Primal Chocolate Chip Cookies

Primal Chocolate Chip Cookies are made with high protein almond flour and  naturally sweetened with honey. This incredible grain-free cookie is made with just 7 ingredients and will knock your socks off! No one will know this is a healthy cookie recipe!

There are so many forms of the grain-free diet. Primal. Paleo. Specific Carbohydrate Diet. GAPS. Call it what you want. I began the grain-free diet in 2001. I have adhered to it religiously ever since. When I began, I followed the Specific Carbohydrate Diet. And ever since then, I’ve been strictly grain-free. This is not a fad for me. It’s a way of life. When I started the grain-free diet, people thought the gluten-free diet was freakish.

Now there are so many of us on paleo diets. We’re gluten-free. We’re grain-free. We’re definitely not freaks. Now we’re merely a bit ahead of the curve. It wasn’t always like that.

The almond flour cookie recipe that I share with you today for a paleo chocolate chip cookie reminds me of the way I used to bake a decade ago. When I used honey quite often in my recipes. Call them what you want. Argue with what they’re called. It’s all semantics anyway. And I promise you. I won’t argue back. I just want you to enjoy the cookies.

Primal Chocolate Chip Cookies

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Servings 18 cookies



  • Combine almond flour, salt, and baking soda in a food processor
  • Pulse in shortening, honey, and vanilla until dough forms
  • Remove blade from processor and stir in chocolate chunks by hand
  • Scoop dough one level tablespoon at a time onto a parchment paper lined baking sheet
  • Press balls of dough down gently
  • Bake at 350°F for 6-8 minutes
  • Cool for 15 minutes (do not handle prior or cookies will break)
  • Serve
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 6 mins
Total Time 16 mins
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If you want to make changes to this paleo cookie recipe, please do. Just leave a comment below to let us know how your substitutions and alterations turn out. I can’t do the testing for you. I’ve got two boys, and they keep me real busy. And they like to eat cookies that I bake from scratch. These cookies. Gluten-free cookies. Easy chocolate chip cookies. It just seems that all is right in the world when young men sit at the table eating cookies. So go ahead, enjoy the cookies!

What changes and substitutions will you make to these cookies to custom tailor them to your special diet needs? How do you think they’ll turn out?

Here are some of my other easy paleo cookie recipes:

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These cookies are delicious and my kids really enjoyed them as well. We actually had to hide them from my spouse or there would not have been enough for their lunches.


339 responses to “Primal Chocolate Chip Cookies”

  1. I mixed up half a batch, pressed it into a 6” pan, baked it for about 20 minutes and frosted it with a little chocolate icing when it was cool. Cookies became chocolate chip blondies. Really good!

  2. I used Becel Vegan Margarine (in Alberta, Canada) and they turned out great. I will use fewer chocolate chips (Enjoy Life minis) next time. But they were enjoyed by all, regardless of dietary restrictions

  3. I’m curious how you store your cookies? Maybe with 2 boys they’re not around for long….

    Generally I put them in the freezer and take them out one at a time (I’m the only in the family with a special diet). Would they be ok just on the counter?

    Thank you for doing such a good job with the website. It really is helpful and puts a smile on my face, despite my dismay at having to eat SCD.

    • Deborah, thanks for your comment! Yes, cookies vanish instantly here between my husband, the boys, and all of their friends. I find the cookies keep fairly well out on the counter for 48 hours. So glad you are enjoying my website :-)

  4. These were delicious with a sub of butter! Trying to go no white sugar and low carb, not keto, and these hit the spot!! And so so easy!

  5. Yum!!!! Another great recipe from you. I substituted butter for coconut oil and they are delicious!!

  6. Can you post the nutrtionsl.facts..or am.i missing something…I’m on low carb lifestyle eat up to 150 carbs a day and I’m doing good..need drop 40lbs and keep it off. So I’m tracking food thru MyFitnessPal .I not an experienced baker I’m a great I’m trying I buy some Staples oats, almond flour, extracts , Splenda baking sweetener bag.. I need help .want carb of goodies to be 10 -15.. so I really need nutrition facts. Thanks.

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