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Classic Chocolate Chip Cookies (grain-free)

There’s nothing quite like a warm, chocolate chip cookie fresh out of the oven.

And even though these cookies happen to be grain-free and naturally sweetened, there’s nothing “healthy” tasting about them.

Made with almond flour and rich maple syrup, these soft and chewy cookies pack a nutty, complex flavor in each bite. Served with an ice-cold glass of almond milk, they are sure to please even the pickiest of eaters!

Classic Chocolate Chip Cookies (grain-free)
Makes about 2 dozen small cookies

adapted from this recipe

Ingredients:

1 1/2 cups of Blanched Almond Flour (store-bought or homemade)
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon sea salt
2 tablespoons coconut oil, softened
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 cup pure maple syrup
1 whole egg, or flax egg
1/2 cup chocolate chips

Directions:

Preheat your oven to 350F. In a medium bowl, combine the almond flour, baking soda and salt and mix well. In a separate bowl, combine the coconut oil, vanilla, maple syrup and egg, and mix well.

Add the wet mixture into the dry mixture, and mix well until a uniform batter is achieved, then stir in the chocolate chips.

Using a tablespoon, or cookie scoop, drop the batter onto a baking sheet lined with a Silpat or parchment paper. Bake at 350F for 10 minutes, or until golden around the edges, turning the pan half-way through baking time.

Allow the cookies to cool on the pan for 5 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.

Serve warm, and enjoy!

These cookies should last a few days at room temperature, but I prefer to store them in the freezer for an indefinite shelf life–> that way I always have cookies on hand when I sweet craving hits. They taste amazing straight out of the freezer, too!

4.9 from 17 reviews
Classic Chocolate Chip Cookies (grain-free)
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Made with almond flour and rich maple syrup, these soft and chewy cookies pack a nutty, complex flavor in each bite. Served with an ice-cold glass of almond milk, they are sure to please even the pickiest of eaters!
Ingredients
  • 1½ cups of Blanched Almond Flour (store-bought or homemade)
  • ¼ teaspoon baking soda
  • ¼ teaspoon sea salt
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil, softened
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ¼ cup pure maple syrup
  • 1 whole egg, or flax egg
  • ½ cup chocolate chips
Instructions
  1. Preheat your oven to 350F.
  2. In a medium bowl, combine the almond flour, baking soda and salt and mix well. In a separate bowl, combine the coconut oil, vanilla, maple syrup and egg, and mix well.
  3. Add the wet mixture into the dry mixture, and mix well until a uniform batter is achieved, then stir in the chocolate chips.
  4. Using a tablespoon, or cookie scoop, drop the batter onto a baking sheet lined with a Silpat or parchment paper.
  5. Bake at 350F for 10 minutes, or until golden around the edges, turning the pan half-way through baking time.
  6. Allow the cookies to cool on the pan for 5 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.
  7. Serve warm, and enjoy!
Notes
These cookies should last a few days at room temperature, but I prefer to store them in the freezer for an indefinite shelf life--> that way I always have cookies on hand when I sweet craving hits. They taste amazing straight out of the freezer, too!

Whether you’ve gone grain-free or not, I hope you all enjoy these delectable cookies!

91 comments to Classic Chocolate Chip Cookies (grain-free)

  • Suman

    yum…gonna have to try these soon! quick question for you…i made your coconut macaroons this weekend (the ones you posted about on valentine’s day), and instead of holding a ball shape, they completely flattened out. they were still good as square shaped, bar cookie type things, but just wondering why yours didn’t “melt” in the oven. since they only consist of coconut butter ( i used Artisana instead of shredded), maple syrup, and shredded coconut….everything was pretty temperature sensitive. just wondering if i missed something in the recipe. they were awfully tasty though……and my tray disappeared in a matter of minutes :)

    • Sorry to hear your macaroons melted! That actually happened to me once, when I was using a different oven than I usually do… I think it happened because the oven was hotter than the one I usually use. Perhaps lowering you oven temperature next time would help? Cracking the door open a bit also helps air circulate, though it will increase your baking time.

      They are very tender cookies, due to the nature of the ingredients, so if that lowering the oven temperature doesn’t work for you, I’d try chilling the balls of dough before baking, so that the outside will start to crisp before the middles can melt. Hope that helps, and I’m glad they tasted good regardless. :)

  • sophie

    will using flax egg or real egg make these cookies properly combined? or will they not be properly combined either way…

    • Yes, flax eggs would keep these properly combined, falling into the nut/seed category.

