Paleo Chai Spiced Cookies (grain-free, gluten-free, dairy-free)

These paleo chai spiced cookies are perfectly soft, chewy and also grain-free, gluten-free and dairy-free!

11/2019 update! I just posted another recipe for chai cookies that I think are even better. Check out these chai spiced cookies. They’re paleo, gluten-free, dairy-free and have a vegan option.

I came across these grain-free thick and chewy snickerdoodles from A Clean Bake last week and knew that I had to make them! But being as it’s October, I wanted to fall-them-up a little, so I used maple syrup instead of honey and added quite a bit of chai spice to turn them into paleo chai cookies.

Soft and Chewy Paleo Chai Spiced Cookies (grain-free, gluten-free, dairy-free)

I looked up different recipes for chai spice mix and all the recipes were different and used different spices so I just threw in some ginger, cinnamon, cardamom and cloves. I thought it was a perfect mix but you can use whatever spices in whatever proportions you want.

The first time I made them paleo chai spiced cookies, I used the chai spice mix in the dough and in the sugar I used for rolling the cookie dough balls in. That was kind of overkill. The cookie itself is spicy enough without rolling them in even more spice. But I still rolled them in sugar because… why not? ;)

Soft and Chewy Paleo Chai Spiced Cookies (grain-free, gluten-free, and dairy-free)

At first, I rolled them in coconut sugar, which totally worked, but I preferred them with granulated sugar, because of texture and taste. Raw sugar would also work well! But of course, if you want to keep these chai spiced cookies paleo, use coconut sugar!

I LOVE how chewy these chai cookies are. Have you ever tried these soft and chewy ginger cookies? They’re just like those in size, shape, and texture but with a totally different flavor.

Soft and Chewy Paleo Chai Spiced Cookies (gluten-free, grain-free and dairy-free)

Out of all the types of grain-free goodies (cakes, brownies, muffins, etc.), cookies are definitely my favorite. While the texture is different from cookies with all-purpose flour or whole wheat, they’re still nice and chewy and not at all funky. And from a recipe development standpoint – they’re the easiest and therefore the least likely to make me frustrated. :D

Wondering what to drink with your chai cookies? This hot spiced apple cider or pumpkin chai latte would be perfect!

And for another great Christmas cookie, try these gluten-free cut out sugar cookies!

Paleo Chai Spiced Cookies (grain-free, gluten-free, dairy-free)

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Paleo Chai Spiced Cookies (grain-free, gluten-free, dairy-free)
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  • Yield: 22 cookies


  • 2 cups (200 grams) blanched almond flour
  • 1/4 cup (34 grams) coconut flour, sifted if lumpy
  • 1/4 cup (50 grams) coconut sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cardamom
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup (56 grams) coconut oil, melted
  • 1/4 cup (60ml) maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 large egg
  • 3-4 tablespoons sugar for rolling (you can use raw sugar or coconut sugar for the paleo verison)


  1. In a medium mixing bowl, stir together the dry ingredients (almond flour through salt).
  2. In a large mixing bowl, mix together the melted coconut oil, maple syrup, vanilla and egg.
  3. Add the dry mixture to the wet and stir just until combined.
  4. Wrap the dough in plastic wrap and refrigerate for 2 hours or until firm enough to roll into balls.
  5. Preheat the oven to 350°F (175°C) and line a baking sheet with a piece of parchment paper.
  6. Roll the dough into 1" balls, roll in the sugar, and place 2" apart on the prepared baking sheet.
  7. Bake for 8-10 minutes or until the tops are firm and no longer wet. They will not brown but may crack a little.
  8. Remove to a baking sheet to cool completely.
  9. Store in an airtight container for up to 5 days.

Adapted from A Clean Bake's Grain-free Thick and Chewy Snickerdoodles

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  • Andrea says
    December 8, 2018 @ 8:58 pm

    Can these be frozen?

