Paleo Chocolate Chunk Cookies! Dairy Free, Gluten Free, Flour Free and Guilt Free!


There isn’t too many things better than the smell of chocolate chip cookies baking in the oven. It’s such a comforting smell. The aroma brings back the good ole days spent hanging around the kitchen sneaking cookie dough from the mixer when my mom wasn’t paying attention. Don’t act like you’ve never done it!

I have been craving chocolate chip cookies for the past couple of days. With my boyfriend eating the Paleo diet, I couldn’t have regular chocolate chip cookies in the house tempting him. So to be fair, I made Paleo ones! I tweaked (not to be confused with twerked) the recipe from CrossFit CU.


These are by far the best dairy free, gluten free, flour free, low sugar, paleo, and healthy cookies I have ever had. I won’t be making chocolate chip cookies any other way from now on unless it’s for a special event.

Sometimes eating 3 or 4 rich chocolate chips cookies can leave me feeling a tad guilty and groggy the rest of the day. I’m only human! Especially before bed! That’s when my biggest sweet tooth starts a war. I downed about three of these last night and two this morning! They are guiltless. There is no dairy, grains, or processed sugar to make you feel bloated and full.


I’m not sure why I brought out the coconut flour, but you don’t need it! I didn’t notice it until I was uploading these photos! Maybe it jumped out of the baking cabinet to photo bomb. If you haven’t noticed already, (which you probably have) I do the oddest things like: adding punctuation where it doesn’t belong, writing the wrong year, and making up my own words.

But you are here for the recipes right?


  • *2 & 2/3 Cups Almond Flour (Not Packed Down)
  • *1 Tsp Baking Soda,
  • *2 Tsp Pure Vanilla
  • *1/2 Cup Pure Maple Syrup.(If you are trying to watch your calories you can use a light syrup) 
  • *3 Packets Stevia -OPTIONAL (is Stevia Paleo? yes. no. maybe?)
  • *2 Large Eggs
  • *1 & 1/2 Cups Enjoy Life Chocolate Chunks or Chips.
  • *1/2 Cup Coconut Oil, Melted.

The original recipe calls for salt, but I omitted it. It’s also optional!


Let’s get to baking!

1. Mix the almond flour and baking soda together.
2. In a separate bowl, mix together eggs, vanilla, and syrup.
3. Mix together the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients bowl.


Now would be the perfect time to preheat that oven to 375 degrees!

4. Mix the chocolate chunks into the batter. You can get creative and add whatever ingredients you’d like. Some awesome paleo ingredients would be: unsweetened dried fruit, walnuts, pecans, coconut, cranberries, mint leaves, or cherries!

5. Melt the coconut oil and mix it into the batter. The original recipe said it was okay to add extra almond flour if your batter ends up being too runny but my batter stayed firm. I guess it all depends on the quality of your coconut oil.


6. Here is where I made a boo boo. But it was an easy boo boo to put a band-aid over. Grease the baking sheet! I know it seems like an unusual thing to do when making cookies. I figured the coconut oil would prevent the bottoms from sticking, but I was wrong. I just had to use a little more arm strength to scoop them up with the spatula.


7. Drop the cookies onto the sheet. (about 1 & 1/2 tablespoon) The dough is trickier to work with because it has no flour. Don’t be afraid to get those fingers sticky! Place them on the GREASED baking sheet and press down into a cookie form with your fingers.


8. Bake about 10-11 minutes. Let them cool for about two minutes.

9. Remove from the baking sheet and add to a cooling rack or a separate plate.

Don’t forget to take a bite while the chocolate is still gooey!


This recipe makes about 40-45 cookies (1 &1/2 tablespoon sized)

Nutrition: Per Cookie 90 Calories, 6 g Carbs, 7 g Fat, 2.3 g Protein, 1.2 g Fiber, 4 g Sugar.

The nutrition information will change if you decide to use light syrup.


I stored these on a plate in a zip lock bag. I am an odd ball and like my chocolate chip cookies frozen, so I keep them in the freezer. You could keep these out on the counter if you’d like. Keeping them in a tight closed container or bag will keep them fresh longer.


You better believe we will be devouring the rest of these while we watch the Hawkeyes play football today! You know…THEY say offering healthy foods at parties or tailgates means you are a caring person 🙂 I mean it’s what THEY say…;)

Have a wonderful weekend and enjoy those cookies!


  • Raegan

    Hi there! Like you mentioned, the coconut flour ended up on the counter unintentionally, but can you use coconut flour instead of almond flour? I have coconut flour on hand. I have used it before and found that it’s sort of grainy in texture, so would it change the texture of the cookies? Also, could oat flour be an option? I know this is a lot in one comment lol

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  • xla

    These tasted so goooooood!!!!!!

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  • Beth

    Hi, these look so good, and I am just like you when it comes to that late night sweet tooth! However, I have a pretty severe nut allergy, so I was wondering if there would be something I could use in place of the almond flour? Thanks for your recipes they are so stellar! As is your blog as a whole, you are such an inspiration:)

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  • karlee

    these were so good. my older brother had no idea they were healthy

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  • mae

    Cookies came out so good! Made with dark chocolate chip cookies, walnuts and coconut flakes. Yummmmmm

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  • Jeff

    I’m going to give these cookies a try and substitute coconut nectar for the syrup. Anyway, have you tried making these on parchment paper? I’m wondering if that would take care of sticking issue without greasing the cookie sheet….. or do you think they would stick to that as well?

    Thanks for sharing your great recipes.


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  • Sophia

    Hello! I am headed out with my babysitting kids on wednesday and would love to make these cookies for them! Since they have a SEVERE nut allergy, is there something I could replace with the almond flour?

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  • Aarti

    My cookies smell & taste amazing! I used honey & stevia 50:50.. I had to add a lil more almond flour too but could only make 24 cookies! They are 1 tbsp size batter too. Would you know why?

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  • Greta

    I am a 44 year old woman who follows you daily. These cookies came out delicious (my really picky 16 year old even loved them!!) I’ve made so many recipes of yours that have become top of our list..we’ve even significantly cut back on our meat intake. There’s not a day that goes by that I am not on one of your sites and my 13 year old daughter and I have spent quite some time on your site together, talking about some very difficult, but real, issues that young girls deal with. YOU are amazing and have a VERY bright future ahead!! Thank you Tara.

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    • Taralynn McNitt

      Wow, Great! That just made my entire day! I’m so happy these cookies turned out great for you and as well as the other recipes! Thank you so much for taking the time to comment! 🙂 Your daughter sounds like a pretty lucky girl to have a mom like you! xo


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  • Logan

    I am so excited to have found this recipe that doesn’t include bananas! Every healthy chocolate chip cookie recipe I look for calls for them and I hate the taste. I can’t wait to try these.
    xox Logan

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  • LR

    Is there a printer friendly options to print recipes?

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  • Andrea Jensen

    I have noticed that most of your recipes use either Truvia or Stevia. Is there a difference between them, could I use either for this recipe?

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  • Kisa Johnson

    I am going to have to figure out the calories using a light syrup or something. Maybe then I can eat more than one cookie at a time. XD

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  • Leann

    Loveeed this cookies. Made them yesterday. They are moist, chewy and yummy.

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  • Rose

    Is there another type of flour that can be used? My sister & a good friend might like these, but they have severe nut allergies.

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  • Olivia

    Can you just seriously send me samples of everything you make? LOVE you and everything you stand for!

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