      Using broader food combining terms, even using an egg could be considered fine, as both almonds and eggs fall into the general “protein” category. So, whichever works best for you! :)

  • sophie

    thank you for responding! i have one more question – how do sweeteners fit into the mix? what do they combine as? or are they a neutral?

  • Hi Meg

    I was wondering what the difference is between regular almond flour and blanched? I have regular. Will this still work for the cookies? Also I usually don’t use sweetener’s but I do have agave will this sub for the maple syrup or could I just omit it completely? Sorry so many questions.

    Oh and one more LOL! Do you know macro’s on your recipes?

    Luvena

    • I haven’t tried it myself, but I’ve had readers let me know that almond meal has worked well for them, so I think any type of almond flour should work– though the results may be just slightly different. Blanched almond flour means the skins have been removed, so the texture is better.

      The sweetener options are totally up to you! The chocolate chips should add a good amount of sweetness, so if you want to omit the maple syrup, go for it! Again, the texture might just be slightly different. Agave is sweeter than maple syrup, so I’d use less of that if you decide to substitute.

      And, no, I don’t calculate calories or macro’s in my recipes. Feel free to use Fitday.com if you want to figure it out! :)

  • Vanessa

    Hi :) These look delicious! I was just wondering what brand of chocolate chips you use? Thanks!!

    Vanessa

  • Kibby

    These were absolutely delightful, tasty and light! Thanks, Megan! I pinned to my recipes board on Pinterest – got to share this one!

  • yum, we made almond chocolate chip cookies last week. so good!

  • KellyB

    Hi
    I like how using almond meal/flour is so much easier keeping cookies and treats GF compared to using a variety of rice, potatoe and other GF flours.
    thanks

  • Holy yum these looks awesome, I can’t get enough of grain free baking these days. I think they taste better than grain recipes honestly!

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  • I have these in the oven right now, and while the batter tasted amazing, they are spreading and baking completely flat. I’m not sure what I did wrong! I put the batter in the refrigerator before I put the cookies in the oven to stiffen it, and because that helps fluff up “regular” cookies, so any advice would be appreciated!

    • Hmmm, usually flattened cookies means the butter or oil was too soft, but that shouldn’t happen if you refrigerated the dough! I measured the coconut oil in its “softened” state, so perhaps yours was a different consistency when you measured it? Otherwise, I have no idea!

      Glad they tasted good, regardless. ;)

  • Ellen

    Just made these tonight and my family ate them all up in about 5 minutes! They are amazing! Mine flattened out too but I think it might be because I completely melted the coconut oil instead of just softening it. Awesome!

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  • I made these last night and they were heavenly! We turned ours into ice cream sandwiches and they didn’t last five minutes. :) Thank you so much!!

  • I made these the other day and they were fantastic! I’m going to make them again tomorrow with grass fed butter instead of the coconut oil… I am excited to see how that change makes them taste! I used 1/4 cup mini chocolate chips and that was the perfect amount for me!

  • Sherry

    THANK YOU SO MUCH for making it easier to print out the recipes without all the pictures so I can save on ink.

  • jus10marcel

    Hi Megan,
    This sounds like a great recipe that my wife and I would like to try. Is there any way to incorporate fruit to use as sugar instead of the maple syrup? We are currently avoiding all sugars that are not directly from the fruit itself.

  • Brooke

    these were the BEST cookies ever! And I am quite picky about cookies….. wow! thankyou!!!

  • Renee

    I made these without chocolate chips, with 1 tsp almond extract instead of the vanilla, and with butter instead of coconut oil. They turned out great, thank you for the quick and easy recipe!

  • Stacey Michelle

    Megan,

    These are amazing. I made a batch last night and everyone loved them. I read Wheat Belly and for me it is a way of life and now that is a little sweeter to include this in it. I look forward to trying more of your recipes. Have pinned this on Pinterest as well.
    Bravo to you and your blog !

  • P

    Sounds interesting & easy to make…… Will try to make them, but was wondering if I can substitute coconut oil, for flaxseed oil?
    Thanks

  • Jenny

    This sounds great! If you don’t mind: What can I use besides coconut oil? Or is this a must?

  • Jenni

    I just made these cookies and they are AMAZING! Thank you for sharing the recipe with us!

  • Brooke

    I made these today for a church potluck. Many people in the church eat really healthy and one person is alergic to eggs and gluten intollerant. I used a half banana for the egg and a little exra baking soda so they didn’t go flat. I refrigerated the dough while I did other things then baked. They didn’t go flat at all. They looked like chocolate chip cookie balls and tasted like delicious choc chip banana cookies. Delicious recipe! Thank you!

