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Paleo Chocolate Chip Cookies~Grain-Free and Healthy

Updated on October 25, 2013
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Kim is a board-certified holistic health coach, healthy living and cleanse consultant, and studied under Drs. Andrew Weil and Walter Willet.

Cookies without the guilt. yes, it's possible.
Cookies without the guilt. yes, it's possible. | Source

Paleo Chocolate Chip Cookies Recipe

Paleo chocolate chip cookies are a special treat for those on a Paleolithic "Caveman diet." I will share with you two easy and healthy 100% grain free recipes for Paleo dessert.

I was excited to hear that my fiancé tried to eat more Paleo influenced meals. I also chuckled when I learned that the main reason he wanted to eat Paleo was because of bacon.

Of course, he almost started to change his mind when he learned that chocolate chip cookies are not on the list of approved Paleo foods. Most chocolate chip cookies are considered processed foods, and obviously that is not what cavemen used to eat. That is, until I made him a batch of these Paleo Chocolate Chip Cookies.

So what's so special about these cookies? And why are they called "Paleo" anyway?

They’re grain-free, flour-free, naturally sweetened, and free of preservatives and artificial flavoring.

They also happen to be incredibly easy to make and absolutely delicious, which is exactly the kind of cookie that you can whip together really fast.

Recipe #1: Paleo Chocolate Chip Cookies (Almond Flour)

This recipe that I am about to share with you requires the use of almond flour. You can use almond flour or almond meal.

Almond flour is basically blanched almond that is ground until it is fine. Almond meal is not blanched, with the skin still intact. It is then ground very fine.

If you use almond meal, your paleo chocolate chip cookies will look a bit more attractive, with little specks of brown. Almond meal is also a cheaper alternative.

You can also add some chopped nuts of your choice for extra crunch!

Preparing the dough for Paleo Chocolate Chip Cookies
Preparing the dough for Paleo Chocolate Chip Cookies | Source
Paleo Chocolate Chip Cookies
Paleo Chocolate Chip Cookies | Source

Ingredients for Paleo Chocolate Chip Cookies

  • 2 cups almond flour (or almond meal)
  • 2-3 tablespoons coconut oil, melted
  • 3 tablespoons pure maple syrup
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 large organic egg
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup dark chocolate chips

Instructions for Paleo Chocolate Chip Cookies

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. In a bowl, whisk together the almond flour/meal, sea salt, and baking soda.
  3. Add the melted coconut oil, egg, maple syrup and vanilla extract and mix well.
  4. Fold in the chocolate chips, then drop batter by rounded tablespoons onto a baking sheet lined parchment paper.
  5. Bake at 350 degrees F for 12-15 minutes. I recommend taking them out right when you see a hint of golden brown.
  6. Allow to cool on the pan for 10 minutes. Enjoy!

Ingredients for Paleo Chocolate Chip Cookies Cookies

  • 1 cup coconut flour
  • 1/2 cup coconut oil
  • 3 tbs of raw honey
  • 4 eggs
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/8 tsp sea salt
  • 3/4 cups chocolate chips

Paleo Chocolate Chip Cookies
Paleo Chocolate Chip Cookies | Source

Instructions for Paleo Chocolate Chip Cookies

  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.
  2. Melt the honey and coconut oil together in the microwave for about 20 seconds.
  3. In a large bowl mix together the coconut oil, raw honey, eggs, vanilla extract and sea salt.
  4. Stir in the coconut flour and chocolate chips. Note that the batter will be clumpy at first. just use a spoon or fork to mix it really well. This is normal when baking with coconut flour.
  5. Line and baking sheet with parchment paper and roll out little balls of cookie dough. Use your hand to flatten out the cookie slightly. Paleo cookie dough will not spread like normal cookie dough. That means the shape will hold throughout the baking process.
  6. Place on the baking sheet and bake for 12-15 or until golden brown.


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      Kim Lam 4 years ago from California

      You're awesome! Thank you for sharing! Glad your family liked them. :-)

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      Yvonne Spence 4 years ago from UK

      Just made these Kim and all the family loved them! Sharing on FB and pinning.

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      Kim Lam 5 years ago from California

      Thanks KDeus, that is a great brand of chocolate chips!

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      Keely Deuschle 5 years ago from Florida

      I will have to try these! I like using Enjoy Life chocolate chips because they're dairy/egg/gluten free (and they're yummy, too!) Thanks for sharing this recipe!

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      Kim Lam 5 years ago from California

      Maddieriley- I actually have a couple of recipes that include the use of coconut flour and almond flour. That could possibly be my next hub! Stay tuned!

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      Maddie Riley 5 years ago from Santiago, Chile

      I'm Paleo and allergic to eggs.. Don't suppose you have a chocolate chip cookie recipe for that?? Ahh dream big.

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      Marcy Goodfleisch 5 years ago from Planet Earth

      Wow - these look so good! I am convinced I need to cut down on wheat in my diet (or cut it out, at least as an experiment). These look very rich, and everything in them is nutritious.

      Major votes up, and up again!

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      Martin Kloess 5 years ago from San Francisco

      I'm there! Thank you for this

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      Nettlemere 5 years ago from Burnley, Lancashire, UK

      I must admit I started reading thinking there is no way you're going to have found a way of doing this which tastes good, but I was quickly converted. Genius idea!

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      Michael J Rapp 5 years ago from United States

      These look great. I like the idea of the almond flour. Gonna have to try it!

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      mecheshier 5 years ago

      Fabulous recipe! I am definitely giving it a try. Health fanatic here, but love my chocolate. Thanks so much for sharing. Voted up for awesome and useful.

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      Kim Lam 5 years ago from California

      Thanks litsabad, billy, carol, hope you enjoy the cookies. Carol- almond flour and coconut flour are usually sold at health food stores such as WholeFoods.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      My favorite food group...chocolate chip cookies. These look fantastic and I will be trying this recipe.

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      carol stanley 5 years ago from Arizona

      I never heard of these particular flour..I guess you would need to go to a specialty store. Great for gluten free diets. and for all of us..

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      litsabd 5 years ago

      Wow! They look very tasty. I'll try them for my kids first thing on my day off work! Thanks :)