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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
    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. πŸ˜‰

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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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    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 πŸ˜€

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

    mmmm lovin all the fll treats, right up my alley! πŸ™‚

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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 ). πŸ™‚

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      Davida Kugelmass
      October 20, 2014 at 4:07 pm

      we should probably do some baking together…just sayin’ πŸ˜‰

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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 πŸ™‚

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    [email protected]
    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.

    • Reply
      Davida Kugelmass
      October 20, 2014 at 4:08 pm

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

  • Reply
    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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    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!

  • Reply
    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!

  • Reply
    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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    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.

  • 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.

    • Reply
      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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