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Chocolate Chip Cookies (Gluten-Free, Paleo)

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Gaps chocolate chip cookies

This gluten-free chocolate chip cookie recipe comes from Caroline at Gutsy. Thanks, Caroline!

Who stole the cookie . . .

From the cookie jar? Who me? Yes you! Couldn’t be. Then who?

Okay, I have a confession; I did!  I stole the cookies. Seriously though, why wouldn’t you steel these beauties? You can’t get much better then a warm, ooey-gooey, chocolate chip cookie! Did I mention that these are grain free and GAPS friendly?

There is no excuse not to make these easy “whole food” cookies. Lets take a look at the ingredients: almonds (protein: check!), butter (fat: check!), honey (healthy sweetener: check!), chocolate chips (simply good – check!). Looks like these pass the test!

The smell of chocolate chip cookies after a hard day at school or work is sure to warm any weary soul. You’re guaranteed to break out an eye-to-eye grin just by looking at these. Mmm, I can smell them right now.

If the actual cookie doesn’t tickle your tummy, I bet I know what will. Raw cookie dough! I’m not sure what is better: cookies or cookie dough. I’ll let you be the judge of that. This cookie dough is egg free, so lick that bowl clean. :)

Lets get baking already!

Chocolate Chip Cookies (GAPS Approved, Gluten-Free, Paleo)



  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Line cookie sheet with unbleached parchment paper.
  3. Mix all ingredients together in one bowl (except chocolate chips).
  4. Add in chocolate chips.
  5. Scoop out 1 tablespoon cookie dough with a spoon (I use a measuring spoon) and place on the prepared cookie sheet. Keep 3 inches of space between each cookie. Press down slightly to flatten the cookie.
  6. Bake for 6-10 minutes. The cookie should just be a little golden brown on the bottom. Do not over cook!
  7. Cool for 10 minutes on the cookie sheet (or else they will be too soft to pick up). These cookies should stay soft when cool.
  8. Eat with a smile! Yum :)

*Store leftovers in a container for 1 week or the fridge for a few weeks.

Chocolate chip cookie recipe #paleo #glutenfree

Cookie dough (egg free!)

  1. Mix all ingredients together in one bowl (except chocolate chips).
  2. Add in chocolate chips.
  3. Eat by the spoonful or mix into delicious kefir ice-cream! Yum.

*Store left over cookie dough in the fridge for 2 weeks or the freezer for a few months!

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108 Responses to Chocolate Chip Cookies (Gluten-Free, Paleo)

  1. Kellie Hill says:

    Oooooh… interesting….

  2. julie says:

    My 11 yr. old son is struggling with diet and somewhere between GAPS and SCD but he likes to experiment in the kitchen so I will show him your blog Caroline. Thanks!

  3. Esther says:

    Would it be possible to sub coconut or cashew flour for the almond flour? And have you ever made these with eggs? I’m interested in doing a higher-protein version (and I don’t have almond flour).

    • caroline says:

      Hi Esther! I do usually use eggs in my recipes, but this one did not seem to need any. I would try subbing cashew flour because it resembles almond flour more, and I’m sure that won be absolutely yummy! If you want to add an egg and experiment, maybe add in a few tsp of coconut flour to absorb that extra liquid (just the type of things I would think of when I experiment!) Happy baking!

  4. Kristina says:

    Love that these are egg free! My son is allergic to so much including eggs but he can have everything on this list!! Need to make these for him ASAP! :)

    • caroline says:

      Im so happy that your son will be able to have a tasty treat, and honestly, my family who knows what “fake” cookies taste like LOVED these (shh…don’t tell them they are sort of healthy!)

  5. Lisa says:

    I just made these! They are super easy and SUPER tasty!! I won’t feel ‘bad’ sending these to school with my son. . .they actually have food value. Thanks for a great recipe!!

    • caroline says:

      I agree with you Lisa. I send a cookie with my brother sometimes and he doesn’t come home with a sugar buzz or headache. Its nice to give kids a whole food treat once in a while to brighten up their day!

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  7. Whittney says:

    Yay for cookies!

