Chai Spiced Cookies (paleo, vegan)

These chai spiced cookies are perfect for fall with almonds, almond butter and lots of autumnal spice. They’re paleo with a vegan option.

I recently made an old recipe of mine, these paleo chai spiced cookies, wanting to retake the photos but decided against it. Why? Because the texture of those cookies isn’t nearly as good as the one in my paleo chocolate chip cookies.

It’s like those chocolate chip cookies have ruined other paleo cookies for me. That’s why I keep using the same base again and again.

I have to admit that I don’t think these chai spiced cookies are the most exciting cookies in the world, just because gooey chocolate (like in these paleo peppermint cookies, which is also adapted from the original recipe) wins over spice + almonds. At least for me.

But they’re still delicious! So here they are for the 4 or 5 readers who don’t like chocolate. ;)

If you like other spiced goodies, try my paleo spice cake! And if you want something more like spicy Christmas cookies, check out these paleo gingerbread cookies.

Substitution questions for these chai spiced cookies?

  • Can I use something instead of almond flour?

    Almond flour is only really interchangeable with other nut flours so cashew or hazelnut meal would probably work.

  • Can I use something instead of coconut flour?

    Nope! There isn’t a really good sub for coconut flour. A few people have mentioned using oat flour (for a non-paleo version) with success but I haven’t tried it myself.

  • Can I use something instead of almond butter?

    For these spice cookies, I definitely think almond butter is the best fit! I don’t think they’d taste too good with other types.

  • Can I use something instead of coconut / brown sugar?

    Subbing in a liquid sweetener won’t work. There’s no liquid to reduce to make up for the added liquid, so it’d made the cookies cakey. Any other granulated sweetener would probably work.

  • What can I use instead of the egg or chia egg?

    I’ve tried flax eggs but I don’t like the taste (people say that flax eggs don’t taste like anything but I think they do).

  • Can I make these cookies smaller?

    Yes, but I think they have a better texture when they’re baked as huge cookies. Several reviewers on the original recipe agree with me!

If you try these spice cookies, I’d love to hear how they come out!

Chai Spiced Cookies (paleo, vegan)

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Chai Spiced Cookies (paleo, vegan)
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  • 1 cup (100 grams) almond flour
  • 1/4 cup (32 grams) coconut flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground ginger
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cardamom
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 6 tablespoons (84 grams) coconut oil, room temperature (not melty at all)
  • 3/4 cup (150 grams) coconut sugar, very tightly packed
  • 6 tablespoons (98 grams) natural almond butter (the kind with just almonds in it and no added fat / sugar)
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 large egg (50 grams, out of shell), room temperature or 1 chia egg for vegan
  • 3/4 cup (83 grams) chopped almonds


  1. In a medium mixing bowl, stir together the almond flour, coconut flour, baking soda, salt and spices. Set aside.
  2. In a large mixing bowl with an electric hand mixer or using a stand mixer, beat together the fat, sugar, almond butter and vanilla extract at medium speed until well combined, about 1 minute.
  3. Beat in the egg on low and mix until well incorporated. Stir in the flour mixture until well combined. Then stir in chopped almonds. Chill the dough for an hour or until easy to roll into balls.
  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. 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 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.

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  • Sue J says
    October 31, 2023 @ 11:17 pm

    These sound amazing. Can you make them with Canola oil instead of coconut oil?

    • Erin replies to Sue J
      November 1, 2023 @ 8:58 pm

      Thanks! I haven’t tried it, but I think it’d work. I can’t say for sure without trying it, though. I hope you’ll enjoy them if you try them. :)

  • Laurie Hoffman
    August 20, 2023 @ 6:56 pm

    It’s mid-August, not yet Fall, with “feels like” temp of 105-degrees, but I cranked the A/C, and made these Chai Spiced Cookies. I realized it’s never too early in the year for a delicious warm, spiced chai cookie. 🍁🍪🧑‍🍳 (I added white chocolate and dates 😋 .)

  • Dottie says
    July 10, 2020 @ 7:20 am

    My Grandson is diabetic so we have to count everything. Do you have the nutrition values?
    Love them by the way.

    • Erin replies to Dottie
      July 10, 2020 @ 10:35 am

      I don’t have that info but you could use this recipe analyzer for the nutritional profile. :) I’m glad you enjoyed them! Thanks for your comment.

  • Cindy says
    March 9, 2020 @ 7:47 am

    I made these a few days ago and they are delicious! I made them with just over half of the sugar your recipe calls for as I don’t like things too sweet. Not sure if that’s why the cookies turned out on the dry side, but will try to add one more egg and see if that helps. But I really love the taste of the cookies – the spices and the almonds go very well together.