  • Julie

    I just made these and they are great.

  • Meghan

    These are seriously the most delicious “healthy” cookies I’ve ever eaten. For chocolate chips, I used EnjoyLife brand which are gluten, dairy and nut free. So good and taste completely real! The freezer makes them 100% better! This recipe completely changes dessert for me!!! Thank you!!!

  • Lauren

    Awesome recipe! My new favorite grain free cookies!

  • Anna

    Hi, these cookies sound amazing and I am really keen to try them. Just wondering if you have ever tried using coconut sugar as a sweetener? If so, do you know how much to use?

  • Kayla

    Made these this morning, delicious with a cup of tea :) I did not have coconut oil so instead I used 1 tbs grape seed oil, the cookies turned out nice and light, kind of a fluffy texture which I really liked. I also did not use maple syrup and instead used a little less than 1/4 cup of honey. Second to the taste, what I really loved about these cookies is that after eating them, you do not get the usual sugar rush that you get from typical cookies (which results in that sluggish feeling). There is a good amount of healthy fat and protein in them so I felt energetic and healthy throughout my morning :) I wanted to ask you Megan, what is the benefit of using Silplat and where could one purchase this? I don’t have one, and I also didn’t have any parchment paper so I used foil instead, do you think baking with foil could be unhealthy or harmful? Thanks for the great recepie!

    • Silpats help distribute the heat evenly, so your cookies don’t burn. They are also helpful in preventing sticking. I’m not a huge fan of aluminum, since it can become toxic in the body with exposure over time. When we cook with aluminum, we can expect to ingest 3 to 6mg each time. Aluminum may eventually impair kidney function, which could lead to further health problems down the line, so I think it’s best to avoid extra exposure whenever possible. Parchment paper is another great option!

  • Lindsay Koenig

    I used macadamia nuts and white chocolate the second time I made these and they were once again amazing!

  • Lindsay Koenig

    Today, I chopped some candy canes for one batch.
    Then, added cocoa, a little coconut flour, macadamia nuts and white chocolate.
    Then, cocoa, coconut flour and candy canes.

  • Jennifer

    I was bored and wanted something sweet and came across your website. I just tried these and wow, amazing. I added in some pecan bits as well. I will definitely be making another batch soon. Thank you so much!!

  • megan

    These are AMAZING! I had to make 3 batches this weekend because my company liked them so much! I have really struck out in the baked goods department since I started to eat “clean” but I will never make a “normal” chocolate chip cookie again! Thanks so much!

  • Isolde

    These are so good. We make them all the time and EVERYONE loves them. The best part is how just a couple of them are actually satisfying and I don’t feel like I need to eat the whole pan. We use the grain-sweetened 70% chocolate chips from Whole Foods. I’ve subbed part of the almond flour for rolled oats, the chocolate chips for raisins and added cinnamon to make perfect oatmeal raisin cookies as well!

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  • GFmomma

    I’ve never used almond flour for baking. I currently use a rice flour mixture, but my cookies come out gritty. Do cookes come out with a smooth consistency with almond flour?

    • Yes, rice flour would not work well in this recipe– grain-based flours cannot replace nut-based flours. The almond flour will produce much more accurate results!

  • Henrietta

    Hi, will there be any difference in taste and consistency (e.g a harder cookie) if I use just eggwhites instead of the whole egg? Would love to try your recipe!

  • These cookies are the best. For once I got fluffy, round cookies and not flat as paper cookies. I just switched over to almond flour from the typical gluten free flours. I was experimenting with this flour and these cookies turned out so delicious. Thank you

  • Sonya

    I can’t stop making these cookies, I think tonight was the 4th time I’ve made these…or 5th :) A batch disappears in less than an hour in our house ‘cuz they are too good! A nice light cookie, and the first one in forever than has turned out fluffy-not flat. I make them with carob instead of chocolate and it works really well since the dough is already sweetened from the maple syrup, I suggest trying this for something different. Merci beacoup tu e le meilleur!

  • lauren

    DO you think I could sustitute coconut flour for the almond flour? And if so would I need to add an extra egg so they stick together better?

    Thanks!!

    • Megan

      If you want to use coconut flour, I suggest looking for a recipe that uses coconut flour to begin with. Coconut flour and almond flour are VERY different, and I don’t want you to waste your ingredients!

