Paleo Chocolate Chip Cookies (no flour, dairy or refined sugar)

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

If I had a dollar for every low carb, flourless, cookie recipe that I have attempted over the past four or so months I would probably have about $13. That's a lot of cookie recipes that have SUCKED. I promise I will never post recipes on here that suck.

If I have my mind set on something I will not stop until I feel like I have accomplished it. This motto also applies to cookie making. I was about to just give up and move on until I came across this recipe. I decided to give it one last shot. SO glad I did.

What you will need:
  • 1 cup of coconut flour (you can find this at almost any health food store)
  • 1/2 cup of coconut oil
  • 3 tbs of raw honey
  • 4 eggs
  • 1/2 tsp of vanilla extract
  • 1/8 tsp of sea salt
  • 1/2 cup of shredded unsweetened coconut
  • 3/4 cups of gluten free chocolate chips (if you can not find gluten free you can use regular)
Directions:
  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Melt the honey and coconut oil together in the microwave for about 15 seconds.
  3. In a large bowl mix together the coconut oil, raw honey, eggs, vanilla extract and sea salt.
  4. Stir in the coconut flour, shredded coconut and chocolate chips.
  5. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and roll out little tbs size balls of cookie dough. Place on the baking sheet and gently press down so they look pretty once baked :)
  6. Bake for 12-15 or until golden brown.
These did not suck. They were amazing. They were soft, chewy and moist. You would never know that they are flourless, have no butter, dairy or refined sugar. If you are following the Paleo diet these are %100 Paleo friendly.

106 comments:

Susan said...

Wow! I think I'll have to try these! I don't do Paleo but I'd definitely love to give these a shot!

Maria@healthydiaries said...
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Erica House said...

I just drooled on my keyboard.

Maria@healthydiaries said...

I have made so many flour-less cookies that have sucked too! Can't wait to try these!

nyota0uhura said...

How many calories and carbs do you estimate these have per cookie? Is it possible to know? Also, can you substitute the coconut oil for honey if you can't get it?
Thank you so much by the way for all these recipes (not just the paleo ones!), they have helped me so much in eating healthier. Still a long way to go, but it's progress!

colleen said...

so cool! I make a version with no eggs and no butter - excited to give this one a whirl.

Allison said...

Looks good. Pinned and ready to try!

Justek said...

yummy!

Anna Elder said...

I am printing this off and making these this weekend! I'm so excited that these turned out tasty. I was hoping that would. Thanks for sharing. :)

Alexa said...

Thanks Lindsay...passing this along to my gluten free, sugar free and dairy free friend! :)

jessica {creative index} said...

i've been waiting for this to pop up in my reader!! can't wait to try these!! :)

Lindsay said...

Yay, so happy to have this recipe! I have got to give it a try, thanks friend!

jdb1984 said...

I can't wait to try these. :) I'm on a low-carb diet right now and these would be absolutely perfect!

Kris Weikel said...

I was wondering would there be a sub for the coconut?... I really don't like the taste with chocolate.

Krysta said...

Definitely trying this. Thank you!

Saguna said...

They sound amazing! Do they taste quite coconutty as well(which wouldn't be a bad thing, I love coconut oil in granola)? Did you make the coconut flour by grinding/toasting fresh, whole coconuts?

Stephanie said...

Wow, these look awesome! I wonder about how strong the coconut flavor is, though. I love chocolate and coconut together but my boyfriend doesn't. Not necessarily a bad thing though...I'd get the whole batch to myself!

Jeremy and Megan said...

I pinned these! Can't wait to try them!! :)

sam&charlie said...

i have been patiently waiting for you to post this recipe ever since you teased me with it on instagram! can't WAIT to try these babies out! yummm

Pink Ronnie said...

I am absolutely amazed Lindsay that you have the time to bake such yummy cookies!
Ronnie xo

Kessler said...

These look so great. I love good paleo recipes!

Tonia L said...

They sound fantastic! I can't believe that you've had the time to bake multiple batches of cookies!

22f0781a-d9ca-11e1-8012-000bcdcb2996 said...

My husband and I have been following the Paleo diet but sometimes miss this awesome comfort food. We will be trying these tonight! Thanks for the recipe!!

