesterol: 0

Keywords: paleo chocolate chip cookies, almond flour chocolate chip cookies

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    50 comments
    1. Brennan
      August 25, 2020 AT 9:01 pm

      We have some form of dessert every night. Usually i get a request for your standard Tollhouse chocolate chip cookie recipe. I made these the other night and have been asked to repeat it the past two nights noting they were the “best I’ve ever made.” And that’s compared to A LOT of cookies.

      1. Brittany Mullins
        August 26, 2020 AT 8:50 pm

        Woot woot! I’m so glad these cookies have been a hit. Thanks for making my recipe and for coming back to leave a comment/star rating. The reviews are super helpful for other readers, so I really appreciate it.

    2. Marie
      July 16, 2020 AT 11:48 am

      Thank you for this simple, tastey, quick recipe! We make things less sweet, and liked 2 T maple syruo with 2T less flour. I made a mistake on my measuring the second time I made them and used about 1T extra oil, which made them more rich and chewy. The first time I followed your recipe and the cookies were crisp, not chewy.

      1. Brittany Mullins
        July 16, 2020 AT 4:23 pm

        You’re so welcome, Marie! I’m glad you enjoyed these cookies. Thanks for making them and for coming back to leave a comment + star rating. I appreciate it. 🙂

    3. Katie
      June 27, 2020 AT 7:51 pm

      These cookies are the best! They have a good snap and are perfect for dunking in coffee (or milk)!

    4. Christir
      June 9, 2020 AT 5:55 pm

      Wow these cookies are
      So good!!! My neighbor made them and shared a couple with me. I liked them so much that I asked for the recipe.

      I wanted to ask what can be substituted for the honey or maple syrup? I’m on Leo and would love to make these.

      Please reply with sny suggestions you might have.

      Thank you!!
      Christie

      1. Brittany Mullins
        June 10, 2020 AT 4:19 pm

        Hey Christie! So glad you enjoyed these cookies. 🙂 I haven’t tried anything else besides maple syrup and honey, but you could possibly try using liquid stevia or monkfruit instead? If you use stevia you’d just need to alter the amount you use. Let me know what you end up trying and how they turn out!

    5. antwoman
      May 29, 2020 AT 5:40 pm

      followed the recipe exactly the cookies look like terrible. I think you should provide pictures or a video

      1. Brittany Mullins
        May 31, 2020 AT 4:21 pm

        I’m so sorry they didn’t turn out. Did you make any changes to the recipe?

    6. Nicole Thomas
      May 25, 2020 AT 6:50 pm

      Love this recipe! I have been doing the Paleo diet since October and have been very successful so far. These cookies will defiantly help me on my quest to a better me. I can have a treat every now and them and not got totally off tract!
      The only thing I substituted was the coconut oil for Almond Butter as I don’t care for coconut.

      1. Brittany Mullins
        May 25, 2020 AT 9:03 pm

        So glad you enjoyed these cookies, Nicole!! Thanks for sharing the sub you made, it’s super helpful for other readers. 🙂

    7. Emily
      April 30, 2020 AT 4:21 pm

      Very delicious but I had issues where they didn’t flatten out, what did I do wrong?

      1. Brittany Mullins
        April 30, 2020 AT 10:59 pm

        Hey Emily – Did you press them down to form them into a cookie shape once you added them to the pan? Did you switch up any of the ingredients in the recipe?

        1. Emily
          May 4, 2020 AT 3:30 pm

          No, I didn’t press them out. I also used gluten-free flour not almond specific.

          1. Brittany Mullins
            May 4, 2020 AT 11:31 pm

            It’s probably because you swapped out the flour for a different type. Not all GF flours work as equal subs for each other, so I’m assuming that’s what happened.

    8. Jenn
      April 10, 2020 AT 7:54 pm

      I was very impressed with these cookies. The texture was perfect and it completely satisfied my sweet tooth. Will definitely be making again. I added some pecans and I think next time i will make according to your recipe.

      1. Brittany Mullins
        April 13, 2020 AT 10:40 pm

        Ahh that makes me so happy to hear, Jenn. I’m so glad you enjoyed this recipe. Thanks for taking the time to leave a comment and star rating. I so appreciate it!

    9. Lashon
      January 14, 2020 AT 11:45 am

      These are the perfect cookie with almond flour. I had a taste for a chocolate chip cookie, but wanted to stay on track for the new year. These taste identical to the cookies I have made for years with AP flour and butter. Thank you!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        January 15, 2020 AT 1:04 am

        Ahh I love hearing that, Lashon! I’m so glad you tried and enjoyed my recipe. Thanks for coming back to leave a comment and star rating. I so appreciate it!