    • Heather says:

      Hi Rochelle! I once posted a recipe only to find out that a dear friend had posted almost the exact thing a week earlier. Total coincidence but it happens! :-D P.S. I checked with Caroline on this and she assures me she did not know of your friends posts prior to sharing here. She did study about 15 grain-free versions before experimenting in her own kitchen, though!

  8. Lauren says:

    These looks cookies look so delicious… and the dough even more so! If I made these, I don’t think any would make it to the oven. Lovely recipe, Caroline!

    • caroline says:

      Well, you know Lauren you could always just make the dough and simply eat it (no need to feel bad about baking it) ! We made some at our house and froze it in little balls to throw in kefir ice-cream!

  9. Margaret says:

    Wow, these look amazing, I am going to make this weekend. Thank you!

  10. Carissa says:

    Made these just a minute ago! I added ground flax seed for some more bene’s and ate a few spoonfuls right outta the bowl! They are amazing – thank you for posting!

  11. Clare says:

    Made these today with my 2-year-old. Very delicious – lucky any made it to the oven!!!
    Made with homemade carob chips also worked well.
    One tip for those in chillier climates would be part melt the coconut oil/honey to together first – was very hard to mix but we got there!
    GREAT RECIPE thanks

  12. Ginger says:

    Hi, Heather
    Technical question: How do I get rid of the “Like, Tweet, numbers” bar on your site that is covering up part of the text and photos?
    Thanks. Love your blog. Have shared it with many friends.

    • Heather says:

      Hi Ginger! What device are you viewing the page on? It’s not possible to remove the bar but I can try to troubleshoot with you to see if we can get it back on the side (where it’s supposed to be :))

  13. Sheridan says:

    I made these cookies with my girls yesterday and they were yummy warm, but I think they tasted even better today! I will definitely be making double batches in the future – so quick and easy, and so tasty! Has anyone experimented with freezing the baked cookies? That would make for quick snacks, too.

    Thanks for the recipe! :)

    • caroline says:

      Hi Sheridan, I make the dough and freeze it in a log of parchment paper for quick easy cookie dough and then slice off preshaped cookies and pop them in the oven when I want. I find that fresh cookies are best! Glad you are enjoying the recipe!

  14. These look yummy! I told my family that I would make cookies yesterday, but never got around to it, I’ll have to give these a try!

  15. Ciara in Japan says:

    These look great! I haven’t got the time or willpower to stick to GAPS, but I’ve been looking for a good chocolate chip cookie recipe. (Mine keep coming out with funny textures over here….)
    One question: Can these be made with the coconut flour instead? Living in Japan makes it pretty hard for me to find things that are out of the ordinary. (I can’t even get whole wheat flour without paying an arm and a leg!) But it shouldn’t be too hard to find shredded coconut and make the flour like you suggested in another post.

  16. Rebecca says:

    Just made these. YUM. So easy and so delicious. I’ve been looking for an easy soft baked cookie. I toasted the almond meal before using because I prefer the taste of toasted almonds. Didn’t have choc chips, so made chocolate frosting: honey, cocoa powder, coconut oil.

  17. Tara says:

    Those are seriously THE BEST looking, no-grain, paleo/GAPS cookies I have ever seen. I’m not big into baking, but I need to try these.

    • Katherine says:

      Yum-oh!!! Thank you, Caroline! These are delicious and a thumb’s up from each of our family members. Finally, we found a replacement to ‘traditional’ chocolate chip cookies! Thanks for cutting down our trial and error efforts

  18. Joanne says:

    These look great! I don’t have any specific allergies, but I would make these cookies any day! Thanks so much for the inspiration.

  19. How long would you suggest I bake these and what size pan would you use if I want to turn them into bar cookies? I doubled the dough recipe, so I was thinking about putting them in an 8×8 inch pan, but maybe a 9×13 would be better. My hubby prefers bar cookies, so I thought I would ask to see what you recommend!

  20. S. Kako says:

    Are those homemade chips in the picture? LOL

  21. laura says:

    these cookies are deliciousssss!!! just made them – made the house smell yummy and they are so soft (i love soft chewy cookies) thank you!!

  22. beloved says:

    These are so yummy! Thank you for an awesome recipe. P.S. My 2-year-old thanks you, too!