22f0781a-d9ca-11e1-8012-000bcdcb2996 said...

My husband and I have been following the Paleo diet but sometimes miss this awesome comfort food. We will be trying these tonight! Thanks for the recipe!!

lslclr said...

Help! My cookies got very dry, what do you think I did wrong?! Maybe not enough coconut oil?

KaylaPea said...

I would love to try these! I have cooked a lot with almond flour and cookies but not coconut! I follow the paleo lifestyle and am so excited by this! I just made a post about almond cookies!

http://bonjoureats.blogspot.com/

MarshGarsh said...

if you use almond flour instead of coconut, is it still paleo and as healthy??

sarahjanr said...

What kind of coconut flour do you use? I made these last night and they turned out dry, I'm wondering what the difference was! (I used coconut flour from nuts.com)

Travis and Julie said...

I bet they taste like coconut and not much like chocolate chip.

frills and spills said...

I made these today. So delicious!!! I used organic maple syrup instead of honey as I find honey can sometimes be overpowering. The kids are just home from school & they are a hit with them. I love that I can send them to school too (nut free policy at school).
Thanks for the great recipe!
Jasmine

caseyportman said...

Just started Paleo 4 days ago, can't wait to try these!

Rudy said...

These turned out dry and my husband said they are more like scones than cookies. Flavor is good, but with most of my experience baking with coconut flour it has a gritty texture. Texture and moisture need to be adjusted.

sarahmerion said...

These look great. How come they look so much better than civilized caveman's?

Anonymous said...

First batch already in the oven! Taste-wise, these are amazing!! I did
Find that the chocolate chips started separating from the "dough" in the bowl while I was forming cookie balls. Did you experience this or do you know of a way I might be able to "fix" this? B/c of this I started forming the balls w/ my hands which worked out fine when rolling & pressing between my palms, fingers further separate the chips. Either way, thanks for the recipe! I will definitely make these again ;0)

KG said...

Ditto Rudy. Kind of dry. Like a macaroon/scone. Definitely a fun treat, but I don't think I would call them chocolate chip cookies. I think Paleo Parents' chocolate chip cookies are the best I've tried.

Anonymous said...

This came out a little too dry! I did exactly as what the recipe stated, nothing moist about this cookie, it's flaky and dry...the flavor is great, just needs to be moist!

Anonymous said...

Made another batch w/ an addition 1/4c shredded coconut & a whole tsp of vanilla, added 1/2c peanut butter & they came out great!! I get what people are saying about being dry, but I haven't ever had anything "moist" that was made w/ coconut or even nut flours. It does have a different type of moisture, in my opinion. Either way, loving this recipe & can't wait to experiment using this as a base recipe!!

Unknown said...

Thank you for this!! I've been looking for a good cookie recipe that I can actually send to school in my kids' lunchboxes. Their school is nut-free and it seems all the good cookies use almond flour! We made these yesterday and the kids love it. Thank you, thank you, thank you!

Unknown said...

Thank you for this!! I've been looking for a good cookie recipe that I can actually send to school in my kids' lunchboxes. Their school is nut-free and it seems all the good cookies use almond flour! We made these yesterday and the kids love it. Thank you, thank you, thank you!

Keira-Lee said...

batch one in the oven. substituted the honey for 2Tbspn organic coconut sugar.
had to add some Smarties as I didnt find my big stash of dark choc bits until after Id put them in the oven. So not quite paleo but certainly lower GI and better than shop bought!!
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15 mins later....
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well awesome...I just dropped the bloody tray so a few are squished. A bit too crumbly in texture, but taste is..

hmmmmm apparently thet taste Ok, clearly baking is not my strong point though.
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YUM says the boy.
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AMANDA said...

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Anonymous said...

"If you are following the Paleo diet these are %100 Paleo friendly."

I'm not sure how that can be if you're using regular (or even gluten-free) chocolate chips.

I use 80% cacao chocolate pieces from WF sometimes as a close substitute, but realize that they aren't really paleo either.

Any chocolate chips are going to have some kind of processed sugar (evaporated cane juice at best) in my experience.

Candice Brooks said...

@Colleen, what do you use in place of eggs? Anyone have ideas besides flax seeds? Has anyone had luck with using bananas in place of eggs?

billiec2000 said...

thank you!! Saw this recipe and made them right away!! I am one happy girl!

