Grain Free Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookies

This is one of my favorite recipes…these cookies take about 15 minutes to make, they only have a few ingredients, and everyone always loves them. My coworkers and friends swear that I’m such a talented baker, and beg me to bring more. (Little do they know how easy these are to make. Once they read this recipe, my gig will be up.)

This recipe comes from a blog called Elana’s Pantry. Elana specializes in baking with almond flour, which was my best discovery for gluten-free baking. It makes baked goods moist, soft, rich and wonderful. I love her recipe books, “The Gluten-Free Almond Flour Cookbook” and “Gluten-Free Cupcakes: 50 Irresistible Recipes Made with Almond and Coconut Flour.”

Gluten Free Cupcakes

Gluten Free Baking with Almond Flour

I have experimented with a few variations to this recipe….there are some fun superfood ingredients you can add. My new favorite is Mesquite Powder. That may sound strange, since we think of mesquite and bbq, but the mesquite root is actually quite sweet. It has a flavor reminiscent of cinnamon and nutmeg, and is chock full of nutrients.

So check out these variations, and let me know if you have come up with any of your own experiments.

Gluten Free Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookies

  • 2 cups blanched almond flour*
  • ¼ teaspoon sea saltGrain Free Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookies
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ¼ cup coconut oil
  • 2 tablespoons honey*
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • ½ cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
    *Please see below for variations on these ingredients.
  1. Combine almond flour, salt and baking soda in a bowl or food processor.
  2. If using a food processor, pulse in shortening, honey and vanilla until dough forms. If you don’t have a food processor, simply use a whisk to combine ingredients until they form a dough.
  3. Stir if chocolate chips. (If using processor, remove blade and stir in chocolate by hand).
  4. Scoop dough one level tablespoon at a time onto a parchment lined baking sheet
  5. Press balls of dough down gently
  6. Bake at 350 for 6-8 minutes
  7. Cool for 15 minutes (do not handle prior or cookies will break)
  8. Serve

Makes 18 cookies


  • Replace 2 tbsp almond flour with 2 tbsp Mesquite Powder.
  • If trying to reduce sugar, replace 1 tbsp of honey with 1 tbsp Yacon Syrup.
  • If you don’t have Yacon Syrup, try replacing 1 TBSP of honey with 1 tbsp of coconut oil, then add 6-10 packets of xylitol or stevia.
  • If you need some carbohydrates for a pre-workout snack, replace 1/4 cup almond flour with 1/4 cup brown rice flour. Then add an additional 2 tsp of oil.

Although coconut oil is my favorite for baking, you can also use: Palm Shortening, Olive Oil, or any other oil you have.