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Chocolate Chip Cookies Recipe (Grain and Gluten Free)

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Every once in awhile, there is a food that we really miss from our pre-real food lifestyle. Like the kids’ desire for waffles. Or my love of Chinese food.

I’m not willing to throw healthy eating out the window just for the sake of a craving though, so I usually come up with a healthy alternative that we can enjoy. Chocolate chip cookies are the only dessert my husband likes, so I occasionally make these for him on birthdays or special occasions.

Almond Flour Chocolate Chip Cookies

This easy recipe can be made in under 30 minutes and tastes very similar to traditional chocolate chip cookies, but without all the grains, refined sugars, and fake fats. They’re slightly crisp on the outside and soft and chewy on the inside.

For the flour, I use blanched almond flour. The blanching lowers the phytic acid content, but I still wouldn’t recommend these if you are working on healing your teeth.

Other than that, everything about this recipe is pretty straightforward. It can be easily doubled and the dough freezes well. I suggest rolling it into balls and freezing them individually on a parchment-lined baking sheet before putting them in a container in the freezer.

More Healthy(ish) Dessert Ideas

Alright, no matter how healthy the ingredients are, a dessert should still be treated as an occasional treat. That being said, these are some of our favorite desserts that I don’t feel at all bad about serving once in a while:

Here’s the full list my healthy dessert recipes for your baking/making pleasure!

almond flour chocolate chip cookies

Chocolate Chip Cookies Recipe

Classic chocolate chip cookies made with almond flour. Slightly crisp on the outside, soft and chewy on the inside.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Calories 149kcal
Author Katie Wells


24 cookies



  • Preheat the oven to 350°F.
  • In a medium size bowl, mix together the almond flour, baking soda, sugar, and salt.
  • Add the softened butter or coconut oil (or a mix of both) and stir well by hand until mixed. It should form a thick dough that is hard to stir.
  • Add the egg and vanilla and mix well. This should make the dough easier to mix. If needed, add a teaspoon or two of milk or water to thin. Finished dough should be easy to form.
  • Add the chocolate chips and stir by hand until incorporated.
  • Form the dough into tablespoon size balls and place on a cookie sheet.
  • Bake for 10 minutes or until tops are starting to brown. The centers will be somewhat soft, but they will firm up a bit as they cool.
  • Let cool at least 5 minutes and serve.
  • Enjoy!


Nutrition Facts
Chocolate Chip Cookies Recipe
Amount Per Serving (1 cookies)
Calories 149 Calories from Fat 99
% Daily Value*
Fat 11g17%
Saturated Fat 4g25%
Cholesterol 18mg6%
Sodium 73mg3%
Potassium 3mg0%
Carbohydrates 11g4%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 9g10%
Protein 3g6%
Vitamin A 150IU3%
Vitamin C 1mg1%
Calcium 33mg3%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.


Tip: You can make a double batch and freeze the dough for later use. Either freeze in a tub or roll into balls and freeze in a single-layer on a parchment paper lined baking sheet. Once frozen store cookie dough balls in a bag or bucket in freezer until ready to use. 

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These chocolate chip cookies are grain free, gluten free and sugar optional. Easy to make and a great sub for regular chocolate chip cookies.

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About Katie Wells

Katie Wells, CTNC, MCHC, Founder of Wellness Mama and Co-founder of Wellnesse, has a background in research, journalism, and nutrition. As a mom of six, she turned to research and took health into her own hands to find answers to her health problems. WellnessMama.com is the culmination of her thousands of hours of research and all posts are medically reviewed and verified by the Wellness Mama research team. Katie is also the author of the bestselling books The Wellness Mama Cookbook and The Wellness Mama 5-Step Lifestyle Detox.


140 responses to “Chocolate Chip Cookies Recipe (Grain and Gluten Free)”

  1. Lauren Avatar

    5 stars
    These were delicious! I used butter and 1/4 cup brown rice syrup in place of the sugar. They turned out amazing! These will be one of my go-to’s for now on.

  2. Liz Janicich Avatar
    Liz Janicich

    Just put these in the oven and made one oops, two changes, I added two teaspoons of cacao powder and some chopped walnuts. The dough tasted awesome! Can’t wait to eat a warm cookie!

  3. Elizabeth Avatar

    5 stars
    These were so yummy! Softest cookies I’ve ever had. The hubby and our 3 year old and I gobbled them up. Used King Arthur almond flour, Nutiva coconut sugar, half Kerrygold butter and half organic coconut oil, a pastured egg.from chickens down the road, organic vanilla, sea salt, Enjoy Life mini chocolate chips….I think these are the healthiest chocolate chip cookies I’ve ever made!!