  • lauren

    Ill try your recipe. I just bought coconut flour today and wanted to use it, but I do have almonds and will make the almond flour myself. Looking forward to some yummy treats!!

  • Nona

    I made these so quickly tonight, including making the almond flour in my Blendtec in 30 seconds. I used agave nectar since I didn’t have Maple Syrup. My husband said they were the best he’s ever had. My kids loved them too. Mine were not as smooth looking as those in your picture and not as brown on top, either because of the agave or not blending the almonds long enough. The agave gave it the perfect amount of sweetness. I will definitely make these again! Thanks for a great recipe!!

  • Zee

    Made these today, everyone loved them! Mine ended up flat, but delicious! I think I’ll sub butter for the coconut oil next time as I can taste it in the cookies.

  • Caroline

    I just made these, and I knew from the batter they were going to be good :) I didn’t have any maple syrup so substituted a little liquid stevia and a quarter of mashed banana to sweeten. I also used cranberries/sliced almonds since I was sadly out of chocolate chips. These were so good that I didn’t even notice they were “healthy”! Such a quick and easy recipe, I will be making these again and again (next time with chocolate!)

  • Kerri

    I’ve made these several times now. They are so yummy!

  • Kristen

    Thanks for the yummy recipe! Just found your site! So excited

  • Jennie

    Can’t wait to try! Yum. Can honey substitute the maple syrup?

  • Kayla

    Hello, I have recently been trying a bunch of your recipes, but this one was a complete fail. I don’t have almond flour, so I used coconut flour and I was wondering does coconut flour not work in this recipe? Once I mixed everything together there was no dough- like consistency, so I’m just confused.

    • Megan

      Coconut flour can never be substituted for another type of flour. It would be a disaster! When a recipe calls for almond flour, only another nut-based flour can be used as a substitute.

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  • Tobie

    I love you!!! I am trying to remove all white refined sugar and white flour from my nine-year-old son’s diet. He is a little cookie monster! I was trying to find an alternate recipe for him when I found this recipe. He. Loved. These. Cookies. Thank you, thank you, thank you. You deserve to be published. You should be known nationwide! My husband even said these tasted just like a chocolate chip cookie. I am a happy mommy right now!

  • Natalie

    I don’t have almond flour so I made these with regular all purpose flour, following the recipe to a T. They came out fantastic. They are extremely light and look just like the picture. They taste like tiny chocolate chip clouds—love them! Thank you! :)

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  • asia

    Hi,

    Just made them, very original and yummy. However, I was only able to make 15 really small cookies instead of 24.

  • liz

    THESE ARE AMAZING!!! I added walnuts too.

    Thank you for all of your amazing ‘guilt-free’ recipes! I am 8 months postpartum and finally lost all of my baby weight! Looking forward to grain-free eating this year and trying your great recipes.

    Congrats!

  • Cheri

    Megan,

    I noticed a lot of your cookie and cake recipes call for almond or coconut flour. Would a gluten-free oat flour (like “Bob’s Red Mill”) work just as well?

    Thanks,
    Cheri

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  • Kaycee

    These were delicious! I made them with and without chocolate chips and i actually preferred without, for once! (Which gives you an idea of how yummy the dough is!) also made them with a flax egg and with a regular egg, and both are really good. Thanks so much for the recipe! It’ll definitely be a staple!

  • Dani

    Hi Megan.. Looking to try these… Allergic to almonds and coconut… Any other flour can substitute? o

  • Just made these and they were amazing!! Thank you so much for the recipe!

  • Chantal

    Hi, Megan!

    I have hypoglycemia and am reducing my carbs, which seems to be helping! Do you know what the carb content of these cookies is?

    Thanks!

  • Monika

    Made these last night! Another successful recipe to hold on too. Thanks again for these amazing recipe ideas for clean/healthy eating!

  • Sara

    Loved the taste of this cookie. However, my cookies spread and flattened out terribly. Could this be because I used olive oil instead of coconut oil softened? I also substituted honey for the maple (what I had on hand).

  • Anna

    These are absurdly delicious! Best cookie recipe on here by far! I added unsweetened shredded coconut because I was craving some..god these are so good!

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  • Abby

    What kind of chocolate chips to you use? Cuz so many of your recipes require chocolate chips but i dont know where i can get a healthy version of chocolate chips??

    • Megan

      I like to use chocolate chips that are 70% dark chocolate, to minimize the other less desirable ingredients. You can find them at Whole Foods or online, and Enjoy Life makes an allergy-friendly chocolate chip that is 69% dark chocolate, too!

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