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The Best Paleo Chocolate Chip Cookies


When Tony and I used go to out the movies I always found myself always bringing my own snacks. That’s probably not much of a surprise though. Every once in a while we will splurge on the movie popcorn, but usually, I have a purse packed with my favorite coconut oil and sea salt popcorn, plus a few of these paleo chocolate chip cookies.

Guys, they are RIDICULOUSLY GOOD. Think addicting, thick, chewy, and full of melted dark chocolate puddles. They’ve been an AK reader favorite for 8 years now and YOU NEED THEM.

I had baked these bad boys a few weeks ago, for probably the 150th time. They’re truly one of my favorite better-for-you cookies that still taste just as amazing as the real deal.

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paleo chocolate chip cookies on a wire rack next to two glasses of milk

What makes these paleo chocolate chip cookies healthier?

Even though I don’t follow a particular diet (and AK is full of recipes for all diet types), I love making paleo treats like these paleo chocolate chip cookies because they:

  • Actually fill you up! Because the almond & coconut flours have a natural source of fiber and healthy fats, they keep you full and satisfied.
  • Don’t need as much sugar as your typical dessert. A win for avoiding that sugar crash.
  • Tend to be lower in carbs in case you’re watching your carb intake.

paleo chocolate chip cookie dough in a bowl with a wooden spoon

Ingredients in paleo chocolate chip cookies

Traditionally I’m not a huge fan of using several different gluten-free flours in one recipe. I want the ingredients to be both accessible and have many different uses. So far, almond flour and coconut flour have become my go-to’s when it comes to paleo baking. Here’s what you’ll need to make these paleo chocolate chunk cookies:

  • Egg: you’ll just need one egg in this cookie recipe. I think a flax egg will work well, too, they’ll just be a bit more fragile, but you can bake them for a few minutes longer to help them set up.
  • Vanilla extract: for that subtle sweet flavor.
  • Coconut oil: we’re using a bit of coconut oil to give these cookies the perfect amount of moisture. You can also use olive oil, melted butter or melted ghee.
  • Coconut sugar: these paleo cookies are naturally sweetened with coconut sugar! You can also use brown sugar if you’d like.
  • Flour: the almond flour & coconut flour help keep these cookies paleo, gluten & grain free.
  • Baking soda: to help these cookies bake up properly.
  • Dark chocolate: I like to use a 3 oz 70-80% dark chocolate bar to create delicious puddles of chocolate, but feel free to use chocolate chips (even dairy free!)
  • Coarse sea salt: I love to sprinkle a little coarse sea salt on the cookies for that amazing sweet & salty flavor.

chewy paleo chocolate chip cookies on a wire rack

Customize these paleo chocolate chip cookies

  • Make them vegan. Try using a flax egg to make these cookies vegan! Just be sure to use dairy free chocolate chips or chocolate chunks as well and handle them carefully as they’ll be a bit more fragile. I typically let them cool completely on the baking sheet before removing them.
  • Swap your oil. Feel free to use olive oil, butter or ghee in place of the coconut oil.
  • Pick your fav add-ins. I love chopping up a dark chocolate bar to create puddles of chocolate in every bite, but you can get creative with any chocolate you’d like or even add nuts, or dried fruit.

Can I use all-purpose flour?

Unfortunately, no, I can’t recommend swapping the flour in this recipe as the texture will not turn out the same.

stack of paleo chocolate chunk cookies

How to make paleo chocolate chip cookies

  1. Mix the wet ingredients. In a large bowl, mix together your beaten egg, melted and cooled coconut oil, coconut sugar and vanilla extract. (Please make sure your coconut oil is cool!)

  2. Add the dry ingredients. Add in your two flours and baking soda, mixing well to combine and form a dough. Fold in dark chocolate chunks. You may need to use your hands to moisten the dough so that it sticks together well.
  3. Scoop & bake. Use a cookie scoop or large tablespoon to drop dough onto an ungreased baking sheet. Gently flatten the dough with your hand. Bake for 11-13 minutes, or until the edges are slightly golden brown.
  4. Garnish, cool & serve. Sprinkle with coarse sea salt and allow to cool on a cookie sheet for 10 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to finish cooling. Then enjoy!

paleo chocolate chip cookie on parchment paper

Storing and freezing tips

Get my full tutorial for freezing baked cookies and cookie dough here! To store and freeze these already-baked cookies:

  • To store: feel free to keep these paleo chocolate chip cookies in an airtight container at room temperature for 1-2 days, then transfer to the fridge or freezer.
  • To freeze: make sure the cookies are completely cooled, and then transfer them to an airtight container lined with wax or parchment paper or a freezer-safe bag before storing them in the freezer for up to 2 months. I like to place them in a single layer to avoid any cookies breaking. Once ready to eat, simply thaw out at room temperature and enjoy!

paleo chocolate chunk cookies on parchment paper

More paleo desserts you’ll love

If you find yourself looking for more recipes like these cookies, feel free to check out all of my paleo desserts and grain free desserts!

If you make these paleo chocolate chip cookies, be sure to leave a comment below and rate the recipe! You can also snap and picture and post it on Instagram using the hashtag #ambitiouskitchen.

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The Best Paleo Chocolate Chunk Cookies

paleo chocolate chunk cookies on a wire rack

Prep Time 5 minutes

Cook Time 12 minutes

Total Time 17 minutes

Serves12 cookies

The best paleo chocolate chip cookies made with almond and coconut flour in just 15 minutes. These chewy paleo chocolate chip cookies are gluten free, grain free & dairy free for a cookie dream come true!

Ingredients

  • 1 egg, at room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ¼ cup (56g) coconut oil, melted and cooled
  • ½ cup (77g) coconut sugar
  • 1 cup (112g) almond flour
  • ¼ cup (28g) coconut flour
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • 3 oz (85g) 80% dark chocolate, coarsely chopped*
  • Coarse sea salt, for sprinkling

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper.

  • In a large bowl, whisk together the egg, melted and cooled coconut oil, coconut sugar and vanilla extract. (Please make sure your coconut oil is melted and cooled!) 

  • Next stir in the almond flour, coconut flour and baking soda, mixing well to combine and form a dough. Fold in dark chocolate chunks. You may need to use your hands to moisten the dough so that it sticks together well.

  • Use a cookie scoop or large tablespoon to drop dough onto ungreased baking sheet. Gently flatten the dough with your hand. The flatter you make the cookies, the flatter they’ll bake. Bake for 11-13 minutes, or until edges are slightly golden brown. 

  • Sprinkle with coarse sea salt and allow to cool on cookie sheet for 10 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to finishing cooling. Makes 12 cookies.

Recipe Notes

Olive oil, butter or ghee will also work well in lieu of the coconut oil.
To make vegan: a flax egg should work well in this recipe. Be sure to also use dairy free chocolate.
See the full post for storing and freezing instructions!

Nutrition

Serving: 1cookieCalories: 179calCarbohydrates: 13.7gProtein: 3.3gFat: 13.9gFiber: 2.6gSugar: 7.7g

Recipe by: Monique Volz // Ambitious Kitchen | Photography by: Eat Love Eats

This post was originally published on February 1st, 2016, republished on October 27th, 2020, and republished on March 7th, 2024.



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