    • Erin replies to Cindy
      March 13, 2020 @ 5:55 am

      I’m so glad that you enjoyed them! And yes, that’s exactly why they were dry. Sugar adds moisture and holds things together. So while you can try adding more egg, they’ll come out more cakey. Thanks for your comment! :)

  • Nikki says
    December 6, 2019 @ 11:40 pm

    I was so excited about these, but they were a complete failure for me. I followed the directions exactly (except refrigerated the dough for over an hour), but the coconut oil seeped out of the cookies and they ended up super flat and burnt because they cooked so quickly. :'(

    • Erin replies to Nikki
      December 14, 2019 @ 8:43 pm

      I’ve made these many times and not had an issue so I think something must have gone wrong somewhere. Did you make any subs or changes at all? Was your coconut oil at all melted?

  • Kari - Get Inspired Everyday!
    November 25, 2019 @ 4:05 pm

    These look incredible! I never get enough of chai flavors and these would be so perfect for cozy holiday baking too!

    November 23, 2019 @ 6:11 pm

    I can’t wait to try these. A couple of these with a chai-latte would be a delightful snack!

  • Jen
    November 23, 2019 @ 5:54 pm

    These are Delicious!!! Everyone loved them! Thank you for such a wonderful recipe… Followed the your directions and weighed ingredients, they turned out perfect! Thank you for these non-chocolate recipes for the few of us who prefer them! 😊

  • Zuzana says
    November 23, 2019 @ 4:15 pm

    i love this website look so cool and these cookies are bomb

  • Meredith
    November 22, 2019 @ 3:00 am

    We have a few family members who can’t eat chocolate, so I am always looking for delicious, flavorful alternatives. These Chai Spiced Cookies look amazing!!!

  • ChihYu says
    November 20, 2019 @ 10:28 pm

    Delicious! Love the chai flavor! Can’t eat just one!

    • Erin replies to ChihYu
      November 25, 2019 @ 9:54 pm

      So glad you liked them! :)

  • Raia
    November 20, 2019 @ 9:46 pm

    Those look absolutely delicious! I love that they’re grain free. :)

    • Erin replies to Raia
      November 25, 2019 @ 9:54 pm

      Thanks! :)

  • Don Baiocchi
    November 20, 2019 @ 6:43 pm

    I love chai anything so I am down for these cookies! And hey, maybe I’ll add chocolate chips for the best of both worlds. ;)

    • Erin replies to Don Baiocchi
      November 25, 2019 @ 9:54 pm

      Haha. I so wish I could do white chocolate!

  • Carina
    November 19, 2019 @ 1:43 pm

    These sound wonderful! Love almond butter in cookies too!

    • Erin replies to Carina
      November 25, 2019 @ 9:44 pm

      It really does wonders for the texture!

  • Jean
    November 19, 2019 @ 6:47 am

    I actually never had a chai flavored dessert before and I’m dying to try! These looks so perfect.

    • Erin replies to Jean
      November 25, 2019 @ 9:43 pm

      Thanks so much!

  • Charlotte Moore
    November 19, 2019 @ 5:32 am

    YUM! These look so good.

  • Shana says
    November 19, 2019 @ 1:58 am

    I am going to try these. :) Should #5 in the directions be the rest of the almonds instead of chocolate chips? (btw, I love your chocolate chip recipe. I make them all the time!) :)

    • Erin replies to Shana
      November 20, 2019 @ 11:53 am

      Oh geez! Thank you so much for letting me know. I’m so embarrassed. I obviously copy and pasted those directions from the chocolate chip cookies but didn’t finish changing them up. Thank you again! And I’m glad you like the original recipe. :D

  • Alene says
    November 19, 2019 @ 1:37 am

    Yum! I can’t wait to make these. Thank you!

    • Erin replies to Alene
      November 21, 2019 @ 7:24 pm

      You’re welcome! I’d love to hear how they come out. :)

  • Heather | Recipes on the Homestead
    November 19, 2019 @ 12:40 am

    I can already see myself sitting down with a big glass of almond milk, just dipping away!

  • Heather@EasyKetoDishes
    November 19, 2019 @ 12:39 am

    I’m not much of a cookie baker but your high praise on these has me intrigued!

  • Megan Stevens
    November 18, 2019 @ 10:54 pm

    These look SO great. I always love your beautiful photographs and appreciate the egg-free variation. Thank you!

    • Erin replies to Megan Stevens
      November 25, 2019 @ 9:42 pm

      You’re welcome and thank you for the nice comment! :)


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