Friday, April 19, 2013

The Most Amazing Grain-Free Chocolate Chip Cookies!

I kid you not, guys. As you may or may not know, I happen to be one of those people who follows a low-carb diet. But how, do you ask, is it possible to have two baking blogs (not one, but two!), which naturally means twice the baking, and strive for low-carbohydrate happiness?
Well, the answer is in recipes like the one I am about to share with you, today. I am a dessert freak, so I need to be satiated with some form of sugary (preferably, chocolatey) indulgence fairly constantly. But I don't like to compromise taste for a healthier diet and I don't believe I have to do so. I am constantly on the lookout for recipes that get high marks for both taste and healthfulness. Unfortunately, these recipes are tough to find, but when I do find them, they become regulars in my low-carb menu.

This chocolate chip cookie is unlike any I have tasted. It is completely flourless, owing its structure and impressive flavor to almond flour. The texture of this cookie is so spot-on, you'll be amazed and want to use almond flour to replace flour in all your baking recipes! It's chewy with a bite! You must try this asap! It requires only a few minutes of prep time and then you can bake immediately, refrigerate the dough, or freeze the dough and bake it later. It's so versatile!

Almond flour can be quite expensive, but here's a tip. Try to buy specialty flours (nut flours, rice flours, sorghum, potato starch, etc) at ethnic grocery stores. They generally carry these items for much less than your local grocery stores.
The original recipe called for coconut oil, but the batter was not as thick as I'd have liked it to be. I also thought I'd grind some whole almonds and use that instead of the almond flour in my fridge, which was already taken for another purpose. My ground almonds were quite coarse, chunky, even. When I baked them, the dough spread so much that they were flat by the time I pulled them out of the oven. This was not a bad thing - a flat, large round nutty cookie studded with chocolate chips baring a crunchy exterior and a chewy interior is hardly anything to complain about. But they fell apart a bit due to the coarse grind of the almonds. They were absolutely delicious, but didn't hold up and were not like a traditional chocolate chip cookie. In subsequent tries with this recipe, I used almond flour and eliminated the coconut oil, using only the butter. I am interested to see how the cookies would turn out if I replaced all or some of the butter with coconut oil, as well. Seeing as I've been making these twice already in one week, that shouldn't be a problem.. :-)
Here is a picture of my first attempt (coarse grind, aside, this recipe was followed as written)
This time around, I used pre-ground almond flour made from blanched almonds, which is finer and more consistent - a closer likeness to real flour - and the results are amazing. Not just amazing, this is fast becoming my go-to chocolate chip cookie recipe at my house. Everyone loves these cookies, devours them within seconds, and can't seem to tell that there is no flour in them!

If you are on the lookout for a low-carb absolutely delicious chocolate chip cookie regardless of the health benefits, please do make these cookies. You will not be sorry, I promise! This cookie is low-sugar, low-carb, and easy enough to make gluten-free by using chocolate that is gluten-free. This is a chocolatey, chewy, chocolate chip cookie recipe to rival any other.

Almond Chocolate Chip Cookies (Grain-Free)
Adapted from: Meaningful Eats Blog

(Yields: 22-24 cookies)

3 cups almond flour
2 eggs, room temperature
1 stick (4 oz) unsalted butter, room temperature
3/4 c brown sugar
2 t vanilla extract
1 t baking soda
1/2 t salt
1 1/2 c chocolate chips

Preheat your oven to 350F, if you are planning on baking the cookies immediately. Mix the butter and sugar with an electric beater or using a stand mixer for about 2 minutes. Add the vanilla, followed by the eggs (one at a time).
In a separate bowl, combine the almond flour, baking soda, and salt and whisk until mixed. Add this to the egg & sugar mixture and blend well to create a homogeneous dough. Fold or mix in the chocolate chips. You can bake the cookies immediately. This dough can also be refrigerated for up to 24 hours before baking. If freezing, the dough will be good for up to 3 months.

When you are ready to bake, line a cookie sheet with parchment paper and place 1-tablespoon scoopfuls about 2-3" apart and bake for 11-13 minutes. They will begin to brown on the tops when they are ready to come out.

Take the cookie sheet out of the oven and let the cookies cool on the sheet for about 5 minutes. Then, using a spatula, place the cookies on a cooling rack and let them come to room temperature.

Store them in a cookie jar for up to a week. These cookies are AMAZING!


  1. Hi Leelabean, I saw your magic cake and just have to dive in to see the recipe...and what I saw here is even more amazing! Cookies with almond flour sounds just so delicious! If only almond flour is not so expensive here I could make this every day:D

    1. Jeannie,
      Thanks for the nice words! I know, almond flour is quite expensive! Maybe you could grind your own, as buying whole almonds is a bit cheaper.. :-)

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  3. Did you try the recipe substituting coconut oil for butter? If so, I'd like to know how it went. Thanks!

  4. I did, and I have to tell you, they were not as chocolate chip cookie-ish.. they were not chewy and moist but rather crispy and had a taste of coconut. So, in terms of ccc authenticity, not great. They tasted good and we all ate them, but i highly prefer the butter version! Good luck!

  5. is there any flour that could substitute the almond flour ?

    1. I suppose you could substitute another nut flour such as hazelnut.. but I haven't attempted it just yet.