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I originally made these cookies for a CrossFit party.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


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


  • 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*


  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.


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


  • 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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  1. 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.

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

  3. 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!!

    • 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!

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

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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!

    • 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

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. 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!

  11. 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!

  12. 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.

  13. 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.

  14. 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!

  15. Yum! These look great!

    Chocolate chip cookies are one of my favorite baked goods to “paleo-i-fy!” I’ve tried a bunch of different recipes, and even made some up myself. My latest was a coconut flour chocolate chip cookie sweetened with dates (instead of maple syrup or honey). They were pretty darn good! I have a ton of Paleo baked good recipes over on Frisky lemon if you’re interested…;)

  16. Haha I haven’t really looked into much paleo stuff (I read Matt @ No Meat Athlete’s thoughts on the overall diet, coming from a vegetarian perspective) and I decided it wasn’t for me 🙂 That said, I do think there are some great healthy recipes!! This one sounds good!!

    I wish you could come to the meet up tomorrow! We will miss you!

  17. YUM! These look amazing – can’t wait to try a bite tonight!

    I love grain-free/paleo recipes since I try to stay away from most grains. Baking can definitely get tricky though – I learn something new every time I whip up a paleo recipe.

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