  23. Andrew G. says:

    I made these for New Years and they were fantastic! The only downside was that they flattened out as they cooked. Next time I’m going to try refrigerating them before I bake them. But they tasted amazing! Thanks for the recipe!

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  26. Stacey says:

    Thank you so much for this recipe! A dear friend of mine has recently needed to change her diet, which has left her not being able to eat much of what the rest of us do. I’ve so wanted to be able to cook for her, so that she still feels included in our gatherings, especially when it comes to dessert. These turned out amazing! My husband and I tried them first and they are delicious. Who would have thought?! Thank you for sharing this and for giving me a chance to love on my friend with safe dessert options. =]

  27. Larissa says:

    Was it just me, or did these cookies taste a bit too salty? I think I’m going to leave out the salt next time.

  28. Paige says:

    These are delicious!!! Thank you for my most successful gaps endeavor yet!

  29. Jean says:

    My 5 yr old autistic son came running towards me and said “It’s yummy!”. I used clarified butter and the cookies are so delicious! Thanks for the recipe

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  32. Kim says:

    Hey there! I would need to use coconut flour due to nut allergies. Do you happen to know how I would substitute this? Thanks so much! These look great!

    • Heather says:

      Unfortunately, coconut flour requires A LOT more liquid than nut flours, so a straight substitution won’t work. Since I haven’t tested this recipe with coconut flour I am not sure what proportions would work, sorry!

  33. Debra says:

    My son is allergic to almonds and coconut flour is hard to find where I live- any other possibilities?

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  36. Rachel says:

    Yum! These are so good! So excited to have this recipe! Can’t wait to make cookie dough ice cream :)

  37. April says:

    I just made these–my first attempt at grain free cookies. They taste really good. I like cookies with a bit less texture though. I will try a different brand of almond flour next time. Thanks for such an easy recipe.

  38. Amber says:

    Could you use gluten free flour instead of almond flour?!

  39. Yum! I love that this recipe is so simple! I have all of those ingredients in my house right now and must make these ASAP!

  40. Karee says:

    we used hazelnut flour (which IMHO has the same texture as almond flour) and I thought they were delicious! My daughter thought they were horrible, but what does she know!! ;)

  41. These look wonderful, but they’re not GAPS- friendly. They contain ingredients (your recipe for chocolate chips) that Dr. Natasha Campbell McBride does not recommend, even on the full GAPS protocol.

    If you’re not on GAPS, enjoy these- they look great!

    • Salem says:

      I wondered about that since I have read Dr. Campbell-McBride’s book & she very specifically puts chocolate (& even carob) on the “illegal” list. Plus, isn’t baking soda also GAPS illegal? I lent my book out and need to get it back. I’d really like to know why it is that baking soda is illegal. But these should be great for all my pale friends. :-)

      • Heather says:

        I believe in a later version she said that chocolate is okay if it is well tolerated. The same case is true for baking soda in small amounts, I think. The reason for the restriction on baking soda initially is that it lowers stomach acid. Since most GAPS patients have low stomach acid to begin with (and as a result weak digestion), baking soda was considered a no-no.

  42. Kris says:

    I saw that several people asked this, but I’ll ask anyway – what about tree nut allergies? My son is allergic to tree nuts, so no almond flour allowed. What could you use instead? Many, many paleo recipes call for almond flour and it’s so disappointing. So many people have nut allergies, that I wish they would suggest a substitute.

  43. zosia says:

    How many cookies do you get out of this recipe?


  44. Emily says:

    OH MAN, THESE ARE SO GOOD. Just like the (bad-for-you) chocolate chip cookies of my childhood.

    ^^ZOSIA, I got 14 cookies out of the recipe, measured by tablespoons.

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  47. Sarah says:

    I tried this and it did not come out like the pictures. Can someone tell me what I’m doing wrong? Mine just looked like an almond flour clump. I wasn’t crazy about it but my boyfriend loved them anyway. However, I’d like to make them properly so please HELP!!

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  49. Midge says:

    Hi there!
    We had fun with this recipe. We made a bit of a science experiment out of it. We made it with the coconut oil and then the butter and compared how they came out!
    Thanks a million!!

