Grain Free, Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookies

Grain Free, Vegan, Chocolate Chip Cookies

Remember those classic chocolate chip cookies that many of us probably grew up with?  The ones made using the recipe from the back of the bag of chocolate chips?  They were pretty awesome, right?!  I’ve tried several different gluten free versions over the years and many have been good.  Then I found Elana’s Chocolate Chip Cookies.  Life has brightened, colors are sharper, the sky is bluer.  There really aren’t words to describe just how awesome these cookies are.  They make the classic ones seem bland, boring and vastly inferior.  These vegan chocolate chip cookies could be served to any gluten eater and it would convert them.  They are grain free and sweetened with honey.  Elana used Honeyville blanched almond flour, agave and grapeseed oil.  I am too cheap to purchase almond flour.  I make my own almond flour from raw whole almonds that I buy in bulk.  I use expeller pressed coconut oil to help keep the omega 6 content down and I prefer honey to agave for a whole lot of reasons – none of which I will go into here.  Because I make my own flour I had to tweak the proportions a bit but I wouldn’t dare add anything else because they are so perfect as they are.  Elana is truly the queen of GF baking and I highly recommend her site.  I am posting this recipe for those of us too frugal to pay for almond flour.  I tried making her recipe as is with my almond flour and they were great but they spread a bit and were difficult to handle when shaping the dough balls.  So here is her recipe with some tweaks if you are making your own almond flour.   

Grain Free, Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookies  

2 1/2 cups almond flour lightly packed  

1/2 tsp sea salt  

1/2 tsp baking soda  

1 T vanilla  

1/2 cup honey  

1/3 cup expeller pressed coconut oil (virgin would be good too)  

1 cup chopped dark chocolate, 72% ( I use Trader Joes 72% dark chocolate bars and coarsely chop them up)  

Preheat oven to 350.  Line cookie sheets with parchment paper.  

  • Combine dry ingredients in a large bowl
  • Stir together wet ingredients in a smaller bowl
  • Mix wet ingredients into dry
  • Form ½ inch balls and press onto a parchment lined baking sheet
  • Bake at 350° for 7-10 minutes
  • Cool (this is near impossible but they hold up better when cool) and serve
  • Store in the fridge – if there are any left to store, which is unlikely
  • Makes 24 cookies.


    12 thoughts on “Grain Free, Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookies

      • Katie,
        I just use a KitchenAid coffee grinder. I grind it up for a few seconds and then pour it into a sieve/sifter placed over a large bowl. All the larger pieces go through for a second round. I grind up maybe 1/3 to 1/2 a cup at a time. It comes out surprisingly fine but I would not say powdery. Yes, a bit mealy I guess but I have made pancakes, muffins and cookies with it and all have been really good. I have never purchased almond flour so I can’t really compare. If I can get 5 minutes to myself in the near future I want to get a post up showing how I do it and what it looks like.

        I am doing grain free myself (90% of the time). I sooo wish my DH and kids would join me. You have kids too, don’t you? Are they grain free too?

        BTW, I love your blog. I have your posts emailed to me. How on earth did you come across my microscopic blog?


        • Kim,
          I think we can blame the power of Twitter for this discovery! 😉 I don’t think my kids will go grain-free, but most dinners will be. I’m not even fully grainfree yet, b/c I have to help them finish off some leftovers from last week before this decision was made in an attempt to heal my husband’s gut.

          Thanks for the short tutorial!

          🙂 Katie


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    2. Kim,
      I love this recipe , i will be making it for the third time, as my picky family finally loves something low carb and grain free that I make!

      The second time I added 1 tsp of coconut flour as I needed to add more flour for my high altitude here in western canada, plus I reduced the bk soda by 1/8 tsp for the altitude.
      I used 1/4 cup honey plus 1/4 cup xylitol(then powdered it) to reduce the carbs.

      now that i have found the (honeylike-shaped like a yoyo for 2.47$cdn a pound!)) coconut sugar/palm sugar at the asian store, i am going to try this to reduce the carbs even more.

      Oh and I used the low carb chocolate chips from the low carb grocer in canada callled Choco perfection dark baking chips.
      fabulous recipe! thanks a million!!


      • $2.47 a pound! Now I have got to know where you are. My family is still in BC or Edmonton/Sherwood Park. Everytime I go grocery shopping while I am there I am stunned at how expensive everything is. Clearly I must be shopping at the wrong places.
        So happy to hear you like the recipe. That makes my day. Thanks. I am currently obessed with making grain free dairy free brownies. Batch 2 today. I really like them but the kids say they need to be sweeter. I need to check into sweetening it with coconut sugar.


    3. Hi Kim,
      I bought the palm sugar at the T&T Asian grocery store in Calgary……the community natural foods in calgary has it in powder(just like sugar form) for 7.99$cdn for 1/2 pound!!!!

      I have tried Laurens healthy indulgences brownies, but my guys do not like it……but they loved the Mennonite ladies brownies (which i added chocolate chips to) this uses coconut flour and you can sub honey/palm sugar or maple syrup for the sugar –

      there is a T&T in Edmonton and Richmond BC….i googled it!

      Get shopping!… friend also told me to check the Indian/hindu shops- like Basha in calgary and Edmonton-
      also as she gets her spices there cheap and they also sell the Ghee reasonable, which I use tons of!…i get mine at Superstore and the price keeps creeping up up up!


      • I made these again last week when my mom was here visiting. She eats grain, gluten, sugar etc and she too thought these were the best chocolate chip cookies she has ever had. I have to be careful with these. Even though I don’t have much of a sweet tooth I can easily eat the whole batch! I hope you love them like we do.


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