MaggieS said...

wow, I just went to print out the recipe and got 5 pages of comments and no recipe! Can't find a Print button on the page. Any suggestions?

MaggieS said...

ok. just made these. They ARE dry as a batter. It was hard to roll them. I squeezed them so that the warmth of may hands would soften up the coconut oil. It's cool now and the oil got hard as soon as I put the cold eggs in! I made two batches and then I added coconut dream (Milk) until the better was much smoother and easy to roll and flatten. I am waiting from the to come out. I think they may hold together better. The first batches were very tasty but definitely fall apart in your hand, so it's a one bit cookie! Just pop it in your mouth and enjoy! I ate 6...as its the first sweet Ive had in 10 days. :-) I used carob chips...and they tasted yummy in this combination.

MaggieS said...

PS I used maple flavored agave syrup, as I couldn't get my raw honey out the skinny jar it was in and I was in a hurry. Agave is low glycemic..though its a controversal sweetener.

MaggieS said...

Okay, with added moisture (Coconut Dream drink) the cookies came out moist. I needed to cook them longer, almost 5 minutes. They still taste great but next time I might add a little more sweetener.
They were MUCH easier to roll into a ball and flatten and they look more like a cookie than a macaroon.

Sassy Mom in the City said...

The flavor is yummy but the texture is more like a moist scone. I baked the first batch per the instructions but the next batch I am adding baking soda, chilling the batter in the fridge first and will flatten with a fork before baking. Overall loved this recipe and the cocnut was extremely mild.

Michaela {au naturel design} said...

These cookies look and sound delicious. I'm always looking for new gluten free/paleo dishes. I'll have to try these and some of your other recipes. Thanks for sharing!

VivaManza said...

I think I love you.

Unknown said...

A little dry and not as sweet as I would like, but overall a good recipe. I think next time I'll increase the honey 1-2 more TBSP and either reduce the coconut or add some almond milk to increase the moisture.

Stacy Malone said...

No baking soda??

Anonymous said...

These turned out not good at all.

Jess said...

These taste like a coconut macaroon and I love me some macaroons!! Thanks for the recipe! :)

Julius said...

One of the best I have ever come through. A classic. :-)

Anonymous said...

For all those who've never baked with coconut flour before: it doesn't taste like coconut at all!! It's very mild, full of fiber, and great for baking. Since it's loaded with so much fiber, I like to add a little more liquid than the recipe calls for and let the dough sit for at least 15 minutes for the fiber to saturate. This makes a moister/smoother cookie. Good luck!

fuzztester said...

I made these tonight and I found them to be very dry. Maybe I did something wrong?

Bree said...

I've made these twice now and both times they've turned out great! With not eating anything baked for almost 6 weeks, these are such a treat to have.

Bethany Milam said...

I made these, but they came out VERY liquidy (real word, I promise) instead of a dough consistency. Any suggestions?

Aimee Winter said...

can you substitute the honey for stevia?

Tiffany said...

Just made a small batch. I let the dough stand for 10 minutes as advised by another commenter. Still just a bit dry, but not "scone-like" as some of the others have described it. I think I'll keep this recipe and perhaps tweak it a bit.

Hilda Fulop said...

try adding cocoa butter and banana, in replace of eggs..

Anonymous said...

I just made these. Added abt a 1/2 tsp of cinnamon, abt a tsp of vanilla since I like the flavors so much. Also added some pecans and took the advice to add coconut milk to have the consistency be less dry. These turned out GREAT!!!!! I cooked them about 18-20 minutes until the bottoms were slightly brown. I also let them sit for about 10 minutes.

So yummy!!!! I am going to make another batch using almond flour from another recipe and compare the two.

Anonymous said...

I followed the exact recipe and my cookies were good in flavor, but really dry. So dry, in fact, I almost chocked on the first bite.

I found a similar recipe elsewhere that called for 1/2 cup more coconut oil and some coconut milk, and those were much better.

Anonymous said...

my husband just made these and the dough was more of a batter--it was very runny....he was unable to form them into cookies. we have no idea what went wrong with the recipe. very disappointed. i have no idea how ours came out watery and almost everyone else had the opposite problem.

Julie said...

