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Grain-Free Chocolate Cranberry Cookies

October 20, 2014

Get your Fall baking fix with these Grain-Free Chocolate Cranberry Cookies . Made with just 6 simple ingredients, these healthy chocolate cookies will hit the spot!

I don’t know about you, but come Fall all I want to do is stay in all weekend, drink tea and get crazy in the kitchen. My cupboard is stocked-full of pumpkin, I’ve got apples overflowing from the farmer’s market and I don’t need to bother turning the heat on because my oven warms up my tiny apartment for me.

As much as I love summer, I have zero desire to bake anything and seeing as baking is basically my favourite pass-time this is kind of soul-crushing.

But the temps have finally dropped and it’s socially acceptable for me to drop “pumpkin” into every conversation (I may or may not have already begun my gingerbread obsession…) and I’m kind of okay with it.

Because I have 6 more months of cold weather ahead of me it’s super important I be cautious about my treat consumption. It’s way too easy to go overboard on the sugar and carbs but it’s important to remember that we’re not bears and we don’t need to eat a small village in preparation for hibernation. Or maybe we are? Time to get my bear suit rady.

My creation involves 6 ingredients, 20 minutes and extreme will-power. I’m just gonna go out and say it, these are the best cookies I have ever made. They’re based off of Lee’s Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookies which I tried when I was in Minneapolis and then proceeded to gorge on for the rest of the week.

I even used my precious Best Ever Almond Butter from my Healthy Breakfast eCookbook, which I am kind of (extremely) obsessed with. With a bit of sweetness from the honey and dried cranberries it was basically love at first bite.

I’ve since made them twice and am showing no signs of slowing down. I’ve got 6 cold months ahead of me so you better bet I am getting my bake on…


Grain-Free Chocolate Cranberry Cookies

  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 12 cookies 1x


  • 3/4 cup smooth almond butter
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 3 tbsp coconut flour
  • 1/3 cup dried cranberries


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. In a large bowl combine almond buter, honey and egg.
  3. Add in cocoa powder and coconut flour. Mixture should thicken (if still too wet add in a bit more coconut flour, 1 tsp at a time).
  4. Add in dried cranberries.
  5. Take 1 tbsp of dough and roll into a ball. Place on a parchment or silicone-lined baking sheet and flatten with palm. Use a fork to slightly flatten more in one direction and repeat in the other.
  6. Repeat process until all dough has been used (will make about 12 cookies).
  7. Bake for 10 minutes.
  8. Remove from oven and let cool on tray for 10 minutes (do not touch as they will be too soft to eat!).
  9. Remove from tray and let cool completely on a wire rack.


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  • Reply
    Arman @ thebigmansworld
    October 20, 2014 at 6:21 am

    Dude, is it Chrismukkah? Two THM posts within 2 hours.

    These look epic and an epic round up as such. Can you keep some for me in T minus 3 weeks time? Thanks.

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      Davida Kugelmass
      October 20, 2014 at 4:10 pm

      You gave me a panic attack thinking that I posted two on one morning! First thing when I woke up too…NO ARMAN you were reading the post from yesterday!

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    Alexis @ Hummusapien
    October 20, 2014 at 7:24 am

    I can’t even handle all this fall goodness! You lurvely ladies have outdone yo fine selves.

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    October 20, 2014 at 7:31 am

    If I weren’t almost at work and if I didn’t have a crazy day of meetings and deadlines, I’d turn around, play hookey, and make these.

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      Davida Kugelmass
      October 20, 2014 at 4:09 pm

      I’m considering doing the same! It’s gross and rainy here so no photoshoots are gonna happen. All I wanna do is bake some cookies, make tea and snuggle up in front of my non-existent fireplace LOL!

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        October 20, 2014 at 5:54 pm

        Ha. If only rain could be my ticket out of working. But, it was nice today.

        I made (totally not clean) cookies and cream fudge yesterday and brought it to work. Jeremy requested it and it’s more than he could ever eat.

