Warning: You won’t be able to eat just one of these chewy Paleo Chocolate Chip Cookies!
The good news, these are healthier than the usual chocolate chip cookie, so you can enjoy them guilt free!
The BEST Paleo Chocolate Chip Cookies
This has been our go-to healthy chocolate chip cookies recipe for years now!
One, they’re easy to make — no crazy ingredients that require a trip to the health food store.
Two, they fit into so many different lifestyles and diets – from gluten free to paleo to dairy free.
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! Not that I’ve done that or anything…
Related: Be sure to try our NEW cashew butter cookies too!
Wait! Is Almond Butter Paleo? Are Chocolate Chips 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!)
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Are nut butters paleo? Are nut butters keto?
The short answer is yes.
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.
Nut butters are also regularly eaten on a keto diet, though if you are following a strict keto plan (20 grams or less of daily carbs) they are probably not a food you want to eat every day.
Are chocolate chips paleo friendly?
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.
Are these Keto chocolate chip cookies too?
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 Cookies Ingredients
This is a quick-glance shopping list – a full printable copy of recipe/ingredients is available at the bottom of the post. Keep reading for photo step-by-step instructions or click here to jump to printable recipe.
- 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 Paleo 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 remaining cookie ingredients (except chocolate chips) and blend.
Stir in 1 cup chocolate chips. It may take some muscle!
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. 🙂
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Chewy paleo chocolate chip cookies are so decadent you'd never guess they're actually good for you!
- 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 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.
Notes: Nutrition information is a rough estimate only; actual values will vary based on the exact ingredients used and amount of recipe prepared.
*A small amount of dark chocolate is generally allowed on the Paleo diet. You can also look for paleo-friendly chocolate chips like those made by the Enjoy Life brand.
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