I added and extra half cup of coconut oil bc they were so dry they wouldnt even roll into balls... I thought for sure bc the dough was much more the consistency I was looking for that with the added coconut oil they would turn out... they didnt really. :( They are dry. I have yet to find a coconut flour cookie recipe that turns out *just right*... not sure why. I wonder if there would be a way to do these with some almond flour & possibly end up with a less try/grainy texture.

Jeremy and Katrina Peake said...

Thanks from New Zealand, mine turned out perfect, moist and morish! =) intestine having problems with the coconut flour, but that's probably a good thing, or they'd be all gone already!

Liz Bridges said...

Mine turned out perfect! Loved them! Thanks for this recipe!

stacy said...

Mine came out good baked for 10 minutes. I really think they would have been super dry/ burned at 12 min.....but that could be my oven. I liked these, and so did my 4 yr old! Its not a super sweet cookie (duh) but does the trick with all of the chocolate chips. Especially dunked in a hot cup of coffee ;)

Kim said...

After reading the replies I added a tad more honey (5 TBSP), an extra tsp of vanilla, and decreased the coconut flour to 2/3 a cup. I baked them for 10 minutes and they are perfect! They are moist and tender and delicious.

NaturallyB said...

I made these tonight!!! They were ahhhhmmmmazzing!!!!

Anonymous said...

made a 4x batch with 1/2 almond and 1/2 coconut flour with more honey to moisten and sweeten them up. Texture was moist,i used a melon scoop and cooked for 5-10 minutes for moist inside. I watched before they began to burn edges. Yum

Anonymous said...

Maybe coconut flour is an acquired taste (this is my 1st time baking w/ coconut flour), but I thought the taste was a bit pasty. I wonder if using half almond flour and a little more honey might help? I'll post again if I try this.

ChristianZ said...

Is coconut essential? I am allergic to it.

Anonymous said...

hmph. Followed the directions perfectly and mine came out swimming in a pool of coconut oil. Needless to say, I will not be trying these again.

Also....how are these dairy-free when the recipe calls for 4 eggs?

Anonymous said...

anonymous poster 3/22, eggs are dairy free. since when do chickens drink milk?

Anonymous said...

wo. these were awesome! They were a little dry but still really good!!!

Anonymous said...

Mine were also super runny - and had a strange texture (eggy, bordering on rubbery). However ... my son looked at the recipe and got a gleam in his eye. He took about 3/4th cup of the batter, added 1/4 tsp of baking powder ... and put it in the waffle maker. These are awesome as waffles, but obviously, I did something wrong somewhere...

Seneca said...

I made the original cookie dough as the recipe calls for and it was so soggy! I must have done something wrong, LOL! I added more coconut flour but still soggy. Since I don't follow Paleo but am wheat-free, I added gluten-free oatmeal until things thickened up. They look dry on the outside but they really aren't... they're incredibly moist and very tasty. I'll keep trying it! Thanks!

SugarFoot Designs said...

I altered the recipe a bit. Subbed 1 banana for an egg, since I only had 3 eggs. Also added 1/4 cup organic applesauce. And a couple tablespoons almond flour, plus 4 tablespoons almond milk. They came out great! Had to cook about 3 -4minutes longer.

Katie said...

These turned out quite dry for me, even after the addition of milk. Next time I will try half almond flour, half coconut. And perhaps add some apple sauce.

It may be better to let the eggs sit at room temperature for a while as well, as my coconut oil almost instantly hardened after combining the two.

Anonymous said...

So, mostly sugar free, right? I have yet to find chocolate chips without refined sugar.

-Steph

Anonymous said...

Thinking there was way too much coconut flour compared to wet ingredients. Super dry and crumbly. 1 Cup is a ton compared to any other coconut flour recipe I have made. Might try it with 1/2-3/4 Cup and see what the result is.

Meg Brothers said...

i just made these and after reading the comments i increased the honey just a little but otherwise followed the directions. they are moist and cakey and yummy. i warmed the eggs a tad and added a little egg to the oil and vanilla, then added the rest so that it wouldn't cause the oil to start to solidify. they are crumbly but can be formed into balls, then pressed down a little before baking. mine look just like the photos. and i am pleased that a paleo treat can taste great. i think some people expect that you can make paleo food that still tastes like processed foods - they do not (and will not without butter and sugar and flour) taste like a processed cookie. if that's what you're looking for, paleo isn't for you! thanks for a yummy paleo recipe!