  • Robin Hamilton @Wellness Wires
    September 21, 2018 @ 12:42 pm

    It was only recently that I had developed a taste for paleo chai spiced cookies when I made one myself. Making it even healthy with some honey in it sounds fantastic! Thanks for sharing this, Erin! Have a lovely day…

  • Denise says
    July 29, 2018 @ 12:38 am

    how much cholesterol is in the cookies and the carb count I’m looking for a recipe where the carbs are low and the cholesterol

    • Erin replies to Denise
      July 29, 2018 @ 11:03 am

      I don’t have that info but could use this recipe analyzer if you’d like for the nutritional profile. :)

  • Bella Hardy @ Healthnerdy
    July 2, 2018 @ 12:35 pm

    These are so yummy and interesting paleo chai spiced cookies. I tried this kind of recipe before but this is unique.

  • Bakingsam
    May 2, 2018 @ 12:00 am

    These were so delicious! I made them using a flax egg and they turned out beautifully, didn’t even have to let the dough sit

    • Erin replies to Bakingsam
      May 2, 2018 @ 9:06 pm

      Awesome! So happy that you liked them. :) Thanks for your comment!

  • JZ says
    April 26, 2018 @ 6:30 am

    This looks so good. I am on sugar free diet. Can I substitute sugar for swerve?

    • Erin replies to JZ
      April 28, 2018 @ 8:20 pm

      Thanks! I unfortunately have never used Swerve (successfully) so I really can’t say. Sorry about that! If you try it out, I’d love to hear what happens. :)

  • Roxy
    February 17, 2018 @ 8:14 am

    Erin, these are lovely and so easy to make. Left out the coconut sugar and didn’t roll them in sugar. Accidentally put in 5gr more maple syrup so they were plenty sweet enough.
    Wasn’t sure whether they would spread on their own so ended up pressing down lightly on them while they were cooking. My dough was fine to roll without any time in the fridge.
    Will definitely make again, especially when Autumn comes. 😊

    • Erin replies to Roxy
      February 17, 2018 @ 8:50 pm

      I’m so happy to hear that you like them! And that’s great to know that they’re still sweet enough without the coconut sugar. :) Thanks a bunch for your comment!

  • Jill Roberts @ WellnessGeeky
    January 5, 2018 @ 12:15 pm

    These paleo chai spiced cookies are so Instagrammable and adorable! I’ll definitely try it! Hope my husband would love it!

  • Vivian says
    December 11, 2017 @ 3:13 am

    Just made these. They were delicious. My dough was firm enough that I didn’t need to refrigerate it. The cookies are almost cake like. Great flavor. Thank you for sharing.

    • Erin replies to Vivian
      December 11, 2017 @ 6:31 pm

      You’re welcome! So happy you liked them. Thanks for your feedback. :)

  • Kelsey says
    February 4, 2017 @ 12:03 am

    I love this recipe! How long would the dough last in the fridge before being baked?

    • Erin replies to Kelsey
      February 4, 2017 @ 5:20 pm

      So happy you like it! I’m not sure about that since I haven’t experimented with it. Maybe 2-3 days? It’s just a guess, though.

  • Joyce Hawkinson says
    November 1, 2016 @ 10:55 pm

    What if you use molasses instead of maple syrup (or combined with it) and increase the amount of ginger? I’m wondering if it would taste like gingerbread!

    • Erin replies to Joyce Hawkinson
      November 2, 2016 @ 5:03 pm

      I’ve found that when using molasses in place of other sweeteners, other adjustments are needed. I’d recommend these paleo ginger cookies, which are very similar to these chai cookies texture-wise! :)

  • Renee says
    September 30, 2016 @ 4:44 am

    I love your website!

    • Erin replies to Renee
      October 1, 2016 @ 11:33 am

      Thanks so much! :)

  • Renee
    September 30, 2016 @ 4:43 am

    These were delicious. Especially right out of the oven. Haven’t had a cookie in a long time, since I started paleo. Thank you!

    • Erin replies to Renee
      October 1, 2016 @ 11:33 am

      I’m happy you enjoyed them! If you’re interested, here are my very favorite paleo cookies: paleo chocolate chip cookies. Everyone seems to enjoy them, paleo or not! Thanks for your comment. :)

    • Helen M. replies to Renee
      October 21, 2016 @ 6:18 pm

      I hate to be the ‘party pooper’, but having sugar in the recipe IS NOT paleo. Otherwise, I’m sure the cookies are delicious.

