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. These are fantastic! I substituted mini chocolate chips and they were a bit unwieldy to handle with the chips falling out of the dough and all over the pan. Next time, I will use full-size chips. Mine turned out fluffy–they didn’t spread in the pan at all. I did not press them down like the recipe says because of the mini chips falling out. I don’t have palm oil, so used coconut oil as others suggested. Thanks for the recipe–I will be making these again!

  2. Nice cookie. I am working my way through making your chocolate chip cookies and
    this was my first. Not too sweet and despite no egg, held together nicely. I used earth
    balance for the fat since I had it. I used a hand mixer until it almost formed a ball.
    Success! and simple. Thank you for taking the time to do this.

  3. I used coconut oil instead of palm oil. I added an egg to make them a bit more fluffy.
    I also love cinnamon and nugmeg so I added 1tbsp cinnamon and 1/2 tbsp on nutmeg. I also doubled the vanilla since I love that too.

    Since I live outside the u.s. and my oven is just a toaster oven, I made these into bars since I dont want to deal with only making 6 at a time. In the oven now. ☺ the dough tasted good.

    I love your website and it is my go-to for nutrient rich baked goods.

  4. Elana,

    Tried making these. first time I used wrong palm oil, and chocolate chunks that were too big. Yesterday, I followed your recipe to the letter. YUMMY. Awesome cookies. Thanks for all your recipes.

      • Elana,

        My husband just recently lost 46lbs in 40 days on a vegan diet, not counting calories and feels awesome! I just came across your website perusing new recipies. I want to make everything!!! My challenge is that he (and my daughter) are allergic to most tree nuts. This is very challenging for me (and I love nuts). I have yet to find Recipies/cookbooks for people with nut allergies. Can you give me some substitutes for your baking recipies for almond flour, walnuts, etc. Thank you!

  5. These cookies are fabulous—so soft and so nummy! I make mine with a electric hand mixer, and just change the order of mixing–I blend the butter, honey and vanilla first in a bowl, then add everything else—it makes a lovely dough!

    I can’t have chocolate, so I make a double batch and put chocolate chips in half the dough for my family, and chopped dates and raisins in the other half for me!

    Thank you for this wonderful recipe!

  6. Hi,
    Instead of a food processor can I use a hand mixer to achieve the same results?
    Thank you in advance.

  7. These cookies are delicious and my kids really enjoyed them as well. We actually had to hind them from my spouse or there would not have been enough for their lunches:)
    I’ve enjoyed making a lot of your recipes. My daughter’s favorite is the poppy seed muffins!

    Ginger E.

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