Cammie said...

What is the sweetener in the chocolate chips? I haven't been able to find one that is refined sugar free ~ excited to learn of your resource :)

Jen Cyr said...

ok so I don't have coconut oil could I use walnut oil instead?

Jen Cyr said...

hey I don't have coconut oil right now could I just use walnut oil instead ?

Lindsay @ Delighted Momma said...

Jen- Walnut oil should work!

Lindsay @ Delighted Momma said...

Cammie- I use Enjoy Life Chocolate Chips and you can read all about the ingredients here: http://www.enjoylifefoods.com/chocolate-for-baking/mini-chips/

Tracey Seyfarth said...

Hmmmmm,, what about high altitude?

Hester Reid said...

I am not Paleo but needed a low carb treat for the family. I don't have/like shredded coconut but needed a binder so I eyeballed a 1/4cup almond flour. It was HORRIBLE! The second batch I still added the almond flour but I also added 1/2tsp baking powder, 2-3Tbsp of butter (more coconut oil would probably do the trick) and sprinkled a bit of stevia. DELICIOUS! They were more moist, a tad sweeter and the dry, gritty consistency changed to a softer, smoother feel. Thanks for posting the recipe!

Anonymous said...

So after trying your recent coconut flour lemon zucchini muffins and them not turning out right, I searched your site and found these. I made them 2 days ago and they are wonderful. I would call them more of a coconut chocolate chip macaroon though. The only changes I made were using Himalayan pink salt instead of sea salt (no big deal there) and I used raw cacao nibs in place of the chocolate chips. I also only used 1/3 c of the cacao nibs because recipes for me ALWAYS have way too much chocolate chips. These were excellent and the only complaint I had from my husband was that they were dry. I didn't think they were, but next time I may add some ghee to the recipe in addition to the coconut oil.
Susan

Unknown said...

These cookies were wonderful. Thank you so much.

Anonymous said...

Thank you! I'm new to paleo and really wanted a treat. I tried a paleo brownie recipe which sucked. This recipe didn't disappoint. My treat craving is satisfied :)

Anonymous said...

I only used about half of the coconut flour called for. They turned out delightfully moist!

Anita Roussel said...

Oh no...I had high hopes and tried them exactly by the recipe.The consistency of the dough looked exactly like yours. When they are cooked they are dry and almost gritty. :( I even tried freezing them, which was recommended on another blog, which did help a little. I have a feeling it's just what coconut flour does to cookies. I highly recommend this one if you are looking for a good alternative. It has almond meal (I grind almonds in my vitamix) and they are SUPER yummy! We don't miss our old wheat flour recipe at all. The only thing I changed is that I add about 1/2 tsp vanilla to the following recipe. And there are no eggs in this one: http://healthextremist.com/paleo-chocolate-chip-cookies-recipe/

Julie Badger said...

I made these today, delish. I put a chocolate drizzle over the top. because in my world there is NEVER enough chocolate thank you for sharing

Nicole said...

What can you use in substitute for the shredded coconut?

Nicole said...

I tried this last night and I think there is not enough liquid and binding ingredients because they came out to be somewhat dry.. I think next time I'll do 5 eggs instead of 4 and maybe add more honey or applesauce

Denise Dahl Curry said...

I followed recipe exactly except used 60% Cacao chips and made 21 cookies 140 cal each! Perfect!

Denise Dahl Curry said...

Cookies came out perfect following recipe also added ground chia, 21 cookies , figured calorie count at 140 each!

Anonymous said...

Hi What can I use instead of eggs ? I have auto immune Thanks

Anonymous said...

just found your blog and can't wait to try these cookies, thanks for sharing. the one thing i found odd in the recipe is the use of a microwave....

kellysensei said...

Can I use butter or ghee instead of coconut oil? Coconut oil gives me heartburn.

Anonymous said...

I liked these. I accidentally did things out of order--added flour first along with the rest, and then added coconut oil and honey last and immediately turned mixer on. They were very soft cookies. Very coconutty, but I enjoyed! Will make again, thank you.

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