  4. Laura Avatar

    Thanks so much for this simple recipe! It was my first time trying grain-free cookies – me and my hubby both really enjoyed them. 🙂

  5. VICKY Avatar

    Anyone try substituting anything for the egg and if so what was it and how did they turn out? I can’t do egg or applesauce. Thanks.

    1. Kasia Avatar

      I can’t use eggs either. I use 1 tablespoon ground chia seeds mixed with 3 tablespoons of water. Mix it well to gel up.

      In this recipe I also omit the sugar all together. I found that using 1 cup of Enjoy Life mini chocolate chips add plenty of sweetness, no sugar needed.

  6. Jackie Avatar

    3 stars
    Hi I just made these, didn’t have coconut oil, used butter, but I really cant stand the smell butter in baking, plus I used organic coconut pam sugar, its brown and they looked nothing like the picture , baked for 20 min, but turned out crispy, not at all soft inside, maybe I had to take them out earlier. The chocolate chips gave the flavor I think!

  7. Alex Nielsen Avatar
    Alex Nielsen

    I’m sure you’re so happy to see another comment about substitutions 😉 , but do you have any experience subbing almond flour with hazelnut? I can’t have almonds and keep searching for an alternative that will work and that tastes better and is more flexible than coconut. Thanks!

    1. Ann Avatar

      I have substituted hazelnut in recipes with success……

  8. Kina Avatar

    5 stars
    Just curious. Why are you not able to eat eggs now? Is it something personal or is there a new danger in eggs. I order eggs from Tropical Traditions. By the way I made the cookies and they are delicious. Thanks

  9. Stasis Avatar

    I used greek yogurt in place of butter – still absolutely delicious! Wonderful almond flour recipe!

  10. Sarah Avatar

    Hi, I just found this recipe and I’m going to try it tomorrow. I’ve never seen a recipe call for a tablespoon of vanilla. Is that correct or possibly a mistake?

    Thank you

  11. Laura Avatar

    5 stars
    These are delicious! Best almond flour cookie I have ever made. Thanks Katie.

  12. Becki Avatar

    My coworker just gave me two of these cookies to try. I’ve been gluten free for about three years now. I almost started crying, they are so good!!! The taste and texture is just like “normal” cookies! She did forget the vanilla and subbed milk chocolate, but I was in heaven! THANK YOU!!!!!!

  13. Helen Avatar

    Sorry if these are a couple of stupid questions, but …
    1. Should you press down on the dough balls to flatten them a little – because mine (while extremely tasty) didn’t really spread and turn out looking like a proper cookie shape (more like little hills!) – BTW I used coconut sugar instead of sugar, and also sprayed the tray with olive oil (would this have made a difference?).
    2. You have used baking soda in the recipe which requires an acidic ingredient to activate it – what is the acidic ingredient in this recipe?
    Many thanks 🙂

  14. John Z Avatar

    5 stars
    These come out super soft and don’t hold together well, but they are delicious.

  15. Andrea Avatar

    They’ve been in the oven 25 minutes and are quite brown, but are still very doughy and not holding together. Taste good though.

  16. Lisa Avatar

    5 stars
    These are yummy. The consistency is good. For sugar I added 1/4 organic coconut sugar. I suppose next time I could even decrease the amount of sugar. I loved them!

  17. Mary Avatar

    just wanted to say i was able to make these vegan/egg free by using 1/4 cup squash puree (could use applesauce probably too) and 2 tbsp corn starch (could prob use any starch). they turned out wonderful! I used spectrum palm shortening for the butter.

  18. Jill Avatar

    5 stars
    Excellent Recipe! I made it last night and my kids devoured them. No one seemed to notice that they were not the “traditional” chocolate chip cookies. This recipe is definitely a keeper!

  19. Abby Hageman Avatar
    Abby Hageman

    5 stars
    I made these and they were a hit! Thank you for the recipe. I used 2/3 cup finely ground Erythritol instead of sugar and they came out great. I would imagine that 1/2 cup of Truvia would also work great. Those are the only sugar substitutes I like to use. I used cool butter and creamed it in a mixer, but I bet coconut oil would give it a yummy flavor, too. Maybe next time I’ll do half of each. I liked the idea someone else mentioned of using a little almond butter, too. I’ll have to try that, as well. 🙂

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