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The Best Grain-Free Chocolate Chip Cookies

April 15, 2014

The Best Ever Grain-Free Chocolate Chip Cookies made with almond meal and coconut flour. You won’t miss the grains in this paleo and healthy dessert recipe.

It’s hard dating a food blogger. People think C gets it so easy because he’s surrounded by delicious food pretty consistently, but we both know the truth. Yes, he is well fed and I take full-respsonsibility for this, but people don’t know what really goes down behind the scenes.

The Best Ever Grain-Free Chocolate Chip Cookies made with almond meal and coconut flour. You won't miss the grains in this paleo and healthy dessert recipe.Now I’m not about to throw myself under the bus and C is far too considerate to do this either, but I will let you in on a bit of what goes down in the Maven household. Let’s rewind to this past Sunday.

10:00 AM-I bounce out of bed declaring I will be attempting round 3 of my cinnamon roll adventure. After a night out of drinking (happy bday Sam!) C was not entirely pleased by my peppiness.

10:05 AM-owwwww my head hurts. Proceed to complain about it for the next minute while insisting I will never drink again (by again I mean not until tomorrow). C nods in agreement.

10:20 AM-the entire kitchen looks like it was hit by a flour hurricane. C looks on in horror knowing he will be the one cleaning it (I don’t clean).

12:00 PM- Kick C out of the house so I can photograph in peace…I have to shoot alone (don’t ask). C surprisingly agrees.

The Best Grain-Free Chocolate Chip Cookies 2Fast forward to later that day…

5:30 PM- Declare I am in a bad mood because of a bit of a fiasco over miso paste in the grocery store. C googles miso paste.

7:30 PM- Dinner is ready! But not before I spend 5 mins photographing my meal. C looks like he might eat my face off, bath salts stylez.

7:35 PM- Remind C that I splurged on fresh salmon for the 5th time in 5 mins and that he better like it. C tells me it’s delicious for the 5th time.

9:00 PM- Announce that I want to bake cookies. C is super excited.

9:01 PM- Discover I have no more flour so flourless it is! Spill almond meal all over the counter and scream “NOOOOOOO”. C has a look of terror on his face.

9:30 PM- Cookies come out of the oven and they are unreal! Inform C he can only eat one now since I’ve now decided I am going to post them and have to save them for a photo-shoot tomorrow…C looks like he might cry.

It ain’t easy dating me! Luckily I found myself a gem who puts up with my dramatic, crazy self.

Come home C! I have a full batch of THE BEST grain-free chocolate chip cookies waiting for ya 🙂


The Best Grain-Free Chocolate Chip Cookies

  • Author: Davida Lederle
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 12 minutes
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 20 cookies 1x
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Bake
  • Diet: Gluten Free


  • 2 1/2 cups almond meal
  • 2 tbsp coconut flour
  • 2 tbsp ground flaxseed
  • 1/2 cup coconut palm sugar (or brown sugar)
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp + 1/4 tsp baking soda (divided)
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil, softened
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce-warmed (2030 seconds in microwave or on stove top)
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips


  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
  2. Combine almond meal, coconut flour, flaxseed, coconut palm sugar, salt and 1/2 tsp of baking soda.
  3. In a separate bowl combine warmed applesauce with a 1/4 tsp of baking soda. Make sure it fizzles. If it doesn’t, start over with fresh applesauce and warm up for longer.
  4. Combine applesauce mixture with coconut oil, egg, and vanilla.
  5. Add to dry ingredients and stir until combined.
  6. Add in chocolate chips.
  7. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone mat.
  8. Roll cookies into balls and then flatten slightly on tray.
  9. Bake for 12 minutes (or longer for crispier) then remove and let sit on tray for 5 more mins.
  10. Remove from tray and let cool completely on a wire rack.
  11. Store in an airtight container for up to 1 week.

Keywords: grain-free chocolate chip cookies

The Best Ever Grain-Free Chocolate Chip Cookies made with almond meal and coconut flour. You won't miss the grains in this paleo and healthy dessert recipe.Who puts up with your kitchen shenanigans? Anyone else equally as dramatic as me?


