Almond Flour Dark Chocolate Chip Cookies – GF

Almond Flour Dark Chocolate Chip Cookies – GF

Here’s a recipe for light, easy almond flour dark chocolate chip cookies that is gluten- and dairy-free. It can be made vegan by using a flax egg. There’s just something about chocolate chip cookies: So classic, so tasty, and everyone loves them. 

Under 10 ingredients, and that’s including a little cocoa I added for swirls. These are crunchy on the outside and slightly soft on the inside. And until you add the chocolate chips, it can all be mixed up in your food processor. 

why almond flour?

Of course glutinous flours hold a cookie together and provide easy-to-work-with dough. It’s natural to want to use a very close replacement. Common ones are rice flour, pea flour, millet and arrowroot flour or blends of them. 

Still, according to my own article about the dangers of gluten-free processed foods and the high glycemic index of many gluten-free flours, the best options to keep blood sugar from spiking (well, any more than the sugar will) are almond and coconut flours. So, the least I can do is to offer you recipes for almond-flour goodies that don’t contain the flours I just critiqued.

Almond flour gives a nutrient-dense cookie because its oil content is higher (and carbohydrate content lower) than that of the grain and seed flours. We can’t consider anything with this much sugar healthy, you realize that, right? But if you do get a sweet treat from time to time, try this one. 

almond flour chocolate chip cookie dough in food processor

The cookies are easy to mix together, especially if you use a food processor as I do. Just make sure your coconut oil is mostly solid and you add it after all the dry ingredients are in the food processor bowl. You’re going to use the blades of the food processor to cut the solid fat into the cookie in the same way that solid butter is cut into a similar dough. The fat/oil ends up cut into small pieces that give flakiness to the baked good.

Don’t have a food processor? You can get the same result using a pastry cutter or two knives to cut the fat into the dry ingredients.

almond flour chocolate chip cookie dough in glass bowlalmond flour chocolate chip cookie dough with chocolate chips in glass bowl

If you are a fan of a sweet cookie, know that these could have up to ½ cup coconut sugar instead of the ¼ cup in this recipe. But they are plenty sweet for me with 1/4 cup – or less! Especially because the dark chocolate chips contain sugar and I’ve used maple syrup instead of vanilla as I wait for my homemade vanilla extract to cure (stay tuned for that!)

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In my blueberry apple crisp recipe I suggested that unblanched almond flour was preferred. Here you want the blanched, superfine almond flour to give a smooth texture and to hold the chocolate chips in place.

almond flour dark chocolate chip cookies on cooling rack

At high altitude (Denver) I baked a “test” batch of cookies for a full 14 minutes thinking I’d need it for a crisp cookie. In the next batch I learned that 12 minutes was enough if I allowed time for the cookies to cool. At lower elevations, the range will be 9-12 minutes depending on your oven.

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the vegan option

This recipe can be made vegan with flax egg and here are a few comments about that.

All the photos above show the almond flour dark chocolate chip cookies with the “real” egg. With the flax egg, less of the dough gathered into a ball in the food processor so I worked the remaining dough pieces in by hand.

The main difference was, it was trickier to incorporate the chocolate chips. With the flax eggs, I’d say I really only needed 1/3 cup of the chips before I couldn’t get any more of them to stay in the cookies. I formed the cookies onto the baking sheet as best I could, then pressed the chocolate chips into the top of each cookie. That’s why the photos (below) show cookies with somewhat less smooth outlines. 

Good news is: My taste-testers said they were very good!! In fact, my son said they were so good he ate six, and they were pretty filling! That’s a characteristic of an almond-flour cookie, eater beware . The flax-egg cookies came out like this:


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This recipe is modified from several nearly-identical ones available online, including one from King Arthur Flour as well as several private blogs. I was tempted to add some coconut flour as I was mixing the dough, thinking that it would help to firm it up, but was glad I didn’t.

I hope you will enjoy these if you get a chance to make them! We did.


