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Paleo Chocolate Chip Cookies with Walnuts

Grain-free, dairy-free paleo chocolate chip cookies made with almond flour, coconut oil, and sweetened with pure maple syrup. These tasty love lumps are equal parts healthful and scrumptious.

Grain-Free Paleo Chocolate Chip Cookies made with almond flour, coconut oil, and pure maple syrup


I’ve been sitting on this recipe for far too long. You neeeeeds it like yesterday!

I’ve made these chocolate chip cookies time and again, and have been waiting for a magical occasion to post the recipe. With Father’s Day tomorrow, my mom’s birthday today (happy birthday, mother unit!!), the fact that chocolate chip cookies are timeless and really need no occasion, there is no better time than now. PLUS the summer equinox is upon us, so why not ring in the season of toasty weather and swimsuits with some goods fresh out of the easy bake oven?

AmIright? You go preheat that oven, son!


Much to my befuddlement, some of my friends are still convinced gluten-free cookies, cakes, pancakes, etc. couldn’t possibly be as good as those made with all-purpose flour. I mean, I get it. Brownies are basically my favorite thing in all the land, and it is nearly impossible to get the moist, chewy consistency + the perfect crispy top and edge without the use of gluten.

Certain textures are tough to mimic with nut meals and liquid sweeteners. Plus, looking back on some of my own first experiences with healthy gluten-free baked goods from coffee shops, I completely understand why GF had a bad reputation, especially to those who have no digestive or inflammatory issues with gluten, and therefore no occasion to eat said gluten-free lumps of caaaahdboard. But now that there are so many amazing gluten-free flours and recipes out there, the gluten-free = mleh stigma is dissipating.

  Grain-Free Paleo Chocolate Chip Cookies made with almond flour, coconut oil, and pure maple syrup

These paleo chocolate chip cookies are not only my favorite grain-free cookies, but I say they give regular cookies a run for their money as well. They have a nice crisp to the outside and a chew in the center that just ooooozes on your tongue spot. Made with almond flour, coconut oil, walnuts, and pure maple syrup, they’re full of protein and healthy fat, which IMO makes them nutritious enough for brrrrefast.

Note: Check out my Soft, Chewy, and Gooey Paleo Chocolate Chip Cookies for an updated version of this recipe.

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Grain-Free Paleo Chocolate Chip Cookies made with almond flour, coconut oil, and pure maple syrup

Grain-free Chocolate Chip Cookies with Walnuts

Yield: 12 Cookies
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes

Paleo chocolate chip cookies made with almond flour and pure maple syrup, studded with walnuts for incredible texture and flavor!


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Stir together the almond flour, baking powder, baking soda, sea salt, and cinnamon in a bowl (dry ingredients).
  3. Whisk together the egg, coconut oil, pure maple syrup, and vanilla extract in a separate bowl (wet ingredients).
  4. Pour the dry ingredients into the bowl with the wet ingredients and stir until combined. Fold in the chocolate chips and chopped walnuts.
  5. Scoop heaping spoonfuls of cookie dough onto a non-stick baking sheet. Note: The dough will be very sticky (this is normal), will not spread much and will maintain its shape while baking.
  6. Bake 8 to 15 minutes (mine took 12 on the dot), or until the edges of the cookies are golden brown.
  7. Remove from the oven and allow cookies to cool a couple of minutes before transferring them to a wire rack.
  8. FEAST!
Nutrition Information
Yield 12 Serving Size 1 of 12
Amount Per Serving Calories 189Total Fat 16gUnsaturated Fat 0gCarbohydrates 9gFiber 2gSugar 6gProtein 5g

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Sunday 27th of September 2015

Hello! These look divine. I made the morning glory Paleo muffins with wondrous success. I want to give these a shot since I have left-over almond flour. I am allergic to coconut, is there something else I can use instead that is Paleo? Or if not, can i use butter? >_> I know, defeats the purpose...


Monday 28th of September 2015

Hi Rebekah, you can definitely use softened butter in place of the coconut oil. I haven't tested the recipe with butter, but I'm confident it would turn out great! Also, grass-fed butter is considered paleo, so you'd be in the clear ;) Hope you enjoy!


Saturday 26th of September 2015

How mmany cookies does this recipe make?


Saturday 26th of September 2015

Hi Shalini, The recipe makes 12 medium-sized cookies - I went ahead and made that note in the recipe :) Hope you enjoy! xo


Tuesday 21st of July 2015

Hi. I cannot use almonds in any form. What flour would I be able to substitute and still have success with these cookies? Thanks for your help. Leah


Tuesday 21st of July 2015

Hi Leah, can you eat hazelnut flour? If so, hazelnut flour would be the best substitute for almond flour. Cashew flour may work too but I've never tested the recipe with it. Let me know if you try the cookies out!

Kayle (The Cooking Actress)

Monday 6th of July 2015

ooooh I love these cookies! The textures look fantastic and they are just addictive, I can tell!


Friday 3rd of July 2015

I think just how people spent the 2000s accepting that vegan baking wasn't bad, it's going to be the same for GF baking in the 2010s. And THANK GOODNESS because these cookies look awesome.

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