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    Kelly @ Kelly Runs for Food
    October 20, 2014 at 7:32 am

    Yum! I don’t bake in the spring/summer either. The second the temps drop, though, I’m all about some baked goods!

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    Amy @ Long Drive Journey
    October 20, 2014 at 7:47 am

    You know I’m not a baker, but I think I’ve found a roommate who is! She made pumpkin glazed donuts yesterday. So good. I’ll have to share these recipes with her in hopes that she’ll make one of them for me!

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    Michele @ paleorunningmomma
    October 20, 2014 at 8:14 am

    Oh my, this looks too good! A keeper for me and can’t wait to try!

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    October 20, 2014 at 8:30 am

    Can I be adopted too, by all of you? I am drooling over this Healthy Butterscotch Pumpkin Bark. OMG. And, oh well, say chocolate and I am there in no time. It’s a situation when I bake with chocolate. 1/3 goes to my mouth unbaked.

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      Davida Kugelmass
      October 20, 2014 at 4:08 pm

      you are officially my daughter…uh world, get ready!

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    Pip {Cherries & Chisme}
    October 20, 2014 at 8:47 am

    Oh. my. days. This is food porn at its finest. I’ve just been continuously scrolling up and down the screen…
    Do you use sweetened or unsweetened (rather tricky to find here…) dried cranberries?

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      Davida Kugelmass
      October 20, 2014 at 4:08 pm

      hehe you’re hilarious!!! I used unsweetened which I buy from the health food store but of course sweetened will work just fine 🙂

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    Gabby @ the veggie nook
    October 20, 2014 at 8:59 am

    I am COMPLETELY back in baking mode too. I can’t wait to check out all these recipes (and tuck into some baked goods with tea after ). 🙂

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      Davida Kugelmass
      October 20, 2014 at 4:07 pm

      we should probably do some baking together…just sayin’ 😉

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    cait @pieceofcait
    October 20, 2014 at 9:31 am

    mmmm lovin all the fll treats, right up my alley! 🙂

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    GiselleR @ Diary of an ExSloth
    October 20, 2014 at 10:42 am

    I think you’re being way too optimistic about how much cold weather we have left. I sweat it was cold until July this year!
    I totally feel you on baking more in the Fall though. I did bake during the summer but not nearly as much. These days my oven is on more than it’s off and I love it 😀

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    October 20, 2014 at 11:32 am

    I am definitely a seasonal baker. There’s something about cooler temps that just draws me into the kitchen, but in the summer I want to do absolutely nothing. I’m not super pumpkin crazy, but I love anything apple! Not that I’d ever say no to a good pumpkin beer. 😉

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      Davida Kugelmass
      October 20, 2014 at 4:12 pm

      hehe I agree on the apple too! Love me some pumpkin but apple will always have my heart! Hopefully more baked apple goodies coming soon. Hope you’re well, lovely!

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    Nikki @ Quest for Balance
    October 20, 2014 at 1:35 pm

    Baking is my favourite pass-time too! Especially in the winter. Now that the cold weather is creeping in I’m already saying no to plans and am holing myself up in my apartment. I can’t help it; all I want to do is create awesome food, watch movies, go on fall runs and read. All of these baked goods look ahmazing! Can’t wait to try them out.

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      Davida Kugelmass
      October 20, 2014 at 4:11 pm

      thoughts on doing all of the above together? Except reading cause that would be hilarious…but for real. Let’s hibernate together!

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    Parita @ myinnershakti
    October 20, 2014 at 2:05 pm

    These cookies look delicious! I bet their super satisfying too. 🙂 Definitely going to whip up my own batch soon!

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      Davida Kugelmass
      October 20, 2014 at 4:11 pm

      hope you enjoy, lovely! These are definitely some of the best cookies I have ever made!!

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    Gwen @simplyhealthyfamily
    October 20, 2014 at 6:33 pm

    What a wonderful roundup of goodies! I love that they are healthified ;}
    I absolutely don’t bake during the summer months so I’m very ready to get baking.