      • Erin replies to Helen M.
        October 21, 2016 @ 9:23 pm

        Coconut sugar, which is called for in this recipe, is considered paleo. (Source: here and here)

        • Helen M. replies to Erin
          October 21, 2016 @ 10:32 pm

          I apologize, when I saw the recipe on my android, I saw two separate lines for coconut and sugar. I didn’t realize it was ‘coconut sugar’. Thanks for clarifying.

        • Erin replies to Helen M.
          October 22, 2016 @ 8:39 pm

          No worries! :)

  • Angie says
    August 25, 2016 @ 4:29 pm

    These are absolutely delicious !! Great recipe.

    • Erin replies to Angie
      August 26, 2016 @ 5:05 pm

      I’m happy you liked them! Thanks for your comment. :)

  • AD says
    May 13, 2016 @ 12:12 am

    I have been very successful using finely ground raw (no shells) sunflower seeds instead of almond flour in several baking recipes. The measurements are 1 to 1 so there is no need to rework a recipe (an added bonus). Just grind up the sunflower seeds in a blender or pulse in a food processor until the consistency is similar to almond flour.

    *** do not be alarmed if the baked item has greenish coloured flecks in it the next day ***

    This is a common occurrence when using sunflower seeds and does not affect the taste in any way.

    I hope this comment helps you out or anyone else that is new to paleo.

    • Erin replies to AD
      May 15, 2016 @ 8:03 pm

      Thanks so much for your helpful comment! Does it have a strong taste? Would you taste it in a recipe like this with so much spice? Thanks again for your help!

      • AD replies to Erin
        May 17, 2016 @ 1:47 am

        No, it does not have a strong taste even in recipes that I have tried that do not have a lot of spices in it.

        Is it as flavourful as using almond flour ??? I do not know … as this is not an option that I can try.

        • Erin replies to AD
          May 18, 2016 @ 9:07 am

          Interesting! I’ve never tried it because I assumed it’d have a strong taste. Thanks again for your comments!

  • jennie says
    March 24, 2016 @ 9:28 pm

    how many calories

    • Erin replies to jennie
      March 26, 2016 @ 7:41 pm

      You can copy and paste the recipe here for that info.

  • Jayne says
    February 11, 2016 @ 5:33 am

    I’ve never used coconut sugar and hate to make a special trip to the store just for that. Would it work to substitute regular white or brown sugar and, if so, should I use the same amount?

    • Erin replies to Jayne
      February 11, 2016 @ 9:05 am

      You can use the same amount of white sugar! I hope you’ll enjoy them. :)

  • Sarah says
    December 24, 2015 @ 11:50 pm

    Can I use a substitution of more coconut flour or tapioca starch? I am allergic to almonds and gluten, so nothing else is really an option. :(

    • Erin replies to Sarah
      December 25, 2015 @ 12:29 am

      I’m afraid not. It’d require reworking the whole recipe as almond flour isn’t interchangeable with coconut flour. I’m sorry about that! Maybe you could try adding some chai spice to these coconut flour shortbread? I haven’t tried that recipe and I’m sure the texture is totally different but I bet it’d make a nice Christmas cookie. :)

  • Isabella
    November 27, 2015 @ 2:46 am

    These cookies are delicious! Thanks for the recipe

    • Erin replies to Isabella
      November 28, 2015 @ 9:31 pm

      So happy you liked them! Thanks for your feedback. :)

  • Gina
    October 10, 2015 @ 12:21 am

    These have a very nice chai flavor. They weren’t as chewy as I had hoped though – maybe that’s because I omitted the maple syrup? (trying to cut down on the sugar) I put in a little stevia instead and they were plenty sweet.

    • Erin replies to Gina
      October 10, 2015 @ 7:13 pm

      I’m happy you liked the taste! There’s not much liquid in these cookies so I’m pretty sure removing 1/4 cup maple syrup was what caused your cookies to not be crunchy. I’d cut back on the coconut sugar and keep the maple syrup to keep the liquid amount the same.

