These almond butter chocolate chip cookies are almost too good to be true! They’re thick and chewy, just like the “real” deal, but they’re also flourless, gluten free, and paleo friendly! My all-time favorite healthy chocolate chip cookie recipe — I know you’ll love them too!
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The BEST Healthy Chocolate Chip Cookies
This has been our go-to healthy chocolate chip cookies recipe for years now!
- They’re easy!
- Made with simple ingredients — nothing that requires a special trip to the health food store.
- Can fit into almost any diet or lifestyle, from gluten free to paleo.
I originally published this post in March 2015, but I decided to update the post with new photos this year because I don’t think my original cell phone pics did the cookies justice!
They are SO SO good!
These chewy-style paleo chocolate chip cookies are flourless and contain no added sugar (aside from the type of chocolate chips you use), so you can feel good about eating them!
…even the entire batch!
Wait…not that I’ve done that or anything…
Related: Be sure to try our NEW cashew butter cookies too!
Is Almond Butter Paleo?
When my husband (the chef in our family) first created this recipe, the main goal was to make gluten free chocolate chip cookies, since I started eating gluten free after my last pregnancy.
However, I have a lot of readers that live paleo lifestyles, follow keto diets, etc., so I wanted to be able recommend these cookies whenever possible (because they are SO good!)
Peanut butter is generally avoided on the paleo diet because peanuts are technically a legume and not a nut at all.
However, true nut butters, like almond butter, cashew butter, etc. are fine to eat in moderation. They’re fairly low in carbs and provide some protein and plenty of healthy fats.
Can You Eat Chocolate Chips on Paleo?
The paleo diet does allow for a small amount of dark chocolate, but be sure to look for chips that don’t contain additives or artificial ingredients.
Brands like Enjoy Life make chocolate chips you can enjoy on the Paleo diet — we love them!
Are These Cookies Keto Friendly?
Maybe — it depends on your daily carb intake.
These chocolate chip cookies contain dates, which are a fruit, and sometimes avoided on a strict keto diet as they contain fruit sugar.
The total carb count per cookie is 8 grams, which would eat up a good bit of your daily allowance if you are on a strict 20 carb a day plan.
However, they are a much better alternative to regular cookies and sweets, and if this keeps you on your diet in the long run, that’s not such a bad thing after all!
If you’re on a strict keto diet, try one of our keto cookie recipes:
Paleo Chocolate Chip Cookie Ingredients
- Dried dates
- Almond butter (natural is best)
- Vanilla extract
- Chocolate chips (look for dark chocolate or paleo-friendly)
- Sea salt
- Baking powder
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How to Make Almond Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies
We’ve included photo step-by-step instructions to better illustrate how these paleo chocolate chip cookies are made, but a free printable copy of the recipe is available below.
Start by boiling the dates for a couple minutes, just to soften them.
Once soft, remove from heat, drain, and add to food processor. (Our trusty Hamilton Beach Food Processor has lasted us years!) Add sea salt and a couple tablespoons of water, then chop until coarsely ground.
Add the dates to a large mixing bowl, along with the remaining cookie ingredients (except chocolate chips) and blend.
Stir in 1/2 to 1 cup chocolate chips. It may take some muscle! The batter will be pretty thick.
Form batter into balls less than 1/4 cup each in size. Place on greased baking sheet or reusable non-stick silicon baking mats (we use these mats for everything!) Do not flatten cookies.
Bake for 9-10 minutes at 350 degrees.
TIP: Oven cooking times may vary, so keep an eye on your cookies to ensure desired doneness.) Remove from oven and place cookies on cooling rack. Try not to eat the entire batch. 🙂
How to Store Your Cookies
If kept in a cookie jar at room temperature, these are best enjoyed within 2-3 days.
You can also freeze them — simply keep in a freezer bag or container. When I get a cookie craving, I take one out of the bag, put it on a paper towel, and microwave for a few seconds until the chocolate starts to melt. So yummy!
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Flourless Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe (Printable Copy)
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Flourless Almond Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies
- 10 dried dates
- 2 cups almond butter
- 2 eggs
- 2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2 Tablespoon water
- 1/2 cup chocolate chips* dark chocolate or paleo-friendly brands
- 1/4 teaspoons sea salt
- 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
- Boil dates for 2-3 minutes, until they begin to soften.
- Once dates are soft, remove pan from heat, drain water, and add dates to food processor. Add sea salt and water. Chop until coarsely ground.
- Add dates to mixing bowl with almond butter, vanilla extract, eggs, and baking powder. Blend until batter becomes mostly smooth.
- Stir in chocolate chips by hand.
- Form batter into balls less than 1/4 cup each in size. Place on greased baking sheet or reusable non-stick silicon baking mats. Do not flatten cookies.
- Bake for 9-10 minutes at 350 degrees. Remove from oven and place cookies on cooling rack.
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