  50. Sandra Turner says:

    I have a lot of ground hazelnuts, can I substitute for almond flour using same quantity?

  51. Heather says:

    OOOMMMGGG, these are the best alternative chocolate chip cookie, I have made. Even my picky eater loved them. Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!

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  54. JP Edwards says:

    Oh, wow!!! These are amazing, yummy, wonderful, awesome, perfect! They passed picky 17 year old teenager test and even the dough passed the hubby test! =P thanks so much!!!

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  56. Trina says:

    Can’t wait to give these a try. I did notice however that Gutsy hasn’t posted/blog in a while I hope she returns again soon.

  57. Lene says:

    Just finished making these about half an hour ago and they’re delicious!!! And it was so fast to measure, mix and bake! I only baked 9 tbsp size cookies and made a log with the rest of the dough and put it away in the freezer. Now I can have a few freshly baked cookies all week! It was a bit of a challenge to not eat the dough because I had a taste and it was soooo good. I know I *could* eat the dough, but the goal today was cookies :)

    I used coconut oil in mine and took the advice of someone who commented earlier to heat the honey and the oil first so it’s easy to mix. Great tip :)

    Will I have to thaw the dough to cut the slices for more cookies or will I have to increase the baking time if the dough slices are frozen?

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    has anyone tried rice flour? That is all I have except for the regular flower..

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  63. basia says:

    I attempted making these cookies this morning. I put all the ingredients in a kitchen aid standing mixer. The almond flour wasnt combining with my melted coconut oil. It was crumbing. I proceeded to add in the chocolate chips and mix it in with a spatula. Scooping up the crumbly dough into a cookie scooper. Currently they are in the oven. Managed to form little ” golf size balls” without them falling apart. What do you think I can do different to prevent this?

    thanks !

  64. Mandy says:

    Absolutely yummy! These will be my go to cookie! Thanks for such an easy, yummy recipe!

  65. Stacy says:

    oh my! :) Question…right now we need to use stevia only as the sweetener…do you happen to have any suggestions on how to alter the recipe since we cannot do the honey right now? I am guessing that the honey helps to hold it all together instead of eggs, and sweeten it, so if I used stevia, what would I use as the liquidy part to help hold it all together?
    Thanks so much!

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  67. Tierra says:

    Delicious!! thank you

  68. Lindsay says:

    Can these be made with other gluten free flour? My Dad and step-mom are gluten free and she’s highly allergic to nuts so I can’t use almond flour. Thanks!

    • Heather says:

      Hi Lindsay, they could be made with ground sunflower seeds if she can have them, but I wouldn’t recommend using other gluten-free flours with this recipe.

  69. Abbie says:

    New to the paleo thing and this was the perfect recipe to be my almond flour dessert! I made a few alterations, instead of honey i used maple syrup, and added 1tsp of vanilla and used coconut oil. So good! Maybe even better then the actual chocolate chip cookies! Perfect mix of chocolate, almond and a tinge of coconut. I am not a huge fan of coconut but this was a very subtle taste! So good! Thank you!!!!

  70. Leesa says:

    HELP!!! I did something wrong! After finding this recipe and reading all the comments I was sure these would be awesome. But the batter wasn’t batter-y, it was all crumbly, kinda like a topping for an apple crisp recipe. I didn’t have almond flour so I used a combination of rice flour and coconut flour. Could that be the issue? I also subbed agave for the honey, as I’m doing a 28-day clean eating challenge, and honey is off limits. (Chocolate chips are too, but I figured if I stayed away from the honey, I could “cheat” with a few chocolate chips.) I’m so sad these didn’t turn out. What came out of the oven was a dry, crumbly mess. :o( I’m willing to try again, but before I ruin another batch of ingredients, can someone offer some suggestions. Thank you CCACC-lovers!

    • Heather says:

      Hi Leesa, coconut and rice flour are not good substitutes for almond flour. If you don’t have access to almond flour another nut flour will work. Macadamia is one of my favorite flours.

  71. J says:

    My new favorite cookie!!! My husband loves these. We use unrefined coconut oil. We love the taste of coconut :) the husband said they tasted like coconut macaroons. Soooooooo good!

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