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  • Reply
    April 15, 2014 at 8:40 am

    Oh my goodness, this is the story of my life. lol. Isaac knows to ask before he eats anything I make because usually I want to save most of it for a photo shoot. Another issue = working from home and baking/cooking all the time. I feel like I’m always eating — gotta test the recipes, right?

    Oh, the woes of being a food blogger. 🙂

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    kaitlin @4loveofcarrots
    April 15, 2014 at 8:29 am

    haha oh how that exchange sounds all too familiar!

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    Kim @ BusyBod
    April 15, 2014 at 8:26 am

    I love this behind the scenes play-by-play! It’s good to know I’m not the only drama queen in blogland, although my drama has nothing to do with food blogging and everything to do with over-reacting being my default reaction. I seriously don’t know why John married me sometimes but he is stuck now!

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    Parita @ myinnershakti
    April 15, 2014 at 8:21 am

    Chocolate chip cookies are my weakness. So with that being said, I need to make these ASAP!

    And Vishnu definitely puts up with my kitchen outbursts! Now he just knows that when it comes to the kitchen, what I say goes!

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    April 15, 2014 at 7:52 am

    Ha ha! I used to be crazy and dramatic (well, I still an inside)…but I keep it contained because my partner tends to be more dramatic than me (honestly, never thought I’d see the day). So my sanity is pretty much forced =P

    These look amaaazing!

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    April 15, 2014 at 7:52 am

    Hm…..maybe Sandro broke up with me cause I am:
    a dramatic food pic obesser/kitchen messy/whiny bee when I have a kitchen fail/whiny bee when the pics don’t turn out the way I want them to be/Photograph 10 minutes before we could eat…???!!!
    Kidding. He broke up with me cause he always had to run to expensive whole foods stores and pick up stuff he never heard of.
    KIDDING! (but hey, we need to keep up with the jokes in life, right?? :-))
    I love these – and I have a serious issue with keeping up with your genius recipes – my pinboard is Davidayed!!

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    Sam @ Better With Sprinkles
    April 15, 2014 at 7:43 am

    You are so cute! I wish Eric cleaned…well, he does, but I’m a lot pickier than he is about cleanliness so half the time I end up cleaning some more once he’s done. Oops.

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    April 15, 2014 at 7:20 am

    These sound fantastic!! I’d love to know the nutritional value for these. Any idea how many calories per serving???

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    April 15, 2014 at 7:02 am

    Ha! YES. This is totally my life also. If I can spill something, I do (it’s inevitable) and the.boy very often has to wait many hours to eat cookies because I need good lighting. These look so worth the wait, though!

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    erin @ The Almond Eater
    April 15, 2014 at 7:01 am

    Hhahaha C must be a real guy to put up with you. Kidding. Not kidding. Yeah I’m usually home alone when doing kitchen experimentations–oddly enough–but when Miguel is home I always make him be the taste tester. Always. If he doesn’t like it then it’s not on the blog. Oh and the other week when I kept messing up those chickpea cookies.. now THAT was kitchen frustration.

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    Kelly @ Kelly Runs for Food
    April 15, 2014 at 6:20 am

    I have a pretty healthy dramatic streak myself. I’ll occasionally throw in a different accent too just to keep Riley on his toes. In the kitchen, though, I’ll cook one really good meal a week and that’s about it. The rest of the time I’ll flap my hands helplessly until Riley takes over and I can go drink wine.

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    Arman @ thebigmansworld
    April 15, 2014 at 5:23 am

    Legit making this because I tried something quite similar with the breakfast cookie dough…but now have an excuse to bake them. AND i still have the damn coconut sugar. But q….1/2 tsp or 1/2 cup. oh snap.

    Also. Thank you. No food processor necessary. Poor C.

    • Reply
      Davida @ The Healthy Maven
      April 15, 2014 at 2:03 pm


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