  • Courtney says
    February 24, 2015 @ 7:09 am

    I saw this recipe yesterday when I was searching wheat and dairy free “tea” flavored cookies, I bought the ingredients today, and I must say they turned out exactly like your picture, and they don’t taste too bad, either! I have a strong desire to dip them in some form of icing though…or coconut butter…mmm or ginger frosting…thank you for the recipe, it was super simple! I’ll make them again when I can find almond flour on sale, $7 for 2C is kind of steep, haha

    • Erin replies to Courtney
      February 25, 2015 @ 10:04 pm

      Ginger frosting sounds like it’d be amazing! I’m so happy that the came out well for you. :) And $7 sounds insane! You could try almond meal if you don’t mind the specks of almond skin. Thanks a bunch for your feedback!

  • Jill says
    January 5, 2015 @ 8:37 pm

    I just made these and they are awesome! I did not let the dough chill in the fridge at all….is the purpose of that to let the spices marry? Mine were still delicious! And it just so happened that I was out of eggs so I subbed the 1tbl. Flax meal/3tbl. Water for my egg substitute.

    • Erin replies to Jill
      January 5, 2015 @ 9:33 pm

      I’m so happy that you liked them! The only reason I chilled the dough was that it was far too runny to roll into balls. If your dough was firm enough, no need to chill it. It’s great to know that flax eggs work here! Thanks a bunch for your feedback. :)

  • Sandi says
    December 23, 2014 @ 4:11 pm

    I just finished making the dough, it’s chilling in the refrigerator now. I, of course had to sneak a little taste of the dough. OMGee! They taste amazing! I can’t wait to try one once they’re cooked. I think my daughter will really love them, she absolutely loves Chai! Thank you for the wonderful recipe. I think I’m going to have to make another batch just so I have some to give away with my Christmas cookies, as I have a feeling my daughter and I are going to be munching this batch!

    • Erin replies to Sandi
      December 23, 2014 @ 9:03 pm

      I hope you liked the cookies baked, too! I’m normally into the dough more than the baked cookies but I’m the opposite way with these. I hope that your daughter will enjoy them, too! Thanks so much for the feedback and happy holidays. :)

      • Sandi
        replies to Erin
        December 23, 2014 @ 10:19 pm

        Finally got a chance to bake them. Wow, they are fantastic! These just might become mine and my daughter’s new favorite cookie! They have a wonderful Chai flavor! Definitely going to be needing to make another batch. Happy holidays to you also!

        • Erin replies to Sandi
          December 24, 2014 @ 7:52 pm

          So happy to hear that they baked up well and that your daughter enjoyed them, too! Thanks so much for coming back to let me know how they came out. :)

  • foodwanderings says
    December 16, 2014 @ 5:39 am

    I made chai cookies recently and yours look million times better than mine.

    • Erin replies to foodwanderings
      December 16, 2014 @ 8:56 pm

      Thanks! I’m sorry yours didn’t come out, though.

  • Sue
    December 14, 2014 @ 8:44 pm

    These are just fabulous, Erin! I accidentally left out the sugar, so the only sweeteners were the maple syrup and the sugar the cookies were rolled in. The cookies still turned out great, so maybe that would be an option for those who like things a little less sweet. Thanks so much for sharing the recipe with us…it’s a keeper!

    • Erin replies to Sue
      December 15, 2014 @ 8:46 pm

      Less sugar is always better so I love the accidental change you made. :) Thanks for letting me know it works without the extra sugar! And I’m happy to hear that the recipe is a keeper. :) Thank you so much for your feedback!

  • Andrea
    December 12, 2014 @ 12:13 am

    Omg these are amazing!!!
    I made them last night and my hubby and I ate them all within 3 hours. Honestly one of the best paleo cookies I’ve ever had. Obsessed!

    • Erin replies to Andrea
      December 12, 2014 @ 11:07 pm

      Hahaha. I love that the two of you ate them within 3 hours. That’s dedication right there. ;) Thanks a bunch for the feedback! So happy that you liked them. :)

  • Rashel
    December 3, 2014 @ 1:32 am

    these are ah-mazing!! Thanks for the recipe! A smidge too sweet for me so I will cut down on the sweeteners on my next batch, but i will definitely be making these again.