Other dessert recipes on A Meal In Mind

Easy Coconut Milk Tapioca Dessert

Apple Blueberry Crisp Paleo and Gluten-Free

Sunflower-Tahini Fruit-Sweetened Baked Apples

Apple-Apricot Fruit-Sweetened Muffins


Kitchen items used in this recipe

I don’t know what I’d do without my food processor. I rely on it for most of my baking because it’s reliable and I don’t have the oomph in my stirring arm that I used to. Mine is this 11-cup model by Cuisinart, which has a great warranty. It’s also large enough to blend ingredients for a quiche, for example. (Quiche recipe on its way).

Any baking sheet will do, but I tend to use this one because it’s so light and because the sides keep crumbs from falling into the oven. Non-stick is not essential, but it can be convenient.

I nearly always use parchment paper to cover the surfaces in baking. I don’t like to use white parchment paper with food because bleached paper can contain dioxin, and even in trace amounts I don’t want that in my food. This IF YOU CARE brand is brown and, in my mind, safe.

A cooling rack is important to allow the cookies to cool from the bottom as well as the top, especially if you want the outsides crisp. It’s essential for the cookies to have cooled before you place them in a container for storage so that steam doesn’t make the cookies soggy.

I like these oven mitts because they protect my hands yet are flexible – I always feel like I’m wrestling with cardboard when I use silicone ones.

We like the dark chocolate morsels by Enjoy Life. It’s what allows this recipe to be dairy-free. They are sweetened, but not too much. You can probably find them in your local health food store, but if not, or if you bake fairly often with chocolate chips, the link below is for a six-package bundle.

Links to products for purchase are Amazon affiliate links. If you click on a link and make a purchase, I may earn a small commission on the sale at no additional cost to you. This helps me with the costs of blogging, and I thank you!

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Almond Flour Dark Chocolate Chip Cookies – GF

  • Author: Beth of A Meal In Mind
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 12 minutes
  • Total Time: 27 minutes
  • Yield: 15 cookies 1x
  • Category: Cookie, dessert
  • Method: Oven, food processor
  • Cuisine: American


This recipe for a light, easy almond flour dark chocolate chip cookies is gluten- and dairy-free. It can be made vegan by using a flax egg. There’s just something about chocolate chip cookies: So classic, so tasty, and everyone loves them. Now I have one to share with my vegan AND gluten-free friends. 



  • ¼ cup coconut sugar (or to taste)
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ¼ teaspoon sea salt
  • 2 cups almond flour
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil, softened but not liquid
  • 1 teaspoon maple syrup or vanilla
  • 1 large egg  or 1 flax egg (1 tb flax + 3 tablespoons water, allow to gel for 15 minutes)
  • 1/3 to ½ cup chocolate chips
  • 1 teaspoon cocoa powder, unsweetened, optional (for swirl)


  1. If using a flax egg, stir the ground flax seeds into the water in a separate, small bowl and allow to gel for 15 minutes before adding to the dough in step 6.
  2. Spread parchment paper onto your cookie sheet.
  3. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  4. Combine almond flour, coconut sugar, baking soda and sea salt in food processor. Pulse to mix until you can’t see the darker sugar in with the lighter flour.
  5. Spoon in coconut oil, separating it into ½-tablespoonfuls around the processor. Pulse to blend until the oil is chopped into split-pea sized crumbs.
  6. Blend in the maple syrup or vanilla and the egg or flax egg and pulse until all the ingredients form into a ball.
  7. Remove the dough from the food processor into a bowl. It will be shiny and hold together well.
  8. Fold the chocolate chips into the dough until fairly uniformly mixed in. If making swirls, flatten the dough slightly and sprinkle the cocoa powder over it. Roll the dough inward a couple of times until it’s somewhat mixed but you can see trails of cocoa.
  9. Scoop out dough by heaping tablespoonfuls. Roll in hands into balls and place onto prepared cookie sheet. Tuck chocolate chips that fall out back into the sides or tops of the cookies. 
  10. Bake for 9-12 minutes (12 at high altitude) until edges are golden. Allow to cool for at least 15 minutes before removing from the parchment paper to the rack. Cookies may be crumbly but will firm up as they cool.