    10. Ainsly Galdot
      November 21, 2019 AT 9:30 am

      These are by far the best Almond flour cookies I’ve baked! Thanks @Brittany Mullins

      1. Brittany Mullins
        November 21, 2019 AT 5:11 pm

        Woot woot!! That makes me so happy to hear. 🙂 Thank you for coming back to leave a comment and star rating, Ainsly. They are super helpful to other readers, so I appreciate it!

    11. Veronica Lev @ Sharktank
      November 7, 2019 AT 3:01 pm

      These paleo chocolate chip cookies are all you need after a long hard days work, this chocolaty goodness is just the thing to turn your frown upside down.

      1. Brittany Mullins
        November 8, 2019 AT 11:12 pm

        Woot woot! I’m so glad you tried and enjoyed this recipe, Veronica. Thank you so much for coming back to leave a comment and star rating, I so appreciate it! The ratings are super helpful to other readers. <3

    12. Marina
      May 12, 2019 AT 2:31 pm

      These are delicious!

    13. Julius
      November 14, 2012 AT 5:03 pm

      I love the title of your blog. 🙂

      1. Brittany Mullins
        November 14, 2012 AT 5:25 pm

        Thank you. 🙂

    14. Barbara
      August 6, 2012 AT 2:28 pm

      I made these for my family. My grand daughter, who has a low sensitivity to wheat, loved them. I didn’t tell anyone that they were gluten free until they had eaten them. No one complained and they all of the cookies.

      1. Eating Bird Food
        August 6, 2012 AT 7:47 pm

        Woo-hoo! That’s awesome Barbara. I’m so glad everyone enjoyed them. 🙂

    15. Melissa (Better Fit)
      August 5, 2012 AT 2:34 pm

      Hope you had a fun time at the Crossfit party! I have yet to try Crossfit (there’s one gym in London according to my last check) and I’m always tempted to give it a go! I love the functional training approach it uses, and looks like good fun in a group atmosphere.

    16. Gina
      August 5, 2012 AT 11:08 am

      They look great! Every time I bake with almond flour I think it’s going to come out super dry too but it never does. I’m still amazed at how nut flours work, but I love ’em!

    17. Chris Crisafulli
      August 4, 2012 AT 7:59 pm

      Thanks for sharing this with all of us, I want to try and get into eating Paleo, and knowing that recipes like this are out there, will help a lot!

    18. Sara @ sarasmiles
      August 4, 2012 AT 8:47 am

      I saw the invite to the Crossfit Full Circle Party last night. How was it? I did crossfit Thursday afternoon (Fundamentals #3) and couldn’t do a pull-up to save my life. It’s my goal to do an unassisted pull-up sometime in the near future. The cookies sound like they turned out great!

      1. Eating Bird Food
        August 4, 2012 AT 9:51 am

        I was wondering if you were going to be there. It was really fun – lots of tasty food and good people. Doing an unassisted pull up in one of my goals too – it’s so hard.

    19. Kimberly
      August 4, 2012 AT 7:17 am

      I tried a Paleo blueberry muffin last week. It was moist, like your cookies were, which I found surprising. I ground my own almonds for the recipe, which meant there were little almond chunks at times, but it added to the deliciousness.

      I’m vegetarian, but the Paleo diet seems like a healthy meat-eaters diet.

      1. Eating Bird Food
        August 4, 2012 AT 9:53 am

        I’m pescatarian and I feel the same way. I think eating paleo would be a real challenge as a vegetarian.

    20. Katelyn
      August 3, 2012 AT 9:15 pm

      LOVEEEE paleo cookies 😉 all ova my instagram. I’m so glad we’re both loving CrossFit. Potlucks with people from your Box are the literal best.

    21. Gina @ Health, Love, and Chocolate
      August 3, 2012 AT 8:46 pm

      The cookies look great, I love experimenting with almond and other non-grain flours!

    22. Sam @ Better With Sprinkles
      August 3, 2012 AT 3:02 pm

      Those sound really good! I haven’t tried to make anything paleo, but I did pick up almond flour a few weeks ago so I’m definitely curious to try.

      1. Eating Bird Food
        August 4, 2012 AT 9:55 am

        I had the same bag of almond flour sitting in my pantry for months. I was happy to find this recipe so I could put it to good use.

    23. Rachel
      August 3, 2012 AT 12:34 pm

      I’ve been seeing so many recipes with almond flour now…I can’t sue it because of people in my family being allergic to nuts lol but these look really good!

    24. Whitney
      August 3, 2012 AT 12:07 pm

      Where do you find “paleo-friendly” chocolate chips? I would love to try this recipe!

      1. Eating Bird Food
        August 3, 2012 AT 12:51 pm

        I’m not an expert, but the recipe said that they needed to be at least 63 percent cocoa.

    25. Erin @ erinberries
      August 3, 2012 AT 10:56 am

      I’ve been trying out a lot of Paleo dishes for the crock pot. It makes cooking SO EASY!

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