Perfect Paleo Chocolate Chip Cookies (vegan option, grain-free, gluten-free, dairy-free)

These perfect paleo chocolate chip cookies are thick, chewy and have the perfect texture. Many of the reviewers have called these the best cookies ever! They also have a vegan option. Thanks to Bob’s Red Mill for making today’s post possible!

1/24/17: I just updated the pictures and added a video. Recipe’s still exactly the same! One of the old pictures can be found at the bottom of the post for reference. And I’d love for you to check out the video! It’s got a lot of fun stop-motion effects in it. :)

My paleo and grain-free recipes have been seriously lacking as of late. I ran out of my favorite Bob’s Red Mill almond flour months ago and I’ve been so frustrated with the brands of almond flour I’ve been buying here in Germany since they’re so inconsistent.

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Because I didn’t want to deal with the hassle of ordering flour from the US, I thought I’d wait it out until December, when I’ll back in the US and can buy all the Bob’s Red Mill I want.

But then I got a hankering for chocolate chip cookies. And I really wanted to make paleo cookies.

So I went to work and while every batch tasted amazing, the appearance and thickness was different every single time. The only variable?

The almond flour. The almond flour I’d been buying varies from brand to brand and even within the same brand.

These paleo chocolate chip cookies are thick, chewy and have the perfect texture along with a subtle nuttiness thanks to almond flour and almond butter. Even gluten-eaters lover them! With a vegan option {grain-free, gluten-free, and dairy-free}

They come in tiny 1-cup bags here so I go through a load of them when recipe testing. I’d open up one bag and find some finely ground almond flour, then I’d open up another bag from the same company, and it was overall coarser with bits of sliced almonds.

Sliced almonds! In my almond flour. That was the final straw.

So to save my sanity, I ordered myself some Bob’s Red Mill almond flour. By the way, for anyone else living abroad, Vitacost has great international shipping rates! I just recently discovered this and it’s been life-changing. ;)

If you have Bob’s Red Mill in a retail store in your area, you can use one of these $1 coupons.

These paleo chocolate chip cookies are thick, chewy and have the perfect texture. Even gluten-eaters lover them. With a vegan option! {grain-free, gluten-free, dairy-free}

The cookies made with Bob’s Red Mill came out thick, chewy and just as delicious and magical as all-purpose flour chocolate chip cookies. I doubt that anyone would be able to tell that these are paleo cookies! And every batch comes out the same. Hooray for consistency!

So the almond flour obviously plays a huge role in the final outcome of these cookies. Another thing that will affect the cookies is the temperature of the coconut oil.

If you make these in the summer when room temperature coconut oil means melted coconut oil, you’ll need to refrigerate the coconut oil until it’s firmer, like softened butter.

These paleo chocolate chip cookies are thick, chewy and have the perfect texture along with a subtle nuttiness thanks to almond flour and almond butter. Even gluten-eaters lover them! With a vegan option {grain-free, gluten-free, dairy-free}

If you make these cookies with melted coconut oil, they dough will be very greasy and the chocolate chips will be hard to incorporate into the dough.

You’ll also need to chill the dough if you use coconut sugar rather than brown sugar. I made one version with brown sugar and one with coconut sugar at the same time and the brown sugar cookies were nice and thick while the coconut sugar version spread flat and was super thin.

I refrigerated the remaining coconut sugar dough until firm and that resulted in nice and thick cookies, just like the brown sugar version! Just a little darker colored.

These paleo chocolate chip cookies are thick, chewy and have the perfect texture along with a subtle nuttiness thanks to almond flour and almond butter. With a vegan option {grain-free, gluten-free, and dairy-free}

If you can’t tell by the pictures, these perfect paleo chocolate chip cookies are huge. Instead of making 8 cookies, you can make 16 to get regular-sized cookies. I just prefer how they bake up with gooier and chewier centers when they’re larger!

Also, be sure to check out my perfect paleo double chocolate cookies. I may like them even more than this original version. :)

6/30/16 update: I’ve been making these with chia eggs lately to make them vegan and they’re just as delicious! To make a chia egg, mix together 1 tablespoon of ground chia seeds and 3 tablespoons water. Let sit 5-15 minutes or until goopy like an egg. I’ve also tried these cookies using a flax egg but I didn’t like the taste.

Need even more paleo chocolate desserts? Try these!

  • These Perfect Paleo Mint Chocolate Cookies are perfectly soft, chewy and full of mint flavor!
  • Paleo Chocolate Marshmallows (grain-free, gluten-free and dairy-free)
  • This paleo vegan hot chocolate is ultra rich, creamy and date-sweetened. Honestly tastes just as delicious as a more traditional recipe! Can also be made GAPS and AIP-friendly.
  • This paleo chocolate fudge pie is silky smooth, fudgy and decadent and has an almond flour based crust.

For even more selection, check out these 75 Paleo Cookie Recipes You Can’t Resist!

