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Hello! I’m Anjali. I’m a board certified health coach, author, wife, mom and food lover from the SF Bay area (now living in Seattle, WA!); with a passion for delicious food and a desire to make healthy eating easy, tasty and fun! Learn more about me here and stay for a while!

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Almond Flour Cookies (Vegan, Gluten Free!)

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These vegan almond flour cookies are soft, chewy, and irresistible! They’re healthy, grain-free, dairy-free, and refined-sugar free but with all the goodness of a classic cookie. You won’t be able to stop at just one!

healthy easy gluten free vegan almond flour cookies recipe on a wire rack - (keto, paleo chocolate chip cookies)

There’s nothing more universal than a love for cookies. Who can resist a melty, golden-brown cookie straight from the oven? And even though I’m partial to chocolate chip, you can customize these nutty cookies into just about any flavor! These chewy almond meal cookies aren’t just for the health-focused. Kids, adults, neighbors, and coworkers will love them too!

For this vegan almond flour cookies recipe, I used only wholesome ingredients! Maple syrup for sweetness and coconut oil for a chewy yet tender crumb. In my experience, almond flour recipes can be hit or miss. Almond flour absorbs less moisture which makes baking with it a bit tricky. So I did what any loving baker would do, I tested these cookies until they came out perfect.

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With a well-tested recipe like this one, easy almond flour cookies come out crisp and chewy every time! Almond flour has a mild but slightly nutty flavor that’s addictive in cookies. It gives them a bit more texture and plenty of plant-based protein, which is great since you will definitely want more than one of these

👩‍🍳 Why This Recipe Works

  • Gluten free almond cookies never tasted so good!
  • Made with wholesome ingredients like maple syrup and coconut oil
  • Grain-free, vegan, low carb, and paleo
  • Almond flour recipes are high in plant-based protein.
  • Kid friendly!
  • Crispy almond flour cookies have chewy, soft centers with crispy edges.
  • No eggs means edible cookie dough. Yes, please!
  • Great for a dessert or a healthy snack any time of year
  • Customize these cookies made with almond flour to switch up the flavors.
  • Best almond flour chocolate chip cookies ever!

🥘 Ingredients

This almond flour cookie recipe is made with simple ingredients found at major grocery stores. You won’t need to hunt around for any of them or use any special equipment like a food processor or mixer.

ingredients for healthy easy gluten free vegan almond flour cookies recipe (keto, paleo)

Flax Seeds & Water: To make a flax egg! A flax egg is a substitute for eggs in vegan recipes. They give the cookies structure just like a regular egg. They blend in well with no aftertaste. You won’t even know it’s there.

Blanched Almond Flour: The best replacement for all purpose flour! Almond flour is used interchangeably with almond meal, but there is a slight difference. Both are made from ground almonds but almond meal is typically made from raw almonds with skins. It has a coarse texture compared to almond flour which is made with blanched and peeled almonds. I recommend fine almond flour for the best taste and texture, though almond meal will work too. It is possible to make your own, but it’s best to follow a tutorial or you could end up with almond butter!

Baking Soda: To help the cookies rise! Without it, you would have dense and flat cookies.

Salt & Vanilla Extract: A little bit of kosher salt accentuates the sweetness, and vanilla’s sweet flavor enhances all the ingredients!

Maple Syrup: Maple syrup is less processed with a caramel-like sweetness. Coconut sugar and brown sugar work great too!

Coconut Oil: Coconut oil behaves like butter in cookies and cakes. It gives you a tender and chewy texture without any dairy fat.

Vegan Chocolate Chips: Semi-sweet chocolate chips have a sweet, yet rich flavor that sings in cookies! Dark chocolate and milk chocolate chips work great too!

📖 Variations

These delicious cookies can be customized to fit your taste buds! Try one of the variations below:

  • Almond Flour Keto Cookies: These cookies are already pretty low carb (only 7 grams net carbs per cookie), but if you’re on the keto diet, use your favorite 1:1 sugar replacement in place of the maple syrup for an even lower carb option. I recommend a monk fruit blend for its pleasant taste that mimics sugar.
  • Almond Flour Peanut Butter Cookies: Reduce the coconut oil to 1 tablespoon and melt 1/4 cup of peanut butter with the wet ingredients. Omit the chocolate chips if desired!
  • Almond Flour Oatmeal Raisin Cookies: Replace 1 cup of the almond flour with rolled oats. Omit the chocolate chips and add 1/2 cup of raisins. For almond flour oatmeal chocolate chip cookies, use 1/2 cup of chocolate chips as directed.
  • Thumbprint Cookies: Leave out the chocolate chips and make a small indent on the top of each cookie. Fill the indent with melted jam then bake as directed.
  • Almond Flour Banana Cookies: Use only the almond flour, baking soda, and salt, and add 2/3 of a cup of mashed banana. Bake at 350 degrees for up to 16 minutes (until cookies are set)
  • Almond Flour Sugar Cookies: This one’s easy! Just omit the chocolate chips and follow the recipe as directed! The texture is similar to a shortbread cookie. You can add a teaspoon of almond extract for an amaretto flavor.
  • Almond Flour Lemon Cookies: Same as sugar cookies except add 1 1/2 tablespoons of lemon zest.
  • Almond Flour Chocolate Cookies: Melt 1/2 cup of chocolate chips with the oil mixture and two tablespoons of Dutch cocoa powder to the dry ingredients. Follow the recipe as directed.

🔪 Instructions

Follow these simple instructions to make these paleo chocolate chip cookies!

Make the Flax Egg: In a small bowl, stir together the flax seed and water. As it sits it will thicken into a gelatinous mixture similar to an egg. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

wet ingredients mixed in a bowl

Melt Wet Ingredients: In a microwave-safe container, melt the coconut oil, maple syrup, and vanilla extract together. Microwave in 30-second increments until completely melted.

wet ingredients mixed in a bowl

Whisk Dry Ingredients: In a medium bowl, whisk together the almond flour, baking soda, and salt.

dry ingredients combined in a bowl

Combine Ingredients: Add the chocolate chips, flax seed mixture, and wet ingredients to the dry ingredients. Stir to form an almond flour cookie dough.

chocolate chips added to batter

Scoop & Bake: Use an ice cream scoop to scoop the dough in a single layer on a parchment paper lined baking sheet. Bake for 12 minutes or until lightly golden brown.

cookie dough on baking sheet

Cool & Enjoy: For best results, let the paleo cookies cool for a few minutes on the cookie sheet then transfer to a wire rack. Don’t skip this important step! The cookies will firm up as they cool.

almond flour chocolate chip cookies on a baking sheet

❓ Recipe FAQs

Are almond flour cookies healthy?

Almond flour cookies are much healthier than their original counterparts. Almond flour is low-carb and grain-free yet packed with nutrients. It’s also rich in plant-based protein, Vitamin E, and antioxidants. These cookies are refined-sugar-free and dairy-free, which makes them a healthy part of a well-balanced diet. Enjoy them in moderation like you would any delicious treat.

Does almond flour bake like regular flour?

You can not substitute almond flour for regular flour in a 1:1 ratio. Almond flour absorbs moisture differently since it is made up of almonds instead of wheat. Almond flour recipes often need more flour than wheat-based recipes and sometimes more eggs. It does however tastes delicious in baked goods with the correct ratios!

How should I store these healthy almond flour cookies?

Store the cookies in an airtight container or ziplock bag for up to one week. They are best enjoyed within the first three days of baking them!

Can I freeze these cookies?

Yes! You can freeze ground almond cookies baked or unbaked. To freeze them baked, simply freeze them in an airtight container or zip-top bag for up to 3 months. For unbaked, scoop the cookies onto a lined sheet pan and freeze for 45 minutes. Once the cookies are frozen, place them into a zip-top freezer bag and use them within 3 months. You can bake as many as you want at one time.

💭 Expert Tips

  • Don’t remove the cookies immediately from the pan once they come out of the oven. The cookies need two sets of cooling time, once on the pan and once on a cooling rack. A hot cookie will fall apart!
  • As a general rule of thumb, don’t substitute coconut flour, oat flour, or whole wheat flour in place of almond flour. Almond flour isn’t a 1:1 substitute with other alternative flours. Each one absorbs moisture differently.
  • Resist the urge to bake these chewy cookies until they look “done”. It’s important to let these gluten free almond flour cookies cool completely before serving, because they continue to cook and set up as they cool.
  • For large cookies, use a large cookie scoop and add a couple of minutes to the baking time.
  • For a buttery cookie, be sure to use almond flour and not almond meal.
  • Bob’s Red Mill & King Arthur are two almond flour brands I highly recommend!
healthy easy gluten free vegan almond flour cookies recipe on a white plate - (keto, paleo chocolate chip cookies)

