Sunday, March 23, 2014

Grain & Egg-Free Chocolate Chip Cookies

Before any paleo purists call me out for posting a lot of treats lately, I have a disclaimer to provide. I have gotten a couple of requests from non-paleo parents who are looking to learn more about how to make healthier treats for their kids. These cookies, specifically, are a labor of love for one special little girl.

She's a Girl Scout who can't (thankfully!) eat any of her own cookies due to egg and dairy allergies. I tried to recreate last week's coconut scout cookies for her, but none of my egg replacements worked. I wanted to make her a special cookie that her mom could make and serve at parties or activities. These cookies are now getting quite the following locally, and made a special little 7-year old very happy :)

One note: if you can do butter, I would suggest using it here. I have made these with butter, coconut oil and organic Earth Balance buttery spread (yes, I know the latter is not paleo). Coconut oil tends to cause cookies to spread a bit more, and I didn't love the results. I will make these with butter, but did use the Earth Balance for the batch photographed that I was giving to my little friend with allergies.

Grain & Egg-Free Chocolate Chip Cookies

2 cups almond flour
1/2 cup packed palm sugar
1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/4 tsp. salt
3 tbs. ground flaxseed
1 cup Enjoy Life chocolate chunks or chips
3 tbs. butter
1 tbs. vanilla
4 tbs. non-dairy milk

Preheat oven to 350.

Combine almond flour, sugar, baking powder, salt and flaxseed. Cut butter into very small pieces and mix in until integrated. This is accomplished best with a stand mixer or electric mixer.

Add vanilla and non-dairy milk and mix again. The batter will be VERY crumbly, but that's how it is supposed to be!

Stir in chocolate chips or chunks.

Using your hands, shape the dough (as if you were using clay) into cookies and place on a greased or Silpat or parchment-lined baking sheet. They will not spread during baking, so if you need to you can shape them up a bit once you place them on the sheet.

Bake for 10-12 minutes, or until just turning golden on the edges. Allow to sit on cookie sheet for at least 5 minutes before removing.


  1. First let me say I LOVE your blog! I've been paleo for almost 3yrs and your blog inspires a lot of my meals!!

    Make that sweet little girl scout some of the thin mints or samoas from primal cravings. since going paleo my fiance used to cry for a box of samoas...once I found primal cravings, I can't make them fast enough!

    1. Hi Tiffany! Thanks so much for the compliments… and I *love* the Girl Scout cookie recipes from Primal Cravings too, but I tried to make an egg-free version of the samoas for my little scout and they were a flop! So that's why I made these up. :)

  2. What can I sub for the almond flour? We have an allergy in our house. Thanks.

    1. Hi Lisa! This would work with other nut flours such as chestnut or cashew (if it's an almond allergy). Other than that you can use sunflower seed butter but the cookies will likely turn green after baking as the chlorophyll in the sunflower seeds reacts to baking powder/soda.

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  4. Yes it is an Almond Allergy. What nut flour do you think will work best?

    1. I would try chestnut or pecan. You can buy preground chestnut flour and could always grind your own pecans. Or maybe even do half nut and half sunflower seed and see if that works.