Coconut oil typically becomes liquid at 76 degrees F, which is why it’s sometimes called 76-degree oil. If it’s already liquid in your kitchen, place the amount you plan to use in the refrigerator for 10 minutes or so until it firms up.

Be sure to let your flax egg sit for 15 minutes before adding it to the dough in the food processor. This gives time for the gel to develop that will hold everything together.

Keywords: almond flour cookie, chocolate chip cookie, gluten-free, dairy-free, vegan cookie, dark chocolate chip, under 30 minutes, allergy-friendly

35 thoughts on “Almond Flour Dark Chocolate Chip Cookies – GF”

    • I’m with you, though I can eat grains such as oats I liked how simple these were using just the almond flour. Hope you enjoy them.

  • These cookies look so delicious and super easy to make! I love that they only require almond flour. I’ve never thought to add cocoa powder to chocolate chip cookies, but that is such a great idea! Going to try these for sure!

    • They are such an easy cookie, and the fact that there is just the one flour helps. The cocoa powder cuts the sweetness if you are baking for someone who only wants something a little bit sweet.

  • Yum, a great Dark Chocolate Chip Cookie that’s GF! Looks delish and healthy, I am excited to read about your vanilla too! 🙂

    • Yes, they are delish and seem to be liked by just about everyone. I have to say, healthy-ish, I think! Will keep updating about the vanilla.

  • I have been eyeballing this recipe since I saved it on Pinterest two days ago lol. Only reason I haven’t made it yet is because I don’t have the almond flour and being in Japan it’s a little hard to find. I’m actually going to see about ordering it lol.

    • Felicia, I have gotten so used to having almond flour easily available I’d be at a loss without it. I’ve only spent a week in Japan so don’t even know if you can get almonds there to make your own flour. I’ve never tried making my own but should sometime just to see. I’d love to hear what you decide to do!

  • These look super good! I’ve never tried making dough in my food processor and now I’ve got to try that!
    Can’t wait to give these a try. I’m certain my kiddo will devour them with me in 2 seconds!

    • Josi, thank you. I use my food processor a lot because I don’t have an electric mixer. It works really well for a dough like this. And – fair warning – you might eat them all before you get a chance to share, as I did the first batch I made!

    • Patrice, the great thing about this recipe is that even people who aren’t eating gluten-free just think they are a tasty cookie. I look forward to hearing if you have a chance to make them!

    • Shari, I would certainly be interested to learn how you would make them keto. We usually cut down on sugar when we try a new recipe but haven’t yet gone with sugar-free options. An adventure for the future, maybe.

  • These chocolate chip cookies look so good! I’ve never baked with almond flour but I’d love to give it a try! Our diet isn’t gluten free but it’s always good to have a few gluten free recipes in one’s arsenal!

    • Jacqueline, I consider this recipe to be one anyone would enjoy because the almond flour just gives a denser texture than a finer flour. If you do have a chance to try them, I hope they will seem that way to you too!

  • Beth, you’ve done it again! These look amazing and I bet they taste heavenly, I haven’t worked much with almond flour but I’ve learned it’s an excellent alternative and these are proof positive. Thank you so much for sharing 🙂

    • Angela, thank you so much for that wonderful comment. The cookies are almost too good, if you know what I mean. I am also really happy that the taste and texture are almost identical with either type of egg, so I can share with vegan friends!

    • Sonila, be careful if you make these – it’s easy to eat more than you planned, but that is true of most cookies! Thank you so much for the comment and the star rating!

  • Always seen cookies made of plain flour , have heard of almond flour but seen a recipe for the first time. Its healthy and sure would be tasty….! thanks for sharing the recipe 🙂

    • Kalyon, if you have never tried almond flour for cookies, I think you would enjoy them a lot. They have a very nice flavor even without the chocolate chips. Thank you so much for the comment!

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