75 Paleo Cookie Recipes You Can Not Resist - includes vegan, AIP, nut-free, no-bake options and more!

Thanks again to Bob’s Red Mill for sponsoring this post! As always, all opinions expressed are my own. Be sure to check out some of their other gluten-free flours if you’re into gluten-free and paleo baking. :)

Perfect Paleo Chocolate Chip Cookies (vegan option, grain-free, gluten-free, dairy-free)

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Perfect Paleo Chocolate Chip Cookies (vegan option, grain-free, gluten-free, dairy-free)
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  • Yield: 8 huge bakery-style cookies

Ingredients

  • 1 cup (100 grams) blanched almond flour
  • 1/4 cup (32 grams) coconut flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 6 tablespoons (84 grams) coconut oil or unsalted butter, room temperature (if your coconut oil is a little melty, put it in the fridge for about 10-20 minutes or until firmer, like softened butter. If you use slightly melted coconut oil, the dough will be greasy and the chocolate chips will be hard to incorporate.)
  • 3/4 cup (150 grams) coconut sugar or brown sugar
  • 6 tablespoons (98 grams) natural almond butter (the kind with just almonds in it and no added fat / sugar), room temperature1
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 large egg, room temperature (or 1 chia egg for vegan)
  • 1 1/4 cups (213 grams) semi-sweet chocolate chips, divided (make sure to use paleo-friendly chocolate chips, if desired)

Directions

  1. In a medium mixing bowl, stir together the almond flour, coconut flour, baking soda and salt. Set aside.
  2. In a large mixing bowl with an electric hand mixer or using a stand mixer, beat together the fat and sugar at medium speed until well combined, about 1 minute. If you use coconut oil, it may not come together easily. If that's the case, use your hands to combine it and then beat another 20 seconds.
  3. Beat in the almond butter and vanilla extract on medium speed and mix until combined. Beat in the egg on low and mix until well incorporated. Stir in the flour mixture until well combined. Then stir in 1 cup (170 grams) chocolate chips. If you used brown sugar, skip to the next step. If you used coconut sugar, place the bowl in the refrigerator for about 1 hour or until the dough is firm.
  4. Preheat the oven to 350 °F (175 °C) and line a baking sheet with a piece of parchment paper.
  5. Roll the dough into 8 (75-gram) balls and place the remaining 1/4 cup (43 grams) of chocolate chips on the top and on the sides of the dough balls. You can also roll them into smaller balls but then you need to adjust the baking time. Place 4" apart on the prepared baking sheet. Press the cookies down lightly with the palm of your hand.
  6. Bake for 11-14 minutes (if using coconut sugar) or 14-17 minutes (if using brown sugar) or until the surface of the center of the cookies no longer appears wet. They'll be very soft but will continue to cook as they sit on the cookie sheet.
  7. Let cool completely on the baking sheet. Store in an airtight container for up to 3 days.

Notes

  1. I don't recommend making these with peanut butter. I’ve made these so many times with homemade peanut butter (with just peanuts and salt in it) and while the cookies aren’t a disaster, I just don’t think they’re very good. The texture is so different than the almond flour version and they’re not very peanut butter-y.
  • For paleo: use coconut sugar, coconut oil, and paleo chocolate.
  • For dairy-free: use coconut oil and dairy-free chocolate.

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  • Fernanda says
    March 28, 2017 @ 3:37 pm

    Can I use xilitol?

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    • Erin replies to Fernanda
      March 28, 2017 @ 9:39 pm

      I’ve never tried it, sorry.

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  • Mallory says
    March 26, 2017 @ 1:30 am

    If we use brown sugar, should it be packed?

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    • Erin replies to Mallory
      March 26, 2017 @ 8:48 am

      Not tightly packed. Do you have a scale? That’s the easiest way to make sure you use exactly the right amount. :)

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  • Lauren Leeman-Hook
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    March 25, 2017 @ 12:59 pm

    Wow! The BEST cookies. I’ve brought these to Paleo potlucks, work, family functions and they are a hit! These are the only chocolate chip cookies I will make! Thank you for the recipe!

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    • Erin replies to Lauren Leeman-Hook
      March 25, 2017 @ 10:10 pm

      You’re welcome! I’m very happy to hear that they’re your one and only chocolate chip cookie recipe and that they were enjoyed at the potlucks! Thanks a bunch for your comment. :)

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  • Daniele says
    March 25, 2017 @ 1:21 am

    These cookies were delicious but I think the coconut flour bothered my stomach. Could I sub it with any other flour?

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    • Erin replies to Daniele
      March 25, 2017 @ 10:08 pm

      I’m happy you enjoyed them but sorry about your stomach! Coconut flour is unfortunately not interchangeable with any other flour as it absorbs so much more liquid. Someone mentioned that they used oat flour in place of the coconut flour but I haven’t tried it myself.

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  • Jen says
    March 24, 2017 @ 3:36 am

    What is a chia egg?

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    • Erin replies to Jen
      March 24, 2017 @ 11:08 am

      Check out the last paragraph of the post where I say 6/30/16 update. :)

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  • Emily says
    March 23, 2017 @ 5:35 am

    After trying many different paleo chocolate chip cookie recipes, I felt discouraged none would taste like the “real” thing. But this recipe smelled, looked, and tasted great. The cookie was light and yummy. I think this will be my go to recipe. I used 3TB butter and 3TB coconut oil just because I couldn’t decide which would be better and it worked well. I did refrigerate the dough, as advised, and was happy the dough didn’t spread out or get too greasy.
    Thanks for a great recipie!

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    • Erin replies to Emily
      March 23, 2017 @ 9:48 pm

      You’re welcome! :) I’m happy that you enjoyed them and that you’ll be making them again. Half coconut oil and butter is always a good choice. :) Thanks a bunch for your comment!

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