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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
    Alexis @ Hummusapien
    April 15, 2014 at 11:48 am

    OMG….I die of the cuteness. You and C are my fave. I’m legit making these today…you know I’ll send you pics.

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    Consuelo @ Honey & Figs
    April 15, 2014 at 11:33 am

    HAHAHAHAHAHAHA you’re too funny girlie! That sounds like me and my mum tbh, especially the part where she can’t eat the cookies because I have to shoot them or the part where she has to clean the almond flour (it is usually sticky honey instead) all over the counter hahahahaha.
    Love the looks of these cookies!

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    April 15, 2014 at 10:46 am

    Awww! I like your story! Although I’m sure it’s not too bad! C is a lucky man! 🙂

    Those cookies look so divine. I want one now! Also, I love those cute straws!

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    April 15, 2014 at 10:12 am

    Bahaha I laughed so hard at this, NO SHAME! I am very similar..esp when it comes to photos. I feel so weird when people are around to watch, not because I’m embarrassed or ashamed, but I just don’t like an audience! I also often bake things and have to tell those around me ONLY ONE I NEED these for photos tomorrow, because obviously they cannot be photographed in unnatural ugly light!! DURR. These look SO good. Your boo bear sounds like an angel.

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    April 15, 2014 at 9:46 am

    I like that you trained him to clean up after you! What’s your secret?!

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    Juli @1000lovelythings
    April 15, 2014 at 9:28 am

    Poor guy! I might have cried if I wasn’t allowed to stuff my face with those cookies after witnessing their existence 😉 Love your behind the scenes report! In one or another way I reckon it’s the pretty much the same everywhere 😀

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    Dixya @ Food, Pleasure, and Health
    April 15, 2014 at 9:24 am

    hahhah sounds somewhat similar when my boyfriend is around..he gets excited when he can eat warm food 😛

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    Amanda @ .running with spoons.
    April 15, 2014 at 9:07 am

    Duuuuuude. It’s kind of getting freaky how we keep posting the same kind of recipes on the same days… Last week it was the avocado smoothies, and this week it’s chocolate chip cookies. Get out of my brain… and give me a cookie 😛

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    Meghan @fitnesscrEATures
    April 15, 2014 at 9:01 am

    HAHAH Your man is a total sweetheart! But I’d likely put up with all that and more to eat your concoctions so I can see why he does it! Plus he has you, and well, isn’t that the real treat? HAHA. 🙂

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    Amy @ Long Drive Journey
    April 15, 2014 at 8:56 am

    Haha you make yourself sound like a real peach. Once you make it big, the first item on your agenda should be hiring a cleaning lady. I feel bad for Curt just thinking about it! At least you make him cookies!

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    Sarah @ Feeeding the Brain and Body
    April 15, 2014 at 8:54 am

    I’ve got no one to put up with my kitchen shenanigans but yours sound entertaining. These cookies look great!

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    Kim @ Hungry Healthy Girl
    April 15, 2014 at 8:43 am

    Haha…. Thanks for the chuckle! Sounds like my household! Pinning these for sure!

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