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    October 20, 2014 at 7:11 pm

    I just want someone to come back for me – I’ve tried to learn to enjoy it but still haven’t succeeded!!!

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    Amanda @ .running with spoons.
    October 20, 2014 at 7:51 pm

    Eat 12 of each, you say? I can get down with that and conveniently ignore what you said right after 😉 Chocolate in ALL the things!

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    October 20, 2014 at 7:57 pm

    I love making cookies from nut butter, they are amazing.
    These look awesome lady. Chocolate and cranberry is such a good mix!

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    October 20, 2014 at 8:43 pm

    I need all of these treats in my face…right now.

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    Alison @ Daily Moves and Grooves
    October 20, 2014 at 10:15 pm

    Oh HELLO. I’m not even the biggest fan of chocolate, but if you say these are the best cookies you’ve ever made, I’m all for ’em. I bake a lot in the summer actually, just because that’s the only opportunity I have since I’m not in school. Summer will also be the glorious time during which I have access to a kitchen!
    Pumpkin and apple everything. Maple, spice, and everything nice.

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    October 21, 2014 at 3:14 am

    I like these cookies! I’m making them once I get my huge jar of almond butter and take it with me back to Germany. Great tea time snack!
    My favourite fall flavour is apple cinnamon! Gingerbread is also a favourite but I’ll wait until December with that 🙂

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    Em @ Love A Latte
    October 21, 2014 at 3:54 am

    I LOVE fall for cooking and baking! I just feel inspired this time of year and the food just tastes so good! I’m all about cliche pumpkin and apple recipes. Is coconut flour required for your cookies? I’ve never used it before. I’ll have to get my hands on some. I wonder about a flax egg. All the recipes look fantastic!

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    Ksenija @ With An Open Mind
    October 21, 2014 at 4:49 am

    You girls make the greatest round-ups and they always get me exciting to get creative in the kitchen myself. Fall baking is one of my favorite kitchen activities anyway! Pumpkin, apple sauce, cinnamon – guess I overuse them year-round, but it’s a good excuse to indulge in my favorite flavors. Your chocolate cranberry cookies look like an amazing treat even though they don’t contain any of them.

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    October 21, 2014 at 6:04 am

    I am a seasonal cook for sure. I actually get the produce appropriate to the season through my CSA (ignore the strawberries I eat year round please) so I almost have no choice. That being said, I wouldn’t want it any other way. I actually had to semi force myself to make a fabulous summer time layered veggie dip for dinner last night. I had one last tomato and cucumber left to use up, and it was the perfect swan song and absolutely delicious, but I wanted a bowl of soup and a drop biscuit. Don’t worry, I’ve been eating plenty of those too. 🙂

    I will eat all the cookies please. 2, 12, doesn’t matter.

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    Chelsea @ Chelsea's Healthy Kitchen
    October 21, 2014 at 8:11 am

    I think I started preparing for hibernation by eating all the food at the Delicious Food Show. I went on sugar overload and I don’t want sugar for at least another few days (err, well, tomorrow, because I’m getting together with a friend to cook dinner and dessert). But these look delicious and I’m definitely adding them to my never-ending list of things I want to bake this fall/winter!

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    October 21, 2014 at 1:53 pm

    You’re bringing me a batch of these next month, right?? I love, love, love what you ladies put together! I had a brief affair with gluten this weekend which reminded me why I don’t eat wheat. I’ve completely fallen off the wagon. Can we go to Canyon Ranch and get back on track?

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    Kelly @ Nosh and Nourish
    October 22, 2014 at 12:32 pm

    I’m totally trying these. With only 2 Tbsp of coconut flour, maybe I can actually pull these off?!?!? #fingerscrossed #highaltitudeproblems

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    Nicole @ Foodie Loves Fitness
    October 28, 2014 at 4:29 pm

    So fun, ladies!! Butterscotch pumpkin bark sounds really interesting!

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    Thalia @ butter and brioche
    October 28, 2014 at 6:03 pm

    Never added cranberries to cookies before. These choc cranberry cookies look crazy delicious and I love how surprisingly healthy they are!

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