    • Erin replies to Rashel
      December 3, 2014 @ 11:30 am

      I’m so happy that you liked them! Less sweetener sounds good. I do have quite the sweet tooth. ;) Thanks so much for the feedback!

  • Lori says
    December 1, 2014 @ 4:55 pm

    Would Quinoa flour work instead of Almond flour?

    • Erin replies to Lori
      December 1, 2014 @ 9:01 pm

      I haven’t tried it so I really don’t know, but I’m guessing no. Almond flour is usually interchangeable with other nut flours so if you don’t like almonds, another nut meal / flour would probably be your best option. :)

  • Lorie says
    November 16, 2014 @ 5:04 am

    Do you know if these freeze well?

    • Erin replies to Lorie
      November 17, 2014 @ 12:10 pm

      I haven’t tried it but I know the dough would freeze well.

  • Amy says
    November 15, 2014 @ 5:54 pm

    Tried these and they are delicious ! My kids don’t like the almond flour. Could you use all purpose flour instead of the almond ? If so, would you leave out the coconut flour?

    • Erin replies to Amy
      November 15, 2014 @ 6:32 pm

      I’m so happy that you liked the cookies! I hate to say it, but subbing any kind of grain based flour for nut and coconut flour doesn’t work so well. Is it the taste or the texture that your kids don’t like? If it’s the taste, maybe they’d like a different type of nut meal or flour? Any kind should work here! But if it’s the texture, I recommend making these chai spiced cookies. :) Thanks so much for your feedback!

  • sabrina
    November 6, 2014 @ 2:41 am

    I’ve made these twice already and they are AWESOME!!!
    We affectionately call them Chai donuts-they remind us of Tim Horton’s Timbits. Without all the yicky stuff. YUMMO! Thanks for an awesome recipe.

    • Erin replies to sabrina
      November 6, 2014 @ 9:31 pm

      Haha. I love that you call them donuts. :D I’m so happy that you’ve been enjoying them! And awesome that you’ve already made them twice. Thanks a ton for the feedback! :)

  • Maria says
    November 5, 2014 @ 8:41 pm

    I made these for a Halloween party and they were such a hit!! They were just as described: chewy, flavorful and just enough sweet. Even the people who had no dairy, gluten, grain allergies really enjoyed them. Thanks!!

    • Erin replies to Maria
      November 5, 2014 @ 8:45 pm

      Yay! I’m so happy to hear that! And how awesome that even the people without gluten sensitivities enjoyed them. :) I also don’t have any food sensitivities but I really like grain-free goodies like these. Thanks a ton for your feedback!

  • adrienne @ whole new mom says
    November 4, 2014 @ 7:22 pm

    I wonder if these would work w/ an egg replacer – wow Erin – they look amazing!

    • Erin replies to adrienne @ whole new mom
      November 5, 2014 @ 8:47 pm

      Thanks! I’ve never actually tried baking with an egg replacer. I hope it works out if you try it! :)

  • Anna (Hidden Ponies) says
    October 29, 2014 @ 5:04 am

    Chai spices are one of my favourite fall things, and I love how thick these are!

  • kellie @ The Suburban Soapbox says
    October 25, 2014 @ 2:05 pm

    These look so soft and beautiful…..I will be making these for sure!

  • Kim Beaulieu says
    October 25, 2014 @ 2:53 am

    These would make my hubby goes bonkers crazy. He’s a nut for cookies like this. So pretty too, love how inviting they look.

    • Erin replies to Kim Beaulieu
      October 26, 2014 @ 5:06 pm

      Thank you, Kim! And haha. It seems like all the husbands would go crazy for these cookies going by the comments! ;)

  • Angie | Big Bear's Wife says
    October 24, 2014 @ 11:35 pm

    I’m going to HAVE to make these for my husband! He loves Chai Spiced lattes and these would go perfect with those!

  • Lauren @ Healthy Delicious says
    October 24, 2014 @ 9:10 pm

    Adding chai spices to snickerdoodles?! That just might be the best idea I’ve seen all week!

  • Melissa from says
    October 24, 2014 @ 4:21 pm

    Can’t believe I’ve never made anything Chai. I think this will be it!

