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

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: gluten free, grain free, healthy dessert, paleo, pure maple syrup
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 12 medium-sized cookies
Calories: 189 kcal
Author: Julia

Paleo chocolate chip cookies made with almond flour and pure maple syrup




  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 Facts
Grain-free Chocolate Chip Cookies with Walnuts
Amount Per Serving (1 of 12)
Calories 189 Calories from Fat 144
% Daily Value*
Fat 16g25%
Carbohydrates 9g3%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 6g7%
Protein 5g10%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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  1. Izzy

    Gluten free baking can be so hard sometimes, but you really can make some delicious things with the gluten! You just have to be a little more creative! These do look like lovely little lumps, haha! I need a good cookie in my life and these look like they just might fill that void! Happy first day of summer 🙂

  2. Rachael Abel @ Love Yourself Green

    Yo, I would be in the kitchen making these right now if I didn’t just pig out on banana ice cream yesterday. Totes making these sooooon. Mmm.

    In regards to the brownies – you’ll have to try my Double Chocolate Grain Free Brownies. I’m not sure if maybe it’s just been so long since we’ve had a glutenified brownie (??), but we think the texture is spot on. The edges get crispy and everyyyything! Lemme know if you try! I’m legume free now, so I use sun butter instead of peanut butter, btw. Comes out the same. 😉

  3. Joanne

    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.

  4. Leah

    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.

    1. Julia Post author

      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!

      1. Leah

        Thanks for your help. Pardon my ignorance, would hazelnut flour be finely ground hazelnuts or is it more processed?

        1. Julia Post author

          Hi Leah,

          No problem at all! Hazelnut flour is simply ground up hazelnuts, and it has basically the same exact consistency as almond flour, so you can use it as a replacement in all recipes calling for almond flour 🙂 hope this helps!

  5. Rebekah

    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…

    1. Julia Post author

      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!

      1. Rebekah

        Hey Julia! Thank you for the paleo thumbs up! I melted and cooled the butter as per the recipe, had to add my dark chocolate Ghirardelli morsels, pecans, and used honey instead of syrup. it came out SOOOOOOOO DELICIOUS (breakfast indeed ^_^). It was hard to just stick to one cookie! Your recipes are amazing! Thank you so much for your hard work! I can’t to try another recipe!

        1. Julia Post author

          Woop woop!! I’m so happy to hear it worked out! And thanks so much for your kind compliments – I’m psyched you want to try other recipes! Let me know if you have any questions along the way 😀


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