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18 Yummy Paleo Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipes

If you thought going caveman on the Paleo diet meant giving up modern day deliciousness like chocolate chip cookies, think again! You can enjoy these classic staples of Americana, just take a pass on the milk when it comes to cookies and milk. The following recipes will show you how to tinker and tamper with the ingredients so you’re avoiding wheat but keeping the intrinsic qualities of the cookies that makes us get zapped back to our childhood days, if only in our minds and mouths.

18 Grain-Free Chocolate Chip Cookies- healthier versions of your favorite dessert.


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1. Double Almond Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies
Flaxseed is the stand in for ordinary flour here, so you’re getting some protein in these cookies, as well as omega-3s. They’re also using almond butter to get a nice consistency on these cookies. Like any good paleo chocolate chip recipe they’re using dark chocolate for the chocolate chips. They also say you can opt for vegan chocolate chips, which will likely be just as good for you as the dark chocolate, and will cut out anything that would be Paleo unfriendly. In just over an hour your home will be filled with the classic aroma of freshly baked chocolate chip cookies and you’ll be on cloud nine.

2. Bacon Chocolate Chip Cookies
Bacon and chocolate together at last! No, for real, they taste great together so don’t think it’s just a joke. In fact we had to include another bacon-laden recipe on our list because they’re just that good. It may not sound like the healthiest thing in the world, but it’s not like you’ll be making a meal out of these cookies, and they should be eaten in moderation so you might as well go all the way with your indulgence. Almond flour is the key to success here, and will give it the right form and make it look and taste right. They’re using dark chocolate that’s 85% cocoa, which should be just the right amount to have them taste great in the finished product.

3. Paleo Cookie Dough Bites
Perhaps the only thing better than chocolate chip cookies is chocolate chip cookie dough and just eating it straight up. Usually this stirs up some debate because many cookie dough recipes call for a raw egg being mixed in, and it’s thought that salmonella is a concern. But these bites don’t use any eggs, so feel free to eat them without worry. In addition to not containing eggs, which are Paleo approved btw, they don’t include any ingredients that make the list of foods not to eat on Paleo. These turn out looking great, so they’re fun to serve at parties and other get togethers, and relatively easy to make, and hey, no baking required.

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4. Giant Sunbutter & Chocolate Chunk Cookies
Here are some cookies that you can make when you want to feel like you’re getting a substantial amount of cookie in each individual serving. That’s because these aren’t just your ordinary sized cookies. They’re giant, and they’ve made them as big as they can be without needing to use two hands to eat them. The combination of sunflower seed butter and almond butter means that you’re going to get a good amount of healthy fats win these, which is not something you can say with store bought cookies, especially pre packaged ones with partially hydrogenated oils.

5. Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Cake Cookies
If you didn’t get enough pumpkin goodness from our list of Paleo pumpkin pancakes, here’s one that incorporates the virtues of chocolate chip cookies into the mix. One impressive thing about this recipe is that it’s versatile. Don’t want to use the pumpkin, or don’t have any pumpkin puree available? Swap it out with sweet potatoes or even squash. The end result looks and smells like a cross between pumpkin pie chocolate chip cookies so you’re winning on a few different levels here. Here’s a tip, dunk them in a glass of almond milk and you’re having a Paleo version of cookies and milk.

6. Grain-Free Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars
Getting the grains out is a great step towards making these Paleo friendly chocolate chip cookies. There’s something about chocolate chip cookies in bar form that just makes them taste better, it’s like they’re brownies but they have the flavor of cookies.

It’s awesome, and she’s done a great job of staying true to the taste that makes you crave chocolate chip cookies fortnightly or more frequently. Almond flour saves the day again in this recipe, and trust us it will be your new best friend for baked goodies.

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7. The Best Paleo Chocolate Chip Cookies Ever
A pretty bold title seeing how there’s plenty of Paleo chocolate chip cookies out there to choose from. So let’s see what they do to set these apart from the rest of the pack and what has them convinced they’re worth of the crown. They’re using almond meal, pretty standard, there’s some and maple syrup, and some coconut oil to round out all the sweet and fat you’ll be getting here. This is definitely a break from all of the meat and vegetables you’ll be taking in as part of your daily diet. You need to remind yourself that sweet things exist from time to time, or risk a meltdown.

8. Gluten-Free Chocolate Chip Cookies
Coconut butter makes these cookies taste really, really good, and you won’t even remember that you’re passing on all of the things that make ordinary chocolate chip cookies taste good. They also make for a good presentation, so they’re a good sweet treat to bring into the office when everyone brings food in so you can eat from your own supply and not have to feel like you can’t have all of that non-Paleo food. Almond flour gets the go ahead on this recipe and is a great surrogate for all-purpose flour commonly used.

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9. Chocolate Chip n’ Macadamia Nut Cookies
If cookies with nuts in them are your thing, here’s a nice Paleo themed treat that will line things up for you. These use a combination of both almond flour and coconut flour to get things just right as far as texture and taste. They also contain coconut, so you’re getting plenty of flavors all in one cookie. Each ingredient lends itself to the final flavor profile, including the coconut oil it has and the raw honey. The raw part of the raw honey is important, as you’re getting the honey closer to how our ancestors would have found it.