  • Jessica @ A Kitchen Addiction says
    October 24, 2014 @ 3:08 pm

    Love the chai flavor in cookies! Wish I had a couple to go with the chai I’m drinking right now!

  • christine says
    October 24, 2014 @ 2:27 pm

    Ooooh, I love the spice in these cookies and they look so chewy.

    • Erin replies to christine
      October 24, 2014 @ 8:02 pm

      Yes! So soft and chewy and spicy. :)

  • Medeja says
    October 24, 2014 @ 11:49 am

    These cookies look very tempting! Yummy!

    • Erin replies to Medeja
      October 24, 2014 @ 8:02 pm

      Thank you, Medeja! :)

  • Nora (A Clean Bake)
    October 24, 2014 @ 3:40 am

    I love these!! They sound absolutely amazing with the chai spice flavor and look so precious (is that a strange way to describe a cookie? Oh well, I stand by it) with their bulbous little shapes. I’m sure they are a pleasure to eat. Putting these on my to-make list immediately!

    • Erin replies to Nora (A Clean Bake)
      October 24, 2014 @ 8:16 pm

      Aww, I’m happy you think they’re precious! That made me happy to read. :) I hope you’ll enjoy them and thanks for the recipe!

  • Amanda @ The Kitcheneer says
    October 23, 2014 @ 11:21 pm

    I love that these are made with almond flour and I love chai spice…make me think of Christmas for some reason. These look great!

    • Erin replies to Amanda @ The Kitcheneer
      October 24, 2014 @ 8:16 pm

      They’re definitely Christmas-y, aren’t they? I was so excited I wanted to post them immediately. :D

  • Bea says
    October 23, 2014 @ 9:49 pm

    These sounds fantastic plus they are dairy free!!! I would love to have a couple of those right now with a nice Chai Latte on this rainy Portland day. Lovely.

    • Erin replies to Bea
      October 24, 2014 @ 8:18 pm

      You live in Portland?! I’d love to move to either Portland or Seattle. It’s so cliche but I don’t care. :)

  • Stephanie @ Back For Seconds says
    October 23, 2014 @ 9:38 pm

    Oh wow. These sound absolutely delightful!

  • Emily says
    October 23, 2014 @ 9:29 pm

    Hi Erin – These look amazing. Any recommendations for subbing out the coconut flour, sugar and oil? I’m allergic to coconut! Do you think oat or gram flour would work?

    • Erin replies to Emily
      October 23, 2014 @ 9:46 pm

      Thanks, Emily! I think this may be a difficult recipe for you to make. You could use raw sugar, brown sugar or even granulated sugar for the coconut sugar, butter for the coconut oil, but coconut flour isn’t so easy. I’ve never found a good sub for it. :( It absorbs a lot more moisture than any other flour (including oat flour) but you could try it and add more oat flour than called for. I just don’t know how much. Sorry about that! Good luck if you try them. :)

      • Emily replies to Erin
        October 29, 2014 @ 8:52 pm

        Thank you for your speedy response! I’m gonna try with the oat flour just for giggles.

        • Erin replies to Emily
          October 31, 2014 @ 1:02 pm

          Haha. I hope it works out well. :) If you try it, let me know if you have to add extra oat flour! I’m curious, too. :)

  • Charlotte Moore
    October 23, 2014 @ 6:28 pm

    These look so good.

  • Sam @ PancakeWarriors says
    October 23, 2014 @ 4:10 pm

    love the chai spiced in here! This recipe looks pretty simple and those cookies remind me of being a kid and rolling the dough in the sugar mix! That’s the best part. Thanks for sharing the different methods you tried that you didn’t love. Takes some d the guessing out for me!!

    • Erin replies to Sam @ PancakeWarriors
      October 24, 2014 @ 8:22 pm

      It is indeed simple! And so happy you appreciate me writing about what didn’t work. :)

  • Amy @Very Culinary says
    October 23, 2014 @ 3:04 pm

    I’ve been baking a lot more with almond flour lately. And I absolutely adore chai spices, so I think these cookies are in my very near future. They look incredible!


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