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healthy easy gluten free vegan almond flour cookies recipe on a wire rack - (keto, paleo chocolate chip cookies)
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Vegan Almond Flour Chocolate Chip Cookies

These healthy, vegan almond cookies are soft, chewy, and irresistible! They're grain-free, dairy-free, and refined-sugar free but with all the goodness of a classic cookie!
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time12 mins
Total Time22 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Diet: Gluten Free, Vegan, Vegetarian
Servings: 18 cookies
Calories: 138kcal
Author: Anjali Shah

Ingredients

  • 1 tbsp flax seeds, ground
  • 3 tbsp water
  • 2 cups almond flour
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ cup maple syrup
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • ¼ cup coconut oil
  • ½ cup vegan chocolate chips

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. In a small bowl mix together the ground flax seeds and water. Stir until combined and set aside.
  • In a microwave safe container add the coconut oil, maple syrup and vanilla extract. Heat in 30 second bursts until melted. Allow to cool to room temperature.
  • In a medium mixing bowl whisk together the almond flour, baking soda and salt.
  • Add the chocolate chips, flax seed mixture and wet ingredients to the dry ingredients. Stir to form a dough.
  • Using an ice cream scoop, scoop out dough and place on the prepared baking tray. Bake for 12 minutes or until lightly golden.
  • Allow cookies to cool completely on a cooling rack. Cookies will become firmer as they cool.

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Notes

Tips
  • Don’t remove the cookies immediately from the pan. The cookies set up as they cool. A hot cookie will fall apart!
  • As a general rule of thumb, don’t substitute coconut flour, oat flour, or whole wheat flour in place of almond flour. Almond flour isn’t a 1:1 substitute with other alternative flours. Each one absorbs moisture differently.
  • Resist the urge to bake the cookies until they look “done”. Cookies continue to cook and set up as they cool.
  • For large cookies, use a large cookie scoop and add a couple of minutes to the baking time.
  • For a buttery cookie, be sure to use almond flour and not almond meal.
  • Bob’s Red Mill & King Arthur are two almond flour brands I highly recommend!
Try These Variations!
Oatmeal Raisin: Use the above recipe with a few modifications such as using 1 cup almond flour and 1 cup oatmeal. Substitute the chocolate chips for ½ cup chopped raisins and prepare as stated above.
Peanut Butter: Use the above recipe with a few modifications such as removing the chocolate chips, reducing the coconut oil to 1 tbsp and adding ¼ cup peanut butter. Melt the peanut butter along with the maple syrup, coconut oil and vanilla extract.
Double Chocolate: Use the above recipe and add ¼ cup cocoa powder to the dry ingredients. Prepare as described above.
Plain Sugar Cookies: Use the recipe above without chocolate chips. Prepare as stated in the recipe.
Toasted Almond Cookies: Use the recipe above, minus the chocolate chips, with the addition of ¼ tsp almond extract and ½ cup toasted sliced almonds. Add the extract to the wet ingredients and fold the toasted almonds through the dry ingredients. Prepare as described above.

Nutrition

Serving: 1cookie | Calories: 138kcal | Carbohydrates: 9g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 63mg | Potassium: 15mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 6g

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12 responses to “Almond Flour Cookies (Vegan, Gluten Free!)”

  1. These came out perfectly and my family asked me to make another batch! Thank you for another winner! 🙂5 stars

  2. I only make my cookies with almond flour now, try dried cranberries with you get a chance to, it’s super yummy!5 stars

  3. I love that these use almond flour! What a great gluten free option. Such delicious cookies, thank you for a great recipe!5 stars

  4. Love these! No one could tell they were gluten free. The maple syrup gives it a nice flavor.5 stars

    • Can eggs be used instead of flaxseed? They look delicious. I do not have flaxseed, so that is why I ask if an egg can be used. Thanks.

      • Hi there! Yes, you should be able to use eggs instead of flaxseed (full disclaimer – I haven’t tested it with eggs, but I think it should work). I’d use 1 egg to replace the 1 tbsp flaxseeds. Hope that helps and let me know how it turns out!

  5. Oh yum! I love how these cookies are vegan and gluten free. The flavor sounds absolutely amazing with the use of the almond flour.5 stars

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