10. Chocolate Chip Cookie Brownie Bars
Cookies or brownies? Can’t decide? No problem, as these combine both into one so you’re truly getting the best of both worlds, and they’re doing it without grains. They’re literally combining to Paleo-approved recipes into one recipe so that you’re getting double the taste sensation in one delectable bar. This will definitely bring you back into the modern era taste-wise, as there’s no way our Stone Age brothers and sisters were eating these, but all of the ingredients existed in some form back then, and these days we can put it all together with ease and enjoy. They’d be proud of us, and maybe just a bit jealous.

11. Flourless Chocolate Chip Cookies
Even though these cookies don’t hve flour in them, they come out looking great, and tasting just like you’d expect them to. It becomes apparent the longer you bake Paleo treats that all-purpose flour is hgihly overrated, and in addition to providing zero in the way of nutritional value, it simply doesn’t provide the same sort of taste and texture. This is using two types of nuts to produce the batter. If you’ve never baked without flour the first time takes a leap of faith, but when you see how it works you’ll be hooked and wonder why you didn’t try it sooner.

12. Paleo Homemade Chocolate Chip Cookies
This recipe goes above and beyond because it shows you how to make the cookies, but it also shows you how to make the chocolate chips themselves. This is nice because while it’s easy enough to find Paleo-OK chocolate chips – any dark chocolate chips will do – making your own is one way to make sure that you’ve got some quality control going on. The other nice thing is that these don’t make chips like the ones that are all uniform. They make chocolate pieces so you’re getting them in all different shapes and sizes, and it works to help spread the chocolatey goodness all throughout the cookie.

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13. Grain Free Bacon Chocolate Chip Cookies
Grains out, bacon in on these chocolate chip cookies that might turn your world upside down in terms of what you think a chocolate chip cookie should be. Since bacon is definitely a Paleo friendly food, and since grains are definitely a Paleo no-go, this recipe hits it right on the head. Enjoy the flavor of savory bacon mixed with the chocolatey goodness of chocolate. The bacon gets cooked until crispy, so it gives your teeth something to chew on, whereas the chocolate typically melts in your mouth. An excellent concoction, to be sure.

14. Macadamia Nut Chocolate Chip Cookies
Since macadamia nuts get the big green light on the Paleo plan, you’ll see a lot of baked treats incorporate them. That’s because they have a butter taste to them that you simply can’t replicate with many other nuts. They also have a certain texture that makes them fun to eat. They’re typically on the expensive side, making these some of the pricier homemade cookies you’ll have, and it’s a bit ironic that something called the Stone Age diet can be pricey at times, but you have to feed yourself proper foods that haven’t undergone a lot of processing.

15. Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Bites
This is one version of chocolate chip bites that is sure to be popular, especially around the holidays. That’s because it captures the essence of pumpkin flavor and mixes it with the timeless yum of chocolate chip cookies. Great from October through December or any time in between, these cookies have gotten rid of general purpose flour and are using coconut flour to get the job done. They also have plenty of Paleo approved ingredients like pumpkin puree and an assortment of spices and seasonings. When it’s all done you’ll be amazed that you made these from scratch.

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16. Chocolate Chunk Cookies
The only thing better than chocolate chip cookies for a chocolate lover is chocolate chunk cookies. You’re getting more chocolate per square inch of cookie, and the cookie is basically just a conduit for the chocolate to get into your mouth. The use of almond meal instead of flour makes the cookies look a bit different than your standard cookie, but you won’t hardly care once you’re a few bites or a few cookies in. These are nice because you can make a batch ahead of time and use them in school lunches all week, or bake them up and eat them all at once with the family.

17. Classic Chocolate Chip Cookies
There’s possibly nothing more classic than chocolate chip cookies, and this recipe is a throwback to the old school recipes that we grew up on. The only trick is that it’s not using half the ingredients our parents used, because the Paleo diet just wasn’t trending back then. Almonds and coconuts get the joint lead on this recipe, and they show up in two different forms each. Almond gets the call up in butter and flour form, and coconuts appear in sugar and flour form. When all is said and done you’re getting some pretty amazing cookies from some simple ingredients.

18. Real-Deal Chocolate Chip Cookies
So what’s so real about these real deal chocolate chip cookies? How about it does away with all the fake that shows up in cookies like Chips Ahoy or Famous Amos. You’re getting real ingredients so the finished product is also void of fake and artificial ingredients that have a knack of mucking up our systems. One thing you might notice is when you are on Paleo is you don’t feel gross after you’re done eating, you feel satisfied without being weighed down and without feeling like you just did some damage to your body.

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  1. I’ve made the real deal and one other that uses almond butter instead of almond flour (amazing) and I aim to try them all and come up with our go to Paleo cookie. I’m am an old school baker so this is going to be a challenge. You have put together an amazing list.

  2. Great list of cookies. I especially like the giant sunbutter cookies. Nut butters work extremely well in Paleo cookies.

  3. Nice post! But sadly… I made #7 and they are not the best paleo chocolate chip cookies ever. I followed the directions exactly and they still are too moist and fall apart. It’s needs egg, well flax egg since it’s a vegan recipe.

  4. How are chocolate chips Paleo? They have sugar, even the Enjoy Life has cane juice. And chocolate liquor….. not sure what the “liquor” means here. I don’t think they are Paleo, but have used them and I get indigestion from them. The three ingredients listed are all processed, as far as I can tell. Can anyone explain the logic of using these in a caveman diet?

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