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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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    Kelsey @ Ramblings of Change
    April 22, 2014 at 8:45 am

    Oh my, I need to have these in my life… they look amazing!

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    Robyn @thereallife_rd
    April 21, 2014 at 9:40 pm

    these look amazing!! pinning now

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    Heather @ Run Like a G!
    April 17, 2014 at 9:33 am

    These look super yummy! I always love your stories that you add to the recipes!! This one made me laugh 🙂

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    Heather @ Kiss My Broccoli
    April 16, 2014 at 6:09 am

    Hahaha! Omg, I love this! The significant others of food bloggers definitely put up with their fair share…proof that NOTHING comes without a price! Muahaha!

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    Nicole @ Foodie Loves Fitness
    April 16, 2014 at 12:08 am

    Funny, I just made chocolate chip cookies last night!

    The part about you photographing the food right before the meal is so true for us bloggers… my hubby now sits down to the table and automatically asks, “Can I eat this? Did you take pictures yet?” Ha!

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    Alex @ Kenzie Life
    April 15, 2014 at 10:34 pm

    Haha I got a kick out of the bath salts joke. I’m simultaneously amused and horrified by bath salts zombies but a well-placed joke like basically makes you my favorite person. C is a lucky, lucky man to have you, for realz (with a z). 🙂 Come to my house and make some cookies and I’ll quote FSM all night! Chocolate chip cookies sound amazing to me right now, mostly because finals are coming up and carbs are the best thing ever around this time…and just comfort food in general. Have a great day! Or night, since it’s late now 😉

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    April 15, 2014 at 9:00 pm

    Mmmmm been forever since I had cookies. These look great! Def pinning for later 🙂

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    Alison @ Daily Moves and Grooves
    April 15, 2014 at 7:45 pm

    If I didn’t get to eat more than one of these cookies fresh out of the oven, I would probably cry. That’s just cruel.
    I love these day-in-the-life type posts! Especially when I get to hear about the little things like annoyances over miso paste and bouncing out of bed at 10AM!! (<— omg I haven't slept that late in God knows how long). 🙂

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    Beckhy @ Olives n Wine
    April 15, 2014 at 7:32 pm

    Yep, I’m making these ASAP. Love the healthy ingredients and your story about being a food blogger. Oddly enough, I don’t mind it when Kyle watches me. Normally I’m super paranoid about those things but since he knows nothing about food photography (and either do I, obviously…), I don’t have any pride to kill, LOL.

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    Chelsea @ Chelsea's Healthy Kitchen
    April 15, 2014 at 7:31 pm

    Haha this is hilarious! My parents have to put up with a lot from me too… I’m constantly leaving my photography area set up on our dining room table, and it drives my mom nuts! And JZ always has to put up with the 5 minute wait while I take photos of our meals at restaurants. Overall I think they can’t complain though… I mean hello we make them food. 😛

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    April 15, 2014 at 6:35 pm

    Oh wow, you really are dramatic. 😉
    I’d put up with it for these cookies.

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    April 15, 2014 at 6:15 pm

    The cookies look amazing but what I really liked was your story about Sunday – so fun to have a peek into the life of a food blogger!

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